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19th October 2018
Last week we were given the delightful news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby. This exciting royal announcement followed soon after the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson’s wonderful display of co-parenting at the recent nuptials of their youngest daughter – it was touching to observe their overwhelming pride and emotion as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder while their daughter Princess…
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28th September 2018
Attorneys and deputies currently have limited authority when it comes to making gifts from a protected party’s estate. By law, they can only make decisions for a person who is no longer able to do so and unlikely to be able to do so in the future. In general, gifts can only be made to a charity or to a family member, friend or acquaintance…
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24th September 2018
Before buying a leasehold property it is important to understand there are fundamental differences between leasehold and freehold property ownership. Buying a leasehold property does give you the right to own the property – but only for the length of your lease. Many leases have long lives, up to 999 years in some cases, although where there is a leasehold interest there will also be…
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27th August 2018
If I had been given a pound every time a client came to me, unaware they had breached a covenant in their legal title, I would be looking forward to an early retirement. So what are covenants and how can they affect a property owner’s enjoyment of their home? Put simply, a covenant is defined as an agreement between two parties to do, or not…
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27th July 2018
It seems difficult to remember a time when investment markets have been so driven by politics and government leaders instead of economic data and company results, nor a time when social media, especially US President Trump’s Twitter account, was so closely watched by investment analysts. For many reasons, 2018 is proving to be a memorable year. In March, President Trump announced steep tariffs on steel…
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20th July 2018
In my view, a recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan is a decision that serves only to confuse the public. At the end of June, the court ruled unanimously that Steinfeld and Keidan had been discriminated against because only same sex couples could enter into a civil partnership. While I am not trying to dissuade anyone from this argument,…
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20th July 2018
For all family lawyers and mediators, on-going refresher training is essential if we are to ensure our knowledge and skills remain relevant and up-to-date. I recently undertook training in consulting with children to boost my family law mediation skills. It is a long established principle first set out in the 1989 Children Act’s welfare checklist that during divorce the feelings and wishes of children should…
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20th July 2018
Currently each European Union country is subject to laws enabling anyone who is unlucky enough to have a car accident abroad to make a claim in their own country against a foreign insurer and, by law, every EU insurance company must be represented in every EU country. So if you have an accident in France, for example, you can claim directly through the insurer of…
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13th July 2018
According to the children’s game, stepping on the lines between paving stones was to be avoided at all costs, although the penalty for doing so was often unclear. However, the unfortunate consequences of stepping on a defective drain or manhole or drain-cover are clearer. Injuries sustained in this way range from grazes and shock to broken bones and, in extreme cases, death – and raising…
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06th July 2018
The death of a loved one is often distressing and matters are rarely improved if those tasked with administering the deceased’s estate do not perform the duties they are required, by law, to undertake. When you make a will it is important to appoint executors who you think are up to the task and will act fairly and honestly. Whether you choose solicitors as professional…
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