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Separating? Positive Action: Parenting Agreement

Jag Kainth
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Right, so you’ve decided separation is the way forward and you now want to deal with living arrangements for the children, how do you achieve this? Separation is a difficult time for you and your former partner but it is particularly painful for...

Sunshine and Sandcastles

Catherine Day
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We’re all going on a summer holiday, or are we... It’s that time of year – the sun’s making guest appearances, the bbqs are out and thoughts naturally turn to our summer holidays. It should be a time to relax and unwind. However...

Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses?

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On 20 th March 2017 the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee published a report to consider the effect of Brexit upon access to justice for families, individuals and businesses. The report finds that: The current system for civil justice cooperation...

Using the Bank of Mum & Dad?

Elisabeth Smith
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It’s a sign of the times…. Saving up a deposit to purchase a home is becoming increasingly difficult.  The government has tried to help buyers with various schemes, but the fact remains that young people in particular are finding it...

When your behaviour isn't unreasonable enough...

Catherine Day
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When is behaviour not unreasonable enough?   In essence, that is the question that the Court of Appeal has recently been asked to determine in the case of Owens v Owens. In summary, Mrs Owens sought a divorce from her husband, Mr Owens, of 39 years...

Can I go for a second bite of the (financial) cherry after divorce?

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If no formal financial Order is made by the Court at the conclusion of a divorce then the future consequences can be substantial. A common misconception is that the divorce alone brings financial claims to an end, this is simply not true. The Recent Briers...

Affordable Housing, Ahead of the Game

Nicky Marsh
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As the Government pledge to provide more affordable housing across the UK, Eric Robinson are already ahead of the game. Eric Robinson boasts expertise and years of experience in helping clients through their first purchases using intricate Government...

Mediation . . . the positive choice!

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‘Mediation is an empowering process for the children, and it can lead to their parents making more informed and suitable decisions for the future’. This blog has been written for Family Mediation Week, read more here... This simple...

Short term lets, easy income or more hassle than its worth?

Elisabeth Smith
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It sounds ideal, being able to let your property out on a short term basis as either a holiday let or through a company such as Air BnB.  Easy income with no long term tenants to worry about.  However, we have all heard the horror stories of these...

"I wish my parents had known about family mediation"

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Trite it may be, but true it certainly is, that parents want to do all they can for their children.   This blog has been written for Family Mediation Week, read more here... Some will happily declare that they will go to the ends of the earth....

3 Top Tips for Separating Parents...

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...from someone speaking from experience Emily’s parents are divorced. This process began whilst Emily was an A-Level student living at home. Emily found little information to support herself and her sisters. With the support of FixersUK, Emily...

Lasting Damage: is there a Better Way?

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Blog by Phillippa Johnson for  Family Mediation Week, read more here... Over the years I’ve seen a lot of changes not only in the practice of family law but also in the backgrounds of clients. For many people in the early 80’s...

Mediation is a Better Way

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Blog written by  Philippa Johnson   for Family Mediation Week, read more here... I have chosen to share this part of my story because I believe that separation is a moment of absolute crisis. How we cope and work through that crisis...

Lessons to be learnt for next Christmas

Catherine Day
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Christmas is over, the decorations have been put away for another year and we are well into the start of the New Year. Whilst many will miss the celebrations and yuletide magic, for some people the farewell to stress and difficulties that arise over family...

What is compliance...

Elisabeth Smith
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... and how does that affect me as a client buying or selling a house? In these times of internet shopping and instant delivery, it can sometimes feel frustrating when matters are not done at the speed we would hope for.  After all, buying a house...

New Tribunal Fees for leasehold enfranchisement applications

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This month will see the introduction of fees for tribunal matters relating to leasehold enfranchisement, where there were previously no such fees.  The government held a consultation on this proposal last year; the fees were initially proposed to be in...

Domestic Abuse or Harrassment

Vicki Rawlins
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There have been two recent cases to hit the news regarding relationship breakdown and difficulties. The first concerned a Hollywood star and his starlet wife and the second concerned a local barrister and his solicitor wife. Whilst the lifestyles of these...

Do I need a written tenancy agreement where I informally let my property to my son/daughter?

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In this age of reluctant lenders and huge deposits, it is becoming more common for parents to let their children live in properties that they own.   Often, because it is an informal family arrangement neither party contemplates setting anything...

Do I need a written tenancy agreement?

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If you are already a landlord or if you are thinking about renting out a property in the future this may be a question which you have asked yourself.  And the answer is – YES!  It is very important to ensure that you have an appropriate...

It is a sad fact of modern life that a lot of marriages break down

Beverley Pym
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Where a marriage has irretrievably broken down, it should be brought to an end with the minimum distress to the couple and any children. In England and Wales, the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.  This can be...

A loved one has died and I have concerns about their Will. What should I do first?

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When a loved one has died and you have concerns about the Will, the best starting point is to try to speak directly to the executor(s) of your loved one’s Will about your concerns and to obtain a copy of the Will if possible.  It is important to...

Stamp Duty changes - budget 2016

Elisabeth Smith
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The day of the budget is here and the Chancellor has now  confirmed the stamp duty changes originally mentioned in his Autumn statement  and applying  to those who own two or more properties on the day of completion.  The additional tax...

Increase in court fees - in family cases

Helen Clarkson
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An announcement was made at the end of July this year by the government that court fees will once again be significantly increased. Since Legal Aid was abolished for most cases back in April 2013, access to justice for the less wealthy has become somewhat of...

My Tenant Wants to Work From Home!

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Concerns Regarding the Creation of a Business Tenancy Within the Definitions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. In this day and age, it is commonplace for people to set-up their own business which will see them operating that business from their place...

Can I leave my estate to whoever I want?

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A fundamental principle of English law is that a person who makes a Will (known as a testator) may choose to leave his estate to whoever he pleases.  This principle is known as freedom of testamentary disposition.  However, the reality of the...

New Immigration Measures Announced by the Government in Relation to the Private Rental Sector

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Many readers may already be aware of the ‘Right to Rent’ scheme which was introduced – initially as a pilot scheme in the West Midlands from the 1 st December 2014 – under the Immigration Act 2014.  Under the scheme, agents and...

Investment and Rentals in Growth

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Whichever of the latest industry reports you read, the message is clear; the market for commercial property is on the up, providing sound and growing return on investment. I can provide testimony to these findings from a marked increase in business across...

Ilott v Mitson - Why make a Will?

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As a Wills, Trusts and Succession Lawyer I was very interested to read the Court of Appeal decision  in the case of Ilott v Mitson. The case has received a lot of publicity.  It is the latest round in a long running dispute that followed the death...

Commercial Disputes On The Rise

Craig Petrie
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With the economy said to be improving, the business climate becoming more vibrant and positive conversations about prosperity, you would have thought that there would be much less to argue about.  Not so, says Craig Petrie, Head of Dispute Resolution...

Social Media in Family Matters

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As a family lawyer, I regularly deal with people who are going through a difficult relationship breakdown and who are struggling to communicate with their ex-partner/spouse. More often, matters are made more difficult by the use of social media. Whether it...

The Divorce Process - Fiction V Fact

Vicki Rawlins
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Following a separation it is always helpful to obtain some initial advice to find out your options. When a marriage has broken down, the thought of a divorce may fill you with fear. This is a natural reaction given that nobody marries with the intention of...

Affordable Housing

Elisabeth Smith
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Most people have heard of a leasehold property.  This is very simply a long term tenancy in which you have a landlord and pay rent.  You will usually pay service charges and maintenance fees towards the repair and maintenance of the whole of the...

Selling Rented Accommodation to a Tenant - is an Agent able to charge Commission?

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I have recently had a similar question to the above posed by a regular reader of my blogs as, thanks to the beginnings of an economic recovery in the United Kingdom, the housing market has picked up in recent months.  This has, in turn, led to an...

The Deadline for Compliance with the Deregulation Act 2015 in Respect of Historical Deposits is Fast Approaching!

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As I am sure many of you are now aware – especially if you have been following my previous blogs – the Deregulation Act 2015 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent on the 26 th  March 2015.  Whilst it is introducing significant...

The 'Afterlife' of Social Media

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From positing and tweeting, to linking and liking, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are no longer just the playground of the young. More and more people of all ages are messaging, networking and sharing moments of their lives with others, but...

First the Letting Agents Redress Scheme...

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Now regulations to encourage fee transparency… On the 26 th March 2015, the Consumer Rights Act received Royal Assent.  Provisions within the Act add to the moves to regulate the lettings industry following on from the introduction of the...

Buying a home - dream or nightmare?!

Elisabeth Smith
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What an exciting time it is!  Flowers are starting to bloom, the sun is making a rare appearance and summer is just around the corner.  Minds start to wander as we imagine long walks on the beach, picnics in the sun, jetting off on summer holidays...

Best in Show!

Catherine Maxfield
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For some the summer is all about festivals, for others a family vacation, but, for us, the summer of 2014 was all about ‘The County Show’. Always popular here in Hampshire, County Shows can range from small village gatherings to humongous...

Off-Premises Contracts (Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013)

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If you are entering into consumer contracts for the supply of goods or services away from your business premises (for example, at trade shows or fares ) you will need to be mindful of the rules in relation to “Off-Premises Contracts” contained...

Managing Partnership Disputes

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Many family businesses are run as partnerships.  Disputes can arise in relation to how the partnership is managed / business decisions made, whether contracts entered into by one partner are binding on the others, what should happen to the profits of...

Managing Sickness Absence - Tips for Employers

Thomas Hunt
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Sickness absence costs UK organisations approximately £29 billion per annum (Source: PwC ). That is purely the estimated financial cost to UK employers of those on sick leave. The knock-on practical effect of sickness absence being handled badly by...

Property Redress Schemes

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Recent statistics produced by Citizen’s Advice suggest that 1 in 5 letting agents are not members of any property redress scheme.  This is concerning bearing in mind the fact that, since the 1 st October 2014, it has been a legal requirement for...

Rented Properties and the Energy Act 2011

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The Energy Act 2011 received Royal Assent on the 18 th October 2011 and promised changes of a substantial nature in respect of energy efficiency in rented accommodation.  From the 18 th April 2018, all landlords will be required to ensure that their...

Tie up loose ends to ensure you can move on - Wyatt v Vince

Beverley Pym
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Most couples who go through the breakdown of a marriage will be aware that the way of legally bringing a marriage to an end, is to issue divorce proceedings.  As well as the divorce proceedings, they will have to consider the arrangements for the...

Timeshares - do you know what you're taking on?

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Recently, I have been asked to advise on two separate issues concerning timeshares.  Timeshares can be problematic creatures to deal with and whilst many people greatly value the holiday opportunities which they provide, others find that they have...

Changes to smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements in rented properties

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It is a very popular question: must a landlord provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in a rented property?   Previously, this has been dependant upon the age of the property in question and for older properties at least the answer has appeared to...

Terms & Conditions when trading on the internet

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Often when you set up a business you think about sourcing your product, your invoices, getting an accountant and some support staff but not very often do you think about terms and conditions. Whether you are selling honey or sausages or cars, whenever you...

Happy New Year - or D-Day for your relationship?

Beverley Pym
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This is a busy time of year for Family Lawyers. The first Monday of the New Year is often referred to as “D-Day or Black Monday”, due to the high volume of people seeking a divorce after Christmas. The breakdown of a relationship is an upsetting...

Did Legal Aid Die With LASPO?

Vicki Rawlins
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It has now been 18 months since the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (known as LASPO ) 2013 amended the criteria for client’s seeking publically funded (previously known as Legal Aid) family advice and / or representation. As...

Rural round-up

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Welcome to this month’s blog which is a round-up of recent rural stories: Change in tax disc law Horsebox owners are being reminded that tax on their vehicles will no longer be transferable when the vehicles are bought and sold. Paper tax discs...