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BREXIT

Wayne Cartlidge
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The Home Office have released a Statement of Intent in relation to Brexit and the future of EU nationals in the UK.  This system will bring in a new “Settled Status” category, and will replace the current Permanent Residence and EEA Family...

We're all going on a summer holiday...

Catherine Day
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...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 the build up can be stressful...

NHS Visa Changes

Wayne Cartlidge
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The removal of the Tier 2 cap for Doctors and Nurses employed by the NHS should, in effect, help all employers that have been struggling with the monthly Tier 2 limits over the past 6 months or so.  The annual limit of 20,700 restricted certificates of...

Change of Home Secretary

Wayne Cartlidge
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Over the last few weeks, there have been some significant changes released by UK Visas & Immigration in conjunction with the Home Office, following on from the appointment of Sajid Javid, who recently replaced Amber Rudd as Home Secretary.  The...

Forced Marriages

Shivi Rajput
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Forced Marriage is a criminal offence but it remains a widespread issue within the UK.  In 2017, the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) gave advice and support in relation to 1,196 possible forced marriages. Of these cases, 29.7% involved victims below the age of 18 and 29.5% concerned victims aged between 18 and 25. 

Croatian Worker Restrictions Lifted from 30th June 2018

Wayne Cartlidge
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The current work authorisation requirements for Croatian workers in the UK will be lifted on 30th June 2018. Background When Croatia joined the EU in 2013, the UK and other member states were able to place restrictions on labour market access for Croatian...

UNITED KINGDOM: Universal Jobmatch to be replaced by 'Find a Job'

Wayne Cartlidge
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Information released on 25 April 2018. It has been officially announced that Universal Jobmatch – the government website used by UK recruiters and Tier 2 licensed sponsors to advertise jobs – is being replaced by ‘Find a Job’...

The Split - Hit or Miss?

Vicki Rawlins
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Last night saw the BBC debut their new drama about a family of female family lawyers in London. The first episode introduced us to the different characters and showed them both at work and at play. I watched the programme firstly as a fan of the hugely...

What rights do I have as a grandparent?

Catherine Day
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This question is often asked and the situation is not as straightforward as you may think.  For example, grandparents do not have an automatic right to see their grandchildren. Understandably, however, the Courts recognise that grandparents can play an...

Is Reform For Cohabiting Couples On The Cards?

Vicki Rawlins
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A bill is currently passing through the House of Commons which if implemented would mean that cohabiting couples could receive the same financial benefits as married couples, provided they enter into a civil partnership.

Mediation Awareness Week 22nd - 26th January 2018

Helen Clarkson
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Taking place from 22-26 January 2018, Family Mediation Week aims to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively. Whether you have agreed all the terms of the separation with...

Cohabitation - Fact v Fiction

Catherine Day
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According to a recent press release from Resolution (national organisation of family lawyers), “millions of unmarried couples living together are unaware that they are at severe financial risk as a result of the current legal system”. It can be...

Consent Orders vs Separation Agreements

Emma Cole
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“Should we do nothing or file for divorce” A separation from your spouse is often a frightening and confusing time and I am often asked whether a person should just have a period of separation or file for divorce. If your marriage has...

Pensions on Divorce

Shivi Rajput
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A recent study undertaken by Scottish Widows has confirmed that 7 in 10 married couples do not deal with the division of pension assets during divorce proceedings, leading to women being short-changed by a staggering £5 billion each year, according to...

Arbitration - Alternatives to Court Proceedings

Emma Cole
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Alternatives to Court Proceedings When a relationship unfortunately breaks down, there quite often are disagreements relating to the property or finances. Family Law Practitioners will seek for clients to settle their disputes by way of solicitor...

Is a lawyer necessary?

Emma Cole
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Unfortunately, dealing with a legal matter is not always through choice. Sometimes it is a necessity. It is now common for people involved in any legal dispute to deal with matters themselves, including attending court hearings. These people are known as...

The importance of finalising financial matters to avoid future claims

Greg Coad
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The basic principles used by the courts for dealing with assets accrued after separation An area that often causes confusion in divorce cases, is what is the court’s attitude to assets accrued post separation. We have earlier in the year posted a...

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...

Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses?

Samantha Collins
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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...