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Why cohabiting couples should write a Will

Why cohabiting couples should write a Will

After research was published this month showing that more than half of parents with children under 18 have not made a Will, solicitors are warning cohabiting couples about the dangers of dying without plans for the distribution of their estate in place.

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October 25, 2018
Posted in Blog, Private Client

North London property lawyer says Supreme Court decision will affect many more landlords following change in the law

North London property lawyer says Supreme Court decision will affect many more landlords following change in the law

A north London-based property lawyer has said that a recent Supreme Court decision will affect many more landlords following a change in the law that widens the definition of ‘house of multiple occupation’ (HMO) to take in two as well as three-storey houses. Zahra Himani, a Property Solicitor and Senior Associate at Finchley-based law firm…

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October 18, 2018
Posted in Press Releases

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong granted quickie divorce – BUT NOT YET

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong granted quickie divorce – BUT NOT YET

A Family Court Judge yesterday granted the Decree Nisi of Divorce to TV personality Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong.  This was widely reported as a quickie divorce.  However it is just the first stage.

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October 17, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

The Times – Forget ‘common law marriage’ – couples need real legal protections

The Times – Forget ‘common law marriage’ – couples need real legal protections

OGR Stock Denton LLP Partner, Graeme Fraser, was recently featured in The Times arguing that extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples is insufficient and cohabiting couples should receive automatic legal rights. Read more here.

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October 11, 2018
Posted in In the Press

Demand strong for UK commercial property

Demand strong for UK commercial property

Demand for UK commercial property remains strong despite the political and other challenges the market appears to be facing in the months ahead.

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October 9, 2018
Posted in Blog, Commercial, Property

Major review uncovers workplace discrimination and harassment at Save the Children

Major review uncovers workplace discrimination and harassment at Save the Children

A major review has found that more than a quarter (28 per cent) of people working for prominent charity Save the Children have encountered discrimination or harassment at work.

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October 9, 2018
Posted in Blog, Employment

Civil partnerships to be extended to opposite-sex couples

Civil partnerships to be extended to opposite-sex couples

Theresa May has announced today that heterosexual couples in England and Wales will now be able to choose whether to enter into a civil partnership rather than get married. The intention is to provide greater security for unmarried couples and their families to address the “imbalance” that allows same-sex couples to enter into both civil…

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October 2, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law, Press Releases

New HMO licensing scheme will draw in more landlords from 1 October

New HMO licensing scheme will draw in more landlords from 1 October

Monday 1 October 2018 will see the introduction of a new licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which will see the scheme apply to properties of less than three stories in height. Under the new rules, properties occupied by five or more people who are not all related to each other and who…

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September 27, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Graeme Fraser shortlisted for Family Law Commentator of the Year

Graeme Fraser shortlisted for Family Law Commentator of the Year

Graeme Fraser, a Partner in our Family team, has been named as a finalist at this year’s Family Law Awards for his role as a key commentator for the specialist area of law. Having appeared recently on both BBC local radio and Channel 5 News to share his expertise on cohabitation, Graeme has become a…

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September 27, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Landlords urged to take note of new HMO rules ahead of 1 October deadline

Landlords urged to take note of new HMO rules ahead of 1 October deadline

New licensing rules due to take effect on Monday 1 October 2018 will require some 177,000 UK landlords to apply for House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences, it has been warned.

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September 25, 2018
Posted in Blog, Property