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Plans of new eco standards for homes expected within weeks

Plans of new eco standards for homes expected within weeks

Plans for the Future Homes Standard 2025 announced by the Chancellor in his Spring Statement are expected to be announced soon with a consultation process promised for this spring.

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March 19, 2019
Posted in Blog, Property

We raise hundreds for Comic Relief

We raise hundreds for Comic Relief

Our team held a fundraiser on Red Nose Day – Friday 15 March 2019 – to raise funds for Comic Relief. As well as a ‘dress down’/ ‘wear red’ day, the team held a Cube Challenge Game, based on the TV game show of the same name. We also held a prize drawer, with prizes…

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March 18, 2019
Posted in Latest News

New call for humanist marriages to be legally recognised in England and Wales

New call for humanist marriages to be legally recognised in England and Wales

A new poll has called for ‘humanist marriages’ to be recognised in England and Wales after research revealed significantly lower divorce rates among those married in a humanist ceremony.

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March 13, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law

£200 for the London Legal Support Trust is the icing on the cake for our bake sale

£200 for the London Legal Support Trust is the icing on the cake for our bake sale

Our team is always keen to make a difference to the community and one of the ways we do this is by supporting a range of charities. On Thursday 7 March 2019, we held a bake sale to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust (LLST). The LLST funds free legal advice services across…

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March 12, 2019
Posted in Latest News

Public are unaware of unregulated will writers

Public are unaware of unregulated will writers

Six out of 10 consumers are unaware that will-writers are unregulated, although many people are interested in writing their own wills anyway, new research has found.

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March 1, 2019
Posted in Private Client

Children’s Commissioners demand clarity on family law matters after Brexit

Children’s Commissioners demand clarity on family law matters after Brexit

The four Children’s Commissioners of the United Kingdom have written to the Brexit Secretary calling for immediate assurances on some of the issues facing children arising from Brexit.

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February 27, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Property sales in UK increased at beginning of this year

Property sales in UK increased at beginning of this year

Residential property sales in the UK were positive at the beginning of the year, up 0.8 per cent between December 2018 and January 2019, official data shows. Overall there were 101,170 residential sales, taking them 1.3 per cent higher than January 2018, according to the figures from HMRC.

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February 27, 2019
Posted in Blog, Property

What’s the meaning of a snowflake? Judges told to learn to interpret emojis

What’s the meaning of a snowflake? Judges told to learn to interpret emojis

Judges in a wide range of cases increasingly need to grasp the intended meanings of emojis, according to lawyers. The need to understand the widely used text messaging icons is most obvious in criminal cases, where a message containing an emoji that at face value is as innocuous as a maple leaf, could in fact…

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February 26, 2019
Posted in Latest News

Government launches consultation on Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge for non-UK residents

Government launches consultation on Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge for non-UK residents

Amid fears that property purchases by people based overseas are pushing up house prices for UK residents, the Government has launched a consultation on applying a one per cent Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge to land and property purchases by non-UK residents. The measure was first announced by the Chancellor at the Budget in…

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February 26, 2019
Posted in Latest News

No-fault divorce set to become law

No-fault divorce set to become law

Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has told The Times that he will legislate to introduce an option for no-fault divorce in the next Parliamentary session. At the moment, couples can only seek an immediate divorce for reasons that apportion blame for the breakdown of the relationship. Otherwise, the couple must be separated for either two or…

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February 26, 2019
Posted in Latest News