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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

Bank of England Governor warns of Brexit house price plunge

Bank of England Governor warns of Brexit house price plunge

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned that a no-deal Brexit could cause a house price crash. He said that in the worst-case scenario, house prices could fall by as much as 35 per cent over the three years following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, according to reports. His comments…

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September 21, 2018
Posted in Blog, Latest News, Property

New Bill promises guaranteed leave allowance for bereaved parents

New Bill promises guaranteed leave allowance for bereaved parents

A Bill presented to Parliament recently promises to give bereaved parents guaranteed paid leave for a minimum of two weeks following the death of a child aged under 18 years old. Conservative MP, Kevin Hollinrake, has introduced the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill with support from the Government . The plans will now be…

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September 21, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law, Latest News