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Conveyancing groups welcome new government laws on leaseholds

There’s been a trend in the new housing market over the past few years for builders to sell homes on a leasehold basis rather than freehold. Generally, a freehold is a more common way of buying a property, and it means that as well as the house, you...

Land Registry Improvements for Conveyancing

What can the Land Registry do to improve the conveyancing process? If there’s one thing that frustrates all home owners and solicitors alike, it’s the frustration of having to wait for various organisations to complete their part of the...

Property Co-Ownership Disputes

When might a dispute arise? Many of the cases we see in this area are when couples split up and they disagree with the proportion each of them should receive when the property is sold, or the ownership is transferred. ...

Six prevalent myths you'll hear about divorce

As with most subjects, there are lots of people who are willing to give you a lot of advice when you announce you are going through a divorce. From the status of the children, to who gets to keep the dog, it seems the world is full of experts who will be...

What are dilapidations?

Dilapidations relate to disrepair of properties and simply put are the maintenance and repairs required during and at the end of the lease.  The majority of dilapidation claims relate to commercial premises. Landlords usually seek to enforce the...

Handling your divorce - how a solicitor can help

It's unlikely that planning for a divorce is on the top of most people's life-goals, but it's an unfortunate fact of life that things can happen, and people end up having to deal with it.

Mediation: is the system working?

According to National Family Mediation, less than 40% of couples went to a mediation information and assessment meeting in 2016 before making an application to a court for orders about children. This is concerning, bearing in mind the fact that it has been...

Co-Habitation Agreements

The law in England and Wales in relation to married and unmarried couples is vastly different.  The often referred to phrase of “common law man and wife” is a common misconception which simply does not exist.  Many people believe that...

The Queen's Speech 2017 and the Gender Pay Gap

The Queen’s Speech referred to some very important issues, amongst those issues was the intention to make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people. The gender pay gap measures the difference between men and...

Staying in control

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15th June) The so-called ‘dementia tax’ and proposed changes to inheritance tax dominated the recent general election; more people considering their plans for the end of their life. Recent research indicated...
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