A campaign to overturn a ban on heterosexual couples being allowed to enter into civil partnership has unanimously been ruled by the Supreme Court as being incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Section 1 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 restricts civil partnership to same-sex couples. This means that a heterosexual couple do
Being told to get Independent Legal Advice is often an unwelcome surprise at the last minute in a deal, it is a condition and often involves third parties, who are not directly involved except for their interest in the security being provided. Independent Legal Advice is most frequently needed for: Personal Guarantees; 3rd Party Legal
Exactly what you call a document does not matter as much as its substance and what has happened in practice. The trademark features of a lease are: •Exclusive possession. •For a term (fixed or periodic). •At a rent (although it is possible for a lease to arise without rent). Recently, the High Court decided that
With the ever increasing longevity of the UK population, the question of ageing and quality of life are becoming increasingly fundamental to people’s way of thinking. Some of us may feel an uncomfortable gap in the knowledge and skills we have to cope with the demands of longer living. Court of Protection Applicationshat do you
“We all work hard to build up our assets during our lifetime, not only to provide for a more comfortable life in our later years, but also to provide our loved ones with some financial security for the future after we have died. Unfortunately, far too many people consider making provision for what should happen
If you’re getting a divorce or ending a civil partnership, you will need to ensure your rights and assets are protected. In some cases, you may have to act quickly to protect your finances, especially if the break-up is acrimonious. Here is a quick guide on how to ensure your assets are protected when going
In a not entirely welcomed decision, HM Courts and Tribunal Service has confirmed the closure of 19% of court buildings around England and Wales. All of these Courts were already under consultation for closure due to a perceived lack of use; empty for two thirds of potential hearing time, or in use on average two
Within the Summer Budget 2015 was the announcement that the government was introducing an additional ‘nil rate band’. The nil rate band, currently at £325,000, is the amount that an individual can have in their estate when they die before inheritance tax (‘IHT’) is chargeable. Anything above this amount will be taxed at 40% for
The recent judgments in these cases send a clear message to those of you embroiled in matrimonial proceedings that financial disclosure must be full, frank and honest and if its not then there is a danger that your ex could revert the matter back to court following any final settlement and ask the court to
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Vashti Norman, Head of our Personal Injury Small Claims and Fast Track Department, to the position of Associate with immediate effect. Congratulations and well done to Vashti!
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ben Davis to the position of Associate and Team Leader: Wills, Trust and Probate with immediate effect. Congratulations and well done to Ben!
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Sharon Porter-Gayle to the position of Associate with immediate effect. Congratulations and well done to Sharon!