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Saying "I Do" to Pre-Nups

Julie Bennett
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Spring is in the air and many happy couples are looking forward to getting married this year. The wedding planning ‘to do’ list can seem endless, with some aspects of the big day ‘nice to have’ rather than ‘essential’, but...

Car parking-a legal right?

Paul Harris
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Car parking is a contentious issue at the best of times. We have all witnessed tempers fray as one motorist swiftly pulls in to a space that another motorist had been patiently waiting to come free in a public car park. The other timeless classic-residents...

Paved with good intentions

Victoria Raven
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Does it really matter if your neighbour kindly assumes responsibility for the upkeep of part of your land? Say, for example, the paving stones on your patio are broken and cracked and your neighbour kindly levels the area and repaves the patio. The patio has...

The Forfeiture Rule and Assisted Dying

Leah Vincent
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A High Court Judge has ruled in the recent case of Ninian v Findlay that Sarah Ninian, who accompanied her husband Alex Ninian to Dignitas for his assisted death, can claim his £1.8 million estate. Alex had been diagnosed with progressive...

To summon or not?

Louise Morran
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At the start of any litigation, individuals or companies may find that there are plenty of witnesses who are willing and able to provide witness evidence in support of their claim. However, with time, employees can move away and recollection of key events...

Deposits - when are you entitled to ask for your money back?

Rosalin Gautam
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We use the expression deposit in a number of different ways. You can put down a damage deposit when renting a car or accommodation or you might pay a deposit when buying a car, a house or paying for a holiday. If you are paying a damage deposit, then the...

Building Inspector dodges liability

Andrew Turner
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Imagine that you have just purchased a new-build flat. Shortly after moving in, you discover that the building is riddled with defects including faulty fire protection, defective drainage, inadequate ventilation, and non-functioning sanitation.  You...

Did you attend Mediation during Family Mediation Week?

Louise Rhys-Thomas
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Mediation is one of the options available to separating couples for resolving issues following the breakdown of their relationship. It is a pre-requisite to attempt mediation before launching into litigation. It allows parents, divorcing spouses, separating...

Inheritance Tax - Change on the Horizon?

Peter Jackson
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It is now just over a year since Chancellor Philip Hammond wrote to the Office of Tax Simplification, an independent office of HM Treasury, asking them to carry out a review of the Inheritance Tax (IHT) regime. The Office spent much of 2018 investigating...

ACCESSING NEIGHBOURING LAND FOR REPAIRS

Neil  Belcher
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If you need to access a neighbour’s land to carry out repairs to your property then hopefully the adjoining land owner will simply grant you access in a neighbourly way. If, however, they will not give you access then contained within your title deeds...

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