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Separated parents: Coronavirus and child arrangements

Julie Bennett
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It's December, hats and scarves are out, we are all thinking about how we will spend the festive holiday and who we can spend it with in light of the COVID-19 tiered restrictions. Recently we have had to put more thought into how to spend time safely...

What a relief!

Emily Arnold
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Forfeiture is a remedy that can allow a landlord to terminate a lease if the tenant does not make payments of rent. In the case of commercial property, the lease can be forfeited by way of peaceable re-entry - ie changing the locks. But this robust action...

Commercial contracts: What's the limit of your liability?

Jonathan Rathbone
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The extent of each party’s liability is a key part of a commercial contract and is likely to be subject to extensive negotiation. An indemnity is a promise usually made in a contract to pay money out on the occurrence of a specified event. It aims to...

How we can help Personal Representatives

Claire Holland
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Administering an estate can be a daunting task.  Whilst there is no requirement to enlist the help of a solicitor, there are many reasons why it may be best to do so.  Our team has many years’ experience and can help you to avoid common traps...

LOCKDOWN AND YOUR PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

Paul Engelbrecht
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Whilst the latest announcement from the Government was not unexpected and will have wider ramifications on the various industries it affects as a whole, the good news from a property point of view is that it is "business as usual". Can I still...

Stamp Duty holiday: what does this mean for you?

Amy McCormick
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The Stamp Duty Land Tax (‘SDLT’) holiday was announced on 8 th July 2020 to rejuvenate the property market. The holiday applies to residential property transactions by way of an increase in the first SDLT threshold from £125,000 to...

Wills allowed to be witnessed by video

Leah Vincent
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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has officially declared that Wills and Codicils witnessed remotely by video link will be deemed legal, as long as the quality of the sound and video is sufficient for the parties to see and hear what is happening at the time....

Rights of way: check the small print

Andrew Turner
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When a right of way is granted, conditions might be attached to the right which restrict how you are allowed to use the right of way. A typical example would be a condition that limits use of the right of way to pedestrian use only. Similarly, conditions...

OPG launches new online service for using LPAs

Leah Vincent
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In recent months it has become much clearer just how important online services are. With this in mind, the Office of the Public Guardian (“the OPG”) has been working behind the scenes to make using Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”)...

Is Covid-19 a Barder Event?

Jennifer Allen
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When separating couples reach agreement as to how to deal with their finances in divorce or dissolution proceedings, the best way for this to be recorded is for it to be set out in a consent order that is approved by the court. If there are ongoing court proceedings to resolve financial claims, the court will make a final financial order within those proceedings. The order made by the court is final and binding upon Decree Absolute and there are limited circumstances where final financial orders can be “reopened”. 

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