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In June 2018 the Supreme Court made a ruling that it is discriminatory to restrict the ability to enter into a civil partnership to same-sex couples only and is, in fact, in breach of human rights laws. Following a period of uncertainty after this judgement, the Government have now agreed to amend the law, extending...
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With the purchase and use of drones increasing, it is worth a reminder of the important updates in law to prevent the commission of criminal offences involving drones. The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018, introduced on the 30th May 2018 and effective from the 30th July 2018, restricts all drones (irrespective of weight) from flying...
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Gaining possession of a privately rented property let on an assured shorthold tenancy   What is an assured shorthold tenancy (AST)? Your tenancy agreement is likely to be an AST if you are a private landlord, the tenancy began on or after 28.02.1997 and the house or flat is let as a separate accommodation and...
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Fireworks and the Law As we approach Bonfire Night, the night sky is brought alive by the vibrant explosions of noise and colour, but as always, lurking in the background is a risk that failing to deal with fireworks safely and responsibly can bring you to the attention of the police. Retailers who are thinking...
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Hewitts are proud to have to have achieved the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme mark which means that we have met the high standards and integrity required and will provide high quality will drafting and estate administration services. As a result of obtaining this as a client you can expect the following:- we...
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A Supreme Court ruling in August of 2018 put pressure on the Government to change its rules in relation to bereavement benefits. The partner of the applicant, Mrs. McCloughlin who is the mother of 4 children, was refused Widows Parents Allowance on the death of her partner with whom she had cohabited for 23 years. ...
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The Government is being urged to make legal aid available to bereaved families to be represented at Coroner’s Inquests. Legal aid is currently only available in exceptional circumstances. High profile cases such as the inquests arising from the Hillsborough disaster have highlighted the unfairness of bereaved families struggling for representation when facing hospitals, police and...
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No one plans to be injured, but unfortunately in our fast paced and busy modern day lives, accidents and injuries do happen on a daily basis. Those who suffer needless harm as a result of another’s failure to take proper care should not have to suffer any further or lose out financially as a result....
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Among the many duties that an Executor carries is the duty to make full use of all the relevant reliefs that an estate is entitled to. If too much tax is paid by an estate then the beneficiaries of an estate may be able to make a claim against an Executor. HMRC will expect an...
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The Government has recently signaled reform of divorce laws by removing the element of fault. Divorce is a very difficult and stressful situation to have to go through; and can be made worse when the parties involved seek to blame each other for the breakdown of their relationship. Justice Secretary David Gauke confirmed his intention that couples...
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