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Sophie Lamont
Under current legislation should someone pass away without making a Will then they are known to have died intestate. This means their assets will be distributed as per the Intestacy Rules. Currently, the rules state that the spouse of the deceased shall inherit the first £250,000 and for the remainder of the estate to be...
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Some of the family team at Hewitts Solicitors attended the annual Family Justice Board event on the 30th January 2020. This was a fabulous event organised by Dere Street Chambers. The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane gave a wonderful speech about family work in our area, how we work in a professional,...
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The Sentencing Council is responsible for issuing guidelines on sentencing for the courts to follow. Guidelines must be followed unless it is in the interests of justice not to do so. New guidelines are now being proposed in respect of disqualifications from driving. What is being proposed?  The guidance mainly relates to cases dealt with...
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For the past few years, the Government has shown substantial commitment towards reforming the residential leasehold sector to tackle ‘corrupt’ and ‘unjustified’ practices. Due to forward thinking government plans, could 2020 finally be the year we see a fairer system for Leaseholders? Over several years, it appears that some parts of the residential leasehold system...
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A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian. It is a private law order and is intended for children who cannot live with their birth parents. Whilst this is a private law order, it is regularly used in care proceedings when a child is placed...
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To successfully pursue a claim for personal injury you must prove that there has been a breach of duty which has caused actionable personal damage.   Broken down, you must prove the following; Negligence (breach of duty) The Claimant must prove that the Defendant’s act or omission resulted in a breach of duty i.e. did the...
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Every private company in England and Wales must keep a register of ‘people with significant control’ (PSC) and ensure it is up to date. Despite this being a legal requirement for companies and LLPs, over 40% of companies do not check their PSC register to ensure it is still correct after the company is set...
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A recent case involving a dispute between separated parents about child arrangements has demonstrated how seriously the Court views the issue of parental alienation and the fact that the Court will not be afraid to make major decisions altering where a child lives if they have been subject to parental alienation. In this case, initially...
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The Employment Tribunal sitting at Norwich has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief in an unfair dismissal case brought by Mr Casamitjana against the League Against Cruel Sports. Before a decision can be made by the ET regarding whether or not the Claimant was dismissed for gross misconduct, they had to decide whether...
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It’s Christmas Time! But Also, Business As Usual For Us The festive season is a time to kick back and enjoy a little rest and recuperation before 2020 hits us all like a brick and life carries on as usual. While we will be hoping to enjoy some well-earned rest, our team remains on standby...
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