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Sophie Lamont
Anybody in the probate industry, or anybody that has lodged a personal application for probate this year, will be aware that there were significant backlogs to the service from the Probate Registries due to dramatic changes and updates and the threat of fee increases. Previously, delays in the issue of a Grant could have been...
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The Government has advised that a trial could take place for the conveyancing process to allow a buyer and seller to be locked into a transaction by way of a reservation agreement. The Government has pledged to fix what it considers to be a ‘broken’ housing market and make the buying and selling process quicker,...
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Did you know that all legal advice at the police station is free of charge? When an arrested person is at the police station they have ‘the right to consult privately with a solicitor and that free independent legal advice is available’ (PACE Code C3.1). This is a continuing right and can be exercised at...
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Did you know the duty on employers to maintain National Minimum Wage records moves to the transferee when a TUPE transfer takes place? The Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed in Mears Homecare Ltd v Bradburn and others (May 2019) that the duty on employers to maintain National Minimum Wage records moves to the transferee (or ‘new’ company)...
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In today’s market it is becoming increasingly common for homeowners to stay on in their property longer than they otherwise might do (as we have seen in Channel 4’s Love it or List it programme with Kirsty and Phil) by choosing to improve their homes to maximise space and also to add value. One particular...
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Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPA) – which is which? There are two types of LPA’s but what are the differences? Property and Affairs LPAs for decisions about finances, for example in relation to bank accounts, utility companies and property. This LPA can be used by your attorneys as soon as the document is registered, regardless...
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Clare’s Law is a scheme introduced in 2014 however many people are still unaware that the scheme exists. It allows people to ask ‘Am I at risk?’ and can play a major part in someone being able to escape a potentially abusive relationship before domestic abuse takes place. What is it? Clare’s law allows anyone...
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Urgent Request from the Law Society for the New UK Prime Minister The Law Society has several high-priority requests for the new incoming PM, for both the civil and criminal justice systems, particularly in relation to legal aid: Civil Justice Reinstate legal aid for early advice from lawyers specialising in family and housing law Review...
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Boris Johnson has responded recently to Women’s groups and confirmed that the Government will reconsider the reintroduction of the domestic abuse legislation. This was first considered by Parliament in July 2019. Mr Johnson announced on the 12th September 2019: ‘Domestic abuse shatters lives and tears families apart. We are fully committed to tackling this horrific...
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It has been reported in the press that 500 people have been arrested while drunk on a plane at British airports in the last three years. For many people a holiday begins once cases have been checked in, and what is the harm in that? It is clear that drunkenness has become an issue. The government...
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