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It has been nearly ten years since the infamous case of Aston Cantlow v Wallbank, where a couple were forced to pay around £230,000 to their local parish church for repairs, reported here:- https://www.theguardian.com/money/2009/sep/28/glebe-farm-church-bill-sale After the case, the couple stated that they thought ‘Chancel Repair Liability’, the ability for a church to force a landowner...
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Why hasn’t Michael Gove been arrested?   A question on many people’s lips since the former Justice Secretary admitted to using cocaine several times earlier in his career.   So, could he face the legal consequences of this?   Cocaine is a Class A drug, the most serious category. Drug offences are governed by the...
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What is Criminal Injuries Compensation? The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crime in Great Britain. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), administer the Scheme and decide all claims. The rules of the Scheme and the value of the payments awarded are set by Parliament....
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From 1 October 2015, big changes were made to section 21 Housing Act 1988 for tenancies in England. Extra requirements were introduced whereby a section 21 notice (two months no fault notice) could not be served unless an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), gas safety check certificate and the government’s How to Rent Guide had been...
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The High Court recently ruled in Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd v European Medicines Agency [2019] on whether a commercial lease could be frustrated because of Brexit.   A contract is frustrated when an event which, through no fault of either party, occurs after the formation of the contract.  It must be an event which...
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Established in 1936, the National House Building Council (NHBC) sets standards for its registered house builders and works to improve the construction quality of the homes they build. This is ultimately for the benefit of homeowners.   We ensure that when buying a new home that NHBC (or similar) is in place.   NHBC can...
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With much fanfare, ‘Finn’s Law’ came in to force on 8th June 2019, following the implementation of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019.   The 2019 Act makes a straightforward amendment to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.   What was the problem?   Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act creates...
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We welcome the recent announcement on that Justice Secretary, David Gauke, is committing the government to reforming family law which is expected to see an end to the blame culture in divorce. It is envisaged the Secretary of State will bring in legislation to introduce “No-Fault” divorce. Under current law, unless you have been separated...
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During the week of the 13th May 2019, two members of our private family law team, Melanie Winship-Lee and Sara Rutter, completed the Resolution code of practice course in London.  Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals, who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Hewitts are proud...
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‘Upskirting’ now a Criminal Offence in UK The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 has now made ‘Upskirting’ a criminal offence in England and Wales. The new law came into force on the 12th April following a long campaign by activist Gina Martin. Gina Martin started a campaign after a picture was taken up her skirt at...
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