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Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

Debt Recovery
A new Pre-Action Protocol came into force on the 1st October 2017.  It applies to any business claiming payment of a debt from an individual or a sole trader.  It does not apply to business-to-business debts. The aim is to try
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Burials at Home

Family Law ,Will & Lasting Power Attorney
Burials usually take place in purpose-designed cemeteries and churchyards, but there are some alternative burial options which can be considered. Wealthy families with large estates have, for centuries, built a mausoleum or burial chambers and vaults on their land, for
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The Rise of The Digital Divorce

Family Law
Married couples will soon be able to apply for divorce online as part of a £1bn change to the justice system. The Ministry of Justice said the scheme, which was being tested at three sites in the UK, would be
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Attention First Time Buyers!

Conveyancing
In the Budget on 22 November 2017, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for first time buyers. The relief will apply from 22 November 2017 to purchases of residential property for £500,000
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Jewish Transgender Father wins Appeal

Legal News
Judge hearing the matter must act as a ‘judicially reasonable parent’ The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in a case that brings to the fore the tension between, what it termed, deeply discriminatory practices in isolated communities and
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Divorce Day

Family Law
Divorce Day’ refers to the first Monday that everyone returns fully to work, a day when family lawyers reportedly receive an influx of enquiries from people wanting to separate. Many couples, particularly those with children, may not want to split
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Cladding

Conveyancing
FIRE SAFETY – AND SERVICE CHARGES Following a tribunal decision, flat-owners in apartment blocks with cladding similar to Grenfell Tower are likely to have to pay the cost of essential improvements to the properties. Leaseholders in the “Fresh” building in
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Welsh Properties – Changes to Stamp Duty

Conveyancing
On 1st April, the rules relating to Stamp Duty on property purchases change in Wales, as Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) ceases to apply in Wales and a new Land Transaction Tax (LTT) is introduced. LTT has a different set of
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Landlords – Don’t get into Hot Water!

Conveyancing
From 1st April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing
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