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Marriage vs Cohabitation

The debate as to whether legal status should be afforded to cohabiting couples is one that continues to rumble on. The fastest growing family type is cohabiting couple families, increasing from 1.5 million to 3.3 million families between 1996 and 2016; according to statistics. Yet there remains widespread ignorance about the legal status of cohabiting... read more


New proposals to deal with problem ground rents

In recent months the problem of unfair increases in leasehold ground rents has been highlighted. Many houses, especially in the North West, have been built and sold as leasehold over the past hundred years – with traditional leases it is unusual for the ground rent to increase.  However, this is not the case for brand... read more


Woman Granted Permission to Challenge Consent Order

Ms Birch has been granted permission to challenge the terms of her Consent Order, made prior to her divorce, by the Supreme Court. Consent Orders set out the detail of the financial settlement reached between former spouses; as approved by the Court. The Order as it stands contained provision for the matrimonial home to be... read more


THE LAW COMMISSION SEEKS TO UPDATE THE LAW OF WILLS

THE LAW COMMISSION SEEKS TO UPDATE THE LAW OF WILLS The outdated law of wills needs an overhaul according to the Law Commission. The independent body say that Victorian laws, out of step with the modern world, are failing to protect the vulnerable – and not allowing others to distribute their cherished possessions after they’ve gone.... read more


Scam Awareness Month

July is scam awareness month.  Scams affect millions of people a year, this month the Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services are running campaigns nationally and locally to help consumers identify scams. Scams and frauds can often be hard to spot.  Scams generally involve complex psychological tricks so if you are not sure whether something... read more


HOW DO I KNOW MY NEW HOME IS SAFE?

From a conveyancing point of view, there are three aspects to this question: The Survey.  When you are buying a property you have a choice of (a) a full structural survey (b) a Home Buyer report or (c) a mortgage valuation.  The full structural survey provides you with more information (and is more expensive) than... read more


Government Announces Draft Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse Bill

Outlined in the Queen’s Speech, the Government has committed to bringing forward legislation “to protect the victims of domestic violence and abuse”. The purpose of the Bill is to “transform our approach to domestic violence and abuse to ensure that victims have the confidence to come forward and report their experiences, being safe in the... read more


How will a Hung Parliament affect House Prices?

How will a Hung Parliament affect House Prices? Following the recent 2017 election which has resulted in a Hung Parliament and a Conservative DUP coalition experts have warned that House Prices and Britain’s Housing market is set for further uncertainty.   A hung parliament means that no single party managed to win the 326 seats needed... read more


Short vs Long Marriage and The Impact on Finances?

The Court delivered a long awaited judgment in the case of Sharp and Sharp on 13th June and some would argue that it goes further to give couples ‘more to bicker about’ . Mrs Sharp, a successful City Trader, successfully challenged a divorce judgment which awarded her ex-husband of only four years £2.7m. But does... read more


Flying Freeholds

A flying freehold refers to freehold property built over land which does not form part of the property. It is used to describe the situation where a freehold property overhangs or projects out from underneath.   According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, examples of flying freeholds are found in all types of buildings... read more