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Guidance on financial needs on divorce published

The Family Justice Council (FJC) has published guidance on financial needs on divorce aimed both at Courts and legal advisers. The guide has been produced by the Financial Needs Working Group, chaired by Mrs Justice Roberts, of the Family Justice Council and is addressed primarily to courts and legal advisers.  It has been drafted as a... read more


Mortgage Credit Directive and Certificate of Title

The Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD) was implemented in the UK on 21 March and the certificate of title was updated to reflect the changes. The MCD gives potential borrowers a reflection period of at least seven days once they have received a binding mortgage offer. The reflection period is intended to allow the consumer sufficient... read more


All you need to know about Eid

Ramadan will finish on 5 July this year for the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, marking the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. Literally translated from Arabic as the ‘festival of breaking the fast’, the religious holiday usually lasts for a number of days and the celebrations involve a range of traditions, generally including a gathering of family and friends to eat... read more


How to achieve Boredom out of Brexit…

It is said that there is an ancient Chinese curse of ‘may you live in interesting times’, a polite way to wish an enemy a life of uncertainly, trouble and difficulty. Boredom and routine presumably being a much more preferable way to spend your life. The true origins of the phrase are much more likely... read more


Security of Tenure

Security of Tenure: To Exclude or Not To Exclude? The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA 1954) administrates the responsibilities and rights of landlords and tenants of properties and premises which are used and occupied for business purposes. Security of tenure for the tenant The tenant of a property or premises from which a business... read more


CHANGES TO INHERITANCE TAX

What is the current position?   Inheritance tax is a form of tax which has to be paid when a person dies and was introduced in 1986. However, having to pay money when you die is not a modern day concept, and it has been necessary for estates to pay a death duty since 1796.... read more


Family Law and Social Media

Is there a link between Family Law and Social Media? The average person is said to spend 1 hour and 40 minutes on social media each and every day. With smart phones and social media Apps it has become a part of our every day lives; me included. It may come as no surprise that... read more


Changes to Local Authority Forms

Briefly there are some changes to Local Authority enquiries in conveyancing using CON 29, CON 29O and CON29DW forms due to take effect on the 4th July.  CON 29 is to now include enquiries on the community infrastructure levy, assets of community value and public rights of way (formerly reported in CON29O).  CON 29O has... read more


LEGALEASE

Sometimes legalease (the technical language used by solicitors in legal letters or documents) is necessary if the legal document calls for or needs it, however when the use of legal language becomes excessive it can become difficult for non-lawyers to understand what a letter or document actually means.  Some solicitors may seek to confuse with... read more


EU Referendum Result and Family Law

Following the result of the EU Referendum; for many of us, uncertainty lies ahead; Resolution Chair Nigel Shepherd made the following statement with regard to family law and the implications; “It’s too early to know the full implications for family law, but what is clear is that we are entering a period of great uncertainty.... read more