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A new Pre-Action Protocol came into force on the 1st October 2017.  It applies to any business claiming a 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 and settle these matters before they get to Court and, given the... read more


  HALLOWEEN PROPERTY PURCHASE FAQs Q How do I know whether my house has been built on an ancient Native American Burial Ground? A    Latimer Lee will always carry out an Environmental Search on your behalf.  This will reveal potentially contaminative past uses, including graveyards. Q There are meat-hooks in the cellar.  Should I be... read more

Create Streets

The “Create Streets” organisation campaigns for “community-led regeneration and infill to create more homes and better places whilst protecting existing social housing”.  In other words, it wants people to live in traditional houses in traditional towns and cities. This week it publishes a report that: In London, buyers prefer areas with “high intersection density”, ie... read more


Under The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006, and The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Wales) Order 2007, you must not transport an animal in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, injury or unnecessary suffering to that animal.   It is also important that a dog is suitably restrained in a vehicle... read more

Irretrievable Breakdown and Divorce Petitions

The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973), s 1(1) provides that there is only one ground for divorce, namely that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Irretrievable breakdown can further be proved by one of five facts available (MCA 1973, s1(2)): adultery unreasonable behaviour desertion two years separation with consent five years separation The majority... read more

New Build Boom

The number of new build homes that have started to be built has surged to the highest level since 2008, as shown by figures released in August. The latest housebuilding data shows that 164,960 new homes were started in the year to June 2017, up 13% on the previous year, and have increased by more than three-quarters... read more

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 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