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Divorce – whose fault is it?

Divorce – whose fault is it? When a married couple want to separate and divorce, the law still requires that one party must allege that the other is at fault for a divorce to be granted by the Court. Interestingly, who has allegedly done this or that has little relevance to the issues in respect... read more

What should you consider when buying a house?

According to the House Price Index: Aug 2016 ( the average UK house price was £219,000.00 in August 2016, this is a huge £17,000 higher than in August 2015. The main contribution to the increase in UK house prices came from England, where house prices increased by 9.2% over the year to August 2016, with... read more

What are property searches?

One of the main parts of the conveyancing process is having searches carried out against the property in question. However it is not always clear why this is done and what the search results can show. There are three standard searches which a conveyancer will always carry out unless specifically instructed not to do so... read more

‘Rabbit hutch’ new-builds

Kumbuka the gorilla recently escaped from his enclosure at London Zoo and helped himself to 5 litres of undiluted blackcurrant cordial before being tranquilised and recaptured. Kumbuka and the two adults, one teenager and two babies in his family share a Regents Park apartment.  Unusually for Central London, their accommodation includes a gym and a very sizeable... read more

Who has Parental Responsibility?

Parental Responsibility is defined in s.3(1) Children Act 1989 as being: “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. The term Parental Responsibility attempts to focus on the parent’s duties towards their child rather than the parent’s rights over their child.... read more

Ignoring a MIAM

4/5 separating couples are ignoring the requirement to attend a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) according to figures released by National Family Mediation. Since April 2014 it has been compulsory for a separating couple to attend a MIAM before applying for a court order in divorce proceedings. But data from a Freedom of Information... read more

Hate Crimes

In a world where people can hide behind their computer screens allowing people to become nameless, faceless figures with a sense of empowerment gained from the anonymity of letting your keyboard do the talking whilst cocooned inside the safety net of their home; it is no surprise that 2015-16 saw more hate crime prosecutions completed... read more

Buying and selling in a chain, what should I expect?

One of the most stressful experiences someone can go through (most would agree) is purchasing a property in a chain of other conveyancing transactions. It is definitely a good idea to ask the estate agent and your conveyancer to confirm at the outset of the process whether your purchase forms part of a chain and... read more

What are restrictive covenants and how do they affect the property I’m buying

During the process of a purchasing a property it is more likely than not that your conveyancer will bring your attention to the fact there are restrictive covenants affecting the property. But what are restrictive covenants and how will they affect you as the owner of that property?   A restrictive covenant is essentially a... read more

Under Threat and Under Duress: Will Disputes

The drafting of wills ought to offer a prospective testator with peace of mind. The fact that their estate will be administered in accordance with their wishes after their passing is obviously reassuring. The finality of death prompts testators to place these wishes with appointed executors, whom they trust to obey their instructions, but what... read more