October 2015 Archive

More limitations on landlords seeking possession under Assured Shorthold Tenancies

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The s.21 possession procedure is a desirable method for landlords seeking possession of property let on an assured shorthold tenancy. Under s.21 of the Housing Act 1988, if the notice requirements have been met, courts are obliged to grant a possession order without the landlord having to establish a ground for possession. More …

Myth Busting One: Common law husband and wife?

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Ask any family specialist what one of their top ten questions is and I am confident it will be – "…but I aren't I entitled to "X" as I am his common law wife?" More …

Romances and heartaches following the so-called "Strictly Curse"

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Much has been in the press about the so-called "Strictly Curse" whereby the popular BBC Strictly Come Dancing show has resulted in the celebrity and professional pairs getting together, and existing relationships breaking up as the pairs become too close. More …

How to get a divorce

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In order to apply for a divorce, one spouse must divorce the other, although there are calls for a change to a 'no-fault' system. The spouse who wishes to initiate divorce proceedings must prepare a divorce petition. Within the proceedings, this spouse becomes known as the Petitioner and the other spouse is known as the Respondent. More …

Impact of proposed court fee increases?

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we all know someone who has been through a divorce or separation, and it is never an straightforward experience. The sad reality is that alongside the emotional strain placed on a family, there is also a huge financial strain. More …

Interpreting Contracts - meaning of ‘commercially reasonable’

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This is the third instalment of our Interpreting Contracts series, following on from Christian’s blog post “Interpreting contracts – can you vary a non-variation clause?” More …

Soldiers in Petticoats

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Watching the film 'Suffragette' really brings home how fortunate modern day young women are, forging a career in what used to be considered a 'man's world', and how much I personally owe to the brave women who campaigned to make that possible. More …

Privacy and divorce

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It is easy to see why a couple might want to keep their divorce private and out of the Court. The reasons may be personal; for example, a couple might want to avoid having the ins-and-outs of their marriage and its breakdown being scrutinised by their spouse's legal team and potentially dissected by a Judge. More …

Planning Shake Up

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On 13 October the Government announced that new measures would be introduced to make it easier to turn under used office buildings into new homes. More …

Pointing the Finger - the need for 'No Fault' Divorce

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No Blame Divorce

It is estimated that there are 118,000 divorces in England and Wales each year, with more than half of those divorces based on the petitioning spouse citing their husband or wife's adultery or unreasonable behaviour More …