December 2015 Archive

No Refunds?! Why the Supreme Court refused Marks & Spencer rent repayment after lease breaks

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No refunds? As many people think about returning their itchy Christmas jumpers, some are wondering why, when it comes to property, refunds are not always available for unwanted and unused services. More …

Five ways to keep your legal costs down

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It has recently been reported in the press that eye-watering legal fees were incurred by Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton during their divorce. More …

The Christmas family

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At the carol service I attended on Sunday evening it occurred to me that in Mary, Joseph and Jesus we have a prime example of an alternative family structure. More …

Life assurance schemes – the top 10 compliance risks employers should avoid

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Life assurance schemes can be established either as tax registered schemes, or non-registered schemes where the underlying benefits will not count towards the member's lifetime allowance which is currently £1.25 million. More …

Online Dispute Resolution – the next big thing in family law?

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Relate, the UK's largest provider of relationship support, has today announced that it is trialling a revolutionary new online platform designed to facilitate settlement between separating couples. More …

A taste of Family Law

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The life as a lawyer-no matter how many articles read or fictional television programmes watched, promising to reveal ‘all you need to know about a career in law', nothing compares to following a solicitor’s every move to gain insight into their work. More …

Gift of Hope

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Parents Emma and Drew Lee, allowed their daughter Hope to become one of Britain's youngest r organ donors, at just 74 minutes old. More …

Interpreting Planning Conditions to restrict Changes of Use

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We are increasingly advising on the interpretation of planning conditions restricting change of use arising from confusion as to the proper interpretation of exclusions. More …

Now E is for Error free

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When considering financial options in divorce, whether engaged in the court route or otherwise, many couples use Form E to record their financial positions. This is a key tool assisting with the fundamental requirement of full and frank disclosure in financial matters. More …

Location, location, location: marriage reform anticipated

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The Law Commission produced a scoping report yesterday, reporting that the existing marriage law is "unnecessarily restrictive and outdated and fails to serve today's diverse society". More …