January 2016 Archive

Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership court challenge

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Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld from London have today lost their High Court battle. They wanted to enter into a civil partnership rather than get married, as they feel that marriage is a patriarchal institution and would prefer to enter into a civil partnership More …

Don't be an SDLT April fool

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The stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rules for residential property are due to change on 1 April 2016, with some transactions being subject to an additional 3% duty above normal rates. The final rules to be announced on 16 March 2016, which is leaving it late in the day for those hoping to avoid the extra charge. More …

How can my Will be challenged if I'm not dead yet?

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It's no secret that Wills are frequently contested in the UK, after the testator has died. But did you know that there is a growing pre-death litigation movement making waves in the US – that's right, you read correctly – pre-death. More …

Data Protection Day

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Data Protection day is celebrating its 10th birthday today. A day aimed at raising awareness of data protection issues and to promote privacy and data protection best practices. More …

Housing crisis – back to the future

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One of the common complaints of having up to 1000 television channels to watch is that there is nothing ever worth watching. So it was last night as I idly flicked though Sky's current offering in search of entertainment after a hard day at the office. More …

Does my new partner need a DBS check?

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In England and Wales, an employer must check a potential employee's criminal records if they apply for certain jobs or voluntary positions. This is carried out through the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau). A thorough check is also carried out against a person who is applying to foster or adopt a child More …

Mariah Carey and James Packer – third time lucky?

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Mariah Carey and James Packer reportedly got engaged which caused a stir in the media for the second time this month, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall being the cause of the first controversial announcement. More …

New European single procurement document to be introduced

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The ESPD is a standardised document that focuses on self-declarations by tenderers in respect of mandatory and discretionary exclusion questions and selection questions. It provides a means for tenderers to prove the absence of grounds for exclusion from a tender and is aimed at reducing administrative red tape for tenderers. Only successful tenderers will need to submit documentation proving that they qualify for the contract More …

Top questions asked about family mediation

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As the family mediator for our Southampton and Portsmouth offices I volunteered to take part in a Twitter Q & A. This gave anyone on Twitter the opportunity to ask me any questions about family mediation. More …

Rainy days and blue Mondays always get me down

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Today marks the third Monday in January which, on face-value, seems quite an unremarkable date. However and quite unfortunately, today has become known as the most depressing day of the year, the dreaded "Blue Monday". More …