May 2018 Archive

GDPR, what next?

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After the frenzy, the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act 2018 apply from today, but as Blake Morgan explains, those in charge of compliance won't be breathing a sigh of relief just yet… More …

Unravelling capacity

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The term "capacity" is used so frequently and is often misunderstood. Legal and medical professionals are likely to have a different understanding of this powerful word, which ultimately determines whether someone may or may not be able to do a certain act. As it is Dementia Awareness Week, I thought it would be really useful to dispel any myths about this word and give some background information on why it is so important. More …

Japanese Knotweed - The neighbour from hell

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Japanese Knotweed is a non-native invasive species and is the most invasive plant in the UK. It grows rapidly, the roots are extremely wide spreading and can penetrate foundations and concrete so can cause considerable physical damage to buildings and land. More …

Avoid the pitfalls of removing the boss

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Removing senior directors goes against the grain in business. Extracting the leader certainly deviates from the norm but can be performed as and when necessary. However, there are many pitfalls that would need to be avoided should this sensitive and intricate issue arise. More …

Tenant catches a break

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A recent High Court decision has highlighted not only the power of punctuation, but the need for tenants to take proactive legal action when they wish to terminate their lease early. More …

Safeguarding your health: LPAs and Messages in a Bottle

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Dementia affects a person's capacity to make decisions as well as their general health and wellbeing. It is a condition which generally gets worse over time and is by its nature difficult to predict and manage. More …

SDLT surcharge – Changes made by the Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017

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The Autumn Budget of 22 November 2017 was an exciting Budget for those of us who live and breathe the stamp duty land tax (“SDLT”) rules on when a purchase of a residential property is subject to the higher rates for additional properties (HRAD or the 3% surcharge). More …

Bristol, Baronesses and Baa-ing - Resolution's 30th National Conference

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Representatives from each of the Blake Morgan family team's three locations (Rachel Giles – Southampton, James Davies – Oxford and Farhana Shahzady – London) recently attended Resolution's 30th National Conference, which was billed as the highlight of the family law calendar. More …

Build to Rent – Overview of the evolving housing landscape

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The housing question has always been a complex one and over recent years there has been a seismic shift in housing policy with the intention of finding a solution to plug the yawning gap left by a shortfall of homes. Whilst it is not claimed it will be the panacea, Build to Rent (BtR) has been offered as a solution and we take a look at how this sector has evolved. More …