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Relationship breakdown – supporting children through divorce

A divorce or separation is inevitably an emotional and difficult time for all involved. For children, it can bring about feelings of uncertainty, confusion, stress, and worry. But, with consideration and parental support, many children can navigate a challenging situation in the best way possible. Associate Solicitor and family law specialist Lisa Cogger discusses how to prevent children from suffering during a relationship breakdown.

One of the most frequently asked questions from separating and divorcing couples is: how can we…

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House sales boom following stamp duty holiday

House sales in the UK have increased following the introduction of a stamp duty holiday during the current global pandemic. This was introduced earlier in the year with a view to protecting jobs in the housing sector and the associated supply chains. The increase in sales of residential property has helped protect more than three quarters of a million jobs in the sector during uncertain times, and the scheme is set to continue through to March 2021.

When the scheme…

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Witnessing Wills Remotely in a Changing World

In order to be considered valid, Wills have historically needed to comply with section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 (amended by section 17 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982). Usual practice dictates that the execution and attestation of Wills must comply entirely with the statutory legal requirements, but global events relating to the outbreak of coronavirus have brought additional challenges on how witnessing Wills remotely could be achieved.
What’s Changing?
Legal requirements state that a witness must…

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What is power of attorney?

Granting powers of attorney to a named individual can be a difficult decision to make, but when done correctly and for the right reasons it provides peace of mind during challenging times.

Powers of attorney can restore independence and peace of mind when placed in the hands of a trustworthy individual and for the right reasons. It is essentially a document which is designed to authorize a named individual to act on behalf of another person should they be unable…

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Face Masks in Family Court

Recent global events have affected the way courts operate in the UK and special considerations must be made to ensure the health and safety of those in attendance. While wearing masks or other face coverings in court is not mandatory, it is recommended by HMCTS as are alternative approaches such as remote hearings.

The recent global outbreak of coronavirus has impacted heavily on our lifestyles and the ways we interact as a society. One of the less disruptive changes that…

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No fault divorce: Ending the ‘Blame Game’ with changes to UK divorce law

Changes in divorce law are due to come into effect from Autumn 2021 which will give couples the option to remove fault from the divorce process.

This summer, the House of Commons passed the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill in a move that has proven popular with family solicitors as it brings legislation surrounding divorce proceedings into the modern era. More than 30 years of campaigning has led to these changes being implemented in the UK with the bill garnering…

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Employment Newsletter July 2020

This newsletter covers:

Flexible Furlough Scheme
Returning to Work
Discrimination
Local Lockdowns
Home Working

Flexible Furlough Scheme
The rules of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme changed from 1 July. There is now no longer a minimum period of three weeks nor is there a rule against working for the employer. This allows rotas to be set with employees working certain hours on certain days and spending the rest of the week on furlough.

But employees may only be furloughed from…

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (“Stamp Duty”) holiday

The UK housing market is open for business and the potential to save thousands on Stamp Duty has created an exciting opportunity for those looking to move house.

Our specialist conveyancing team have all the knowledge to assist you with the conveyancing process. Partner, Emma Amat oversees the residential property department, she explains what the Stamp Duty holiday could mean for you.
What is Stamp Duty?
Stamp Duty is a tax payable when you buy property or land in England…

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Inheritance tax – and why agricultural businesses can be difficult!

Compared to any other industry agriculture is currently offered the most generous inheritance tax reliefs.

An agricultural business will, of course, always have the option if agricultural property relief is not available upon an asset to consider whether business property relief is available.

With extra inheritance tax reliefs, one would assume therefore that dealing with the death of a farmer should be simpler than the death of any other businessman – however it usually is not.

The common position is that…

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The Planning System – Securing Success

Many farmers are looking to start or expand existing agricultural and non-agricultural enterprises and considering profitable diversification.

The Planning System regulates the use of land and buildings in the public interest by ensuring that the right kind of development occurs in the right place and that any permitted development is sustainable for the environment and the local area.

When you apply to the local authority for Planning Permission (usually either the council or a National Park Planning Authority) they…

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