Fixed fee divorce

January 28th, 2014

Divorce is the legal process of ending a marriage. We try and take the stress out of divorce by helping you through the legal process for a fixed fee. We also offer help in sorting out the division of family assets and finances, and sorting out custody and contact arrangements for any children. As a […]

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Seek help before you help yourself

December 20th, 2013

It has been a long been established in what came to be known as the ‘Hildebrand Rules’ (Hildebrand v Hildebrand [1992] 1 FLR 244) that the family courts will not penalise either spouse for secretly obtaining, taking and copying each other’s documents in financial remedy proceedings – provided they not been taken by force – […]

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A comment on the decision in Mitchell v NGN

December 15th, 2013

Definitive guidance from the Court of Appeal on the post-Jackson era of litigation – a comment on the decision in Mitchell v NGN. The Court Appeal has sent out a very clear message in the decision in Mitchell v News Group News Papers [2013] EWCA Civ 1537 that the courts will take a strict approach […]

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MacGregor v B M Samuels Finance Group Plc [2013] UKUT 471 (LC)

October 31st, 2013

How far does the jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) extend when dealing with service charge disputes? A comment on the decision in MacGregor v B M Samuels Finance Group Plc [2013] UKUT 471 (LC). The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) recently gave a ruling limiting the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“the Tribunal”)’s jurisdiction […]

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Don’t be coerced into paying service charges…

September 21st, 2013

Being a residential leaseholder, you are likely to be asked to pay service charges by your landlord on your regular basis. You may consider the service charges to be too high and you should be aware that when you receive a service charge bill from your landlord, you do not necessarily have to accept the […]

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Residential leasehold properties – clarification on the consultation requirements for qualifying works

September 16th, 2013

Phillips v Francis [2012] EWHC 3650 (Ch) This recent decision in the High Court updates the law on the consultation requirements for landlords on qualifying works for the purposes of Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (‘the Act’). Prior to this decision, it was considered that Section 20 of the Act only […]

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Daejan v Benson [2013] UKSC 14

September 7th, 2013

The recent decision in Daejan v Benson in the Supreme Court has established the scope of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal’s (LVT) jurisdiction to dispense with the consultation requirements under section 20(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (the Act) and set the principles on how that jurisdiction should be exercised. Under the Act, a […]

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Important ruling on tenancy deposits in the Court of Appeal

July 17th, 2013

On 14 June 2013, the Court of Appeal handed down an important decision in Superstrike Limited v Marino Rodrigues [2013] clarifying the position in respect of deposits held on tenancy agreements pre-dating 6 April 2007, but which have subsequently become periodic tenancies. This case concerned a tenancy agreement granted by the landlord for a period […]

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Comment on Prudential v HMRC

January 28th, 2013

On 23 January 2013, the Supreme Court refused to extend legal advice privilege to accountants offering tax advice in R (on the application of Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and another [2013] UKSC 1. The reasoning behind legal advice privilege is simple: it promotes full and frank communications between lawyers […]

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An update on service charge and financial hardship

October 8th, 2012

Can a Leaseholder dispute service charge on the grounds of financial hardship? A commentary on the decision in Garside and another v RFYC Limited and another [2011] UKUT 367 (LC) by Ranjeet Johal. This case looks at whether the financial impact of major works on lessees can be a material consideration when deciding whether the […]

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