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New found flexibility in rectifying wills

April 3rd, 2014

Marley v Rawlings [2014] UKSC 2 The Supreme Court gave an important judgment on the ability of the Courts to rectify wills, under their statutory powers, in order to give effect to a testator’s intentions. The facts of this case were fairly straightforward. Mr and Mrs Rawlings had instructed a solicitor to prepare for them […]

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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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