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Family Mediation Week 2021: Mediation and COVID-19

Pauline Ellis
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Today brings a close to 2021’s Family Mediation Week .  Mediation is one of the Alternative Dispute Resolution options, rather than going to court.  COVID-19 has impacted on us all, in one way or another, including how we conduct...

Family Mediation Week 2021

Pauline Ellis
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Today, is the start of the Family Mediation Week campaign by the Family Mediation Council to raise awareness about mediation. Family mediation is a voluntary and confidential process  designed to resolve personal disputes using a neutral...

It's good to have (land) options

Sophie Macarthy
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Our PM has said we should “build, build, build”. The planning system has recently been shaken up.  Pressure on certain pockets of land to be brought forward for future development is going to be high. But how should you react if you are...

Stamp Duty Holiday: If we don't make the day, you don't pay!

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As the current deadline on the government’s Stamp Duty Holiday draws closer, Dutton Gregory look to radical and innovative new ways to help their clients’ complete on their property purchase in time for the deadline – promising that if...

Close, but no cigar: the leasehold reform announcement

Louise Uphill
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The latest leasehold reform announcement doesn’t quite provide the clarity the industry were hoping for… The Government has announced a new set of reforms that it hopes will make it “easier and cheaper” for leaseholders to buy their...

Clinical Negligence, the NHS and COVID-19

Annie Hodjat
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For most of us, 2020 has been one of the most unusual times in our lives. Yes, there are negatives but there are also lots of positives. One of my favourite positives from 2020 was the Thursday NHS clap at 8pm. I absolutely adored the solidarity from...

Divorce FAQ: How Does it Work?

Taylor Devenport
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It goes without saying that separation and divorce can be one of the most challenging events that a person can face, both emotionally and financially. This FAQ will seek to offer some clarity in terms of the process for divorce, including an estimate of...

A Message From Our Property Team - November 2020

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The property market is facing unprecedented change . Many businesses are looking to reduce or repurpose their commercial office space, and the residential market is growing at an exponential rate, with added measures such as the Stamp Duty Holiday...

The second lockdown's effect on commercial property

Sophie Macarthy
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Last week, I wrote a blog about the  impact of the pandemic on the commercial property market so far,  as we embarked on the second lockdown.  This week, I will take a more practical look at what we might expect to see in our day-to-day...

Call for Stamp Duty Extension - A Solicitor's Perspective

Paul Sams
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The Stamp Duty holiday ( explained here ) is due to end in March 2021 - just 5 months from now. Estate agents and conveyancers around the country are working overtime to meet the surge in demand, with the biggest rise here in the South East. There...

What to expect when you're expecting... to go to court

Taylor Devenport
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As a Trainee Solicitor in our Family team,  Taylor Devenport  shares his insights into what to expect in court hearings and what they’re really like to attend. My first memory of a courtroom is at The London Dungeon. I was 7 years...

Removing outdated restrictive covenants from your title

Brianna Garley
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You may have been advised when you purchased your property that a restrictive covenant is contained within your title. You may also have wrongly assumed that it cannot be removed and you just have to live with it. Fortunately, this may not necessarily be the...

Reflections on the decision in Sevilleja and Marex Financial

Chris Hall
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What is reflective loss in litigation claims? When and how are the claims of shareholders, company creditors, etc affected by reflective loss? Chris Hall looks at a recent case study in New York and explores the issue. What is reflective loss?  ...

Surrogacy and Parental Orders - A Guide for the Modern Family

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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The needs of families and their composition continues to change, as does the technology to support them. As a result, the law supporting these families also needs to change. There has been a continued and steady increase in the number of applications being...

What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on landlords?

Emma Honey
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all our lives and the government has introduced emergency legislation to try and limit that impact for many of us. However, in the private rental sector, there have been a number of issues which have left landlords feeling...

An update on video-witnessing Wills

Alistair MacFarlane
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The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on all of our lives, not least on the difficulty of signing a legal document where a witness is required to be present. This raises special difficulties with Wills where the law, which goes back to 1837,...

The 'Stamp Duty Holiday' - Can you get a refund from your recent purchase?

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Following on from the Chancellor’s announcement in July on the immediate but temporary changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) , the most common question now will be whether you can obtain a refund if you completed prior to this date. ...

Certainty in these times of uncertainty... or is it just more uncertainty?

Emma Honey
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Last week preparations were being made by landlords, agents and their legal representatives to finalise reactivation notices to file at court and serve on tenants from the 24th August, to re-start possession claims.  Little government guidance was...

Equity Release: Your Questions Answered

Rebecca East
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Have you ever wondered what equity release really means and whether it's the right option for you? We've answered some of the most common questions around equity release... What is equity release? More people are finding themselves in need of...

John Lewis: Never Knowingly Underdeveloped

Denise Bull
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Last week, it was announced that retailer John Lewis is planning to turn retail space it no longer needs into mixed-use affordable housing . This would see commercial retail estate repurposed to, what John Lewis chairwoman Dame Sharon White described as,...

The treatment of pensions on divorce: where are we now?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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The division of pensions during divorce proceedings can be a complicated and emotive topics for many. In order to offer clarifications and recommendations on the matter, the Pension Advisory Group (PAG) filed their  ‘A Guide to the Treatment of...

Dutton Gregory consolidates Hampshire locations with closure of Southampton office

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As the lease of Dutton Gregory's Southampton office comes to an end, the local firm are seizing the opportunity to utilise its innovative IT infrastructure and flexible working arrangements and, as a result, will be closing its central...

Planning Shake Up... Or Pointless Sideshow?

Paul Sams
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On 21 st  July 2020 the Government announced new planning classes in an attempt to change the way that planning is handled.  Will it be successful or is this just political “smoke and mirrors”?  Probably a bit of...

Law Commissions Report on Leasehold Reform

Louise Uphill
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This week, the Law Commission published its report on buying freeholds and extending leases.  The report has been awaited since 2017, when the Law Commission announced it was given the task of promoting transparency and fairness in the residential...

Leasing Industrial Units - What To Be Aware Of

Rachel McNulty
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When looking to take a lease of an industrial unit, there are a lot of potential pitfalls. We've put together a checklist to give you peace of mind. The following list are some areas to be aware of: What is the permitted use?  Identify...