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Separating Couples To Be Given Up To £500 Mediation Vouchers

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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Under a new Government scheme separating couples can claim up to £500 towards mediation. This is in order to assist and encourage parties to reach an out of court settlement, although some have suggested it is also to take the strain off of the family...

Update: Recent House of Lords vote on the Fire Safety Bill

Brianna Garley
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The House of Lords have recently voted on the Fire Safety Bill that was drafted by Parliament in response to the Grenfell tragedy. The House of Lords voted 326 to 248 in favour of a motion put forward by the Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith, to insert into...

Dutton Gregory welcomes new Residential Property Partner in Bournemouth

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Local law firm Dutton Gregory celebrates the appointment of new Residential Property Partner, Amanda Watts , based in their new and modern Bournemouth office. Heading up Bournemouth’s Residential Property offering, Amanda brings a wealth of...

Do unmarried couples need a will?

Kathryn Loveland-Blockley
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According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) , the number of cohabiting couples in the UK reached five million in 2020. However, without the proper forethought, many of these couples find themselves dealing with complicated legal battles when their...

Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

Annie Hodjat
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"Never give up - to get something you never had, you need to do something you never did." These women in history listed below all failed, persevered and consistently pushed for better. If you have a spare...

How will Budget 2021 affect the housing market?

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During the Budget announcement yesterday, the Government revealed another £65 billion worth of spending has been added to the 2021 budget to support the UK as it eases through the Covid restrictions from the past 12 months. In this article, we outline...

When should you seek legal advice for a family law matter?

Pauline Ellis
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Dealing with a family law matter can be a difficult and emotional time for many. However, it’s important to obtain the advice of a solicitor as early as possible to avoid complications. Senior Associate Solicitor Pauline Ellis  shares a recent...

Funding for Legal Services in England and Wales

Taylor Devenport
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The costs of legal proceedings can be daunting for many, especially those seeking divorce or other family law matters. While there are resources and support out there to assist eligible individuals, it can often be difficult to know exactly how these...

Granting a licence for works: A warning to Landlords

Chris Hall
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If you are the long-leaseholder of a flat, have you taken some time recently to read through your lease? We appreciate that, even in the last few months where many have had unexpected time on their hands, reading a lease is not a particularly thrilling use...

Strokes and medical negligence

Michael Kingman
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Strokes can sometimes seriously impact an individual’s quality of life. If you believe it could have been prevented with better medical care, you may wish to make a compensation claim. What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that...

Change of Scenery for Dutton Gregory's Bournemouth Team

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Fast-growing local law firm Dutton Gregory is looking forward to a new change of scenery as their Bournemouth office moves to more modern premises at Regus Oxford Point from 31 st January 2021. The continued success, as well as new requirements for...

What happens when parents disagree on vaccinating a child?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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‘Vaccination’ is a word that we are hearing on an almost daily basis at the moment, and whilst the current Government guidance suggests that children under 16 should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this may change as more is known about the...

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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Last Updated: 3rd March 2021 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...

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?  ...