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Commercial property

High Court decision in Debenhams CVA case offers little comfort to landlords

09/10/19

Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) have become a popular way for struggling retailers to reduce their costs, in particular, liabilities under their leases. In this blog, Adam King looks at the recent High Court decision to reject a claim by a group of Debenhams’ landlords who challenged the legality of the retailer’s recent CVA. The decision has important and, for the most part, negative implications for landlords of retail property.

Divorce and Family

Should the law be changed to ensure children spend equal time with each parent after divorce?

01/10/19

One of the biggest anxieties for parents getting divorced is the arrangements for their children. Many clients are surprised when I tell them that there is no legal presumption that children should spend equal time with both parents. In this blog, I consider whether the law should be changed to specify this as a starting point.

Conveyancing

Government issues new guide for landlords and tenants in the private rented sector

26/09/19

The government has issued updated guidance for landlords and tenants who let or rent a property in the private rented sector. It is intended to help tenants understand their rights and obligations when renting from a private sector landlord. It also provides important information for landlords about their legal requirements and the standards they must adhere to.

Commercial property

'Pet rent' is a glaring loophole in the new Tenant Fees Act

20/09/19

For many years, residential landlords in the UK have faced scrutiny over their forever rising letting fees. The government finally took action this summer with the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act, which bans many of the more egregious practices. But some landlords are fighting back by charging tenants an entirely new rent: 'pet rent'.

Residential Conveyancing

Welcome back to Elena Stylianou, head of our Wills and Probate department and Residential Property solicitor

19/09/19

Elena works with both UK and non-UK clients on Wills and probate matters, and specialises in inheritance tax advice and Lasting Powers of Attorneys

Divorce and Family

What happens to money provided by the bank of mum and dad if their child gets divorced?

05/09/19

The bank of mum and dad can be remarkably generous when it comes to helping their children buy a property. Unlike other banks, BoMaD (as it is known) can also be remarkably naïve when it comes to protecting their money. In this blog, I look at what can happen if a child who has been lent money by BoMaD gets divorced.

Divorce and Family

Why Miley Cyrus was wise to force Liam Hemsworth to sign a pre-nup

22/08/19

Another celebrity marriage, another divorce. This one involves singer Miley Cyrus and Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth who have split just seven months after tying the knot. The couple are said to expect an “easy breezy” divorce, mainly due to the pre-nuptial agreement they entered into ahead of the wedding. In this blog, I look at some of the benefits of pre-nups.

Divorce and Family

6 practical steps to take immediately if you are getting divorced

09/08/19

It’s a sad fact of life that a holiday can be one of the biggest triggers of relationship breakdown. As a result, there’s usually a spike in divorces at the end of every summer. The question most people in this situation ask is, “What do I do now?” In this blog, I look at some of the practical steps you should take if you are planning to get divorced.

Divorce and Family

Will new pensions guide result in fairer divorce settlements?

23/07/19

Pensions are often a divorcing couple’s biggest financial asset, worth even more than the family home. But how they are dealt on divorce has been a source of confusion for lawyers and judges for many years. The recent publication of 'A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce' by the Pension Advisory Group should demystify this area and, it is hoped, result in fairer financial settlements.

Divorce and Family

Father ordered to pay more child support despite losing contact with his son against his wishes

03/07/19

A father has been ordered to pay more child support after contact arrangements between him and his son broke down. In this blog, I look at the recent case of EA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and SA and its impact on child maintenance payments.