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Litigation

Dreamvar decision is bad news for conveyancers but good news for victims of property fraud

11/10/18

Imagine that you are walking down the road and notice that there are builders at your property carrying out extensive renovation works. Naturally, you walk into the property to find out what is going on only to be told that they have been engaged by the ‘owner’ of the property, a developer. To your horror, you learn that your property had been ‘sold’ to the developer by a fraudster. Do you still own the property? Who is to blame?

Divorce and Family

Angelina and Brad’s toxic custody battle could have been avoided by mediation

25/09/18

The vitriolic fight between the Hollywood superstars that has played out in the press and the courts over the summer could easily have been side-stepped. All they had to do was stick to their original plan to settle their issues by mediation. The same is true of most issues relating to children and financial disputes and in this blog we look at the alternatives to court proceedings.

Residential Conveyancing

Landowner held responsible for spread of Japanese knotweed in landmark Court of Appeal case

24/09/18

Landowners should take reasonable steps to prevent the encroachment of Japanese knotweed onto their neighbours’ property according to a recent decision of the Court of Appeal. The decision also has important consequences for homeowners selling their property. Sophie Upton examines the landmark case of Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited.

Divorce and Family

“It’s his fault”, “No, she’s the guilty one” – will no-fault divorce end the blame game?

10/09/18

Couples may be allowed to file for a no-fault divorce if plans for a radical overhaul of the divorce laws go ahead. We look at a consultation being prepared by the government that could make divorce far easier and less confrontational.

Divorce and Family

Don’t or won’t pay: family court to get tough on non-payment of financial orders

04/09/18

The enforcement of financial orders on divorce is an area fraught with difficulty but, at last, the government is taking steps to make it easier. We look at the proposals.

Divorce and Family

Should you enter into a separation agreement when you split from your partner?

23/08/18

A separating couple will not always want to issue divorce proceedings. Instead, they may prefer to sign an agreement that deals with their finances or arrangements for their children before ultimately dealing with the divorce. In this article, we look at separation agreements and whether they might be an option for you if you and your partner are considering separating.

Commercial property

New ground rent scandal is making it impossible for some leasehold owners to sell their property

03/08/18

A complete overhaul of ground rents is long overdue but with parliamentary time largely taken up with Brexit it would seem the issue is not going to be addressed any time soon. We look at a new problem relating to ground rents that is resulting in some leasehold owners being unable to sell their property – making ground rent reform more urgent than ever.

Divorce and Family

Supreme Court decision is a blow for advocates of no-fault divorce

25/07/18

The Supreme Court ruled today that a woman must remain married to her husband against her will after deciding that her husband’s behaviour was not unreasonable.

Divorce and Family

Why every cohabiting couple should enter into a ‘no-nup’ agreement

17/07/18

Cohabiting couples are the second largest type of family in the UK after married or civil partnership families and the fastest growing. But they do not have the same legal rights, and couples who live together without entering into a cohabitation agreement are making a big mistake.

Divorce and Family

The confusion surrounding pre-nups highlighted in recent case

04/07/18

I have previously posted various articles in relation to pre-nups, more particularly with regards to the nature of the agreements, the law and their enforceability. Following a recent case, it is important to remember that in respect of financial issues “needs” trumps everything.