Divorce and Family

My husband/wife is ignoring my divorce petition. What can I do?


If your husband or wife refuses to acknowledge service of the divorce petition you have served on them, there are steps you can take. In this article, I look at what these are.


Purchasing a property with a short lease – what options does a buyer have?


Many buyers find their dream home, only to discover during the conveyancing process that the lease is problematically short. Usually, lenders require a minimum of 85 years left to run on the lease before they are willing to lend. Similarly, buyers are often worried if the term remaining on the lease is around 80 years, as the premium payable to acquire an extension increases drastically once the lease falls below this period. Is there anything a buyer can do in these situations?


Blockchain and cryptocurrency are set to transform conveyancing


No one could ever accuse conveyancing of being at the forefront of innovation. After all, its last major shake-up was the introduction of registered land … in 1925. But following the first property purchase by Bitcoin at the end of last year and the recent announcement that the Land Registry is exploring how it can use blockchain technology, that may be about to change. In this blog, I look at how cryptocurrency and blockchain are set to transform the sale and purchase of property in the UK – for the better.


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


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


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


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?


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


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?


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


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.