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Residential Conveyancing

Tax tribunal decision is good news for residential developers

08/04/19

It’s been a difficult start to the year for many residential property developers, but a recent tax tribunal offers a small ray of sunshine.

Debt recovery

6 ways to enforce a County Court judgment

05/04/19

Anyone who has obtained a county court judgment (CCJ) against an individual or a company who owes them money knows that this is just part of the story. A judgment is only of value if you can recover the sum due plus interest and your costs. In this blog, I look at ways to enforce a CCJ.

Divorce and Family

Beware the perils of the DIY divorce

13/03/19

​In theory, you don't need a solicitor to get divorced. You could either do it yourself online or use an internet company, with some companies advising that they will process the paperwork for as little as £67. This may sound like a bargain, but only until you become aware of the risks of the DIY divorce.

Divorce and Family

​Mark Goldstein appointed as partner

01/03/19

Head of Divorce and Family, and Asset and Debt Recovery joins the partnership with effect from 1 March.

Divorce and Family

6 benefits of using mediation on divorce rather than going to court

19/02/19

For many divorcing couples, mediation is the last thing on their minds. If the relationship has turned toxic, they may be relishing the prospect of going to court, whatever the financial or emotional cost may be. Tempting as it may be to fight their battles before a judge, they could be far better off settling their issues before a mediator. In this blog, I look at what you can expect from mediation and at some of its advantages compared to having your day in court.

Conveyancing

Is now the best time to transfer property owned by non-resident (offshore) companies to individual names?

12/02/19

With many of the tax benefits of owning UK property via offshore companies coming to an end and values having been static or even decreased since 2015, now may be a good time to transfer such properties into individual names. Christina Antonas and David Baker look at the benefits of doing so.

Divorce and Family

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos didn’t have a pre-nuptial agreement – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either

18/01/19

The newspapers have been full of reports that the Amazon boss’s failure to put in place a pre-nuptial agreement is likely to cost him a cool $70bn. This implies that pre-nups are all about money and only the concern of the super-rich. This is not the case. The use of pre-nups is growing, especially among millennials, and for good reason.

Divorce and Family

Wife not bound by “unfair” pre-nup says Court of Appeal

02/01/19

The ex-wife of racing driver Kenny Brack could be entitled to half his £11.4m fortune despite signing three pre-nups agreeing to receive just £500,000 if they broke up. On the face of it, the decision of the Court of Appeal does little to clarify the confusion around the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements.

Commercial property

Is my ex-spouse entitled to a share of my inheritance on divorce?

18/12/18

You might expect that an inheritance received during your marriage, for example from a relative, will be excluded from the marital pot on divorce. But this isn’t necessarily the case, as I examine in this blog.

Commercial property

Landlords beware: consenting to a tenant’s alterations despite absolute prohibition could put you in breach of your covenant to enforce obligations

05/12/18

A recent Court of Appeal decision has highlighted the importance of a landlord of residential flats acting in accordance with its leasehold obligations when an application is made by a tenant. We consider the decision in Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 and its implications