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Had a cycling accident? Your route to obtaining compensation

The 2018 Tour de France pulled in thousands of cycling new fans after Geraint Thomas became the third British winner of the famed long-distance cycling race. Helped by teammate Chris Froome, his victory adds to the explosion of interest in pedal power since...

Botched dental treatment? You may be entitled to compensation

So, you pluck up the courage to go to your dentist to get those fillings done or to have the root canal treatment you have been dreading for months.  You come out of the dental surgery expecting healthier teeth but what you end up with is more pain and...

Stamp Duty Land Tax: why it costs more to buy a second home

The introduction of a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for people who own more than one residential property has proved controversial as it has had some unexpected consequences.  Although aimed primarily at investors and second home owners it...

Dreaming of a holiday home? Sort out the legals before putting your feet up

Are you are dreaming of owning a property where you can get away from it all? Somewhere for weekend breaks, a few weeks in the summer or New Year with friends? A holiday home offers an ideal retreat, and also a potentially profitable investment opportunity. ...

Has Japanese knotweed from neighbouring land spread to your property? If so you could be entitled to compensation

Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing invasive plant that spreads easily and requires careful management to control.  The root of the plant can cause significant property damage if it takes hold and can be difficult to eradicate.  If your home is...

Equity release, your questions answered

Record numbers of home owners are choosing to unlock the money tied up in their homes through equity release schemes.  The promise of access to cash without having to move is an attractive proposition but taking out money from your home to enjoy your...

Injunctions: protecting your business while you are in dispute

Picture the scene.  You have just fired a rogue consultant who has set up in competition with you in breach of a restraint of trade clause in their consultancy contract.  Added to this, they have taken a copy of your customer list which they have...

The process of remortgaging and the role of your solicitor

The following table explains the role of your solicitor at each stage of remortgaging your home.  We hope this helps you to understand the process, and how our expert lawyers can support you at every step of the way.     You need to...

Claiming interest and late payment charges on outstanding invoices

When money owed to your business is not paid on time it can have serious knock on effects.  Resources will need to be devoted to chasing payment, cash flow will be affected and overdraft facilities may have to be extended.  Recouping some of these...

Customer insolvency: checklist for businesses

The Insolvency Service says that corporate insolvencies are at a four-year high and that in 2017 nearly 100,000 individuals were declared bankrupt.  For businesses left out of pocket when a customer fails, the consequences can be devastating.  One...

Commercial landlords beware: minimum energy efficiency standards are coming soon

As part of its carbon reduction strategy, the government is introducing minimum energy efficiency standards, known as ‘MEES’, for privately rented residential and commercial properties.  From 1 April 2018, it will be illegal to grant a new...

Securing the right to see your grandchildren

The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren can be very special and one that most parents fully support.  On occasions, however, access can be cut off or restricted, causing hurt and upset.  In the first of a two-part series of...

Why you should use a solicitor to prepare your will

Making a will is one of the best things you can do to ensure your family are taken care of when you die and that your money, property and other belongings are passed on to the people or good causes you have chosen. To make a valid will there are certain...

Enforcing financial orders in family proceedings

Sometimes when the family court orders a payment to be made by your former spouse to settle a financial claim in divorce proceedings, the money owed is not always handed over when it should be.  Where this happens, it can be difficult to know what to...

Suffering from skin cancer from UV exposure caused by driving for a living? Your employer may need to compensate you

We all know that we should put on sun cream when we go to the beach or to the pool, but would you think of applying sunscreen before you drive?  For most people the answer to that question will probably be ‘no’ but it is a proven fact that...

Am I entitled to a divorce? It depends whether you can prove the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage

If you have decided to end your marriage by applying for a divorce you may be surprised to learn that there are certain criteria you need to satisfy before your application will be accepted.  You may also be surprised to know that, unless you have been...

How to choose an executor to administer your estate when you die

When making your will you need to appoint at least one executor who will be responsible for the important task of dealing with your estate on your death.  Deciding who to appoint is one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make so you...

Why a health and welfare power of attorney is a good idea

A health & welfare lasting power of attorney is a legal document which allows you to appoint people you trust to make decisions about health treatments and personal care for you if you lose the mental capacity to make such decisions for yourself. Sarah...

The probate process and the role of your solicitor

The following table explains the role of your solicitor at each of the various stages of obtaining probate.  We hope this helps you to understand the process, and how our expert lawyers can support you at every step of the way.   You need to...

Defects in new build properties: your rights explained

One of the many advantages of buying a new build home is that everything should be in pristine condition.  Unfortunately, as many new build home owners are discovering, this is not always the case.  Indeed, according to a 2017 YouGov survey for the...

Cavity wall insultation: claiming compensation for property damage and personal injury

With the government committed to reducing energy consumption, more people than ever are signing up to initiatives designed to make their homes more energy efficient.  A common solution is the installation of cavity wall insulation which is designed to...

What rights do step-parents have after divorce?

As a step-parent who is getting divorced or separating, you may feel confused over what rights you will have in relation to your step-children especially if you have spent many years living as a family and have grown to love them as your own.  You know...

Forfeiting a lease on a commercial property

Forfeiture is a way for a landlord to bring a lease to an end, where the tenant is behind with the rent or not complying with other obligations.  It is particularly useful in relation to commercial property, where landlords rely on their tenants to pay...

How overage agreements can boost profits from your land transactions

Does your business own land that is ripe for development?  If so, how do you get the best value from a potential developer?  The price they pay will take into account the time and money they expect to put in, but you will also want it to reflect...

Attention Landlords, did you realise?

HMO LICENSING EXTENSIONS Changes were made in October 2018.  Previously a property was only classified as an HMO (and this needed a permit) if it was rented to five or more people from more than one household, was at least three storeys high, and had...