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Fire Safety: Grenfell Tower, Service Charges and the return of Negative Equity?

Fire Safety: Grenfell Tower, Service Charges and the return of Negative Equity?

A recent article published by the Guardian, raised yet further repercussions of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. A homeowner in a housing complex in London with similar cladding to Grenfell has been told by a surveyor that her £475,000 home is now worth just £50,000. No doubt this is relevant to many other high-rise blocks in […]

Stick or twist? The spousal maintenance lottery

Stick or twist? The spousal maintenance lottery

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, a case dubbed ‘‘meal ticket for life’’, gives food for thought to the future of Spousal Maintenance Orders and applications to vary those already in existence. The wife in this case sought an increase to her annual maintenance payments […]

Developments for Cohabitees in Inheritance Act Claims

Developments for Cohabitees in Inheritance Act Claims

On 29 March 2018, the High Court gave judgment in the case of Thomspon v Raggett [2018] EWHC 688 (ch). This case signals an important development for cohabitees who have been left out of their partner’s Will, or who have not been left enough under the Will. Joan Thompson took action against the Estate of […]

“The Art of Divorce”

“The Art of Divorce”

The Guardian’s report of actor Russell Crowe’s auction to finance the dissolution of his marriage to Danielle Spencer makes entertaining reading. Two days after raising $3.7 million at the auction in Australia called The Art of Divorce, which coincided with the actor’s birthday and wedding anniversary and was live-streamed on Facebook, it has been announced […]

Property Breakfast Briefing Overview

Property Breakfast Briefing Overview

On Thursday 22nd March 2018, Blaser Mills Law hosted a property breakfast briefing at their High Wycombe office. Speakers Alex Wyatt, Shona Dunning and James Nelson addressed recent and upcoming developments in property law, including the New Electronic Telecommunications Code, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations and fire safety and block management post Grenfell. Below is an overview of the topics […]

Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on domestic abuse

Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on domestic abuse

In a move which heralds a victory for victims of domestic abuse, the government published a new domestic abuse sentencing guideline on 22nd February 2018. The guideline serves as a timely update from the previous guideline of 2006, which was notably outdated. The new guideline seeks to address the seriousness of domestic abuse when sentencing […]

New rates for National Living and Minimum Wage

New rates for National Living and Minimum Wage

From 1 April 2018, the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage will increase across all ages. The hourly rate for the minimum wage will depend on your age and whether you are an apprentice. What is the difference between the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage? The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the […]

Cambridge Analytica and GDPR

Cambridge Analytica and GDPR

In 2014, a simple Facebook quiz app, known as “thisisyourdigitallife” was created purporting to assist in a research project. It utilised the increasingly popular app based ‘Facebook Login’, which allows users to create profiles without having to input new credentials. The user, by logging in with this service, agrees to share a range of information […]

Knife crime – a very British problem

Knife crime – a very British problem

Recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show a 21% increase in offences involving a knife in 2017, compared to the previous year. This is supported by NHS figures showing a real upward change in hospital admissions for assault with a sharp object. The same figures show that the problem is most acute in London, […]

New sentencing guidelines could lead to harsher punishments for domestic abuse crimes

New sentencing guidelines could lead to harsher punishments for domestic abuse crimes

The Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for Courts to use when sentencing defendants convicted of domestic abuse. From 24 May 2018, the commission of domestic abuse offences could be met with harsher punishments as Courts are reminded of the seriousness of these crimes. There is no specific crime of domestic abuse. However, it can […]