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Even if my name isn’t on the property deeds, do I have any rights?

Even if my name isn’t on the property deeds, do I have any rights?

Where an individual is not named on the title register to a property but has paid towards the purchase price, mortgage or renovation costs together with their partner, who is the registered owner, does that individual have any property rights? The short answer is yes, you may well have rights. Where property is held in […]

What happens to pensions on divorce?

What happens to pensions on divorce?

Divorced women are losing out on £5 billion pounds every year because they are unaware that they are entitled to a share of their husband’s pension. According to a recent press release from Scottish Widows, 70% of couples who divorce don’t even consider pensions. We can understand why. Thinking about saving for the future and […]

Successful Enforcement: Knowing your Defendant

Successful Enforcement: Knowing your Defendant

If you’re owed money, and are thinking of going to see a solicitor for help in recovering the monies owed to you, it is important to know as much as possible about the party who owes you money (“the defendant”) before formal Court proceedings are issued. This will ensure that you improve your chances of […]

Getting to know… Jolene Hutchison

Getting to know… Jolene Hutchison

Family and Divorce Partner, Jolene Hutchison, has risen the ranks from Trainee Solicitor, to Partner, to Head of Family and Divorce. To get to know Jo a bit better, our resident reporter asked her a few questions… Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer are you? Ally McBeal! What initially ignited […]

Beware of deposit payments on “off plan” property purchases

Beware of deposit payments on “off plan” property purchases

The High Court has recently considered a situation where a company had plans to develop a site in Nottingham with 131 flats above a ground floor commercial unit. Before construction commenced, contracts were exchanged with buyers in respect of most of the 131 flats and each buyer paid a deposit of 50% of the purchase […]

Cohabiting couples fastest growing family type

Cohabiting couples fastest growing family type

Figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics show that the cohabiting couple were the fastest growing family type in the UK. In 2016, those who were cohabiting had increased to 9.8% of the population from 6.8% of the population in 2002. The number of cohabiting families had reached 3.2 million in 2015 with […]

The Changes in Divorce- Then to Now

The Changes in Divorce- Then to Now

You can get a divorce in England and Wales if you have been married at least a year and can prove that your relationship has permanently broken down, either because of adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, living apart for more than 2 years and both agree to the divorce, or living apart for at least 5 […]

How “Brexit divorce” might affect family divorces

How “Brexit divorce” might affect family divorces

After Brexit, we need to be certain that UK Family Court Orders will still be upheld and enforced in Europe, and vice versa. That was, in very brief summary, the conclusion of the Justice Committee’s report which looked favorably upon the EU laws which the UK will inevitably lose as part of Brexit. Whilst the […]

Sentencing Update 2017: The Government signals tough sentencing changes in England & Wales

Sentencing Update 2017: The Government signals tough sentencing changes in England & Wales

Over the last few days, the government has announced proposals to introduce new offences and increase sentencing for a range of offences. Dan Martin, our Head of Criminal Defence, looks at some of the changes and what they mean. Acid and Corrosive Substances In response to increasing public awareness and media attention around acid attacks, […]

Animal cruelty defendants now face up to five years imprisonment

Animal cruelty defendants now face up to five years imprisonment

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 and Sentencing Council Guidelines currently limit custodial sentences to six months’ imprisonment. However, the Government is now proposing to raise this to five years in response to calls to correct the issue of proportionality and to bring the law in England and Wales into line with other countries’ policies on […]