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Model dies from multi-organ failure due to sepsis

Posted on 13th May 2021 in Medical Negligence

Chloe Rideout, who died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro in October 2018, was “let down” by healthcare professionals, according to her mother in a recent news article.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Continued support for tenants as Covid restrictions ease

Posted on 13th May 2021 in Affordable Housing

On 12 May 2021, the government announced that “tenants will continue to be supported as national COVID-10 restrictions ease”.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Changes to section 8 notice for evictions

Posted on 12th May 2021 in Property Litigation, Affordable Housing

A new Form 3 (the section 8 notice) came into force on 4 May 2021. There is no new information to be inserted on the form but you should be alert to the following:

Posted by

Leah Joyner

Paralegal

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What are debt moratoriums

Posted on 12th May 2021 in Property Litigation, Affordable Housing

The 2020 Regulations will apply to most debts accrued before or after 4 May 2021 which include arrears of rent, whether that be due to benefits being used for something other than housing, there is an issue with a tenant’s benefits claim or a temporary reduction in income caused by Covid-19.

Posted by

Leah Joyner

Paralegal

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Putting your child first when it comes to child arrangements

Posted on 12th May 2021 in Family Law

The most important principle is that your children should grow up having a relationship with both their parents whether those parents live together or apart. This need to maintain a relationship with both parents will need to be at the forefront of all your decision making.

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Trainee Solicitor

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Increase in number of divorce enquiries

Posted on 11th May 2021 in Family Law

With couples spending more one-on-one time with each other than ever before, the pandemic has, unsurprisingly, resulted in increased levels of enquiries regarding family law disputes, including divorce and disagreements relating to children. However, the sheer volume of enquiries, particularly those relating to separation and divorce, has surpassed expectations and shows no sign of slowing down.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Flexible working guidance

Posted on 10th May 2021 in Employment

As a result of coronavirus the way many of us work and live has been radically changed. Many people have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home, including avoiding a commute, setting their own hours and increased time with their family.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Changes to the Trust Registration Service

Posted on 05th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

Updates will shortly be made to the online Trust Registration Service (TRS) in preparation for opening it to non-taxable trusts for registration later this year. Whereas trustees were only obliged to register in certain circumstances before, the new system will shortly catch the vast majority of trusts with the requirement to go through this exercise.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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More estates caught by Inheritance Tax last year

Posted on 05th May 2021 in Later Life Planning

Inheritance tax receipts for the tax year 2020/21 saw an increase of £200 million from 2019/2020, reaching a total of £5.3 billion raised through this tax in this year.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Probate delays cause despair to bereaved families

Posted on 04th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

HM Courts and Tribunals Service, which deals with Probate applications, has lately been revamped to move all Probate operations to a central location. Whereas there used to be various Probate Registry centres around the country, the new central hub was intended to streamline the process.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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New residential developer tax

Posted on 30th April 2021 in Affordable Housing

The proposed design of a new tax on the largest residential property developers set to raise at least £2 billion to help contribute to the cost of cladding remediation work was announced by the government. Ministers announced the new tax in February as part of a £5 billion package of remediation of unsafe cladding on high-rise residential buildings, alongside wider support.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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Government launches new ‘Help to Build’ scheme

Posted on 26th April 2021 in Affordable Housing

For many homebuyers, the idea of building your own home may seem an unrealistic prospect. Difficulties obtaining mortgage finance and a lack of funds for upfront costs mean that perhaps in the past this has been an option limited to wealthier buyers.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor