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What to do if you receive an Enforcement Notice

Posted on 23rd September 2020 in Planning and Licensing

If you have received an enforcement notice, it is because your Local Planning Authority consider that you have carried out development on your land without planning permission.

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Solicitor

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Don’t fall foul of Inheritance Tax investigations

Posted on 22nd September 2020 in Later Life Planning

A recent Freedom of Information request, published by The Telegraph has shown the confusion over complex Inheritance Tax provisions. The number of estates being investigated by the Revenue is at a four-year high, with numerous families having to suffer scrutiny.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Changes to lasting power of attorneys on the horizon?

Posted on 21st September 2020 in Later Life Planning

It is only in the early stages, but the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), together with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), has been seeking input from practitioners and other interested bodies as part of a new initiative to modernise the process of making a lasting power of attorney (LPA) in England and Wales.

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Solicitor

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Refreshing read: The cost of clinical negligence claims that doesn’t seek to blame the lawyers

Posted on 18th September 2020 in Medical Negligence

The figures set out in this Daily Mail article are far from refreshing, however – every reader who supports our Health Service will be alarmed to see the amounts paid out in claims.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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The desperate shortage of affordable housing in England

Posted on 16th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

This BBC News article brings acutely into focus the desperate shortage of affordable housing in England. In particular affordable rented properties.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Reactivation Notice & Possession Proceedings update

Posted on 16th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

Yesterday, the government released their own Reactivation Notice.  Also yesterday, the Master of the Rolls (the most senior judge in England), released the final version of the guidance to courts on how possession proceedings will resume and be conducted following the lifting of the stay.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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The uncomfortable middle-ground of deputyship management – dangers for the unwary

Posted on 15th September 2020 in Probate & Wills

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 originally envisaged two providers of deputyship services outside of the family members of those requiring assistance: solicitors and local authorities.  Mechanisms for both forms of service providers were included in the Act and its connected guidance.  The 15 years during which the Act 2005 has been in place, however, have seen a dramatic development in the landscape in which deputyships are granted and administered.  

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Remote Witnessing of Wills to come into retrospective effect

Posted on 15th September 2020 in Probate & Wills

On 7th September 2020 legislation was laid before Parliament to bring into force changes to the age-old Wills Act 1837(‘the Act’) to enable Wills to be witnessed virtually by video conference.

Posted by

Sasha Brennan

Solicitor

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Possession Proceedings Update

Posted on 11th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

Following on from our latest update, there have been further restrictions on possession proceedings announced by the government overnight. 

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Fit and Proper Person Licensing

Posted on 11th September 2020 in Parks

On 3 September 2020, the House of Lords debated the Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020.

Posted by

Anouska Musson

Associate and Solicitor

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How Powers of Attorney can help during lockdown

Posted on 10th September 2020 in Later Life Planning

As the general public isolate under the current government guidelines many are benefiting from connective benefits of modern technology. We know through experience that many elderly and vulnerable people prefer to deal with banking in person rather than online or over the ‘phone and the requirement to self-isolate has brought a stop to your ability to deal with your finances.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Changes to Possession Claims due to Coronavirus

Posted on 10th September 2020 in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus Pandemic

After an eventful couple of weeks where the Government has made changes to housing legislation, we have taken time to reflect on these changes and asses where we are now.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Associate and Solicitor