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Making a Lasting Power of Attorney under Covid restrictions

Posted on 27th May 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

As the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions lift in England and Wales, it is important to note that safeguards and procedures do remain in place in relation to certain legal documents.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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Leasehold reform to make buying lease agreements easier, faster and cheaper

Posted on 25th May 2021 in Parks

The Government will reform leasehold tenure in England and Wales to make buying or extending lease agreements “easier, faster, fairer and cheaper”, through a two-part legislative process.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

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Online divorce and financial remedy system

Posted on 25th May 2021 in Family Law

A fully digital divorce and financial remedy system for individuals and legal representatives has been put in pace by HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Court Fee increase for possession claims

Posted on 25th May 2021 in Affordable Housing

From 18 May 2021 there will be an increase in the Court fee payable for the issue of an online possession claim through the possession claims online portal.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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New National Model Design Code gives councils funding boost to develop locally-led beautiful developments

Posted on 24th May 2021 in Planning and Licensing, Affordable Housing

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has announced that a new National Model Design Code (NMDC) is being tested to make sure new developments are well-designed, fit in with local character and are locally-led.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Corporate manslaughter considered in maternity scandal involving 200 families

Posted on 24th May 2021 in Medical Negligence

Last year Dr Bill Kirkup, the expert who led the investigation into maternity fallings at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, was called in to review the circumstances of maternity deaths at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust after the Independent revealed that scores of babies had died at the trust between 2014 and 2018, while more than 100 others suffered brain damage during birth.

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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Greater protection for women at risk of abuse following release of Domestic Abuse Act 2021 fact sheet

Posted on 21st May 2021 in Family Law

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021, designed to strengthen support for victims of domestic abuse and to raise greater awareness of the devastating impact that abuse has.

Posted by

Sarah Miller

Associate Member of CILEx

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American Express fined by the ICO for marketing emails sent without valid consent

Posted on 21st May 2021 in Intellectual Property

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined American Express £90,000 for sending over 4 million unsolicited marketing emails between 1 June 2018 and 21 May 2019 to existing customers without consent.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Why you should include digital assets and passwords in your will

Posted on 20th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

The Law Society has advised that people should include digital passwords in their will to ensure executors can access vital online information.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Baby death raises questions over maternity care

Posted on 20th May 2021 in Medical Negligence

Despite a low-risk pregnancy, Beth and Dan Wankiewicz say their baby son Clay died last year, shortly after his birth at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, from multiple skull fractures.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Unpublished hospital patient safety reports exposed

Posted on 19th May 2021 in Medical Negligence

As a result of the request 111 reports were identified (100 in England, 6 in Northern Ireland, 4 in Scotland and 1 in Wales) and 80 were released to the BBC.

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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When does a person no longer have capacity to make a Will?

Posted on 18th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

When making a Will, the person making it (the testator) must have the necessary mental capacity in order for the Will to be valid.  

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Solicitor