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Pensions

Posted on 03rd November 2017 in Family Law

Often a pension can be a valuable asset to take into account, particularly when one spouse is contributing a lot more into their pension fund. Irrespective of who the pension belongs to, it is still a marital asset and will be treated as any other asset would be, and it must be considered in divorce proceedings.

Posted by

Caroline Ryan

Consultant Solicitor

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Will the GDPR Require New Consent From Existing Customers?

Posted on 13th October 2017 in Intellectual Property

We are often asked if businesses need to ask their existing contacts to opt-in to receive marketing communications again once the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018. This an important decision, the consequences for getting it wrong can include reputational damage and significant fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Non-Molestation Orders

Posted on 12th October 2017 in Family Law

A Non-Molestation Order can be applied to put a stop to domestic abuse to help protect you and to ensure the safety and wellbeing and health of you and your children. Domestic abuse can include the following:

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Divorce Costs Order

Posted on 10th October 2017 in Family Law

The term ‘divorce costs’ can be unclear and, to the person being asked to pay those costs, it can be confusing.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Armed Forces Pensions Solicitors

Posted on 29th September 2017 in Family Law

Since the early 1970’s the Courts have been required to take into account the value of any pension held by both parties to a divorce in determining their financial settlement. However, before the introduction of pension sharing, it was not possible to transfer either the value of the pension benefit or the benefits themselves from the scheme member who owned the benefits to another person.

Posted by

Caroline Ryan

Consultant Solicitor

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New Rights for Horse Buyers

Posted on 21st September 2017 in Dispute Resolution

Has the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA), which replaces the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (SGA) from October 2015, put buyers in a better position to reject a horse after purchase? 

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Do you need to amend your company’s articles of association?

Posted on 20th September 2017 in Company & Commercial

A company’s articles of association (“Articles”) set out provisions relating to a company’s constitution (for example the rights attaching to a company’s share capital and rules relating to meetings). The Articles are a public document and are available for inspection at Companies House.

Posted by

James Orpin

Partner and Solicitor

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What is a Disputed Will?

Posted on 13th September 2017 in Dispute Resolution

Sometimes there are problems with the will itself and sometimes people are unhappy with the contents of the will.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Green Belt: openness is not what it appears

Posted on 08th September 2017 in Planning and Licensing

When considering applications for development in the green belt, local planning authorities are meant to ensure that substantial weight is given when considering potential harm to the green belt. Paragraph 79. of the National Planning Policy Framework states that one of the essential characteristics of green belts is their openness, and one of the key issues is the impact of any development on the openness of the green belt. The issue which the courts have grappled with frequently is the relevance of the visual impact of development on an assessment of openness. The issues are illustrated by a couple of recent decisions.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Young Girl ‘Died of Meningitis’ Just Hours After She Was Sent Home From Hospital

Posted on 07th September 2017 in Medical Negligence

Girl, four, ‘died of meningitis’ just hours after she was sent home from the hospital.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Who Can Inherit When There Isn’t a Will?

Posted on 07th September 2017 in Dispute Resolution

When someone dies intestate, it means that the deceased died without a will, or a will was revoked by an action such as getting married, or physically destroying the will, or the will was invalid.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Case Update: A Lesson for Employers – Suspension for Misconduct is Not a Neutral Act

Posted on 06th September 2017 in Employment

In the recent case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth, the High Court held that the suspension of a teacher to allow for a misconduct investigation was not a neutral act and amounted to a breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor