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Preventing the Sale of Marital Property on Divorce

Posted by on July 28th 2017 in Blog Posts, Family, Litigation, Property

Preventing the Sale of Marital Property on Divorce

S39(1) Senior Courts Act 1981 (“the Act”) allows the Court to make an order requiring a person to execute a conveyance, contract or document. If that person fails to execute such documents then a person nominated by the Court can sign on behalf of that person if they neglect or refuse to comply with the order or they cannot be found.

In the case of Welch v Welch [2017] Mr Welch obtained an order  which required his wife to sign the Conveyancing documentation in the sale of their property (a property in which Mrs Welch only held a 1% beneficial ownership). Despite the...

Government Plans a Ban on Leasehold New-Build Houses

Posted by on July 27th 2017 in Blog Posts, Commercial Property , Property

 

The Government plans to ban the sale of new-build Leasehold houses under drastic changes amid the concerns regarding the growing trend of extortionate ground rent increases. Leaseholds on new-build houses would be outlawed, while ground rents could be dramatically reduced, under Government plans subject to public consultation.

Presently, purchasers of new-build Leasehold houses have been at risk of unacceptable rises in ground rents to scales simply unaffordable. These Leaseholds have been criticised heavily for being unfair and penalising those who manage to make it onto the property market. With the ground rents increasing, the property may then become impossible to...

State Pension Age Changed Again

Posted by on July 25th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

It has been announced by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that six million individuals in the UK will be forced to wait a year longer than anticipated to receive their state pension.

The change, which affects men and women born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978, follows recommendations made in the Cridland Report – an independent review of State Pension arrangements after 2028 carried out by John Cridland CBE.

The government anticipate that the changes will save the taxpayer £74 billion by 2045/2046, and while it was initially due to...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What Companies Need to Know

Posted by on July 21st 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What Companies Need to Know

In recent news; Emma Stone shone a light on the difference in pay between actors and actresses, and the BBC released a list of their highest paid male and female earners.

Because of this large companies will be considering the reputational impact the release of such information will have on their businesses.

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations 2017, mean employers in the private, public and voluntary sector with 250 or more employees will be required to publish their “gender pay gap” by April 2018. 

Companies will have to publish a number of calculations to both their website and a government website, which...

The Law of Wills is Outdated and in Need of an Overhaul

Posted by on July 20th 2017 in Private Client

The Law of Wills is Outdated and in Need of an Overhaul

The Law Commission have recommended an overhaul in the legal system of Wills, stating that the current system is outdated and out of step with the modern world. The independent body are currently consulting on proposals to soften the strict formality rules, introduce a new mental capacity test, lower the age for testators from 18 to 16 and introduce electronic Wills.

Formality rules

It is estimated that 40% of adults are dying each year without a Will; the Law Commission has suggested that the current law may be putting people off making a Will they therefore want to make the process...

Thakkar Reminder to Mediate

Posted by on July 13th 2017 in Blog Posts

Thakkar –v- Patel [2017] EWCA Civ 117; a reminder of the cost consequences where there is a failure to mediate

It is known that the courts have a wide discretion on what costs orders to make during proceedings and after trial. Ordinarily, the successful party will recover its costs, however as the recent case of Thakkar –v- Patel [2017] EWCA Civ 117 (‘Thakkar’) reiterates, the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (‘ADR’) should not be underestimated as in certain circumstances even an unjustified delay to engage in ADR can result in successful parties having a cost order made against them!

In 2013,...

Residential Landlords - What You Should Check Before You Let

Posted by on July 5th 2017 in Blog Posts, Property

Residential Landlords - What You Should Check Before You Let

 

Due to the introduction of the Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016, statutory provisions have been introduced requiring residential landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before letting out their property for use as their only or main home. If the immigration status is not checked, the landlord could face a fine of up to £3,000 or a prison term of up to 5 years.

What are the requirements?

  • Immigration status of the tenant and all adult occupiers of the property need to be checked to ensure that their status allows them to be in...

The Rise of Property Fraud - How Can Home Owners Protect Themselves?

Posted by on July 5th 2017 in Blog Posts, Commercial Property , Property

The Rise of Property Fraud - How Can Home Owners Protect Themselves?

During the last few years, the real estate sector has seen a rise in property fraud.  Property is usually the most valuable asset people own and it is a clear target for fraudsters who could attempt to sell or mortgage a home.  The rise of fraud has mostly been down to identity theft with devastating effects.

You are more at risk if:

  • You rent out your property
  • You live overseas
  • Your property is left empty for long periods
  • Your property isn’t mortgaged
  • Your property is not registered

In order to protect your property from being fraudulently sold or mortgaged, the following steps should be taken, even if...

Notice to Quit: The Devil Really is in the Detail

Posted by on July 3rd 2017 in Blog Posts, Conveyancing

Notice to Quit: The Devil Really is in the Detail

The first few pages of a properly drafted lease should identify the address of the parties, and include express provision for the service and deemed service of notices, including where notices must be served.  One would imagine in a lease that did not contain express words to the contrary, that it would not be unreasonable to use the addresses detailed in the lease to contact the parties.  What address however should be used if you do know of an alternative address?  This was the question that faced the Court of Appeal in  Grimes v The Trustees of the Essex Farmers...

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