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To make a Will is very important

It is a fairly established fact that many members of the general public do not make a Will and one in three people die currently in the United Kingdom without making a Will. To make a Will is not just relevant for a more elderly person, as dying without a Will can affect your beneficiaries [...]

Where is my Legal Boundary in relation to Property?

Where is the Legal Boundary? There is often a misunderstanding in homeowners’ minds as to where the legal boundary is between themselves and their neighbour. Many homeowners consider that their deeds or deeds’ plans can determine where the boundary line is or failing that the Land Registry title plan. The position is not as clear [...]

Litigate or engage in Mediation Services?

Although your first thought is litigation, why should you consider one of the many types of mediation services that are available? In the case of Laporte v Commissioner of Police (2015 ) EWHC 371, the Claimant lost in a claim against the Defendant but nevertheless claimed that the Defendant should not be awarded costs because [...]

Land Ownership – is possession 9/10 of the law ?

In the area of land ownership, over the last few months, we have dealt with at least two cases of situations where our clients have taken possession of a piece of land without the consent of the owner of that land. They have either incorporated the land as their own or treated it as their [...]

The Legal Impact of Brexit on the Buy to Let market.

What impact will Brexit have on the property market and buy to let market? The government is slowly working out how to react to the Brexit vote. There has already been a significant impact to the commercial property market due to the volatile financial and economic conditions triggered by the decision to leave the EU. [...]

Hallmark Judgement for Buy to Let Landlords

In June 2016, The Court of Appeal in a group action by buy to let landlords, headed by Mark Alexander (Borrowers) against West Bromwich Mortgage Company (Lender) held that the group are entitled to a refund of mortgage overpayments. The dispute arose as a result of an inconsistency between the mortgage offer granted by the [...]

Family Law – Can an Adult Child be Disinherited?

Last year in a case on family law, Ilott v Mitson, the Court of Appeal held that the late Mrs Jackson was not entitled to disinherit her adult daughter and leave the bulk of her Estate to charity.  The case attracted much publicity. The Court of Appeal held that Mrs Ilott was entitled to approximately [...]

Six reasons to instruct a local Solicitor

1.  Established. A well-established local solicitor will have lots of repeat business and recommendations that can be found on their website. 2.  Experience The Principal of the practice must have many years of experience and have dealt with cases, both contentious, as well as non-contentious. This is important as for example, if during a property [...]

Top tips to gain possession of rented property

One of the essential documents to consider in relation to regaining possession of any residential property, especially rented property, is the original tenancy agreement. It is important to keep the original documents or to see if you can obtain an original of the document to verify that these have been ‘properly signed’. The Date of [...]

The Right to Rent – THE FINAL FRONTIER OF BORDER CONTROLS?

The new amendments to the Immigration Act 2014 brought in very strict rules from 1 February 2016 concerning a tenant or lodger’s right to rent and statutory obligations now applicable to landlords or agents to check their prospective tenant or lodger’s right to rent. Failure to comply with these rules renders the landlord or agent [...]