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The Way to Reduce Property Fighting is to Put it in Writing

I am often taken aback by the amount of instructions I receive from owners of property who have current problems where they own a property jointly with either a family member or cohabitee. Circumstances have changed over the years and they have often fallen out with the cohabitee or family member and, for example, when [...]

To Resolve or Mediate your Dispute or Not?

Now that we have got over GDPR and life can return to ‘normal’ I thought I’d deal with the subject of whether to mediate a dispute, or not, which is becoming increasingly important in litigation disputes. As a qualified mediator, I am sometimes asked by potential clients if I can mediate a case for them. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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