In recent weeks, one of Britain’s best known actors has disclosed she is battling Alzheimer’s disease, which makes us consider the effects such conditions have on loved ones.
For those of us in London, the news about Barbara Windsor is especially sad. She is born and bred in the capital, and for two decades until relatively recently was a lynchpin of EastEnders.
In England and Wales, in order to apply for a divorce, a person has to establish that the marriage has broken down due to one of five factors. Three of these factors require a period of separation. The other two are adultery or unreasonable behaviour. This ‘fault based’ approach is seen by some as archaic. Resolution, an association of family lawyers, believe that change is needed particularly following the current case of Mrs Tini Owens.
A recent case has shown how domestic violence is still prominent in today’s society despite all the deterrents in place and the awareness surrounding it.
Mr Alex Keel and Ms Jordan Worth were in a relationship from the age of 16 years old (until 22 years old). Such was the abuse that Keel had suffered that Worth was sentenced to seven and a half years by Luton Crown Court. The abuse started from the time the relationship started.
It is fair to say that in the past decade or so the fascination with improving our homes has moved to a new level of interest.
Countless glossy magazines, TV shows and so on, have capitalised on this huge industry as we do our utmost to create our dream homes.
Recent figures have shown that inheritance (IHT) tax receipts have grown greatly over the past year, reaching £5.3 billion in the year to end of February.
Whilst the treasury will be no doubt be pleased, as Inheritance tax experts in London, it is somewhat disconcerting to see such a rise in this taxation.
The recent case of a Somerset woman who fell out with family members and ended up taking the case to court has received much publicity in legal circles.
Lucy Habberfield gave up most of her adult life to work on the family farm for little money with the promise of inheriting it when her father died.
The defeat by a well-known footwear maker to patent its shoes, by the European Court of justice, is a tale that shows how legal protection needs to be instigated as early as possible.
Most people will be aware of Crocs, the manufacturer of plastic clogs, which took the world by storm a decade or so ago.
It is good to see a recent report by the Solicitors Regulation Authority showing that three-quarters of people who are buying or selling property are happy with the quality of the conveyancing services they encounter.
The survey of people who had bought or sold a residential property in the past two years also showed that estate agents and personal recommendations were the most common methods for finding a conveyancing solicitor. To add to this, the cost and experience of firms were seen as the main factors in buying decisions. Read More
Recent legislation (which came into force in March 2018), now allows some victims of domestic abuse to vote anonymously. This is certainly a step in the right direction for the victims involved.
The changes are not only effective in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but also came into effect in Scotland from April 2018. Read More
For quite a few years now the appetite for bridging loans has grown, especially in London and the surrounding areas.
Bridging loans are simply so borrowers can get property purchases over the line quickly to secure their dream investments and homes.
Ordinarily, they are used when there is a shortfall between the sale and completion dates in a chain and are also favoured by those buying at auction, or people who plan to own a home only for a brief period.
A good example is for people buying to renovate and then putting a property back on the market in the hope of making a good profit. Read More