Cohabiting Couples – Myths and Risks

Millions of cohabiting couples within the UK are unaware of the severe financial risk, if their relationship were to break down, as a result of the current legal system and laws. The number of unmarried couples living together has more than doubled since 1996 and we now see approximately 3.3 million couples cohabiting in the […]

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Landmark Ruling on Bereavement Damages

A woman from Chorley, Lancashire has won her battle for better rights for unmarried/cohabiting people who lose their partners. Ms Jakki Smith lost her long term partner of 16 years in 2011 after medics missed an infection. A fixed sum is paid out to the partner if a person dies as a result of negligence […]

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Stamp Duty Abolition

Chancellor Philip Hammond has abolished stamp duty for all first-time buyers purchasing a property for up to £300,000. This has come into immediate effect. The change in stamp duty will apply in England and Northern Ireland. It will apply in Wales only until the end of March however it will have no impact on Scotland. […]

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Brexit Negotiations

The fifth round of Article 50 negotiations took place between the 9th and 12th October. Following this on the 20th October the European Council concluded that sufficient progress had not been achieved in negotiations in phase one (withdrawal matters) and therefore they could not proceed to phase two (discussing the framework for the future relationship […]

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Court Overhaul in London

On the 9th October 2017, HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the City of London Corporation announced plans for a new 18 courtroom facility, which is to be located on or near Fleet Street. This would be to replace the existing courts in London including the City of London Magistrate’ Court. The new court will […]

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Stamp Duty Incentive for Energy Efficient Homes

Energy Minister, Claire Perry, told BBC Radio 4 that she would be “interested” in the idea of lowering stamp duty on properties which are or have been made energy efficient.  She described the idea as “one of the incentives” to encourage homeowners to implement energy-saving measures. As the application of stamp duty is devolved around […]

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Legal Implications of Brexit

Legal basis for Brexit In a UK referendum on EU membership held on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of votes were to leave the EU. The referendum was advisory and its result did not have legal force, but the government intends to respect the outcome. The European Union Referendum Act 2015 enabled the referendum, but did […]

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ICO fines company for sending spam texts

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a company £100,000 for sending unsolicited spam texts attempting to solicit leads for financial services institutions. The ICO found that between May to December 2015, the company sent 1,132,149 unsolicited texts to individual subscribers for the purposes of direct marketing. The government has recently transferred the function of […]

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New guidance on misleading retailer pricing tactics published

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has published new guidance aimed at stopping misleading and confusing pricing tactics used by some retailers. The publication of the guidance follows a Which? investigation, several complaints from disgruntled shoppers and a subsequent super-complaint on misleading pricing practices in the grocery sector. Which? had claimed that retailers were misleading and […]

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