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Connected toys and gadgets

All children know that, at this time of year, Santa has a network of Elves who keep an eye out for naughty children and report back to Santa. What children, and more to the point, their parents, may not know is that some of the gifts Santa might deliver to the good children may have more features than they bargained for, possibly leading to Elf […]

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Child contact over the Christmas period – the season of goodwill?

Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. If it is your first family Christmas during or following divorce or separation from a partner, we understand that it can be a particularly difficult time. Here are a few tips to help avoid any difficult disputes: Approach the subject of Christmas contact with the child’s parent as soon as possible. Try to put an agreement […]

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Cohabitation Awareness Week 2017

The number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2017. A campaign has been launched calling for a change in the law to support couples who live together. Resolution (who campaign for improvements to the family justice system) has declared the week beginning November 27 as Cohabitation Awareness Week and lawyers across the country will be […]

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Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers

Chancellor Philip Hammond has abolished stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties worth up to £300,000 and on the first £300,000 on properties worth up to £500,000 in higher-value areas, such as London. Philip Hammond also announced the Conservatives would make £15.3bn of new financial support available for housing over the next five years, bringing total support for housing to at least £44bn over this […]

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Pets in your Will

For many people, particularly the elderly, it makes sense to consider what may happen to a beloved pet in the event of their death, however, it is still estimated that thousands of pet owners in the UK die each year without making arrangements for their pets in their Wills. By making provision for your pets in your Will you will have the opportunity to ensure that your wishes are carried out in […]

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No-fault divorce

A recent court decision highlighted in the media has served as a timely reminder that we do not have a ‘no fault’ divorce system in England and Wales. The decision has reignited calls to introduce a without blame divorce system. It is considered that a new procedure, where one or both spouses can give notice that the marriage has broken down irretrievably would align much […]

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First-time buyers and the bank of Mum and Dad

Recent reports have shown that first-time buyers now require an average of £33,000 for a deposit on a house. Understandably, young people are finding it extremely difficult to save this amount of money – so, what can they do? The Government scheme Help 2 Buy is one sensible option, but a record number of first-time buyers are now relying on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ in […]

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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

It is now increasingly common for the news to contain stories of significant data losses. These are both embarrassing for the organisation concerned and potentially extremely expensive to sort out. There are, of course, many ways in which data losses can occur. They can range from the result of aggressive hacking but can also, and more commonly perhaps, be due to carelessness or a simple […]

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The social media policy – a business must have?

Are you an employer who has had to deal with an employees’ inappropriate use of IT systems or social media? A social media policy is a code of conduct which acts as a guideline for any interactions a company’s employees have on the internet, both as part of their job description, or in their private life. As the use of the internet and social media […]

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The Consequences of Marriage and Divorce on Wills

Is it true that getting married invalidates an existing Will? When you make a Will there are a number of life events that can impact its validity. One of these is marriage. Under UK law, marriage automatically cancels out a Will made before the date of the marriage, rendering it invalid. If you do not make a new Will, the court will follow the rules […]

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