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Government to “clamp down” on leasehold mis-selling   Recently updated !

The Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government James Brokenshire has written to the Competition and Markets Authority and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in an effort to tackle issues with the leasehold market. Official figures point to approximately 100,000 tenants trapped in “exploitative and unfair” leasehold arrangements, with home owners suffering a ‘Double Clause’ in the worst cases. This amounts to ground rent […]

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What is the difference between civil partnerships and marriage?   Recently updated !

The House of Commons has overwhelmingly backed a plan to fast-track the introduction of civil partnerships for straight couples. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 as a segregated form of union for same-sex couples, but campaigners called for them to be offered as a choice for all couples following the introduction of equal marriage in England, Wales and Scotland. Theresa May announces that straight couples will […]

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What the Large Print Giveth, the Small Print Taketh Away

Starting and running a business can be very exciting and challenging. Being an entrepreneur and your own boss is seen by many as an attractive goal. It can also be extremely rewarding. However, there is another, much more mundane, if not downright boring, analysis of starting and running a business. That is to see the process for what it is, a series of legal contracts. […]

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Japanese Knotweed and the new development

Building land is at a premium. Developers are, therefore, turning to sites which have been previously used for other purposes. Some of these have a legacy infestation of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed. This extremely invasive and hardy plant can cause serious damage to the structure of a property, and even more damage to its value. When buying a property, purchasers have, to some extent, some […]

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Knotweed and the case of the disappearing weed killer?

Japanese Knotweed is a blight on many areas of the country. It is highly invasive and spreads via a complex root system which travels long distances underground. Recent research by Swansea University has shown that even after three years of optimal treatment it is never completely killed, but the above ground growth can be curtailed. Despite this, the root system remains viable. The research demonstrated […]

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The case of the disappearing Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed has again been in the news recently. As usual it is not good news. For the benefit of the very few of you who may not know the background, Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant introduced into the UK. It is very common in many parts of the country, including South Wales. The problem is that when land has Knotweed growing upon it, […]

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Claims for care home neglect

The purpose of a care home is to provide care and assistance for those who find it difficult to care for themselves. Unfortunately, in some cases, the care provided can fall below an acceptable standard. If neglect or abuse is suspected, concerns should be raised with the care provider immediately. Care homes have a legal duty of care to their residents to ensure that they […]

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Should you consider a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements probably sound like the most unromantic concept imaginable to newly-engaged couples. It is considered some-what of a taboo topic but a ‘prenup’ is definitely something that should be discussed if you’re planning on getting married, especially if one or both of you have assets that you would not want shared in the event of divorce. It may just be the case that neither […]

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The drone code – law changes on operating drones

The government has introduced new laws on flying drones today (30 July 2018) restricting all drones from flying above 400 feet and within 1 kilometre of airport boundaries. As well as five years in jail, the penalty is also an unlimited fine. Changes came into effect to help ensure the model aircrafts, which hover in the air, are used safely and responsibly. This comes following […]

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The dangers of mixing work and social media

In today’s world, social media exists as a focal point of communication and is the most popular method of sharing information. It’s not uncommon for us to share our personal thoughts and photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; but what happens when we share details of work online or express a particularly strong opinion on social media at the workplace? Businesses look to social media […]

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