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Drone laws set to change (again!)

UK drone laws have been subject to regular changes. Last year the government introduced a new law, restricting all drones from flying above 400 feet and within 1 kilometre of airport boundaries. From March 13 2019, it’s now illegal to fly a drone within 5km of an airport − up from 1km. If a camera is attached to your drone, you must keep 150ft (50m) from […]

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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 […]


Japanese knotweed – the growing area of case law

The effect of Japanese knotweed on property has been well documented over recent years with images of the plant growing through concrete foundations and destabilised buildings. Knotweed is a highly invasive and fast spreading weed. It is extremely difficult to eradicate and normally requires specialist treatment. Another case appeared in the media this week announcing that Network Rail has lost an appeal over damages awarded […]


Land Transaction Tax replaces Stamp Duty in Wales

From April 1 the Welsh Assembly Government introduced its own Land Transaction Tax (LTT) replacing Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). This means that England, Scotland and Wales each have their own separate regime for taxing the acquisition of land.  LTT is the first tax introduced by a Welsh Government in almost 800 years. What is Land Transaction Tax (LTT)? Like SDLT, LTT will be payable […]


The GDPR – Part 2

Accountability The GDPR introduces the concept of accountability.  Governance under the GDPR must be transparent. Data controllers and processors must put in place comprehensive but proportionate systems of governance. Good practice tools such as privacy impact assessments and privacy by design are mandatory in some circumstances. Applying these methods helps to minimise the risk of data breaches. This is likely to mean more policies and […]


The benefits of making a Lasting Power of Attorney

Did you know that there are two different types of Lasting Powers of Attorney?  If you do – “top of the class”; if you didn’t know, well, you’re excused because most people do not know about the Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal tool that allows you to appoint someone to make certain decisions on […]


What Exactly is Probate?

Lots of people hear the word “probate”, but many, in reality, don’t actually know what it means. Most of us know that it has something to do so with Wills, but beyond that it all becomes a bit murky.   Well here is a little synopsis. The word “probate” means to prove or validate. “Probate” is the procedure by which a Will is approved by […]

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October 2015…the Month of Change

No, this article is not another reminder about the clocks going back in a few weeks time. It is however, discussing the new laws that were enforced a few days ago.   The first of October was a big day for the UK, as it witnessed four new important laws being enforced. These laws cover a range of issues including retail, property and driving. It […]


Common Law Marriage – Mythbusters

By Eva Powell   Myth  There is a wide spread belief in the UK of the existence of ‘common law’ marriage, that if a couple live together long enough they become ‘common law’ husband and wife and acquire similar rights to a married couple or civil partnership. However, contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing. It is, in fact, a myth.   According […]

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Intestacy Rules Changes

By Eva Powell Intestacy Rules Changes – October 2014   You may recall our earlier blog post “Why you should make a Will”. In that blog we set out the benefits of making a Will – the main one being that you are in control of how your estate is divided should you pass away, instead of it being subject to the Intestacy Rules. The […]