Legal


‘Pet’ Nuptial Agreements

Recently in the media, I’m A Celebrity presenter Ant McPartlin and ex-wife Lisa Armstrong made headlines after finalising the settlement of their £31m divorce. But the news that a judge had been required to rule joint custody of their Labrador Hurley, because they couldn’t agree between themselves, caught the public’s attention. They aren’t the only ones to dispute canine custody: in 2016, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard also fought over their Yorkshire […]


DIY Divorce – The Pros & Cons

It has been highlighted in the media recently that almost half of couples are opting to split via an online process. The term ‘DIY Divorce’ refers to a divorce or dissolution that takes place with little or no legal assistance, often online. This means that the various stages of your divorce are handled by you personally, rather than by a solicitor. Below we outline the […]


Marriage, Divorce & Wills

There is a direct impact on your Will when you get married or divorced. 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. […]


Ban on Tenant Fees 2019

The Tenant Fees Act will come into force in Wales on 1 September 2019. It came into force in England on 1 June 2019. The aim of the Act is to reduce the costs that tenants face at the outset, and throughout, a tenancy.  Tenants will now be able to see, at a glance, what their chosen property will cost them with no hidden costs. […]


5 employment law changes to expect in 2019

Increase in the National Minimum Wage Having been announced as part of the 2018 Budget, both the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase on 1st April 2019. The minimum hourly rates will increase as follows (grouped by age category): 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) […]


Government to “clamp down” on leasehold mis-selling

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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]