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The 5 Grounds for Divorce

Coming to the decision that your marriage/civil partnership has come to an end is not an easy time for anyone.  During this time of heightened emotion you will also be faced with the difficulties of the practicalities of the divorce procedure itself and the financial implications of the separation. Here at PGM Solicitors we have a highly experienced family law department who appreciate that each and every client will face a […]


What happens if you die without a Will?

Many people are under the misapprehension that there is no need for them to make a Will as their spouse will inherit everything. However, under the Intestacy Rules, a spouse or civil partner will only inherit the whole estate if the deceased has no children. If the deceased has children then the spouse or civil partner will inherit the deceased’s personal property, the first £250,000 […]


New year, new Will?

More than half of British adults have not made a Will. Of those who have, many have not updated their wills for some time, which is reflected in the soaring number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court.  It is a task which most of us put off yet it is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your family is […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]