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As solicitors we have plenty to say on our favourite legal areas.

This is the place where we'll try to make some of the things that interest us as lawyers more useful for you. Let us know if you like any of our posts or want to know more, and we'll continue to try to turn boring or confusing legal concepts into ideas that are accessible to all.

The Limitations of Parental Rights and Responsibility

Louise Barretto
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What rights do parents have in regard to their children? We should rather ask - what responsibilities do parents have for their children? The Children Act 1989 first introduced the concept of “parental responsibility” which was a deliberate move...

How Are Finances Shared in Short Marriage Cases?

Richard Busby
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The purpose of this article is to consider how claims are now being treated following the breakdown of short marriages in light of the recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Sharp v. Sharp. Mr & Mrs Sharp, both in their 40s, had been married...

Parental Alienation

Louise Barretto
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I have written on this topic before but without much conviction that things would ever really change for the better. However, after reading the judgment of Her Honour Judge Gordon-Saker in the case of B (change of residence; parental alienation) [2017] EWFC...

Jointly Owned Properties - What Happens When One Party Puts in Everything?

Richard Busby
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Whereas married couples have a statutory regime for their property issues, disputes amongst former cohabitees are resolved by application of general property law principles, often said to be unsatisfactory and the resolution of these types of cases...

#DivorceSelfie

Nardiya Mangera
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It appears that even divorce has not remained immune to the trend of documenting every aspect of our lives on social media. Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of the controversial ‘Divorce Selfie’. Couples who have decided to divorce...

Do I Have a Right to See My Grandchildren?

Claire Cleary
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If your relationship with your child has broken down, and as a result they have refused to allow you contact with your grandchildren, you may be wondering what your rights are relating to contact with your grandchildren, and what steps need to be taken to...

Can Political Beliefs be Protected in The Workplace?

Charles Davidson
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The old Chinese saying that to live in interesting times is a curse has never been more applicable. With the continuation of Brexit negotiations and the lead up to a snap general election; politics are on the forefront of most of our minds. But within the...

Is Divorce Right For You? The Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

Richard Busby
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The latest government statistics show that the number of divorces are continuing to rise. If you are one of those unfortunate enough to face a dilemma as to whether the marriage has ended, you may have to make the decision on whether one of you should stay...

Will My Pre-Nup be Upheld?

Claire Cleary
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Wedding season is upon us and engaged individuals are increasingly considering the issue of pre-nuptial agreements and deciding upon whether to enter into an agreement to avoid any uncertainty as to what should happen to their money and assets following a...

Inheritance Tax Changes: Time to Review Your Will

Stephen Hewitt
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New rules have been introduced which may reduce the Inheritance Tax payable on family homes.  However, the new Residents Nil Rate Band does not apply to everyone, so now is a good time to review your Will. From 6 April 2017, each individual can claim...

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