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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 5 Times in Your Life You Should Make a Will

Charles Davidson
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It is estimated that at least 1 in 3 members of the UK population do not have a valid Will dealing with the entirety of their estate. In another study a majority of those surveyed believed their estate will automatically go to the “right” ...

Cutting Off From the Continent

Eileen Pembridge
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Few people realise, perhaps, just how intertwined our domestic family law has become over the years with international law and particularly EU law (in which we have been enthusiastic participants). With the increase in marriages and relationships between...

Paying Up and Looking Big.. Can the Child Maintenance Service Refuse to Repay Overpayments of Child Maintenance?

David Hodgson
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The simple answer is yes. A recent decision of the Administrative Court confirms the position. In this case a father (the paying party of child maintenance) was able to show that what he had been assessed to pay by way of an interim maintenance...

International Surrogacy: How Long Will it Take to Bring Baby Back to the UK?

Karma Hickman
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The answer to this question depends on the route you are using to bring your baby back to the UK and the country your baby was born in. In my previous blog, International Surrogacy and how to bring Baby back to UK , I looked at the potential routes...

Avoid Paying Additional Home Office Fees of Between £1,820 to £5,000 for Tier 2 Workers

Mariam Khaliq
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The Immigration Skills Charge for UK employers who are recruiting skilled workers from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) is being introduced on 6 April this year. What is it for? The Government says the new charge is to reduce Britain’s...

Going Against

Louise Barretto
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Yesterday the highest court in the land confirmed the principle that a person can leave their estate to whomsoever they want to, in their will. This is the “freedom of testation” principle. The case involved the estate of the late Mrs Jackson...

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Conference

Frances Edwards
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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (‘HFEA’) are today holding their annual conference. They have a range of fascinating speakers who are discussing some of the most important issues facing individuals who have fertility problems....

Leaving the Family Home in a Will; an Englishman's Home is His Family's Castle Sized Tax Bill

Charles Davidson
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It was the pre-election aspiration of the current government of exempting the family home from inheritance tax (IHT). However, even with the new “residence nil-rate band ” coming into effect from 6 April 2017, the family home can still be a...

Post Brexit Hysteria - What Should EU Nationals be Doing to Secure Their Position in the UK?

Victoria Bray
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Immigration law practitioners nationwide are experiencing an influx of enquiries from EU nationals who are currently exercising their free movement rights in the UK and are understandably worried about what the future holds for them post trigger of Article...

Surrogacy from B to Z: Single-Parents Seeking Surrogacy Arrangements

Henrietta  Bennett
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The beauty of surrogacy lies in its ability to provide those who cannot conceive with a child to whom they are genetically linked. The beast lies in the restrictions of s54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (HFEA 2008); preventing single...

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