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Pre-action Protocol for debt claims

Claire Richardson
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Pre- action Protocol for Debt Claims The Pre-action Protocol for debt claims ('The Protocol') comes into force on 1 October 2017 and will potentially have a significant impact on a business if it has outstanding debts due from individuals. The...

Charity Chat July 2017 - Fundraising and Delegation

David Porter
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David Porter continues his series of blogs - and the aim of ‘Charity Chat’ is to make Trustees, Directors, Governors and Committee Members (the Trustees) aware of their obligations and the processes that have to be followed to run the charity...

Challenging a will? Think Caveat!

Emma Savage
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Challenging a Will? Think Caveat! If you intend to challenge the validity of a will, it is important to investigate the circumstances surrounding the execution of the will.  It is helpful in these cases if the Grant of Probate can be put on hold...

Resident Nil Rate Band for Inheritance Tax

Lucy Dunning
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In Summer 2015 the Government announced the introduction of a new nil rate band for Inheritance Tax, which came in to force on the 6 th April 2017. In addition to your standard nil rate band, which is currently £325,000, a further nil rate band is now...

Charity Chat March 2017 - Trustees obligations loans and grants

David Porter
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David Porter continues his series of blogs with the aims of ‘Charity Chat’ to make Trustees, Directors, Governors and Committee Members (the Trustees) aware of their obligations and the processes that have to be followed to run the Charity...

Leasehold Properties - what you need to know

Ashlea Thornton
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Leasehold Properties - what you need to know Before buying a leasehold property, there are a few things that you should know. For example, even though leaseholders may have bought the property and have a mortgage bill every month to show for it, they...

No fault divorce?

Pamela Donnellan
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Is ‘no-fault’ divorce coming to England and Wales? The only ground for divorce in England and Wales is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The court cannot hold that the marriage has broken down irretrievably unless the...

Charity Chat October 2016

David Porter
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David Porter continues his series of blogs with the aims of ‘Charity Chat’ to make Trustees, Directors, Governors and Committee Members (the Trustees) aware of their obligations and the processes that have to be followed to run the Charity...

Is Green Energy always the best option?

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Is Green Energy always the best option? Check with your mortgage lender first! While the UK may not be the sunniest place on the planet, nevertheless over the past few years there has been a significant rise in the number of homes across the country whose...

Can children be called as witnesses in family proceedings?

Nicole Thornley
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Can children be called as witnesses in family proceedings? Whether a child should give evidence in family courts has always been an important question for the Court and parents. Before Re W 2010 UKSC 12 views swayed. Baroness Hale told us there was no...

Children's Services - To consent or not to consent?

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TO CONSENT OR NOT TO CONSENT? SHOULD I AGREE TO MY CHILDREN BEING ACCOMMODATED BY CHILDREN’S SERVICES? This is a question which many parents ask me when Children’s Services are involved with their family and when there is a proposal for the...

Those airport checks may get longer...

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The new airport checks that could see thousands of football fans and holiday makers alike detained at the airport and prevented from travelling. If the headlines over the last few days are to be believed new Police powers could lead to chaos at airports as...

Dementia Awareness Week 15 May 2016

Liz Taylor
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As it is Dementia Awareness week we wanted to share with our local community the very exciting news that Fieldings Porter is supporting Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, to help people develop an understanding of dementia and turn it...

The risks of living under one roof

Claire Richardson
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Living arrangements whereby a couple who is not married but live together in the same household are becoming increasingly common. This arrangement in law is known as cohabitation. The law gives cohabiting couples fewer rights on separation than for civil...

A rise in Pre-Nuptial Agreements?

Pamela Donnellan
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Arguably, once seen as the preserve of the rich and famous, Pre-Nuptial Agreements or “Pre-Nups” as they are often referred to are becoming increasingly common, particularly in the context of people getting married or entering into civil...

Do I need a Financial Order when I get a Divorce/Dissolution even when we agree everything?

Jane Killerby-Nicholls
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It is often the case that when a marriage (or a civil partnership) comes to an end that there are financial arrangements that need to be made.  One or both parties may own property, particularly the home in which they have resided as a couple. ...

When is a non-lawyer a lawyer?

Peter Cunliffe
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It is, sadly, with some vehemence and annoyance that on the front page of a daily newspaper which I have been reading for over 20 years and whose first edition was in 1785 that I feel compelled to defend the lawyer and the use of the term. The...

A Personal Injury Claim Arising Out Of An Incident On Holiday

Deborah Parkinson
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HOLIDAY CLAIMS ABROAD BLOG It is extremely disappointing when a holiday is ruined by an accident or illness abroad. Accidents pursued under travel law come in varying forms and are subject to different procedural rules and regulations.  Some...

Check your tenant's right to rent

Claire Richardson
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Right to Rent Scheme 2016 As of 1 February 2016, Landlords are now required to check the immigration status of their tenants in respect of Residential Tenancy Agreements entered into after this date. If a person does not have permission to be in the UK,...

Charity Chat March 2016

David Porter
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David Porter continues his series of blogs with the aims of ‘Charity Chat’ to make Trustees, Directors, Governors and Committee Members (the Trustees) aware of their obligations and the processes that have to be followed to run the Charity...

Road Traffic Offences

David Darlington
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In the first of a series of blogs, David Darlington talks about a recent piece of legislation. Ban on Smoking in Vehicles Comes into Force in England and Wales Successive governments have passed legislation to restrict smoking in various places in an...

Charity Chat September 2015

David Porter
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David Porter continues his series of blogs with the aims of ‘Charity Chat’ to make Trustees, Directors, Governors and Committee Members (the Trustees) aware of their obligations and the processes that have to be followed to run the Charity...

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