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Calls for reform to the UK's divorce system

Natalie Carolan
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The end of Brangelina was one of a string of events from last year that left everyone in Hollywood feeling off kilter. And now Bennifer have officially filed for divorce too. Bennifer can rest easy. Since 1970, all divorces in California have been no-fault...

Trigger of Article 50 - What does this mean for family law?

Orissa Llewelyn
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Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017. But what does this actually mean? Fundamentally nothing will change any time soon; the triggering of this article has merely started the formal two year time limit for the UK to leave the European Union. This means...

Restoring the balance in favour of testamentary freedom

Natalie Carolan
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On 15 March 2017, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the landmark case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others [2017] UKSC 17 . The facts were: Mrs Jackson had one daughter Mrs Ilott. In 1978, when Mrs Ilott was 17, she left home to live with her...

Is reform on the horizon for cohabitating couples?

Natalie Carolan
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More people cohabit than ever before. In fact, over the last ten years cohabitating couples were the fastest-growing family type, more than doubling from 1.5 million families to 3.3 million families. Despite the surge in numbers, as the law currently stands,...

Budget 2016 Update: Key changes to SDLT Regime

Mamuna Farooq
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  BUDGET 2016 UPDATE KEY CHANGES TO THE STAMP DUTY LAND TAX (‘SDLT’) REGIME   Since the Budget Announcement on 16 March 2016, new SDLT measures are in place:   The treatment of non-residential SDLT rates and bands,...

Sharland and Gohil: Nowhere to hide

Nina Lake
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Yesterday a judgment, long awaited by many family law practitioners, was heard in the Supreme Court. This was in relation to appeals by two women that the financial agreements they had each reached when getting divorced should be set aside due to the fact...

Legislative changes from 1October 2015- A Landlords guide

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Legislative changes from 1 October 2015 – A Landlord’s practical guide As of the 1 st October 2015, Landlords will face a number of changes due to the effect of the snappily entitled “Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and...

A word of warning to the separated spouse

Nina Lake
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If you are separated from your spouse, but not officially divorced, or are divorced, but did not do anything with regards to your finances at the time, it is really important to know what your rights will be in the future.  The recent case of JB v MB...

London: The Divorce Capital of the World?

Nina Lake
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London has often been described by the media as being the ‘divorce capital of the world’. Why is this? Surely it is not that easy for anyone to just pop along to the big city, nab a favourable divorce settlement and return to their country of...

Enter within 30 days - Time is on the essence

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Biometric Residence Permits have been in use for some time now for applicant’s making applications for leave to remain in the UK. Applicant’s applying for entry clearance, have usually been issued a visa for the duration of their stay in the UK...

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