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Surveys – buyer beware

Surveys can be time consuming and costly and ultimately they just feel like one more obstacle in the way of you occupying your dream home. But, a word of caution, without a survey you have no idea what’s going on behind the perfect plasterwork or [...]

2018-01-09T15:13:28+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

‘Common law marriage’- a myth!

Resolution, the family law group which represents family practitioners and campaigns for a fairer justice system, and of which both our Director and Head of Family Angela Green and her colleague, Chartered Legal Executive Victoria Iliff are members, has recently produced a poll revealing that [...]

2018-01-09T15:16:02+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

Pensions on divorce – what should be considered?

Recent research by Scottish Widows has discovered that 7 in 10 of divorcing couples do not consider pensions during divorce, leaving people with inadequate pension provision on retirement. The research showed that people do not know what the options are for pension sharing on divorce, [...]

2017-11-23T15:16:44+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Forthcoming Changes to the divorce petition

Changes to the divorce petition were announced on 17th July. The new petition becomes compulsory on the 4th September but can be used from the 7th August. The new petition is substantially different in layout and format to the previous form, and is an attempt [...]

2017-08-02T12:00:31+00:00 August 9th, 2017|

Reflections on working in Skipton

Driving into work this morning I heard a news article on the radio about women wearing high heeled shoes for work, and discussions about whether employers can make them part of an enforced dress code. Researchers in Aberdeen have been looking at the issue, following [...]

2017-08-02T11:58:52+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

Good news for employees : bad news for employers

By now most people are already aware of the Supreme Court decision in relation to a case brought by the union UNISON regarding the impact of Employment Tribunal fees on access to justice. The Supreme Court has ruled that fees of up to £1,200 [...]

2018-01-16T14:17:58+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|

Wills and Tenants in Common

When you’re drafting a Will it’s important to make sure that your assets will pass to the people you want to have them after you’re gone. If you own a property and this is part of the Estate that you want to leave behind, then [...]

2017-06-30T15:01:28+00:00 July 27th, 2017|

What is the Residence Nil Rate Band and how can you use it?

After considerable public pressure and discussion, last year’s budget introduced a Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB), which is designed to reduce inheritance tax for a large number of families. The RNRB works in addition to the personal nil rate band and is intended to make [...]

2017-06-30T11:49:58+00:00 July 20th, 2017|