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Life of a solicitor apprentice

Rhian Taylor
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As a solicitor apprentice, 20% of my week is dedicated to undertaking my professional course which I do at BPP University. The professional course covers the legal areas required by the SRA to be covered to later qualify as a solicitor. The apprenticeship...

The BT class action reaches Court

Daniel Crook
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BT has been made the subject of a Class Action, backed by over 3 million claimants in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The trial commenced on Monday 29 th January and is scheduled to last up to 8 weeks. The Tribunal is considering allegations that BT...

Litigation Funding - the Post Office and Horizon IT scandal

Daniel Crook
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The recent ITV series Mr Bates vs The Post Office has drawn to the Public’s attention the fact that over 900 postmasters were wrongly criminally convicted of theft and false accounting  as a consequence of the accounting defects within the...

How long does conveyancing take?

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One of the questions we are most frequently asked by home movers is, how long does conveyancing take? We take a look at the process and the amount of time it might take until you can complete your sale or purchase. If you would like to move quickly, it is...

Child Support (Enforcement) Act 2023

Rhian Taylor
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An Act making provision about the enforcement of child support maintenance and other maintenance received Royal Assent on 20 July becoming law.  It seeks to up-date the 1991 Child Support Act and 2008 Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act, by...

Carer's Leave Act 2023

Daniel Crook
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This new Act makes provision about an employee’s entitlement to unpaid leave should they have caring responsibilities. The Act received Royal Assent on 24 May 2023 The Act introduces a statutory entitlement to grant employees, who are providing or...

How long does it take to move house?

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Property transactions of any form are a huge milestone, but moving house is often especially exciting. One of the most asked questions that clients are keen to know is exactly how long does it take to move house? There is no way to calculate the exact...

5 top tips for selling your home

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Buying a new home is an exciting prospect, however, the reverse is often true for selling a property. Selling your house can feel like a daunting task, and for good reason. The average home takes roughly 2-3 months to sell and can be an incredibly complex...

How much does conveyancing cost?

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Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of a property from one party to another. It's an essential step in any property transaction, and many homeowners are keen to know how much it contributes to the cost of buying a house. ...

Why you should consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Marcus Parsons
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Why you should consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney. If you have had cause to visit any central or east Kent Hospitals recently, you may have bumped into our advert and associated content in the ‘ League of Friends Magazine’ 2023- 2024...

Buying or Selling Property or Land at Auction

Daninder Kaur-Dhillon
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Introduction It is becoming increasingly popular to buy property or land for development purposes at auction, as savvy buyers believe they may be able to secure property, or land at a price with real value for money. According to information supplied by...

Property Development Agreements

James Mackay
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The way property development projects are managed depends on the agreements made between the landowner and developer. These agreements demand considerable care and attention not just in the negotiation but also in the drafting. There are different types of...

Commercial Landlords - what to do if your lease is set to expire

James Mackay
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When a commercial tenant’s lease expires complex legal issues can be created for the Landlord if the Tenant remains in occupation. To avoid these issues the Landlord should take the correct steps leading up to the expiry date to protect itself. ...

What do we mean by SEND Law?

Thomas Browne
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I have been a litigation lawyer for many years and for the past 6, or 7 I have had to grapple with the complexities of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (‘SEND’) Law after my autistic children were diagnosed as such. From the very...

First time guide to making a Will?

Marcus Parsons
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Firstly solicitors don’t bite and we are human (well most of us are!), I appreciate that visiting a solicitor can be a daunting prospect but we are very much here to help you so please do not be nervous. This guide highlights some of the things that...

Insolvency Update

Graeme Weir
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(Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus)) (Amendment of Schedule 10 Regulations 2021) The temporary insolvency restrictions previously put in place by the government to ease financial pressures on business are being lifted. Instead...

Inheritance Act Claims

Daniel Crook
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I think it is fair to say that most people are surprised when I advise that the court has the power to go behind the deceased’s will, even where there was nothing wrong with it. This is despite the principles of Inheritance (Provision for Family and...

Employment Settlement Agreements

Thomas Browne
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Settlement agreements (formerly known as compromise agreements) in an employment context are presently widespread and set out binding terms agreed between an employer and employee covering the ending of the employment relationship. Often, they will arise...

The Building Safety Bill

Thomas Browne
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Setting out the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained The Building Safety Bill published on 5 July 2021 will create a clear pathway for the future of how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. The...

Insolvency Update - March 2021

Graeme Weir
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What next for your business as we (hopefully) come out of Lockdown? Introduction On 26 June 2020 the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 came into force introducing measures to relieve the burden on businesses during the Coronavirus...

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