Government announces independent review of building regulations and fire safety

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and subsequent large-scale testing of aluminium composite material cladding from similar buildings across the country, the government has announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety.

The Grenfell Tower fire raised serious questions about the fire safety of high-rise residential blocks…

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Wills Reform

A Law Commission consultation paper seeks feedback from the public on a range of issues around will-making and how the law protects will-makers from fraud.   It is said that while the basics of how we make our wills have stood the test of time, other aspects are in need of…

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Service charge legislation does not apply to student units

A recent ruling by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has held that a lease of a student unit which included the right to use communal space was not a separate dwelling for the purposes of section 38 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

The unit was intended to be…

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Lady Hale becomes first woman president of UK Supreme Court

Baroness Hale of Richmond has made history by becoming president of the Supreme Court, the first woman to reach that level in the judiciary.

Lady Hale, who was born in Yorkshire and whose parents were both head teachers, has achieved other notable legal firsts.  She was the first woman appointed…

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Who Inherits if I do not have a Will?

Making a will is the best way of providing for others after your death. We have the expertise to draw up wills and advise on all related matters.

A person dying without making a will is said to be intestate, this can cause many problems to those left behind after…

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Spanish Succession - Owning Property in Spain

On 4 July 2012 the European Parliament issued what is known as the “Brussels IV” regulations with the purpose to harmonise how estates located in different EU states are treated.

These days over 760,000 Brits own property in Spain either as holiday homes, investment properties or as their place of…

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Inheritance Tax - The Magic £1M Threshold

The Chancellor announced in his recent Budget a potential for married couples and civil partners to transfer up to £1m free of inheritance tax on death. It is to be achieved by adding a new main residence tax free amount to the traditional allowance.

Make sure you qualify: Ensure your…

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