Family Law Legal Aid Changes

With effect from 1 April 2013, the scope of services covered by legal aid was reduced significantly with the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

In relation to family law and prior to LASPO, legal aid was available for all areas of family…

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Radical cuts to Legal Aid

In April 2013, the government introduced radical cuts to legal aid across many areas, including family law.

Although it remained possible for people to apply for legal aid in some cases relating to disputes about children or financial arrangements following divorce, a stringent new test was introduced requiring victims of…

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Houses In Multiple Occupation 'HMO’s'

Brighton and Hove has a massive student population and the increase in buy to let investments and financial long term planning (eg a use of your Pension fund) has opened up the mortgage market for properly Licensed HMO’s.

HMO’s used to be difficult to purchase with a standard buy to…

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Japanese Knotweed Mortgage Problems

Any seller or buyer will see a question in the standard Property Information Form (TA6) at question 7.8, “Is the property affected by Japanese Knotweed?”, and you may wonder why this has become an issue.

The reason that this particular question is important is because Japanese Knotweed is…

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Can I take children home out of the UK?

Nicole Lawton is a member of the Adult & Children Panel and an advanced member of the Family Law Panel, and here she comments on a recent case where a foreign born mother wanted to take her child with her out of the country.

In a recent case (Re D(A…

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Our Top 5 Tips for Saving Inheritance Tax

Christopher Thomas is a Partner in the firm based in our Brighton office, from where he advises on a range of private client issues including will drafting, powers of attorney, probate, trusts and capital taxes planning. Here Chris gives his top five tips on entirely legal ways of reducing exposure…

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To Frack or not to Frack

The passage of the Infrastructure Bill 2014-2015 through Parliament has been highly controversial with a number of significant debates on proposed amendments to limit and control shale gas exploration and extracting (fracking). 

An attempt was made by labour MPs to suspend further shale gas fracking for 30 months until…

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