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

Our private client department gives advice on a range of private client issues including will drafting, powers of attorney, probate, trusts and capital taxes planning. Here we give our top five tips on entirely legal ways of reducing exposure to inheritance tax.

1/. Lifetime Gifts

Consider the affordability of making significant lifetime…

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Dismissal for time off with dependants

Ellis v Ratcliff Palfinger Ltd.

Employees can be dismissed in connection with the right to take time off for dependants and will only be protected and able to claim that their dismissal was automatically unfair where they explain the reason for their absence as soon as reasonably practicable.

In this…

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New 'how to rent' guide published

A new 'how to rent' guide has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

This guide is for both tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage…

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Charity Begins at Home

Would you like to be able to give a little more to charity under your Will, whilst leaving the same amount, if not more, to your children, family, friends and loved ones, and less to the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Since 6 April 2012 in many cases you can.


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