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We are delighted to have been invited to attend the recent Your Overseas Home event in Manchester, where Susana Diez was able to speak to guests about how we can help you buy your property in Spain. It will be a big investment for you so it’s vital that you get expert advice and assistance throughout the process. The Spanish legal system is very different from the UK, you need to have a solicitor who can ensure the property

Cost of MEES Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for properties that are to be let, come into force on 1 April 2018. Residential landlords of properties with an EPC rating of F or G will be compelled by law to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties, but under existing law only if this can be done at “no cost to the landlord”. However, the government has now issued a consultation, which suggests that landlords of sub-standard

As many people will be aware the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is currently being debated in the House of Lords. Resolution have provided an update as they have been putting their views to the Government in writing and now have a meeting scheduled for this month with the officials involved in the debate. They plan to discuss alternatives to the current structure. Resolution have stated that: “Whilst it will be difficult to shift

A word of warning from our Litigation Solicitor, Kate Austen. Many landlords may have lovely tenants, who pay rent on time, care for the property and leave it in a good condition. However, there are some landlords who will also have come across the bad tenant. In the last 12 months Kate has acted for a landlord during an extenuated possession procedure simply because the landlord had not carried out the appropriate checks on the tenant

The Government has announced that it is going to support a Private Members Bill, to enable tenants to sue for breach of contract, if their homes do not meet minimum safety standards. There have been many measures over the years, which have had the cumulative effect of increasing the burden of legislation on Landlords, so that: • Deposits must be placed in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme

While this is an exciting time of year for many people it can be a time where difficulties in a relationship can become exacerbated. Particularly if children are involved. Most parents will want to spend time with their children over Christmas so ideally what the children might like to do needs to also be taken into account. If you haven’t made plans already try to agree where the children will be, for how long and perhaps

Nigel Shepherd, chairman of the family lawyers association Resolution, of which Reshma is a member, says that family arbitrations handled by them have doubled in a year. Arbitration can be binding or non-binding but either way can be quicker and more flexible than the court system. Using a Resolution member solicitor will give you more flexibility and control of both your time, and has the potential to reduce your costs.

Baroness Hale, the first female president of the Supreme Court and Britain’s most senior judge, is now backing the Times campaign for the law to be changed to end fault-based divorce. Resolution has been campaigning for this change for a long time and this is a positive step. Labrums' Family solicitor and Resolution member, Reshma, says: “the current divorce process can result in couples lying about each other to divorce

Susana Diez has recently returned from a few days in Murcia at the IV Congress of International Legal Practice which was organised by the Bar Association of Murcia. The focus of the conference was current European Legislation, new regulations specifically about Family and Property Law and the effects of Brexit. Whilst Susana can help with all aspects of Spanish law; an update on the Spanish property process for both purchase and sales, covering

With this week focusing on children in need it is important to remember what a child needs when parents are separating or divorcing. All the things your child needed before the divorce or separation will still be needed no matter what the age. How those needs get met, can be a real challenge as some parents have different parenting styles, household structures and rules.    It helps when parents are on the same page about everyday

If you are considering getting a divorce you will know there are numerous financial implications to consider. It is often very difficult to separate the emotional stress from the practical issues which need to adressed. An area which can be overlooked is that of pensions. There are various factors to consider, including pension offsetting, equalisation of pension incomes and treatment of foreign pensions. This area of financial planning can

Susana is attending a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London today for the Spanish National day, known as Hispanic Day or Fiesta Nacional de Espana. This national holiday remembers the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. Columbus was trying to find a western sea route to India. On 12 October 1492 land was spotted, having left the Canary Islands five weeks earlier. They made landfall at an island in the

HM Courts and Tribunals (HMCTS) has provided an update on its plans to modernise e-working in family law. It’s vision is to have paperless processes from issue to resolution across this often complex and emotional area of law. The first step will be to introduce “shared storage systems”, hopefully by Spring 2018. At Labrums, we are aware of the benefits being paperless can bring to clients in terms of speed of

We are extremely pleased to be supporting this year`s Remember a Charity annual Wills campaign, which follows on from last year`s very successful  campaign.  To help support this important and worthwhile cause, we are offering a 10% discount for all Wills being prepared from the beginning of the campaign (Monday 11th September) until the end of the month. This year`s theme for the campaign is “What a Wonderful Will”

Iain Wanstall is running a free drop in session where clients can discuss wills and legacy gifts at theLondon Breast Cancer Haven, on Wednesday 13th September 12 p.m. to 4p.m. Please email Iain if you would like to meet him for a chat that day. Iain has many years experience advising clients about later life and estate/IHT planning, wills, lasting powers of attorney, asset protection and court of protection issues. Read more about Iain here

Summer can be a lovely time of year but can also be very stressful for couples particularly if the relationship is not going well. Planning and preparing for a holiday followed by uninterrupted time together and with the family can bring any cracks to the fore. If you would like to discuss your relationship issues and potential next steps please contact us to make an appointment to see our expert Reshma Sunnassee on 01727 858807 or

We are continually being asked how much we charge for initial consultations for family law issues, not least when it comes to couples getting divorced. Our answer is simple, the first session is free, we believe it is fundamental that clients feel comfortable and confident in their lawyer and it is not fair to charge for this session. You can have a free 30-minute family law appointment, where you will be able to speak to our family law experts

The below article details how a Harpenden man attempted to defraud his stepmother using a Power of Attorney. It is vital to ensure you get expert legal advice when preparing Powers of Attorney. Carefully and professionally prepared Lasting Powers of Attorney can assist greatly where people may need, or want, assistance in looking after their affairs.  Read the full article here. For more information call Iain Wanstall on 01727 858807 

"The U.K. witnessed yesterday a seminal moment in the evolution of the Rule of Law, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Government's previous actions in imposing fees on applicants to the Employment Tribunal were unlawful. The court went further, and said that access to justice was a constitutional right, so potentially its decision may be of far wider significance. On the downside this decision may trigger a surge of unwelcome claims

Susana met King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain yesterday at the Spanish Embassy in London. Susana attended with her husband and daughter, who managed to get a selfie with Queen Letizia. It was a momentous day for all who attended. The last State Visit from Spain to the UK was in 1986 by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. Read more about Susana here