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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The article above 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.
"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
Iain Wanstall will be speaking to Nat West SME clients about how to plan for the future Iain will be talking about some of the succession steps that should be considered by business owners, including wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Iain, after his initial career as an Army Officer, has specialised in private client law and advising individuals on succession planning and related matters for the last 20 years read more about him here.
King Felipe VI, accompanied by Queen Letizia of Spain, has accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 12th to 14th July this year. They will visit Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. The last State Visit from Spain to the UK was in 1986 by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
Everyone at Labrums would like to wish all those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, or have served in the past, and their families, all the very best for this year`s Armed Forced Day celebrations. We would also like to thank you for the valued services you are carrying out now, and have carried out in the past. Our head of private client and later life services, Iain Wanstall, spent his first career in the Army before changing
We have an opportunity for a Residential Property Solicitor to join us. Our business continues to grow so if you want to work in an environment where you can deliver high levels of expertise and service to clients, whilst working flexibly and using the latest technology and working practices, contact us today. Our office is in the beautiful St Albans countryside where you can work or see clients but we also have the systems to allow