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Legal Updates

Redundancy Rights

With the Government’s furlough scheme (‘the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) coming to an end on 31 October,  there has been much speculation in the media that this will lead to a surge in redundancies

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Are The Courts Still Hearing Cases Remotely?

Remote Hearings will continue for the time being. There are a number of Courts that remain open for those Hearings that are not considered appropriate for remote Hearings.

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The Pitfalls of Applying for a Divorce Without Legal Assistance

The Pitfalls of Applying for a Divorce Without Legal Assistance

One of the questions I often get asked as a family lawyer is, ‘can you get divorced without using a solicitor’?
It is possible to apply for a divorce using the Court Service’s online procedure. However, doing so without the benefit of legal advice and assistance can cause more problems than it solves.

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Unusual Applications For a Grant of Probate

Author: Faye Harlow Smith. Solicitor, LLB (Hons) Our private client department has a wealth of experience of making applications to the Probate Registry in unusual or tricky situations so if you are trying to…

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Buying and Selling a Business

Settlement Agreements

Author: Jacqueline Penfold. Litigation and Employment, Partner What is a Settlement Agreement? A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding contract entered into between an employer and an employee. Normally, the employer pays a sum…

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Step-Parents and Parental Responsibility

Author: Carolyn Richards. Associate Solicitor, LLB (Hons). Carolyn is a specialist family law Solicitor and offers a free initial interview to give general advice and guidance and to discuss the options available to you….

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Financial Proceedings on Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Partnership

How Does The Court Decide What Is Right? The court follows the legal principles from legislation and case law in making its decision. Although each judge has discretion to do what they perceive to…

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Re-Mortgaging Now Lockdown is Nearly Over

Most mortgage products last for a specific period of time. When this period ends the rates often increase. It is usual to take out a new mortgage product, again for a limited period, on…

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Reaching a Settlement Out of Court – Alternative Dispute Resolution

At Hart Reade, all our family lawyers are members of Resolution, which means we are committed to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational way. Our aim is to assist you resolve matters by agreement and…

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Further Restrictions Imposed on Landlords of Commercial Premises

You may have read our earlier blog, “Coronavirus – Restrictions on Forfeiting a Commercial Lease” which explained that new emergency legislation had been introduced to ban Landlords forfeiting a commercial tenancy for non-payment of…

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