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Legal Updates

Service Charge Code

Landlord and Tenant A new edition of the RICS Code of Practice for Service Charges in Commercial Property will be effective from 1 October 2011.  The Code is aimed at reducing conflict between Landlord…

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Financial Settlement

Divorce A hotelier has lost his appeal to have his ex-wife’s £3.75 million divorce settlement reduced.  Mr Whaley stated his wealth at £4million but judges also took into account two trust funds that had…

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National Minimum Wage Rates

Employment National Minimum Wage Rates will increase with effect from 1 October 2011 to:- £6.08 per hour for workers aged 21 and over (currently £5.93) £4.98 per hour for 18 to 20 year olds…

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Legal Aid

Family, Divorce and Finances Lawyers are calling on Kenneth Clarke and the Ministry of Justice to pause the government’s legal aid reforms.  The Law Society has attacked plans to remove half a million cases…

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Tenant Escaping Service Charge Liability

Landlord and Tenant Tenants under long leases of dwellings are not liable to pay service charge if the costs were incurred more than 18 months before the demand is made.  The rule does not…

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Secret Millionaire

Divorce and Finances In the case of K v L a divorced couple won the right to remain anonymous during ancillary relief and Court of Appeal hearings.  Unknown to their friends and those around them,…

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Agency Workers & Equal Treatment

Employment The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 will come into force on 1 October 2011.  After a qualifying period of 12 weeks, temporary agency workers will have the right to equal treatment as regards basic…

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Cohabiting Couples Warned Over Property Rights on Separation

Unmarried Couples Cohabiting couples are being warned by campaigners to draw up a trust agreement to protect their property rights should their relationship end.  At present cohabiting couples have no specific legal rights over…

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Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Landlord and Tenant From April 2007 Landlords entering into residential Tenancy Agreements were required to safeguard deposits by setting up a Tenancy Deposit Scheme.  Landlords must within 14 days of receiving the deposit give…

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Contributions & Non-Matrimonial Property

Divorce and Finances In the case of K v L [2011] EWCA Civ 550, The Court of Appeal heard arguments from a husband who had been awarded £5m in ancillary relief proceedings.  The case…

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