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Legal Updates

Damage to Plasterwork

Landlord and Tenant In the recent case of Grand v Gill The Court of Appeal ruled that a landlord was liable for damage to the plasterwork in a flat he was letting. Under section…

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Legal Aid Cuts

Family Law Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers, has hit out as the Government published the response to its legal aid consultation. Resolution has stated: “Under the cuts, thousands of vulnerable parents going…

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Maintenance Claims

Family and Children New EU rules for the collection of maintenance payments came in to force this week.  The new rules will make it easier to claim maintenance payments when one of the parties…

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Gym Membership Contracts Unfair

In the High Court case of OFT V Ashbourne Management Services Ltd and others it was ruled that certain standard terms in gym memberships were unfair. The High Court ruled that the minimum membership…

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Legal Professional Privilege

Family and Children In the recent case of [2011] EWCA Civ 684, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against an order to disclose the notes of meetings between the mother, solicitor and barrister….

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Statutory Sick Pay

Employment Statutory Sick Pay increased with effect from 3 April 2011 from £79.15 to £81.60 per week. 

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Expert Witness

Family Law In the recent case of X, Y, Z (children) (anonymity: identity of expert) the High Court allowed the name of an expert witness to be released.  The ruling has been seen as…

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Statutory Maternity Pay

Employment Statutory Maternity Pay increased with effect from 3 April 2011 from £124.88 to £128.73 per week. 

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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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