The Supreme Court judgment in Owens and Owens handed down on 25 July 2018 is a reminder that whilst the average marriage may be becoming shorter, the law governing marriage is not so quick to end a marriage where there is no blame.   Mrs Owens sought to divorce her husband of 40 years relying on the ‘fact’ of his unreasonable behaviour. Mr Owens denied he had behaved unreasonably and wanted to save the marriage.  At the first hearing the

Until this week, victims of abuse who lived under the “same roof” were denied the right to claim compensation against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Under the rules, victims who lived in the same home as their attacker before 1979 were not entitled to damages.   The Court of Appeal heard a tragic case involving a lady (simply referred to as JT) who presented evidence to establish that sadly she had been abused by her stepfather between the ages of

Death is a very difficult time not only in terms of grieving but in knowing what steps need to be taken from registering the death to dealing with the person’s assets.   Many questions are raised and it can be difficult to know where to begin.   How is the funeral paid for? What happens if there is a post mortem? Can joint accounts still be used? How are bills paid for? Who do we need to inform of the

Join us for our free employment law seminar “Dealing with Problem Employees” on Thursday 19 July.  This is an area of employment law that we are frequently asked about.  Employers are often frightened of saying the wrong thing and can end up saying nothing at all – which can be worse.  We will give you some practical tips for dealing with common issues which arise.  Please visit our Eventbrite page to book your space.

Everyone likes a bargain and there is no better bargain than absolutely free …   However remember the old adage, “if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is”.   You may find that free will-writing services come with more than a little price to pay.   It is believed that up to 1.5 million customers used free will writing services in the late 1990s and early 2000s largely because a free Will was offered as a “perk” for

If I had a penny every time someone said to me …   “I thought I had to use one of those companies off the TV to bring a no-win, no-fee accident claim …”     … I would be a very rich woman by now.     This is certainly not the case and there are compelling reasons why you should contact your local solicitor when you have an accident.   Do you know what happens to your claim after

The Court of Appeal has decided that solicitors acting for sellers of property should share responsibility with solicitors acting for buyers in cases where clients lose money because of fraudulent ‘sellers’.   In both cases decided by the Court recently, a scam artist had pretended to be the owner of a high value London property.  Each fraudster found a genuine buyer and instructed solicitors.   Everything appeared normal – except that the sellers were not the genuine owners.  The transactions went

An employment dispute can get complicated in the best of circumstances, and even more so when the question ‘are you even an employee?’ arises.   The recent Supreme Court case of Pimlico Plumbers has highlighted the continual issues surrounding the ever expanding gig economy. The gig economy focuses on the flexible use of labour – people working on an ‘as and when’ basis – and can be extremely beneficial for both the employer and the worker if used correctly, particularly

Appointing an attorney can be an easy task if you have close family or friends in whom you have complete trust and confidence.  However, as the press readily tell us, investigations into the actions of attorneys and deputies appointed under the lasting power of attorney (LPA) procedure are increasing.  It is a sad fact of life that dishonest attorneys have caused an increase of investigations by more than 40% in the past year (1,729 investigations into the actions of attorneys

It is easy to see how being a grandparent who is prevented from being able to see their grandchild would be a very upsetting situation to be in. Unfortunately after a breakdown of a relationship, this situation is a real possibility, and one that we encounter often.   Luckily, if a grandparent finds themselves in this situation they are able to apply to the court to get to see their grandchild. In each application the court will look at the

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