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Sally Challen Walks Free

  An update on Sally Challen She walks free as court rules out retrial for killing her abusive husband Following our blogs on Gaslighting and Murder (28 February 2019) and Gaslighting, Murder and an update on Sally Challen’s conviction (04 June 2019) we...

Shared Parental Leave

  Shared Parental Leave do you need to worry about discrimination?   Since the introduction of shared parental leave, we have often been asked by employers about the concept of enhanced maternity pay. If you pay employees enhanced maternity pay under your...

Have you formally reached a financial agreement?

  Have you or your spouse/partner reneged on the previous agreement? Xydhias v Xydhias [1998] EWCA Civ   Following separation, an increasing amount of couples elect to settle and agree their financial matters through negotiation. This can either happen by way of...

Gaslighting, Murder and an update on Sally Challen’s conviction

  Gaslighting, Murder and an update on Sally Challen’s conviction   In February 2019 we wrote about gaslighting and murder specifically in relation to Sally Challen who was in the process of appealing her murder conviction for killing her husband....

Who has control of your shares when you’re gone?

    Who has control of your shares when you’re gone? This month’s article flows from a seminar that David Dees, our Corporate Partner and I have delivered twice so far this year. One of the aspects covered is so fundamental, I thought the following might help save...

Homemade isn’t always best

Use someone who knows what they are doing to prepare your will! Well, I would say that, wouldn’t I? I’m a solicitor and this is my area of work. Your immediate thought was probably “And how much is that going to cost?” That’s nearly always the first question that I’m...

Gaslighting and Murder

    Murder isn’t murder when it’s Self-Defence, but what about Coercive Abuse, Gaslighting and driving someone mad?   Sally Challen killed her husband with 20 blows from a hammer in 2010 and was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison. It seemed like the act of a...

Probate Fees – Tax or fees?

  Probate Fees - Tax or fees? Estates worth £500,000 - 1 Million will see an increase of £2,285.00    The House of Commons Delegated Legislation Committee has today* taken the first step in allowing a huge hike in probate fees to hit bereaved families, with fees...

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Divorce Settlement

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Divorce Settlement  What is fair and what would happen here in the UK?   Opinions here will vary, depending on your point of view and knowledge of Family Law. So, forget the law for the moment, let’s look at some typical situations:...

New Protection for Tenants From Premises Unfit for Human Habitation

Residential Tenancies  New Protection for Tenants From Premises Unfit for Human Habitation Just before Christmas Parliament passed the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act, which will come into force on 20th March 2019, aims to improve standards in...