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The misconception of common law marriage!

  The Misconception Of Common Law Marriage    Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law’ husband or wife.   This is most unfortunate because within the UK millions of couples believe in this idea and often find themselves in difficult...

Should I create my Will at home?

    Homemade Wills Can they ever compete?     'Homemade' conjures up warm and fuzzy sensations of good things, high quality valued things - and it’s often the case. Homemade Shepherd’s pie instead of shop bought. You know what I mean.....  But what about...

When is a financial agreement binding. The story of Edgar vs Edgar [1980]

  When is a financial agreement binding? Edgar v Edgar [1980] EWCA Civ 2 Since the case of Edgar v Edgar [1980] EWCA Civ 2 agreements between parties about the division of their assets have been referred to as ‘Edgar Agreements’. This is an agreement made when parties...

Airbnb Lettings – Always Check the Lease!

Airbnb Always check the lease   You have purchased a leasehold apartment in a thriving town or seaside resort with the view to sublet, You start out subletting to a family on an Assured Tenancy Agreement (AST) but you have been told you could make a better return if...

No Such Thing As A Common Law Marriage

Cohabitation No such thing as common law spouse   I see more and more clients who are choosing to live together rather than marry. The reasons are many and varied, but it worries me that they take such a big step without really understanding that even living...

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...