Family Law

Family Pilot Scheme aimed at improving transparency

On 30th January 2023, a new pilot scheme was launched in Cardiff, Carlisle and Leeds family courts. The scheme is set to last 12 months, concluding on 30th January 2024 and applies only to children cases. The scheme follows a 2021 report written by Sir Andrew McFarlane which followed an extensive review, focused on improving

Residential Conveyancing

Selective Licensing 2023 in Birmingham

The Housing Act 2004 gives Councils the power to designate areas to be subject to discretionary licensing in a bid to tackle problems in their areas, or any part or parts of them, caused by low housing demand and/or significant anti-social behaviour, subject to certain evidential criteria, public consultation, and approval from central Government. A

Family Law

Affording a Divorce in a cost-of-living crisis

Divorce can be a financial burden at any time but in the current climate of rising inflation, spouses are finding it increasingly difficult to finance their separation. Below are some tips on how divorce costs can be kept to a minimum in a cost-of-living crisis. Avoiding Court Proceedings A key objective when trying to limit

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Residential Conveyancing

Claiming Adverse Possession of Land

A person who possesses land which is not their own for an extended period of time can claim what is known as adverse possession over the land. The person who does this is known as a ‘squatter’. In England and Wales there are two adverse possession regimes: To claim adverse possession over land, the following

Wills & Probate

Inheritance Tax – The basics

On death, Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) is payable on assets such as property, cash, investments and personal possessions, in an estate over the value of £325,000. Any assets above this threshold will be taxed at the present rate of 40%. An additional tax-free allowance of £175,000 can be also claimed where a family home is left