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Owens v Owens – a case of divorce purgatory

While a request for a divorce may come as a shock, most people come to the realisation that if their spouse considers that the marriage is over then, perhaps after attending marriage counselling, there is no point fighting the inevitable. Grounds for divorce The law in England and Wales requires a marriage to have irretrievably… Read more »

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Passing on your estate – Inheritance Act 1975

You might think that the freedom of a person to dispose of his or her assets by Will is, or ought to be, sacrosanct. In England and Wales, as opposed to many European jurisdictions and jurisdictions further afar, this is largely the case. The Inheritance Act 1975 That freedom exists in England and Wales, save… Read more »

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What is the future for Three-Person IVF?

The recent milestone event of a baby being born with the genes of three different parents was an amazing medical development for those suffering from hereditary diseases but the wider consequences of three-person IVF treatments have caused controversy worldwide. World’s first 3 parent IVF baby The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) approved ‘mitochondrial donation’ at UK… Read more »

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ALEP 10th Anniversary Conference

The ALEP 10th Anniversary Conference was held on 23rd March 2017 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place. Mark Chick spoke to delegates together with Tom Jefferies of Landmark Chambers on the subject of ‘Getting the Notice Right.’ ALEP is the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners and seeks to promote excellence in… Read more »

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Bishop & Sewell strengthens Leasehold Enfranchisement Team

New Senior Associate Solicitor, Stephen Charnock, joins the firm in our Landlord & Tenant team. Stephen specialises in Leasehold Enfranchisement and has more than 20 years’ experience in this complex area of law. Stephen dealt with some of the very first claims when the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act was enacted in 1993 introducing new enfranchisement rights for… Read more »

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Help for Residents’ Associations from the FPRA

Running a successful private residents’ association is certainly not without its share of difficulties. While the directors of your association may have knowledge or expertise in certain areas, you will be all too aware that leasehold legislation is a complex area and expert advice and opinion can be costly and hard to come by. A… Read more »

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Members of PRAGMA

Bishop & Sewell have recently become members of PRAGMA, a leading international network of lawyers and consulting firms. PRAGMA provides a platform for our clients to access high quality legal professionals worldwide, with the cost-effectiveness and personalised service only independent, regional law firms provide. PRAGMA was established in 2001 and has member firms in Europe, Asia,… Read more »

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New Data Protection Rules

New rights, new responsibilities and new obligations are coming into force with the new Data Protection Rules due in May 2018. The new law fundamentally affects the way everyone uses data to market, provide services and run businesses. Amongst other things it will require you to notify the Information Commissioner’s office and the person concerned… Read more »

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White Paper on Housing: Fixing the Housing Market?

The Government has today published its White Paper on housing – see the paper entitled ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’. There are lots of interesting points including proposals to tackle abuses particularly in relation to the creation of long leasehold houses with ground rents – which is particularly pertinent given the recent media interest in… Read more »

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