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Call for change: adultery as a heterosexual act

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage by virtue of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, hope of equality for the LGBT community was reinforced. However, the current legal definition of adultery under the Act suggests that our law is inherently limited in its view of same-sex relationships. There may be trouble ahead… The Act itself… Read more »

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Advice to leaseholders

Team members Stuart Merrison, Chris Macartney and Mark Chick are holding an ‘advice surgery’ with the E17 Warner Residents’ Association on 24 January 2017. The meetings focus on initial advice and signposting and are only available on a pre-booked basis via the residents’ association. If you have a leasehold enquiry and would like to know… Read more »

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Basement Excavations: High Court case sets new planning precedent

The recent high court case of Eatherley-v-London Borough of Camden and Another at the end of 2016 has made changes about whether planning permission is required for residential basement developments.  Prior to this case it was usual, in certain circumstances, for a developer to rely on Permitted Development Rights* (“PDR”) rather than having to make… Read more »

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Landlord Investment Show – 8th November 2016

Members of the landlord and tenant and property teams are at the National Landlord Investment Show at Olympia today. Chris Macartney will be speaking about what to look for when buying a leasehold property and members of the team will be on hand to answer questions. For follow-up or queries please contact leasehold@bishopandsewell.co.uk.

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Home Office Launches European Passport Return Service and Online Forms

European nationals applying for UK residence documentation may benefit from a new ‘online’ application and passport return service launched by the Home Office this week. The trial service allows individuals applying for a Registration Certificate or Permanent Residence Card to complete an online version of the paper form and pay the £65 fee online. Those… Read more »

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Financial claims in the English family courts following an overseas divorce

Following their divorce in Saudi Arabia, Ms Christina Estrada, the wife of Saudi billionaire Dr Al-Juffali, secured a divorce settlement in the English courts totaling £75 million. Ms Estrada, a US citizen who had lived in the UK for over 20 years, succeeded in obtaining one of the largest financial divorce settlements seen in England.  Dr… Read more »

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Does my new partner’s wealth affect my divorce?

This is a commonly occurring aspect in divorce cases and the Court of Appeal has  recently dealt with this issue in the case of John Hart and Karen Hart which featured prominently in the national press recently. The case attracted media attention as Mrs Hart was awarded a divorce settlement of £3.5million despite her ex-husband… Read more »

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