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Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market – Government consultation

The Government consultation on tackling unfair market practices in the leasehold sector has closed on 19th September 2017. This firm, among many others have submitted responses to the Government on the issues raised. Much publicised issues concerning leasehold houses and ground rents together with parliamentary pressure which has been building for some time (particularly since… Read more »

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Is there a marriage between Elle Macpherson and her “husband” to dissolve, or not?

Some of you may remember the dramatic press coverage of the breakdown of the relationship between Sir Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, when he said that there was never a legal marriage between the two of them and therefore there could be no divorce – potentially leaving Jerry Hall in a very different financial position… Read more »

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‘Keeping up with the Law’ on surrogacy

It is reported in recent news that celebrities, Kim Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their third child, by means of a surrogate. If you have been ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ on their reality TV show, you may be aware that Kim revealed her desire to have another child, but expressed… Read more »

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Bishop & Sewell speaking at the Landlord Investment Show – 6th September 2017

Members of the Landlord & Tenant and Property teams will be at the National Landlord Investment Show  in East London on 6th September 2017. This event provides a platform for current and prospective landlords to keep up-to-date with industry developments and provide access to a host of leading experts, suppliers and educational seminars. Our Landlord & Tenant Department… Read more »

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Where are we now on divorce?

As the summer holidays move towards a close there will be marriages feeling the strain of prolonged association and activity and many unhappy people concluding they ‘cannot go on like this’. But for those married or in civil partnership contemplating divorce or dissolution where does the law stand? Grounds for divorce Contrary to common belief… Read more »

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Will All Be Fair in Love and Law?

An Update on the Possibility of Civil Partnerships for Opposite-Sex Couples After their appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal in February 2017, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have been granted the right to pursue their case, seeking the legal right of opposite-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships, in the Supreme Court. The… Read more »

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New divorce form naming adulterers causes concern

A new divorce form, introduced by the government to make the legal process more user friendly, inviting the writer to ‘name and shame’ is causing concern amongst family lawyers. Margaret Heathcote, a Consultant Solicitor in our Family team and also Vice-Chairwoman of family law group Resolution said “Generally speaking, we don’t name the third party. It increases the conflict… Read more »

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