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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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Bishop & Sewell and Fisher Meredith agree to merge

The Partners of Bishop & Sewell and Fisher Meredith are pleased to announce that Fisher Meredith has joined forces and merged with Bishop & Sewell. The combined practice will operate as “Bishop & Sewell LLP” with effect from 14 August 2017. Bishop & Sewell will continue to be led by its current management team comprising… Read more »

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Leasehold Houses and ground rents – Mark Chick on ITN

Mark Chick, head of the Landlord and Tenant team at Bishop & Sewell was interviewed yesterday by ITN regarding the breaking news item about Leasehold Houses and ground rents. “There’s an imbalance in terms of the rights that are available to leaseholders, and also the quality of advice which people are receiving.” Watch a clip of the… Read more »

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Leasehold Houses and Ground Rents

Many people will have seen yesterday’s announcement  by Sajid Javid that ground rents will be banned for new leasehold houses and that the government are going to look at consulting on this and other issues. This is an issue that we at B&S have been aware of and commenting on for some time. In particular… Read more »

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London “Divorce Capital of the World” – a warning to overseas workers

London remains an attractive destination for overseas professionals, especially those in the banking and financial sectors. While some financial institutions talk about moving their operations out of London to other European cities because of the uncertainty of Brexit, London will almost certainly remain a major financial hub and be attractive to overseas professionals. Many of… Read more »

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The Crown Estate – new leases in Crown Land

The Crown Estate holds the freehold to a significant number of properties that are subject to residential leases. Leaseholders who are resident on the Crown Estate often have the benefit of living in some of most attractive properties, the majority of which are in an around London whether around the Royal Parks, Victoria Park or… Read more »

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