Leading Judge says keep cases out of court

The number of divorce cases ending up in court is on the rise as many divorcing couples are using the family law court as a battleground to argue over issues that could potentially be settled out of court.  The family law courts are at present inundated, especially with what Sir Andrew McFarlane (Head of family […]

Government proposes relaxation of tax rules on divorce

Legislation is proposed which will relax the current rules affecting couples who separate and divorce. Spouses and civil partners have been able to transfer assets from one to the other without incurring capital gains tax (CGT). This “no gain no loss” window is only open until 5 April following the date of separation. The new […]

Davies and Partners announce two new Legal Directors

Davies and Partners Solicitors has promoted two of its senior solicitors, Rachel Bowen and Andrew Moodie to the position of Legal Directors. Specialist medical negligence lawyer Rachel Bowen has worked at Davies and Partners since 2000. Rachel is accredited to the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and a member of Action Against Medical Accidents […]

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early stages but was starting to adversely affect businesses. The government introduced measures to protect businesses that were unable to pay their rent from enforcement action. One such measure introduced provisions to restrict a landlord’s ability to forfeit a lease for non-payment of rent and use […]

“No-fault” divorce – fixed solicitors fees

The change in divorce law which has been discussed for decades will finally happen on 6 April 2022. The move away from having to allege fault such as unreasonable behaviour or adultery has been largely welcomed. Hopefully, this will lead to less acrimony and a better experience for both parties. Mike Follis, Head of Family Law at […]

Love Thy Neighbour – Prime London Holdings 11 Ltd v Thurloe Lodge Ltd

The Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992 (“the Act”) provides building owners with a right to obtain access to neighbouring land to carry out works in certain circumstances. The Act can be used where the adjoining owner refuses to give consent to the building owner having access to its land. In these circumstances, the building […]

Giving fire safety a lift

Jan Grimshaw Developers wishing to have their say on fire safety policy in London have until 20 June 2022 to comment on the Fire Safety London Plan Guidance.  This guidance will require developers to submit forms documenting fire safety matters. The forms will have to be completed by a suitably qualified assessor; the form used will […]

Vaccine Damage Payment

Vaccinations against Coronavirus (COVID-19) have recently been added to the list of vaccinations for which people may claim a Vaccine Damage Payment. The Vaccine Damage Payment scheme has already approved and paid some applications in respect of vaccinations against COVID-19 where the individual has been able to establish that receiving the vaccine caused them to […]

Cladding update

It beginning to look like a happier year for some leaseholders. The government has issued its plans to relieve leaseholders of some of the burden of the costs of cladding replacement: see Government sets out new plan to protect leaseholders and make industry pay for the cladding crisis – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). This will be welcome news for […]