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Helen Hutchison

2024 Elections – Home and Property Policies

All the key parties predictably had some policies relating to housing in their manifestos, although some more comprehensive than others,...

Stewart Stretton-Hill

Social Care funding in the Election spotlight

Social care is a political hot potato with many proposals put forward and withdrawn over the last decade… The U-turn on the care funding...

Nicola Hawkins

International Bereavement: Navigating the Legal Requirements Following a Death Abroad

The untimely and tragic death of Dr Michael Mosley on the Greek Island of Symi has highlighted the practical complexities involved when a...

Clare Wiseman

What Will The General Election Mean For Cohabiting Couples?

Despite the increasing number of couples living together without getting married, the law does not offer the same protections to them if...

John Bunker

Tax For Private Clients In The Election Campaign: What Do We Know?

Tax for individuals has been a major element in the first half of the General Election Campaign, with the Conservatives making tax...

Penny Cogher

The General Election – Pensions issues

Rishi Sunak’s General Election announcement on Wednesday 22 May left very little time for Parliamentary Business to be completed before...

Matthew Briggs

Bridging the Philanthropic Knowledge Gap for High-Net-Worth Individuals

Our high-net-worth (HNW) and ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) clients encounter distinct challenges when navigating the multitude of...

Saffron Burgess

The Impact of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 for Practitioners and Litigants in Person

With the cost of living on the up and finances tighter than ever, individuals involved in family related disputes often find themselves...

Olivia Jack

Funeral And Burial Disputes

A death in the family is an emotional and difficult time, and one of the things that the family will need to think about is making...

Tanya Wadeson

Twist of Fate: Safeguarding Bereaved Minors Through Succession Planning

We first meet Oliver at a workhouse, an orphan after the death of his mother during childbirth. Following his escape from the clutch of...

Stewart Stretton-Hill

Vulnerable Children: Thinking About The Future

Being a parent can be stressful and exhausting. There are no manuals or professional qualifications to prepare you and you just have to...

Daniel Moreton

Fertility Law Changes to Benefit the LGBTQ+ Community and People Living with HIV

Ministers in England and Wales have recently announced significant changes to fertility laws, which are being celebrated as a major...

John Bunker

Tax Change ahead of the General Election: what’s changed and what’s postponed?!

Some big tax changes planned in the Budget on 6 March have not been enacted. While some small ones made the cut, before the General...

Matthew Briggs

Sports Club – Charitable Status or CASC?

If you are currently working with a local sports club, you may be thinking about the club’s options for obtaining charitable status....

Suzi Denton

Landmark Court Of Appeal Decision Sheds Light On Treatment Of Pre-Marital Wealth, The Sharing Principle And The ‘Matrimonialisation’ Of Assets

In this recent Court of Appeal case, the court considered how money which was generated in part prior to a marriage should be treated on...

Sarah Paton

The Dangers of Not Having a Properly Drafted Will for Business Owners

A well-structured Will is essential for everyone, but it becomes even more critical for business owners. When you own business assets,...

Marie Newton

Will Disputes: Using a Caveat to prevent a Grant of Probate

For many people, the death of a loved one can bring uncertainty and stress, at a time when they are already grieving. In cases where...

Lily Park

Parental Responsibility To Be Automatically Suspended For Child Rapists

A recent amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill will mean that people who have committed the most serious sexual offences against a child...

Daniel Moreton

Breaking Traditions: Japan’s Child Custody Revolution

Japan’s parliament has recently approved a significant change to a decades-old law that has been subject to criticism from divorced...

Stewart Stretton-Hill

Facing Facts – Denial Of Dementia

Dementia is arguably one of the cruellest of medical conditions, stripping families of their loved one’s identity. It is very hard on...

Matthew Briggs

Smaller Charities: Mergers and Amalgamations

Charity mergers were at a record low in 2022/2023, with just 48 mergers recorded and a total of 96 organisations involved, according to...

Catriona Ellis

Are Nuptial Agreements Legally Binding?

What is a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial agreement, or “prenup”, is a document that a couple enter into before they get married or...

Stewart Stretton-Hill

Dementia Action Week: Living Well With Dementia – Early Diagnosis and Early Preparation

Recent advancements in blood tests for Alzheimer's diagnosis represent a significant leap forward in the medical field. These tests could...

Nicola Hawkins

The Importance Of Discussing Funeral Wishes

This week is Dying Matter Awareness Week.  The campaign is to raise awareness of the need to talk about death. This year's theme is the...

Gillian Coverley

The Importance of Making and Updating a Will

Research shows there is still reluctance to write a Will, meaning that a large percentage of the UK population will have their estate...

Suzi Denton

Changes to Family Procedure Rules usher in new era for Family law and mediation

This week, new rules have been put in place with the aim of encouraging families to resolve their disputes away from the Family courts....

Kirsty Mcnulty

Digital And Online Assets – Is Your Online Life Organised In The Event Of Your Death?

When individuals think about making a Will and what they have to leave, thought will often go to “my property”, “my jewellery”, “my cash”...

Laura Williams

Appointing A Guardian In My Will – Considerations For Parents In Their Estate Planning, With A Focus On Special Guardianship.

When preparing your Will, something you will often need to consider where you have responsibility for minor children is who would be...

Stephanie Kerr

Antiques No-Show: Valuables in Dispute

In will, trust and estate disputes, the most valuable assets involved are usually property, land and money.  However, there can often be...

Kirsty Mcnulty

Do It Yourself Wills – A Cost Effective Way Of Dealing With Your Affairs Or A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

A recent study by IRN Legal Reports showed only 35% of UK adults have made a Will and a report in 2023 from the National Will Register...