I do, I do, I do!

We all hope to be able to find the one, get married and settle down! However, sometimes when we don’t get it right the first time, our happily ever after is given a second or even a third chance, if we’re lucky that is. In those cases there are usually children involved and it is… Read more »

The new Family Court to simplify and speed up proceedings

The new Family Court comes into force today (22, April 2014) in England and Wales as part of a major shake-up for the family justice system. A single Family Court will replace three separate tiers of courts that currently deal with family proceedings. The changes This means that couples will have a single gateway into… Read more »

The Children and Families Act 2014

On 13 March 2014 the Children and Families Act 2014 received royal assent and will introduce a number of changes this year for working parents. The changes The right to request flexible working From 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees. Currently the right to request flexible… Read more »

Can parental responsibility ever be terminated?

For several years now, if a father’s name is on a child’s birth certificate he is automatically granted parental responsibility. If for some reason, a father’s name is not included on the child’s birth certificate then an application can be made for the birth certificate to be amended, or alternatively, the parents can agree that… Read more »

Employment tribunal fees to increase for certain claims

The Courts and Tribunals Fees (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2014 will come into force on 6 April 2014. The main effect of the order is to reclassify certain claims as “Type B” claims, thus attracting higher fees. The purpose of this legislation is to rectify a mistake in the original legislation where the claims were originally… Read more »

Living together successfully

New statistics released by the Office for National Statistics show a dramatic increase in couples choosing to cohabit rather than remarry, raising 10% in the last 10 years, with particular increase showing in the over 40 age group. The figures show that the trend is increasing even for people who have never married, with a… Read more »

Listen, listen and listen again

One of the best compliments I have received from a client, who also happened to be an international lawyer, was that she was very impressed with my listening skills, something she had not found to be a common skill amongst lawyers. If you ever thought this was a superfluous skill for a lawyer then think… Read more »

Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery; how the new changes affect landlords.

From 6 April 2014, the ancient remedy of distress whereby a bailiff could arrive at commercial premises unannounced and demand payment of rent arrears or seize goods will be no more. Landlords can still send bailiffs to collect commercial rent arrears and remove tenants’ belongings if no payment is forthcoming however, under the new rules… Read more »

A green light for developers, or not?

Developers naturally just want to get on with building work to realise a return on their investment. Any delays, particularly if there is any an element of finance involved, can seriously eat into their profit margins. One cause of delays, and what can be a real thorn in the side of developers, is claims for… Read more »

To break or not to break a lease

In a still delicate property market, the ability of either landlord or tenant to effectively bring a lease to an end early and before the full term of the lease is a common battle ground. Where the tenant wants flexibility as to term, or the landlord wants to retain a tenant to the end of… Read more »