New rules on transparency

New transparency rules As from 6th December 2018, firms offering certain legal services will be required to publish price and service information on their websites. The rules apply to conveyancing (buying and selling residential properties) , uncontested probate for assets in the UK, motoring offences (summary offences), immigration (excluding asylum), employment tribunals (unfair or wrongful…

Inheritance on Divorce

Can my partner claim my inherited asset if we divorce?   This question often causes concern for clients contemplating ending their marriage. In general, all of the assets arising from the marriage are pooled together for the Court to consider how they should be divided between the parties upon divorce. In each case, the  Court…

Proposed changes to the Child Maintenance Service

Proposed changes to the Child Maintenance Service The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is frequently criticised for allowing non-resident parents to pay a fraction of what they should for the benefit of their children. According to research from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) more than half the funds received via Collect & Pay were…

The need for reform of Divorce Law

DIVORCE REFORM COULD FOLLOW IN WAKE OF RECENT CASE In a landmark case, the UK’s highest court recently ruled that  a 68 year old woman must remain married to her husband. Mr & Mrs Owens married in 1978. He was 40 and she was 28. Their relationship was, according to Mr Owens, never emotionally intense…

Slip in a supermarket ..can you claim?

What to do if you have a slip in a supermarket -Can you claim compensation? If you are shopping in a supermarket and simply trip over your own feet then that is not the fault of the supermarket owners but is simply an accident and no compensation would be available. If, however, you have an…

What is Parental Responsibility and how can you get it? As a grandparent you do not have Parental Responsibility (PR) for your grandchild. PR means ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and the authority which, by law,  a parent has in relation to the child and his property.’ The child’s mother and most fathers would…

Can I change my child’s surname

CAN I CHANGE MY CHILD’S SURNAME?   A parent is able to change a child’s surname by a change of name deed providing all those with Parental Responsibility consent to the name change. A change of name deed is a legal document which commits a person to the action set out in the document. By…

Taking your child out of the country on holiday – can you do it? With the school summer holidays fast approaching, many families are considering booking a trip abroad. However, there is much to think about over and above the actual booking of the holiday. Determining who has parental responsibility is key. Parental responsibility is…