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A word of caution to the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’.

With parents and grandparents looking to help their grown up children in whatever way they can, it has become increasingly common for first time buyers to turn to the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ (or Grandma and Granada) for help in raising the required mortgage deposit. Indeed according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders around 80% of first-time buyers aged under 30 are receiving some form of financial help from their parents.

Pre-nups to become legal

Aiming to reduce the number of Court battles between divorcing couples, new proposals being introduced by the Law Commission are set to enshrine prenuptial agreements in law. The changes are set to revolutionise the divorce process in England & Wales, with couples being able safeguard their assets in the event of a relationship breakdown. The…

Religion and Divorce

There were reports in the press last week that a British woman tried unsuccessfully to sue her former solicitors for negligence due to the fact that they failed to advise her that finalising her divorce would inevitably cause her marriage to end. The response from the general public on Twitter and other online channels seems…

Divorce – what about the children?

I had a meeting with a new client this week which brought the bitter reality of a couples’ separation and the impact it has on their children, sharply into focus.During that first meeting, the recently separated wife held her emotions in check, giving me succinct, detailed information about her marriage and the family finances right…

Ashton’s biggest mistake – Failing to sign a pre – nup.

When Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher tied the knot in 2005, Demi Moore was worth significantly more than her husband-to-be. She had a string of hit films under her belt as well as a high-profile divorce in 2000 from fellow Actor Bruce Willis, from which she reportedly received a settlement of $90 million. Demi’s first…

Contact – ‘shared parenting’

The recent change in the law regarding contact means children will now have a legal right to see both parents after divorce.  The Government has envisaged this with a view to children maintaining a relationship with both parents in the long term.  The logic behind the change is that the current law does not really…

Sperm Donor wins fight for contact with his child

The High Court has ordered that known sperm donors can apply for residence and contact with a child born as a result of their donation, despite having no legal relationship with them under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. This unique case concerned two lesbian couples who were friends with a gay male couple…

Lighting at work – the modern office environment

Lighting in the workplace is a subject often never considered by Employers and Employees given that in workplaces there are generally hazards which result in much more immediate and potentially debilitating injuries. The effect of poor lighting in a workplace however should not be underestimated. For one, safe and suitable lighting is important in ensuring…

Banned GP complaints could lead to increase in medical negligence

The Patients Association has found that one in every 20 patients that submit a formal complaint regarding a GP is subsequently banned from the practice. The recent study shows that people are now less likely to raise a concern due to fear of de-registration. As patients feel that they can no longer register complaints, this…

Cycle injury claim – what you need to know

It has been reported Bradley Wiggins has suffered a cycle injury following a crash with a van whilst he was riding near his home. We would like to outline the basic details you need to obtain to enable you to start a personal injury compensation claim. At the scene and if you are able to you should…

Gay sperm donor forced to pay £8,000 in child maintenance.

A recent newspaper article has highlighted the risks of unofficial sperm donation. After meeting a lesbian couple in a nightclub, Mark Langridge agreed to donate his sperm so that the couple could have children. Mr. Langridge was in a happy relationship with his partner, Shawn Keeble, and did not want children of his own. Two…

Miracles do happen

Half the sporting world and more will have watched the final day of the Ryder Cup This was one of the most fascinating TV coverage’s of a mainstream sport In the last 50 years Sport is a joy to watch when played in the right manner with skills that cannot normally be matched by the…

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