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Monthly Archives: March 2017

SEND Funding

31/03/2017

Responding, in part, to concerns raised about funding for special educational needs and disability (SEND) matters, the Department for Education and Ministry of Justice yesterday set out steps to improve disagreement resolution procedures in England. The Government pledges to, among other things, introduce a two-year national trial of the expansion of the First-tier Tribunal SEND […]


Is there need for reform in relation to divorces in the UK?

29/03/2017

Professor Liz Trinder has published interim findings from Finding Fault in a divorce which has stemmed from the Judgement from Owens v Owens in the Court of Appeal. She has researched whether there is need for reform in UK divorces and is will publish a full report in Autumn 2017. Professor Trinder found the following: […]


Probate Fees Petition

28/03/2017

Plans to raise fees have been shelved due to the calling of the general election. The Ministry of Justice confirmed there was insufficient time to deal with the proposed changes before parliament closed ahead of June’s election. Confirmation is awaited if the government will press ahead with the changes after the election. A Grant of […]


Testamentary freedom – Landmark decision in Illott v The Blue Cross and others

28/03/2017

On 15th March 2017 the Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment in a daughter’s claim for financial provision against her mother’s estate. The judgment offers courts further down the judiciary chain guidance in considering cases whereby claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (The 1975 act) […]


Businesses and The Consumer Rights Act

27/03/2017

Last week saw the Corporate and Commercial team deliver its final Packed Lunch Seminar, of the current series, in our Newcastle office. The team had been looking at ‘Watertight Terms and Conditions of Business’ and within this seminar, they touched on recent changes in the law, namely the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA). The CRA is […]


Legal Update

27/03/2017

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 apply where there is a “relevant transfer” to automatically transfer the contracts of employment of employees assigned to the economic entity which is transferring from the outgoing employer (the transferor) to the incoming employer (the transferee), and to provide those employees with protection against changes to […]


Commercial Property Update – Guardian Schemes

27/03/2017

The County Court has examined the nature of a Guardianship Agreement and looked at whether an Agreement, despite being labelled as a licence, created an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). Background Property guardianship provides low cost rooms and workspace in commercial and residential properties that would otherwise be vacant. For landlords, an empty property costs money and […]


Buying a Property in Joint Names

20/03/2017

When two or more people are buying a property together, a very important decision must be made by them as to the type of co-ownership they wish to put in place. There are two ways in which a property can be owned by two or more people.   Option 1 – Joint Ownership (‘Joint Tenants’) […]


Schools – Transport Issues

20/03/2017

Free transport to school for children caused 261 complaints to England’s local government Ombudsman in 2015-16, mainly about withdrawal of funding. Councils must ensure decisions are made fairly, legally and transparently. A report by the Ombudsman, says that complaints about school transport are more likely to be upheld than other complaints. Councils in England must provide […]


Matrimonial update

16/03/2017

Wife awarded increased maintenance from her ex-husband despite her unwise financial decisions causing her to lose a huge bulk of her divorce settlement. There have been varying views in a recent report regarding a case of an application by a wife against her ex-husband for an increased amount of maintenance due to her losing money […]


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