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Reported high emergency surgery cancellations

It is reported in the Times that it is the first time that there has been more than 4000 cancelled urgent operations in the year from July to June, with the highest number in June.

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Is there hope for a No Fault Divorce?

Resolution are the forefront of a campaign for a “no fault divorce” in Engand and Wales and have now been instrumental in assisting Mrs Owens being granted pernission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Decision based on financial remedy proceedings over-turned

The Supreme Court, on 26th July 2017, in the matter of Birch v Birch, over-turned the decision of a lower court in relation to the ability to ‘vary’ an undertaking that had been made in financial remedy proceedings.

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“Dear Sam”….touching letter to boy, 14, by High Court Senior Judge

Family Court proceedings can be an emotional and difficult time for families, especially the children involved.  A High Court Judge informed a 14 year old boy, by writing to him direct, explaining how he had reached his decision that he must remain in his mother’s care. Read more

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New Style Divorce Petition to be Introduced on 7 August 2017

On the evening of 17 July 2017, the Family Legal Professional advised that there would be dramatic changes to the style of the Divorce Petition when issuing Divorce Proceedings.  The new style Divorce Petition will come into effect on 7 August 2017 however, there will be a transitional period to allow old and new Petitions to be used until 4 September 2017.

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Landmark Ruling – Equal pension rights for same-sex partners

Mr. Walker entered a civil partnership in January 2006 which was later converted into a marriage.  Mr. Walker’s employer refused to pay a full spousal pension on the basis that his service began before the Civil Partnership Act came into force.

This meant that under the current law Mr. Walker’s husband would only have received a spousal pension of a few hundred pounds a year.  If Mr. Walker was married to a female, his spouse would receive about £45,000 a year. Read more

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The Treasury reports record breaking collection of Inheritance Tax topping £5billion

Latest reports show that HMRC collected over £5.1bn in inheritance tax over the last year, which is the first time in history this figure has exceeded the £5bn mark. So why the increase? One of the main reasons can be put down to the fact that property prices, particularly in the South of England have continued to rise yet the Inheritance Tax allowance has remained the same at £325,000 for the past eight years. Read more

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Being A Responsible Airbnb Host

With the rise in holiday rentals, Airbnb has become a popular platform for short-term lets, allowing hosts to advertise all or part of a property for rent, whether it be a penthouse apartment, a tree house or even still, a boat.

Airbnb, a company which started in San Francisco with a small apartment and inflatable air bed, now has approximately 100 million users, and over 80,000 active rentals in the UK.

Many hosts are however (often unknowingly) in breach of rules and regulations, with several facing legal action as a result. Hosts should therefore be aware of the following legal pitfalls before listing their property on Airbnb or similar sites: Read more

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Fail to File… Fine? – Changes to Partnership Penalties

Until recently, it was simply to be expected that partners who failed to produce a partnership return in time to HMRC would face a fine. However, the First-tier Tribunal has now reduced penalties for a case where the same information required was already submitted, within the partners’ own separate self-assessments. Read more

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Register Remedy – The Court and the Companies Act

The High Court has recently passed a rare order, rectifying a company’s register of members under section 125 of the Companies Act 2006 – before grant of probate was attained. Read more

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