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What is a Common Law Marriage?

The number of people choosing to live together (cohabiting) rather than get married is becoming more popular. As of November 2019, there were 3.5 million* cohabiting couples in the UK and this number is only going to rise. Family Solicitor, Elizabeth Dowler dispels some of the long standing myths that surround the concept of cohabitation and…

Nominal spousal maintenance & coronavirus

After the loosening of the coronavirus restrictions over the summer, successful vaccine roll-out and declining numbers of covid-related deaths, you could be forgiven for hoping we were through the worst of it. Like most people, my heart sank when I read about the ’Omicron’ variant of the virus now in the UK. It made me…

Parenting Through Separation Guide – Good Divorce Week

We know that the pandemic has put huge pressure on families and even more so on those who are separating. Every parent wants to put their children’s interests front and centre, but all too often they don’t know where to turn for help and aren’t given the support they need in order to do this….

Promotions & exam success – congratulations to our team

Sometimes we’re so busy ‘doing the do’ that we forget to look up and register the journey and the micro steps we have taken to get to where we are. We can all also be guilty of not wanting to blow our own trumpets! We ‘looked up’ recently and want to celebrate the journey of…

Christmas & childcare arrangements – things to consider for a Merry Christmas

Whilst Christmas is a magical time of year for children, for many parents it can be hectic and stressful. For separated parents, this feeling can be exacerbated as they also have to try and navigate agreeing arrangements with their ex-partner/spouse. To help those parents struggling to find the right balance this Christmas family solicitor Victoria…

Christmas, contact & grandparents rights

Given the lockdown restrictions over the festive period last year, many grandparents will not have seen their grandchildren during this special time and will be looking forward to being able to do so this year and now that restrictions have eased. However, for grandparents who have a child(ren) that have separated, Christmas can be a…

How to help your children buy their first home?

  In 2020 the Bank of Mum and Dad supported more than half of first-time buyers under the age of 35 to buy their first home. As the cost of borrowing remains low with mortgage rates at an all time low many parents are providing on average £20,000 to help their children get on the…

M&A activity in the UK remains strong in 2021

As restrictions ease it has continued to be a busy period for commercial transactions. Following a record breaking Q1, the team advised clients on over £30m of transactions during Q2 and Q3. Transaction volumes in IT, Financial Services and Online retail sectors remained strong while manufacturing and hospitality sectors have increased in activity. The volume…

Mind the Cap

  The £86,000 cap on care liabilities is the centrepiece of the government’s long-awaited reform of adult social care funding in England, due to come into force in October 2023. Alongside the cap, the capital limits for care funding will be relaxed. What this means is that anyone whose assets, including their home where applicable, do…

UK surrogacy is on the rise

The number of parents having a baby using a surrogate in England and Wales has almost quadrupled in the last 10 years and with celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Tom Daley and the Kardashians all starting families by way of surrogacy this figure is set to rise. Whilst surrogacy has historically been linked to…