What is an FDR? An FDR (Financial Dispute Resolution) Hearing is one of the stages of a matrimonial financial remedy application. Most commonly these occur during Court proceedings and the Judge will offer his or her evaluation of the likely outcome of the application. It therefore acts as a good indication of what may be…

In May 2020 the law surrounding organ donation changed so that all adults in England will now be considered to have given consent to donate their organs when they die, unless they have formally ‘opted-out’ and their decision has been registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register.  Prior to this change in law, adults in…

In Part 2 of a series on Litigation and the Courts. Dispute Resolution Solicitor Chris Miller reviews some of the key procedural changes put in place to assist litigators.  As we begin to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown and start the slow journey back towards “normality”, it is likely that Court proceedings will also begin…

An estate rent charge is a mechanism by which a third party, (often a Management Company), is able to require the performance of covenants (as specified in the title deeds)  by property owners; and also to establish the ability to collect charges known as “estate rent charges” which would normally apply to the maintenance and…

As lockdown continues to be eased, there are various reasons why you may be looking to take employees off furlough. You have more work than you had initially predicted or you need temporary cover for anyone who has become ill or needs to self-isolate. You may even be looking to implement a phased return in…

In the first of a two part series, Litigation Solicitor Chris Miller looks at how the civil Courts are continuing to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.  The effects of the ongoing coronavirus are being felt in every corner of society, and the Courts and tribunals of the UK are no exception. Although the UK has…

Most people will be aware that if Inheritance Tax is payable in an estate, then the Executors have to arrange payment. However, not everybody appreciates that an Executor is personally liable to pay the Inheritance Tax in an estate. HMRC require the Executors, or Administrators, of an estate to report accurately, all the assets and…

“Live as though you will die tomorrow, but farm as though you will live forever.” – John Marsden “…But always remember that you might not.” – Martin Reynolds Readers are (or should be) already familiar with me urging owners and directors of companies to consider creating Lasting Powers of Attorney so that the continued running…

Many of us watched the Prime Minister’s statement last Sunday (10th May 2020), which indicated a relaxation to the lockdown provisions, for some employers in certain areas in the country. One of the boosts that we are now likely to see is in the housing market as, from Wednesday 13th May, anyone in England can…

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