Six key issues to consider when renovating or updating a property

If you currently own a property and want to renovate it, or if you are thinking of buying a property with a view to carrying out redesign and rebuilding works, there are a number of important issues which you should consider carefully. Not evaluating the legal ramifications of any changes you make to your home […]

Further Tenant Protections – The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill And Amendments To Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery

On 25 March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 was brought into law. Of particular relevance to landlords and tenants, this gives certain protections to tenants from eviction, specifically providing a moratorium on forfeiture for non-payment of rent, extending to 30 June 2020. This was, presumably, intended to address the rental quarter usually falling due on […]

Can Brexit Frustrate a Lease

An important question which has arisen in the commercial property industry in recent years is whether Brexit operates to frustrate a lease. What exactly does that mean?

A move towards no fault divorce

An update from Louise Pearce, Family Law Solicitor at our Bookham office Just this weekend the Justice Secretary has confirmed plans to reduce conflict in divorce proceedings. To bring a divorce in England and Wales spouses or civil partners have to show that the marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. This is evidenced […]

Are we any closer to divorce law reform following Owens v Owens?

On 25 July, divorce solicitors across the country eagerly awaited the Supreme Court’s ruling on Owens v Owens. The case hinged on Mrs Owens’ desire for a divorce from her husband of 40 years – a marriage that, she said, was loveless and had broken down irretrievably. Citing unreasonable behaviour as her grounds for divorce […]

Owens v Owens and no fault divorces

Many family lawyers have been calling for the law relating to divorce to be updated to allow for no fault divorce so as to avoid causing further conflict and acrimony between divorcing couples. At present, you can only divorce if you can establish one of five facts – three of which are dependent upon you […]

Fire Safety and Cladding Costs Post Grenfell

By Joe Reeves, Property Solicitor at Wellers Law Group, London Since the Grenfell tower disaster in June 2017, the issue of fire safety in residential leasehold accommodation has been high on the political agenda. The tragedy has brought to the fore the issue of who should pay for the costs associated with fire safety in […]