We’re a nation of dog-lovers. It’s estimated that us Brits spend £12bn a year on ‘man’s best friend.’ So, who gets the treasured pooch in the divorce? The law Though dog owners will see their four-legged friend as a member of the family, the divorce courts won't. In the eyes [...]
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With big ABS players circling the legal market, have 'traditional' law firms really grasped the importance of setting and delivering consistent service standards for their clients?
Wills and probate solicitor Louise Harris explains the differences between an enduring power of attorney (EPA), and the new lasting power of attorney (LPA). What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney allows someone appointed by you to look after things on your behalf should you become unwilling [...]
We’re often asked what are ‘normal’ arrangements for children when a couple separate. In short there isn’t a simple answer that applies to all. Every family is different, and any arrangements for children will be specific to that family. It doesn’t have to end up in court though! Here Nicola [...]
The house we live in is the most significant financial investment most of us will make. Despite this, many choose to buy ‘blindly’ by not having a survey done before they commit to the purchase of their home. Here, specialist property solicitor Sonia Balrai explains the importance of a building survey. [...]
Die without a will and you leave everything to chance. The law decides who gets what, not you. Despite this, it’s thought that well over half of UK adults don’t have a valid up to date will. Here, Louise Harris explains what happens if you die without having made a [...]
Energy performance certificates represent the remnants of the much publicised (and arguably disastrous) home information packs (HIPs). Here, solicitor Liz Curran explains what they are, and what they do! What they do In short, an energy performance certificate (EPC) grades how energy efficient a property is, or isn’t! It also [...]
When I first qualified, I couldn’t quite work out why I was perplexed, but I nonetheless was, with the end of month table banging. “How much have you billed this month” must ring up and down the corridors of many firms?