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Domestic violence – not just a problem faced by women

It’s a sad fact of life that domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their social class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle. Much of the media coverage of domestic violence issues highlights the plight of women who find themselves on the receiving end of physical, psycholo....

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Boundary disputes – how to avoid crossing the line

Every year, neighbours find themselves falling out over boundary issues such as building works, fences, tree branches, leylandii hedges and shared access to property. Fierce battles are often waged over just a few inches of land, and can sometimes turn into prolonged and expensive legal disputes. ....

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Why every business should think about their social media policy

Social media plays an increasingly important part in all our lives, and Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogging have also become part and parcel of modern business communications. This means it’s more important than ever that employers set out clearly what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour when....

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My Planning Application has been refused, what can I do?

It can come as a nasty blow to hear that your Planning Application has been refused, and you’ll be left wondering what your options are. Your local planning authority must provide reasons in writing as to why your application was turned down, so it’s worth going through these thoroughly to get a....

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We’re divorcing and don’t have any assets to divide, do I need to do anything?

Yes, you do. Even in situations where both spouses trust each other, and neither intends to make a financial claim against the other, there is always a risk that if one of the spouse’s financial circumstances were to change, then the other party might decide at that stage to make a financial claim....

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Declarations of Trust: What are they and when should you be making them

Declarations of Trust are used to set out the interests of parties where property is held by more than one person. A Declaration of Trust can for example be entered into by couples purchasing their first home or when a partner moves into an existing home, or when embarking on a joint business ventur....

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Delayed or missed diagnosis by a doctor – what can I do?

For the most part, doctors and health professionals do an excellent job and perform to high standards of care and treatment. However, on occasions patients can find that that their condition is misdiagnosed, or there is an unacceptable delay in getting the correct diagnosis and treatment in place. ....

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Employers: When can you have a protected conversation with an employee?

The government put forward the concept of ‘protected conversations’ as a way of, in the words of the then Prime Minister David Cameron, “a boss and an employee could feel able to sit down together and have a frank discussion at either’s request”. The idea was that these conversations could....

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I’m buying my first home, when should I give notice on my rented property?

Once you’ve had your offer accepted on the property you’re planning to buy, it can be tempting to think about giving notice to your landlord. However, as you’re probably aware, things don’t always go as smoothly as we’d all like when it comes to buying and selling properties. Once you....

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My wife is with another man, can I divorce her on the grounds of adultery?

If your wife is having a sexual relationship with a member of the opposite sex while you are still married, then this is adultery. This is the case even if your relationship with your wife has come to an end, or you have been living apart for some time. Adultery is one of the five facts that can be ....

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Luxury apartment in one of London’s finest and most expensive locations available to buy for less than £100,000 BUT there is a catch….

Would you like to live in one of London’s most exclusive locations and be able to count Nigella Lawson and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson as one of your neighbours? Well now you can, as a property in the illustrious Belgravia area is being sold at auction with a guide price of just £90,000. ....

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Does my Lasting Power of Attorney mean my wife can step in and run my business if I’m not up to it?

The simple answer to this is yes, your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) could allow your wife to run your business if you were unable to do so, but there are a number of factors you should consider, and it might be the best course of action for you to take out a specific LPA to safeguard your busines....

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