Buying your first home can be both an exciting and nerve-racking experience. The exciting part is having a front door and space to call your own; the nerve-racking bit can be finding somewhere you can afford, saving enough for the deposit, and getting a mortgage deal in place. The good news is that since the November 2017 Budget, first-time buyers no longer pay stamp duty on properties bought for less than £300,000.
With as many as 42% of all marriages in the UK ending in divorce, the break-up can be a traumatic time for all concerned. It brings with it the need to make financial arrangements that can have ramifications for both parties years after the settlement is made.
We are thrilled to have been awarded the Lawyer International Legal 100 Award for ‘Law Firm of the Year, Trust and Estate’ for the second year running.
Following changes introduced by the Government to registration fees charged by the Office of the Public Guardian, from 1st February 2018 refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017.
Tony Brownlie, Solicitor within our Wills, Trusts and Probate department will tackle the London Marathon this April, in aid of Cardiomyopathy UK. For many who participate in the London Marathon, the charity they represent means a great deal to them, due to personal experiences and a passion for the cause – this too is the case for Tony.
This year, we are proud to announce that 11 of our staff have reached milestone anniversaries which, when combined, total a staggering 125 years of service with our firm.
We are delighted to have Michelle Nicoll back within our Conveyancing Department for the start of an optimistic 2018.
Michelle is now back working within our Loughton office and is looking forward to building her own client base in the desirable Essex town.
The first working day after the Christmas and New Year break has come to be dubbed by the media as ‘Divorce Day’. This is the day when, as they remind us every year, more people call a Solicitor to talk about divorce issues than at any other time.
In a ground-breaking initiative that will be trialled by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) from next spring, divorcing parents could find themselves losing custody, or being denied contact with their children, if they attempt to poison them against their former partner.
Our quiz evening, which took place on Thursday 16th November 2017, in aid of our Charity of the Year, Grove Cottage, was once again a great success!