Do prenuptial agreements work? Are they binding?


What are prenuptial agreements? Prenuptial agreements are agreements entered into, PRE/before marrying or entering into a civil partnership to protect and ring-fence the assets and financial interests of one, or the other, or both parties about to marry. What about the romantic element of marriage? Yes?…Not really, no. When it comes to prenuptial agreements, romance READ MORE

Landlords – Caution there is a tripping hazard!


Property ownership today is increasingly complex with multiple layers. It is quite common for there to at least be a ; freeholder, long leaseholder and a tenant (usually letting on an assured shorthold tenancy basis or periodic tenancy). Quite often there is a shroud of uncertainty over who has responsibility for repairing a defect on READ MORE

Unlawful immigration detention – case study


My client had entered the United Kingdom in 1996 with entry clearance to join his father who had been granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom as a refugee. My client was granted indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom in March 2000.The Defendant made a decision to make a deportation order against READ MORE

Once I was (getting on for) seven years old – The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 is finally here


Yes there will be plenty of excitement surrounding the announcement that on 1 August 2016 The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 (“the 2010 Act “) will now come into force. What does this change? As things stand making a claim against the insurer of an insolvent entity is somewhat of a nightmare under READ MORE

Insolvency : A brief case study


ABC Suppliers Ltd -v- XYZ Traders Ltd A thriving business in a dispute with a supplier has been threatened with commencement of winding up proceedings. Factual Scenario ABC Suppliers Ltd (ABC), a confectionary supplier, issued a letter before action to our client, XYZ Traders Ltd (XYZ), threatening that if unpaid invoices in the sum of READ MORE

What does EU law say about inheritance rights?


In August 2015 new succession rules known as Brussels IV came into force in the EU with the aim of harmonising succession rules across the EU. EU inheritance rights – residence. nationality or something else? Prior to this, each European country had its own rules governing which law would apply to the succession of a READ MORE

What is the best method to use, to exit a marriage in England?


There are a variety of methods to be used when seeking to divorce. There is the usual course through the courts. There is that course, coupled with mediation, or arbitration. There is a separate route known as collaborative law. There are a number of other ways to consider, outside of the scope of this blogpost READ MORE

Brexit property law aspects part 2


The story so far. There appears to have been a run on property investment funds. Multiple large funds have suspended redemptions, presumably to prevent forced sale of assets to satisfy the demand for withdrawals from the funds. Is this good or bad? Well, on the plus side, it should protect values because there will not READ MORE

Brexit, divorce and the 7 stages of grief


No. This is not an exclusive about Snow White, or indeed Brexit, although similar principles apply. No. I am not a psychologist or a counsellor, but practising divorce law, a good lawyer should have empathy and sympathy for their client, and their spouse. A lawyer should have a good understanding of the emotional and psychological READ MORE

Serving a s.42 Notice under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993


In these unsure times following the Brexit vote people may be more inclined to stay in their current properties than to move on, however with many leasehold properties having been created years ago you may find yourself facing a situation where your lease is due to expire in only 50-60 years thereby lowering the value READ MORE