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January 2020 Updates

1) rhw are delighted to welcome Niresha Umaichelvam to the family law team in Guildford. Niresha practices across all areas of family law including nuptials, divorce and financial settlements; cohabitation, separation and children matters. Niresha has already established a strong following through her friendly and positive attitude coupled with her genuine interest in assisting clients achieve […]

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Can a landlord refuse consent to a change of use when they may ‘lose’ their freehold interest?

What is a Qualified Covenant? Leases of property usually include a series of obligations (covenants) by the tenant not to do things. These typically relate to assignment (transfer) of the lease, sub-letting the property or what the property can be used for. Qualified covenants in leases are covenants where the absolute restriction on the tenant […]

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Source of Funds – Why it Matters

Why Proving Your Source of Funds in Conveyancing Transactions is so Important Source of funds in conveyancing transactions is always a somewhat sensitive topic. The obligations placed on conveyancers to establish the source of a buyer’s funds in a conveyancing transaction arises from the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (recently revised) and the Council of Mortgage […]

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Acquiring a Business – Part Four

Dispute resolution and ADR (sellers & buyers) ADR means Alternative Dispute Resolution. The idea here is that some form of “alternative” process is adopted that is likely to work effectively and be acceptable to more people but (fundamentally) seeks to avoid the conventional process of issuing claims, threats, demands etc. Litigation is the term used […]

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What? You want the Curtains as well…?

As is often the case in divorce proceedings that make national news, two exceedingly wealthy individuals, Sir Andrew Cook and Baroness Angelika Hirsch-Stronstorff, have recently ‘resolved’ their financial proceedings after what can only assumed to be “one hell of a bun fight”. Sir Andrew, the chairman of William Cook, and Baroness Hirsch-Stronstorff, an interior designer, […]

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Jeff Bezos & Mackenzie Bezos divorce – “a loving exploration”

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the World’s wealthiest man and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, announced on the 9th of January 2019 that they were getting divorced after a period of “loving exploration”. The announcement has raised some eyebrows amongst fellow family practitioners and I’m sure that certain Washington State attorneys are delirious […]

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MEES – What you need to know as a Landlord or Tenant

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)  What are MEES? They are regulations which relate to energy efficiency ratings of commercial properties. The current ratings range from A-G, A being the most energy efficient and G the least. The regulations state that from 1st April this year any commercial property that has an Energy Performance Certificate […]

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The post Owens v Owens Landscape. What does it mean for ‘no fault’ Divorce?

For a case that generated so much interest, both with Family Lawyers and the general public, the end result of the infamous Owens case was a rather disappointing finale. Just to recap: Mrs Owens petitioned to dissolve her marriage on the basis of Mr Owens’ unreasonable behaviour. Mr Owens defend the allegations and, eventually, the […]

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S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd – Landlords and Tenants Hold their Breath……

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Demolish or Reconstruct ground [s.30(1)(f)] to be considered by the Supreme Court – Part 1 S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd (Judgement [2017] EWHC 1670 QB appealed) was heard by the Supreme Court on 17 October 2018. The decision will have significant consequences  and landlords and tenants across […]

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