The Current State Of Divorce

The divorce rate in this country is something that’s always talked about negatively. It is seen by many to be representative of the modern attitude to monogamy. Though in some cases the modern perception of divorce is to blame, there are many more cases where the divorce laws of this country offer couples – and women in particular – more freedom and protection that ever before.

Judicial divorce was… Continue reading...

Potholes Leaving Councils Open To Personal Injury Claims

The last two winters have been especially harsh. The freezing temperatures, snow ploughs and increased traffic have all put an incredible strain on the UK road surfaces. One of the biggest problems caused by this type of weather is potholes.

Potholes are caused by freeze / thaw conditions and can develop very quickly. This process quickly causes road surfaces to crumble. Unfortunately, the nature of this process also makes potholes… Continue reading...

Motor Insurers Pushed Towards Greater Transparency

Insurance is one of the greatest costs associated with running a car on UK roads. In some cases, the annual premiums paid to insurance companies end up being more than the value of the car they are designed to insure.
 

Though it does seem to be a very expensive necessity, it is difficult to see a viable alternative to mandatory insurance. If someone suffers, or causes, a serious… Continue reading...

Clampdown On Extortionate Executors Of Wills

When people write a Will they often feel the need to use an executor. An executor is the person or company responsible for coordinating what happens to a person’s estate after they die. An executor will coordinate the accounts, writing of the Will, reading of the Will and any legal help that may be required.

Most commonly, banks or solicitors will act as executors. For this service they will charge… Continue reading...

Child Custody: A Basic Guide

Child custody is one of the most commonly disputed issues relating to family law. For whatever reason, parents far too regularly have to use the courts to decide who is best suited to looking after their children.

Deciding who is to hold legal custody of a child is a very important factor in the child’s life. It dictates who has the ultimate ability to make important decisions for the… Continue reading...

A Guide To Inheritance Tax

Inheritance tax is always in the news. Particularly during the run up to elections, the tax that you pay when you die is a hotly debated issue. The trouble with this constant debate is that it’s difficult to keep up with the recent changes.

This article is intended to function as a basic guide to inheritance tax explaining all of the basic principles behind the current laws.

What Is Inheritance… Continue reading...

Does ‘No Win, No Fee’ Advertising Go Too Far?

Britain is famous for its ‘compensation culture’. This label is the result of the apparent nonchalance with which people claim compensation through the UK legal system.

The ‘no win, no fee’ system was brought in to make legal action more accessible for those who could not necessarily afford it. Though the intended function – and the function which it still serves in most cases today- is very positive, the… Continue reading...

Employees Rights – A Guide For Employers

Over the last 10 years there have been lots of changes in the rights of employees. These rights are wide ranging and change on a regular basis. As an employer, keeping up with your legal duties can be both challenging and confusing.

As an employer, it is your duty to ensure that all your employees receive at least the minimum level of support that the law requires you to provide.… Continue reading...

Cohabitation – Preparing For The Unexpected

More couples are living together without getting married than ever before. People can choose not to get married to their long term partners for a whole range of different reasons. When cohabiting, couples may own a house together, split all the bills and jointly own all their possessions. Despite its similarities with married life, in legal terms it is very different.

For those couples who have chosen to marry, splitting… Continue reading...

Business Rates Rise Will Make It Even Harder For High Street Shops

Over the last few years there has been a steady decline in the number of shops on our high streets. Though some areas have been hit harder than others, there is no question: if something doesn’t change, our high streets will never be the same again.

At the moment, high streets are dominated by big chain stores. The smaller, privately owned shops don’t have the security of the big chains… Continue reading...