29th July 2016
On the 18th July 2016 The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) launched the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme (‘the Children Scheme’), which allows parents to jointly select a qualified arbitrator to make a decision concerning the arrangements for a child where they are unable to agree and do not wish to issue court proceedings.
Since its launch in 2012, family law...
13th April 2016
From 6th April 2016 companies, Limited Liability Partnerships (“LLPs”) and Societas Europaea (“SEs”) need to keep a register of their 'people with significant control' (“PSC”). A PSC is someone in a company who:
owns more than 25% of the company’s shares;
holds more than 25% of the company’s voting rights;
11th April 2016
Gill Turner Tucker has once again secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process. This is the 6th year in a row that Gill Turner Tucker has achieved CQS accreditation.
Gill Turner Tucker underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to continue to hold CQS status, which marks the firm out as continuing to meet...
20th January 2016
What is it?
The Flood Reinsurance scheme (Flood Re) is the system preferred by both the government and the Association of British Insurers to secure available and affordable insurance for homeowners whose properties are considered to be at high risk of flooding.
When will it be available?
The regulations to establish Flood Re came into force on 11 November 2015. Approval from the...
7th December 2015
From 1 February 2016, all private residential landlords will have to check that new tenants and authorised occupiers have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of residential properties from allowing certain people to occupy those properties based on the immigration status of the occupiers.
Landlords must also make...
7th December 2015
New rates of SDLT will apply to acquisitions of additional residential property (for example, second homes and buy-to-let properties) with effect from 1 April 2016. If the total chargeable consideration provided for such a property exceeds £40,000, the entire consideration will be subject to SDLT at the following rates on a progressive basis:
3%: £0 - £125,000.
15th October 2015
Fraud and non-disclosure unravels all...
Divorcing couples have been reminded of their duty to disclose all financial information to each other and the court.
The eagerly awaited judgments of Sharland and Gohil were handed down yesterday by the highest court in the family division, the Supreme Court. Both cases were considered at the same time by the court and the Justices considered...
7th October 2015
The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2015 changed the rates of the national minimum wage in accordance with recommendations from the Low Pay Commission. The following hourly rates of national minimum wage apply from 1 October 2015:
The standard adult rate (workers aged 21 and over) is £6.70.
The development rate (workers aged between 18 and 20) is £5.30.
7th October 2015
On 1 October 2015 a number of new pieces of legislation come into effect that will limit landlords’ powers to serve section 21 eviction notices including a rule that states that a failure to follow a prescribed repairs process can invalidate a section 21 notice, and also prevent further service of a section 21 for a six month period. The rules are intended to prevent ‘retaliatory...