Are you entitled to a partial refund on your LPA application fee?

Did you pay an application fee for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017? If you did, you may be due a partial refund. The Government error means that anyone who paid to establish power of attorney during that period is entitled to up to a £54 refund […]

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The ups and downs of the property market in August

Figures from Rightmove House Price Index show property asking prices fell by 1% in the month of August. This is owing to August being a quieter time of the year.  But with the Brexit deadline looming it seems that house buyers are looking for a deal with an increase in agreed sales up by 6.1%  […]

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An uplifting comment from a client

Here at Thomas Dunton, all our staff have attended Dementia Friends’ sessions and we are Dementia Friends. It helps us understand that there is more to the person than dementia. This was echoed in this recent comment from a client: “There was a very good understanding of dementia shown by staff who were very kind.” […]

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Increase in criminal proceedings against care homes

The health watchdog, The Care Quality Commission‘s annual report shows an increase in ‘criminal enforcement action’ of 10% compared with the previous year. The action is taken when there is a ‘serious risk to a person’s life, heath or wellbeing’ despite repeated warnings. The report shows that actions where taken against 159 care homes in […]

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95 year old law helps end ‘extraordinary’ court battle

The extraordinary court battle between two stepsisters has finally been resolved by applying a 95 year old law. Mr & Mrs Scarle were both found dead in their bungalow in 2016, and consequently a dispute arose between the two stepsisters over the couple’s £300,000 assets. The case was taken to the High Court and the […]

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Home repossessions highest since 2014

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that 6,179 homes were repossessed in the three months to June. This is the highest level since 2014 and an increase of nearly 40% when compared with the same period last year.  

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Largest Divorce Settlement in the UK looks set for the High Court

A Russian oligarch’s ex-wife looks likely to pursue her divorce case in the High Courts after losing her legal battle in Moscow. The divorcee is reputedly demanding £5.8bn of her ex-husband’s £15bn fortune.    

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A delightful comment from a satisfied client

“I found Rae Broughton a delight to deal with. She is all you would want your solicitor to be: pleasant, professional, knowledgeable and efficient.”

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Static UK housing market

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’’ July report shows the UK house market as ‘flatlining’. 69% of property professionals said that properties over £1m were not reaching their sale price. Halifax also issued their July report that showed that house prices were ‘treading water’. The static market is thought to be a reaction to political […]

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Ground breaking case of holiday pay could affect part-time workers

The case of a part-time music teacher, employed by a school during term time, has been heard at the Court of Appeal. Judges ruled in favour of the teacher after it was decided that the method of ‘pro-rating’ holiday pay (resulting in lower figures) was not provided for within the working time regulations. The ruling […]

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