Help to Buy needs clear exit strategy

The Daily Telegraph reports that Britain’s biggest banks have warned the Chancellor that the lack of an end date to the Help to Buy scheme could cause serious distortion in the housing market. The British Bankers’ Association has said that clarification is needed on exit strategies. In its submission to the Treasury, the association cautioned: […]

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Compensation claim for holiday accident

The Personal  Injury team at Thomas Dunton report that a woman who walked into a plate glass door whilst on holiday is claiming compensation in a case that could increase package holiday costs. Moira Japp sued the trip organiser Virgin Holidays last year. The company was forced to pay her £24,000 in damages after a judge found […]

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Dates of free legal talks in November

Thomas Dunton will be giving free legal talks and advice on the following dates: Wednesday 4th December 6.30pm to 8.30pm Biggin Hill Library — “When considering a Personal injury Claim”. As there is no Personal Injury Law firm in Biggin Hill, we are holding free local legal surgeries for people in the Biggin Hill area who would like […]

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Owner of Downton Abbey fails to leave will !

The Law Society has said that the death of Downton Abbey character Matthew Crawley has highlighted the importance of making a will. Discussing the plotline, Nicholas Fluck, the president of the Law Society, said: “The predicament facing the Crawley family immediately following Matthew’s death shows that, while few of us like to think about our […]

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Second phase of Government’s “Help to buy” brought forward

The PM has announced that the full Help to Buy scheme will start within days. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, David Cameron said the scheme would be brought forward from January 2014 to this week. In the interview he insists that it is the right policy to tackle the “broken” housing market which […]

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Rise in Medical Negligence payouts

Our Personal Injury team report that NHS trusts in London paid a total of £172m in damages to patients last year, an £8m rise on the previous year. This figure, obtained by the Evening Standard from the NHS Litigation Authority, represents payouts for medical negligence including cases where patients have died because of blunders by hospital staff. It also […]

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Dates of FREE legal talks announced

Thomas Dunton will be giving free legal talks and advice on the following dates: Tuesday 24th September 11am at Orpington Library — “Planning for the future” where we will discuss Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax and Care Home Fees.  After the talk, we will remain at the Library to advise you on any […]

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Over 60s divorcing hits 40 year high.

Tessa Bengo, head of the Family team at Thomas Dunton reports that according to figures from the ONS, the number of over-60s divorcing their partners has hit a 40-year high. “Silver splitter” divorces are continuing to rise at a time when the overall number of marriage failures is in decline. Unlike other age groups where […]

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Half of home buyers in the South pay higher rate Stamp Duty

Our Conveyancing team report that property experts have warned that stamp duty is becoming the “tax on the South” after figures showed that half of homebuyers in the South East are being forced to pay the higher rate. A report by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, analysing returns from the Land Registry, concluded that ordinary families were […]

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Landmark ruling for pensions

Melanie Dunton at Thomas Dunton reports that The Supreme Court, in a landmark case, has ruled that thousands of members of the Lehman Brothers and Nortel pension schemes had a fair claim on the collapsed companies’ assets, but should not be handed priority over other unsecured creditors. The outcome was hailed by experts and those […]

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