House prices slow down in the first quarter of 2019

House prices have slowed down in England over the first three months of 2019, according to the Nationwide. It is the first time that the value of properties have fallen since 2012. The average house price rose to £213,102 in March from £211,304 in February. This is a 0.7% decrease from the same period in […]

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An increase in divorce petitions

The Ministry of Justice’s figures have shown an increase of 8% for petitions for divorce, the first stage of the process, last year compared with 2017. This is the biggest increase for 15 years. There were 118,141 divorce petitions put before courts last year compared with 109,353 in 2017.

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Stop that speeding car!

In a ground breaking advancement, the European Commission has approved new measures to ensure that all new cars keep to the speed limit. Within the next three years, all new models of cars sold in Europe will be installed with technology that detects speed limits and slows vehicles down to comply with it. This will […]

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Our Pocket Employment Guide is now available

If you run your own business, then you’ll need our handy Pocket Employment Guide. It lists all the employment rates and entitlements that come into effect on 6th April 2019. If you would like a copy of this guide, it can be downloaded on our site, by clicking here. Alternatively, call our offices to request […]

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Damaging a tree costs a homeowner nearly £40,000

A homeowner who ‘virtually destroyed’ a protected oak tree because it blocked the sunlight from his new balcony has been ordered to pay out nearly £40,000 – £21,000 to reimburse the taxpayer, £1,200 fine and £15,000 in costs. This is the first case where a person has been dealt with under the Proceeds of Crime […]

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House transactions on the rise

According to figures from the HMRC, it seems that house transactions are on the rise. Their figures for February are up by 1.07% on January’s, with 101,780 transactions. Good news if you are looking to sell your home.

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Could a 40 year mortgage be the new norm?

Paying off our mortgage when we are in our 70s could be the new norm according to Money Facts. Their recent research shows that 51% of mortgage deals available on the market are available over a maximum repayment period of 40 years. This is an increase of  36% from 2014. The new mortgage could be a […]

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Widow loses case to gain ‘outright control’ of bin bag tycoon’s £16m fortune

The widow of bin bag tycoon, Michael Cowan, has lost her High Court battle to gain outright control of her late husband’s £16m fortune. Mrs Mary Jane Cowan received £435,000 on her husband’s death, and receives £240,000 a year in inheritance. The judge ruled that her £20,000 monthly allowance was generous and that she cannot […]

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Come along to our FREE talk, next Tuesday (19th)

Have you ever wished that you knew more about the law and how it can help protect your estate? Why you should have a Will? What is Inheritance Tax? We answer all these questions, and more, at our FREE legal talk at Orpington library at 11am on Tuesday 19th March. In an informal setting, we […]

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Three sisters challenge a £3m inheritance

Three sisters who challenged their late mother’s Will have won, after taking their case to the High Court in London. A judge has agreed that their mother, Ho Chin, was forced to change her Will by her traditionalist husband, who wanted her inheritance to pass to a male heir.

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