Are first-time buyers being allowed to borrow too much?

An article in the Daily Mail has highlighted that first-time buyers are taking out mortgages that are, on average, 3.68 times their annual income. These figures are the highest since records began in the 1970s. It seems not just first-time buyers are borrowing in excess, as Bank of England figures show that a quarter or […]

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Claims for pothole damage to vehicles at a five year record high

Highway England have released information that shows that claims for pothole-related damage to vehicles on motorways and A-roads have double in the past year. Claims for compensation have reached a record five-year high, while maintenance was at a record low for the same period. The amount of money spent on road repairs in 2017/18 was […]

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A record number of speeding tickets were handed out last year

Figures from the Home Office show that over 2 million speeding tickets were handed out last year. This is a rise of 2.4% on 2016 figures and has increased from 1.5million since 2011. Most motorists are caught on an automated camera, with 96% of fines being generated from speed cameras. Incidentally, Alison Hernandez, the road […]

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Oxford professor challenges his mother’s Will

An Oxford professor has challenged his late mother’s Will after he believes that he was disinherited. Prof Christopher Gosden has launched legal action after he believes that he was entitled to his mother’s home worth £1.5million. Instead her home was given to her female partner. He said that she had ‘resolved’ to leave him her […]

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FREE Library Talk tomorrow at Orpington Library

Come along tomorrow at 11am at Orpington Library to learn more about Wills, LPAs and Inheritance Tax. No need to book and all are welcome.

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Call for a ban on driving for motorists who cause serious injury

The charity Cycling UK’s recent research shows that 77% of people think that motorists who cause serious injury should lose their license for a minimum period. This is in the context that figures from the MoJ highlight that in 2016 61 drivers convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving escaped a direct ban.

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£9million in compensation for child misdiagnosed by the NHS

The child, who lost both legs after being sent home twice, has been awarded £9 million in compensation by the High Court in London. The child was just 9 months old when her parents took her to their GP and twice to A&E at Peterborough District Hospital with ‘feverish’ symptoms. She subsequently lost both limbs […]

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Custody of a Pet? Ant McPartlin and his ex-wife share custody of their dog

We are a nation of animal lovers and certainly the case of Ant McPartlin and his ex-wife Lisa Armstrong demonstrate this. They have drawn up an agreement to share custody of their dog Hurley to allow both to have access to him. A pet is often considered to be part of the family and so […]

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60% of people don’t have a Will

According to recent figures, 60% of us do not have a Will. But we are all different, and having a Will reflects this. No one wants to think about the inevitable, but we all want to leave those we love, well cared for and receiving what is rightfully theirs. Without a Will, however, you may […]

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Proposed probate rate rise

The Government are looking to raise the rate of probate applicable for deceased’s estates. Estates worth £2million or more will need to pay £6,000 in probate fees, up from the current rate of £155, and estates worth between £1m and £1.6m will have to pay £4,000 if the plans go ahead. The Government has stated […]

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