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Preparation underway for new domestic abuse laws

The Government has announced that funding of £6 million will be provided to councils across England to enable them to prepare for the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill. The Bill is currently awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords having completed its passage through the House of Commons in July 2020. It […]

Unnecessary child litigation

A judge in the Bristol Family Court recently released a judgment about how the Court’s lists are being filled by child litigation hearings that should not require court involvement. It is worrying to read that His Honour Judge Wildblood QC expects the Bristol Family Court will have double the number of outstanding private children cases […]

Second home disposals in HMRC’s sights

HM Revenue and Customs is launching a compliance campaign to follow up on second home disposals. In the coming months, HMRC will send 14,000 ‘nudge’ letters to individuals it believes made a taxable residential property disposal in the 2018/19 tax year without declaring it on their tax return. The letter gives details of the information […]

Law Commission proposes more freedom for couples to choose where they marry

The Law Commission has launched a consultation on marriage reform, including a proposal that couples should be given more freedom to choose where they marry. The law governing weddings can be seen as outdated and restrictive. The Law Commission is consulting on proposals to modernise those laws, giving couples greater freedom over where they hold […]

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