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Are you entitled to a refund of Power of Attorney fees?

On 1 February 2018, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) launched their Fee Refund Scheme. Who is entitled to a refund? Those who registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney (LPA or EPA)  in England and Wales between 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2017 are now entitled to a partial refund of […]

The allocation of volatile assets on divorce

Capital assets on divorce can be loosely categorised as either volatile assets or copper-bottomed assets. A copper-bottomed asset is usually real property such as the marital home. This asset may fluctuate in value but generally the value of a copper-bottomed asset is expected to rise over time. A volatile asset is one that is expected […]

New domestic abuse sentencing guidance published

The Sentencing Council has published a new sentencing guideline Overarching Principles: Domestic Abuse. This replaces the 2006 Sentencing Guidelines Council domestic violence guideline and will apply to all offenders aged 16 and older sentenced on or after 24 May 2018. There is no specific crime of domestic abuse as it can be a feature of […]

Fake Footpaths

Landowners are being warned to be aware of ‘fake footpaths’ circulating within websites, social media and mobile apps. Websites, social media sites and walking mobile apps are detailing country walks which do not follow dedicated public footpaths or are even stating that new footpaths have been created. With long use of such routes landowners are […]

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