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Probate Registry Delays

The introduction of new software at Probate Registries in England and Wales, together with a high volume of applications being made prior to the anticipated increase in Probate Court fees has caused long delays. Until recently, applications had been processed in around two weeks. According to the Ministry of Justice, some delays of up to […]

Jargon busting in Children Act proceedings

If you are about to embark on private law Children Act proceedings, you are likely to encounter complex language which you may not be familiar with. We have produced a list of common terms which are often used at the commencement of proceedings: Cafcass This term stands for the Child and Family Court Advisory and […]

Ground rent escalation clauses in leases

Concerned by escalating ground rent clauses or a doubling ground rent on the lease of your home? What is ground rent? As a leaseholder, ground rent is a fee you must pay to the freeholder of your property as a condition of the lease. Ground rent is usually a nominal sum of £50 to £200 […]

Tenant Fees Act 2019

The Government continues its squeeze on private landlords in June when the Tenant Fees Act 2019 comes in. This outlaws any payments demanded by a landlord of residential premises that are not specifically listed in the Act and is both novel and punitive in its approach. Landlords must check their standard agreements to check that […]

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