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  • Thu 31 Mar 2011

    From 6 April 2011 new rules will come into effect which will govern how family law cases are dealt with in the Courts. The aim of the rules is to simplify all the procedures applicable to family proceedings in the High Court, County Court and Magistrates Court and to replace the existing rules with one set. These rules seek to follow the structure applicable to all civil litigation cases under what are known as the Civil Procedure Rules. In both there is an overriding objective to resolve disputes justly. In the family field that has to be by reference to any welfare issues. Parties to any family proceedings will need to consider Alternative Dispute Resolution at every stage in the proceedings. There will also be a compulsory mediation and information assessment meeting before any Court application is permitted. The Court also has wider powers for case management to intervene in the conduct of proceedings at each and every stage. ... read more

  • Fri 11 Mar 2011

    As of 6 April 2011 the SDLT (stamp duty land tax) rate for properties being purchased for over ?1m will be raised from 4% to 5%. This will add a minimum of ?10,000 to the SDLT costs of buying a ?1m plus property.... read more

  • Tue 01 Feb 2011

    The case of Daejan Investments Limited v Benson and Others [2011] EWCA Civ 38 should be a warning to all landlords to make sure that they comply with the statutory consultation requirements in respect of service charges. JPC Law successfully acted for one of the Respondent lessees.... read more

  • Fri 07 Jan 2011

    Since the election of the Labour Government in 1997, there have been many changes in UK employment law. This article highlights the 10 key developments arising in the next 10 months.... read more

  • Fri 07 Jan 2011

    A recent High Court Case confirms that any agreement that required a tenant's guarantor to guarantee the obligations of the tenant's assignee of the lease, will be void.... read more

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