It goes without saying that our city has a rich, colourful history. The industrial revolution, that changed the way the world worked, started here, while the tragic Peterloo Massacre, which played a big part in our country becoming a democratic nation, took place here. Talking of democracy, suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst who paved the way for... Read the rest of this entry →
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Buyer Beware! Richard Hamilton – Partner in our Property department – discusses environmental issues in property transactions.
Environmental issues is a topic in which public awareness has greatly increased over the last few years and specifically in relation to property purchases. The buyer of a property, whether commercial or residential, needs to be aware of potential environmental liabilities in relation to land and buildings as there are several types for which an... Read the rest of this entry →
Lasting Powers? Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – discusses Lasting Powers of Attorney
We lawyers are often accused of making things difficult to understand; using terms like whomsoever, subject to the preceding clauses, the party of the first part, per stirpes etc. It is believed that this love of all phrases complicated is a ploy to put the lay-person off dealing with legal issues themselves and to drive... Read the rest of this entry →
What is a Pre-nuptial agreement? A Pre-nuptial agreement is an agreement entered into by two people planning to get married or enter into a civil partnership to set out how their assets may be divided or retained should their marriage come to an end. Are Pre-nuptial agreements legally binding? Many people are surprised when they... Read the rest of this entry →
Many of us now have the option of being treated in the private sector. This can be through work private health schemes; or alternatively, if we choose to pay for our own private cover. The reasons are many. Some are concerned that treatment within the NHS system can be a lottery. Standards alter from area... Read the rest of this entry →
Common People – Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – discusses the problem of cohabitees dying intestate
Jarvis Cocker may have craved the simple life, but family dynamics and relationships are often so entangled, this dream may prove impossible. Over 70% of adults surveyed by COMRES in 2017 were unaware that a ‘common law’ husband or wife is a myth. Cohabiting families are the fastest growing family type, according to the Office... Read the rest of this entry →
Gregory Carr – Solicitor in our Property department – asks: Is this the end of “no fault” evictions of residential tenants?
On 15 April 2019 the Government announced its proposal to remove the ability for a residential landlord to terminate an assured shorthold tenancy at the end of its fixed term without putting forward any grounds for termination. The abolition of so-called “no fault” evictions is part of the Government’s commitment to “modernising” the residential rental... Read the rest of this entry →
War of the Wills – Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – discusses inheritance squabbles!
War of the Wills. Sounds like an episode of Game of Thrones, doesn’t it? But, as we in Private Client see on an all too regular basis, the truth is often stranger (and more depressing) than fiction. We advise our clients that having a valid Will is a sure-fire way to ensure everyone they love... Read the rest of this entry →
Last month, we looked at some of the best things you can do in Manchester during the warm summer we’re currently enjoying. Now, we turn the focus to the other of Davis Blank Furniss’s two locations, with our Glossop-based office being on the outskirts of the beautiful High Peak, a part of the Peak District.... Read the rest of this entry →
Katherine Darbinean – Solicitor in our Personal Injury department – looks at Abuse in Care Homes: Choosing the Right Home and Warnings Signs to Look Out For
It can be a difficult and often overwhelming decision for a family member to decide which care home they should place their loved one. We want at the very least to know a family member will be safe, cared for and will be treated with the dignity they deserve. The sad truth is that it... Read the rest of this entry →