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Ameliah McLaren-Parker, Solicitor in our Private Client team, on why you should instruct a solicitor to draft your Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a legal document which allows you to appoint and individual/ individuals (“attorneys”) to make decisions on your behalf about your property, finances; and (if you were to lose mental capacity) health and care. There are two types of LPA – one for finance and property affairs, and one... Read the rest of this entry →

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Paul Walton Professional Negligence Consultant at Davis Blank Furniss

Paul Walton, Head of the Professional Negligence team, discusses the recent case of Hart v Large, and its implications for professional negligence claims involving real estate

Purchasing land is a complicated affair. It is therefore no surprise that professional advice is part and parcel of such transactions; lay people are not qualified to make judgments about (for example) the structural integrity of or the legal rights affecting the property that they wish to purchase. It is simply not reasonable to expect... Read the rest of this entry →

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Andrew Ryan, Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Department, discusses if it is possible to get out of a contract

If you want to get out of a contract, the first place to look is the express terms of the contract. Express terms It may be the case that the contract will include a term which allows you to terminate the contract. Contracts often include express terms allowing a party to terminate the contract when... Read the rest of this entry →

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Amie Tsang, Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, summarises the UK’s new points-based immigration system

In July, the government published further details on the UK’s new points-based immigration system which will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the EU has ended. To help you prepare, the Home office has published an updated introductory guide to the system for employers. This provides an overview of the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Amie Tsang, Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, shares the Home Office’s latest advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents regarding coronavirus

The Home Office has issued further advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. If you’re in the UK and your leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July... Read the rest of this entry →

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Jennifer Smith, Property Associate Solicitor at DBF Law

Jennifer Smith, Partner in our Property team, on the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday

Almost a month ago the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday for properties in England that will run until 31st March 2021. The holiday means that the threshold for the payment of stamp duty land tax has been increased from £125,000.00 to £500,000.00.  This has certainly been welcomed by buyers, estate agents and developers to... Read the rest of this entry →

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Amie Tsang, Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, discusses the latest news on British national (overseas) holders’ rights to apply to remain in the UK

There has been a lot of interest in the bespoke route that has been created by the UK government to allow BNO passport holders in Hong Kong to come to the UK for settlement.  For those who do not have a valid BNO passport, or if it has been misplaced, you can still apply. You... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey, Partner in our Family team, shares an update on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.

I last wrote on this topic on the 4th February when I explained about the delays regarding the Parliamentary approval of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. I am now very pleased to be able to report that the Bill concluded its passage through the House of Commons on 17th June.  It is anticipated that... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, discusses the importance of PPE as people start to return to the workplace

As the lockdown starts to ease many employees will be concerned about returning to work. They may be anxious about their journey to work or worried about their working conditions once they return. Workers in some industries are used to wearing personal protective equipment, but many are not. A considerable number of employees work in... Read the rest of this entry →

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Sonio Singh – Partner in our Corporate and Commercial Department – on Covid-19 and the North West Corporate Finance market

The Covid-19 pandemic and its grave consequences have had an unprecedented impact on economic activity. It is still early to assess its medium to long term effects. Nonetheless, I will seek to assess the short-term impact of this crisis on corporate finance activity, in the context of the North West. M&A Trends Given the fall in... Read the rest of this entry →

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