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    News Category: Dispute Resolution for Individuals

    • 15 February 2021

      Adverse Possession Q&A

      Adverse possession is sometimes described as "squatter's rights". Prior to the Land Registration Act 2002, a squatter could acquire the right to be registered as proprietor of a registered estate if they had been in adverse possession of the land for a minimum of 12 years.  Since the Land Registration Act 2002 came into force, it is more difficult to claim adverse possession of registered land, although the period of possession is reduced to 10 years.  The minimum 12 year period of possession remains for unregistered land. Read more

    • 25 January 2021

      What are the grounds for contesting a Will?

      The rise in contested probate cases over recent years has been attributed to increasing wealth through greater property ownership and increased house prices, complex family relationships and a rise in homemade Wills.  Solicitors have been warned that Lockdown Wills could prompt a future wave of contentious probate claims, raising questions about the witnessing of documents and over undue influence and capacity. Read more

    • 6 January 2021

      New year, new Will? A time to get your legal affairs in order.

      As we welcomed in 2021, and a renewed sense of resolve to continue good practices made in our New Year resolutions, we consider how many people use this opportunity to get their legal affairs in order and the consequences of not reviewing when major changes occur in your personal life. Read more

    • 17 November 2020

      Part of Caroline Flack’s estate to go to charity despite not leaving a Will – what can we learn?

      The TV presenter and radio host, Caroline Flack, sadly took her life earlier this year whilst awaiting trial for an assault charge after an incident with her former partner, Lewis Burton. She was probably best known for her roles on Love Island and the X-factor. Read more

    • 30 October 2020

      The pressures of working from home: a rise in neighbour disputes

      In March of this year the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions imposed on the UK caused many individual’s jobs to change overnight, with many forced to adapt to working from home or finding themselves on furlough. Read more

    • 24 October 2020

      Contesting a Will: Q&A

      Unfortunately, the death of a person can lead to disputes over his or her Will or estate. Whatever the size of the estate, there is always the possibility of complex, emotional and drawn-out disputes regarding contesting a Will.  Read more

    • 19 October 2020

      Coronavirus: Rise in contested probate?

      In 2019 the Business and Property Court in London saw an all time high in the number of contested probate cases with the amount being almost double the number of cases in 2016. Whilst the latest figures for the second quarter of 2020 (April – June) show a decrease in the number of cases from the first quarter (88, down from 116) it is expected that following the Coronavirus pandemic this number is likely to increase again. ** Read more

    • 16 October 2020

      Q&A: In-app purchases and the Law

      The Covid-19 pandemic, particularly during lockdown, saw a higher demand on downloads and in-app purchases, in fact it was reported that Apple iPad downloads rose by 40% in comparison to the previous year. However, it is not just children that spend time playing or downloading online games, the in-app business is now reported to be a $380 billion global business. Read more

    • 3 October 2020

      Coronavirus: An update on advice for landlords

      This article provides an update to private sector landlords on how the recent changes in legislation affect them. Read more

    • 29 June 2020

      Coronavirus: Consumer Law and cancelled holidays Q&A

      Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many summer holidays have been cancelled or postponed. Read more