Category Archive London Solicitors

ByMichael Morrison

Divorce Day is January 8th

So called due to the significant number of people seeking to terminate their relationship as we enter a new year.

Whether you are looking for a rottweiler to divide up business and property assets or for someone who offers a more conciliatory approach when dealing with your child arrangements we can recommend the right solicitor to you.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Stamp Duty – Cut

Conveyancing solicitors are looking forward to an upturn in work volumes due to the recent Budget announcement by the Chancellor that stamp duty is abolished for first-time buyers of homes up to the value of £300,000. For properties that are up to £500,000 first-time buyers will not pay stamp duty on the first £300,000 and 5% from £300,000 – £500,000.

 

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Domestic Violence Offenders Should Be Registered

A report entitled Domestic Abuse in London has recommended that those charged with domestic violence offences should be registered in an attempt to rein in the ever fast rise in this crime.

Between 2014 and 2016 an increase of 9380 incidents, 15%, has been recorded; in the latter year just under 72000 which is 10% of all crimes in London.

This make sense as the victims of domestic violence are usually the victims of re-offenders.

 

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

The number of people making lasting powers of attorney has increased dramatically in recent years.

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ByMichael Morrison

Mergers & Acquisitions – Corporate & Commercial

Commercial solicitors in London have reported an increase in contract instructions. Many feel that this is due to the fact that post the Brexit vote American deals with the United Kingdom have increased recently compared to last year. This upturn however is not reversible i.e. it is not reflected with transactions between the United Kingdom and America.

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ByMichael Morrison

Commercial Litigation – Corporate Crime and Fraud

Prosecutions for commercial fraud are expected to rise this year due to a stronger commitment to bring proceedings under the Bribery Act 2010. It will be interesting to see how the offence of failing to prevent bribery is handled by both the prosecuting authorities such as the Serious Fraud Office and defendants alike.

The Criminal Finances Act currently forging its passage through Parliament, as a Bill, should bring some tantalising developments.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Domestic Violence Cases are Going Unprosecuted

Reports of sexual violence and domestic abuse have risen by nearly 12% year on year over the last four years in London. Cases of domestic violence soared by just under 58% in the same period. Last year despite a rise of almost 7% of domestic violence matters reported the proportion of people being charged with the offence has dropped.

In the year September 2015 to 2016 just 28% of domestic violence cases lead to either a caution, charge or other punishment compared to 41% in the previous four years. There were nearly 6000 rapes which contributed to a total of 17,000 sexual offences with 150,000 being the total of domestic violence incidents. 16% of sexual offences resulted in prosecution compared to only 10% four years earlier.

Whilst victims gain in confidence in reporting crime is commendable it will be a pity if this is thwarted by police inactivity.

Meanwhile a coordinator of a women’s refuge in north west London has been jailed for two years having been charged with fraud by abuse of position for the theft of nearly £35,000 which augmented the charity’s closure.

 

 

 

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ByMichael Morrison

10% of Businesses Fail After Entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement

Ten percent of businesses collapse within a few years of entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) due to a number of factors:- a) Suppliers who agreed to the CVA may later impose stricter terms of credit. b) A well drafted CVA is only a good road map in the progress of regrowth. c) Lack of sensible restructuring activity ensues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The landlords of the insolvent companies often suffer heavy losses.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Assured Shorthold Tenants Are On the Increase

Over the last quarter there has been a significant increase in the number of properties for rent in prime Central London. Just under 25,000 have become available three times the figure from the previous quarter due to the currently unfavourable market for sellers. Increased tax rates, world wide uncertainty and a possible hard Brexit have conspired to make rental values soar.

Property solicitors in London are drafting assured shorthold tenancy agreements with commensurate regularity.

 

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