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Biography – Alex Guest

My secondary school teacher told me “Alex, you will become a politician or a lawyer”. I thought she was mad as I wanted to do something related to history (which I love) just like Indiana Jones. It appears she saw potential in my skills for arguing rather than...

Spanish Constitution

40 years have passed since the Spanish Constitution of 1978 was approved by over 87%  of Spanish citizens via  a referendum that  took place on 6 December 1978.  With the help of the Spanish political transition, they left  behind the dictatorship of...

Veganism – a belief or…?

Veganism. Whilst uncommon in past decades, it is now becoming increasingly prominent in modern British society as attitudes towards animal welfare and climate change move closer and closer to the centre of mainstream news (alongside a small event involving the...

GDPR: Can you add business contacts to a mailing list?

This blog will explain why there should be no breach of GDPR when a business adds business contacts to their mailing list, processing data “lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner” (Art 5(1)(a)) Article 4(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)...

MEES means Landlords pay for energy efficiency

On 5th November 2018, Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulation 2015 (SI 2015/962) (MEES Regulations 2015) was amended in regard to domestic properties. The amended regulation will apply on the grant of a new tenancy to a new tenant or...

Mortgage Fraud

When we hear the word fraud the first image that usually comes to mind is someone who is not what they have presented themselves to be and has stolen money from you. However, fraud is much wider than that covering different...

Japanese Knotweed

If your property has been invaded by knotweed, a recent Court decision will allow you to claim damages. In a recent case against National Rail, homeowners in Bridgend successfully claimed damages of £4,320.00 and £10,000.00 for loss of property value....

Shorter Trials Scheme

The Court system is always trying to find a way to shorten the time taken to have cases reach the Courtroom. This benefits all parties, and creates certainty all round, and enabling cases to be seen more quickly means commercial problems caused by litigation can be...

Does Strain Keville Provide Legal Aid?

Whilst all of our clients will know that we do not provide Legal Aid, we have been asked by a number of people what it entails and whether they have a right to it. We hope this note will give some background information and some idea about the use of Legal Aid. Do we...

Deep Roots – Knotweed

What is Knotweed? Japanese Knotweed is a plant which originates in East Asia, and is one of the most prolific and damaging weeds. Why should I be interested? Knotweed can cause considerable damage to your property, and can also cause damage to other people’s property....


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