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Decree Nisi & Absolute

Divorce is essentially a two-stage process, unless it is defended which is very rare. After filing the Divorce Petition at court, the aim is to obtain a Decree Nisi. Decree Nisi Decree Nisi is a provisional decree of divorce pronounced when the court is satisfied that...

Divorce – an overview

The topic of divorce requires no introduction, but for better or for worse, divorce is a very common event these days. According to recent divorce statistics over 40% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce but on the upside, fewer marriages these days end in...

Biography – Matthew Strain

I made my decision to become a lawyer some 18 years ago when I joined the University of Newcastle to learn as much as I could about being a lawyer. No one told me you would probably not learn much of that at any university: Academic work is very different to...

IHT Simplification

Inheritance Tax General Simplification Review Since Inheritance Tax was introduced in its current form it has been subject to continuous change. The increase in house prices coupled with the changing economic and social landscape has seen an uplift in the number of...

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...


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