More Help To Buy

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Help to buy

Debra Rose, a partner in our property department, takes a look at Help to Buy ISA’s, which launch in December and are designed to help first-time buyers save. There has been much comment in the news recently about the inability of young people to get on the housing ladder.  A report by housing charity Shelter earlier this year found only 43 … Read More

Patient Autonomy – Medical Consent

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Patient Autonomy

Julie Aldred, head of clinical negligence here at Wiseman Lee, takes a look at the consequences of an important change to the law relating to medical consent. In a judgement from March of this year, the Supreme Court has overruled the longstanding law on medical consent on the basis that it no longer reflected modern attitudes to patient-centred treatment, failed to … Read More

Law of the Landlord – Landlord Laws

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Landlord Laws

It is essential that anyone deciding to become a landlord understands the full force of the law they will face for any breach of regulation, says Paul Kaufman, a consultant here at Wiseman Lee. Are you tempted to become a buy-to-let landlord? Many have been lured to do so by easy mortgages, cheap interest rates and expectation of income combined with … Read More

Rent Recovery Rule Changes

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Rent Recovery

Last year, the rules relating to the recovery of rental arrears were changed. Ruhul Ameen, a partner in our civil litigation department here at Wiseman Lee, explains the problems landlords now face with rental recovery. On 6 April 2014, a new set of rules relating to the recovery of rental arrears by seizing tenants’ goods came into force. The new rules, whilst … Read More

Intestate Estates – Dying Without a Will

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Intestate Estates

Beverley Browne, is partner in our Wills and probate department, explains the implications of being intestate (dying without a Will). It is estimated that only three in 10 people in the UK have a Will. Many simply don’t write a Will at all, in spite of this being an age of increasingly complex financial affairs and particularly in the light … Read More

The Waiting Game – Buying and Selling Property

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Buying Property

David Wershof, senior partner at Wiseman Lee, takes a look at the common causes of delay when buying or selling a house and advises those involved not to have unrealistic expectations. One of the first questions I am always asked when instructed on any type of transaction is: “How long will it take?” There is never a simple answer to … Read More

Blame Game – Professional Negligence

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Professional Negligence

Professional Negligence claims are on the rise, suggesting that either malpractice is becoming more widespread or society is becoming more litigious, says Paul Wershof, a consultant at local solicitors Wiseman Lee. The prospect of facing a claim for negligence affects every professional and thus has the effect of acting as a deterrent against poor practice. In English law, professional negligence … Read More

Parting Painlessly

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Parting Painlessly A guide to Divorce

Jonathan Diamond, head of family law at local solicitors Wiseman Lee, explains how it is possible to resolve issues when couples separate as painlessly as possible. I qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Wiseman Lee a year later. At that time most solicitors were general practitioners, so I might have done a bit of advocacy in the Magistrates … Read More

Seeking Possessions

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Ruhul Ameen, a partner in the civil litigation department at local solicitors Wiseman Lee, takes a look at the Deregulation Act 2015, which may affect how landlords recover possessions of their property. Most landlords will be broadly familiar with the process for terminating Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST’s) and the two-month notice must be given that must be given under section … Read More