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Higher fines for speeding – the truth

Millions of drivers are in the dark over new £2,500 speeding fines coming into force next week !! Daily Mail Speeding fines get bigger on Monday, and 80 per cent of drivers have no idea !! –The Telegraph The truth is that only the top bracket of Speeding fines imposed at court has been changed, with … [ Read More ]

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Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB)

Spring is finally here. The weather is improving and everything in my garden has suddenly turned green and starting shooting upwards. It’s a season of big changes. April is also traditionally a time of tax changes- often tax rises. This year however the government has introduced a change to inheritance tax which will potentially take … [ Read More ]

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Cohabitation and Common law marriage

A recent YouGov survey suggests that over one-third of unmarried couples living together believe there is such a thing as a  “common law marriage”. In other words they think that, despite their unmarried status, due to their cohabitation and length of relationship they have the same rights as married couples. This idea that long-term living … [ Read More ]

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28-day limit on police bail comes into force in the UK

Today sees the introduction of new time limits being set on police bail. From today the police will only be able to impose pre-charge bail for up to 28 days. The new measures have been hailed as a positive move which will prevent thousands of people from languishing on bail for prolonged periods of time … [ Read More ]

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The blame game – Major setback for divorcing couples in one of the most significant divorce cases of the century so far

Last week, in the case of Owens v Owens, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of a wife, Tini Owens, seeking to divorce her husband of 39 years, Hugh Owens, for his unreasonable behavior after he successfully defended the divorce petition. For Tini Owens, the recent decision by the Court of Appeal means that … [ Read More ]

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Northern Law Awards 2017

David Gray Solicitors LLP have been shortlisted for three Northern Law Awards.  The family, crime and property teams are celebrating after the shortlist of contenders were announced today (20 March 2017). The awards, running for the third time in the North East see firms subject to a rigorous assessment procedure.  Firstly, a submission of work … [ Read More ]

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Fraud allegations

New figures released by KPMG show that incidents of fraud taking place in the North East have increased significantly in the last 12 months.  Cases involving the theft of over £100,000 are labelled ‘major fraud cases’, and these have increased by 25% over the last year.  In 2015 there were 16 major fraud cases, but … [ Read More ]

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Following MM judgment, what next for non-EEA spouses seeking to join their families in the UK?

EEA Ruling On 22nd February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the £18,600 minimum income threshold for UK citizen sponsors of non-EEA partners is lawful. This is despite acknowledging the hardship that this rule causes to thousands of couples who are unable to meet the figure. However, the Court found that the current Rules and … [ Read More ]

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It’s a six pointer

6 POINTS FOR MOBILE PHONE USE From Wednesday 1 March 2017 the penalty for driving a vehicle while using a mobile phone will increase to 6 penalty points. Any new driver (within two years of passing the driving test) convicted of this offence will have their licence revoked. They will revert to being a learner driver and have to … [ Read More ]

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Buyers Beware of Leasehold Pitfalls

As with many others in England and Wales, you have just purchased your dream home, which happens to be Leasehold. While most Leasehold owners will have no issues, the upward trend in Leasehold properties has seen some buyers dream homes become a nightmare. When you purchase a property, you either own the Freehold or the … [ Read More ]

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