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They don’t look old enough!

Three of our Partners celebrate their 20 year anniversary of working at David Gray this month. Elspeth Thomson (Family), Brian Hegarty (Crime) and Cliff Veitch (Property) joined the firm in 1998 and have seen a huge number of changes across their two decades with the...

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EEA Regulations Changes – July 2018

On 24th July 2018 the Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force. These key changes are outlined below: Following the decision of Lounes, dual nationals can now rely on EU law so long as they exercised treaty rights before they...

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The Police Interview Process

For many of us, the prospect of a Police interview under caution is extremely daunting and you may not know what to expect or how the process works. The reason you are being interviewed under caution is because the Police suspect you to be responsible for a criminal...

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The truth about cautions

Coronation Street viewers may have noticed a major legal blunder on a recent episode when it came to the issuing of a Police caution to Tim Metcalfe. Tim was arrested following an allegation of assault on Duncan Radfield, after he set wife Sally up following a fraud...

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What is Family Arbitration?

Read our Q&A on Family Arbitration to find out more or visit our page. We have two qualified arbitrators here at David Gray, partners and family solicitors Lucy Mead & Elspeth Thomson, who are here to help if you have any questions about whether this process might be...

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The Thorny Question of Spousal Maintenance

The recent case of Mills –v- Mills as brought to the forefront again the ongoing problem of “how much maintenance and for how long”. The Mills divorced in 2002 and Mrs Mills received a capital sum to enable her to purchase a property free from...

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Solar Buyback – Is it worth it?

Thomas Edison said “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy… I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” There are currently 1.5 million homes in the UK with solar power systems, putting Britain fourth in the European solar...

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Getting on the property ladder

How to buy a house with no deposit Often one of the biggest barriers to owning your own home is getting that all important deposit together. The Post Office believe they have come up with a solution to this, helping first-time buyers get on the housing ladder. The...

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Are you eligible for a Power of Attorney refund?

Recently, the Ministry of Justice disclosed that almost 2 million people could be entitled to a partial refund of their power of attorney registration fees. Refunds are available to those who made applications to register Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers...

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Family Reunion

Would you leave your 18 year old in a war torn country? Earlier this month Ali Hossain’s* wife and four children finally arrived safely in the UK, from their home country in the Middle East where war continues to rage. For Ali, the wait had been long and anxious....

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Update on Home Office fees Spring 2018

Update on Home Office fees Generally, the Home Office increases its fees in early April of each year, although it has been known to do this in mid-March. One of the changes that has recently been announced is the doubling of the Immigration Health Surcharge paid by...

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to solicitors Samantha (Sam)Farndale and Anna Curphey from the Family Law Team at David Gray on receiving their Resolution Family Law accreditations. Sam is now an accredited specialist in complex financial remedies, cohabitation & TOLATA and Anna in...

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Leasehold Property

A recent article from the Newcastle Chronicle highlights the importance of obtaining advice when it comes to purchasing a leasehold property. In this case homeowners in the affected streets need to extend their leases. Many mortgage lenders will refuse to advance...

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Chancellor Announces Relief for First Time Buyers

Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday delivered a hotly anticipated budget where he revealed relief for first time buyers by limiting the amount of Stamp Duty they will pay on their first purchase. Hammond hopes that a change to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) will...

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