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UPDATE – New Home Office Guidance on freezing the bank accounts of people illegally in the UK
From 1 January 2018 The Immigration Act 2016 introduced new rules that require Banks to perform periodic checks on current accounts to ensure that they are not operated by “disqualified persons”, i.e. someone who is illegally in the UK. If you are found to be a “disqualified person” the Home Office can apply to the Court … [ Read More ]
Legal aid restrictions lifted for victims of domestic violence
The Ministry of Justice today announced changes to the law for victims of Domestic Violence, in place from January 2018 the new rules remove the current time limit and allow for admission of fresh categories of evidence. Read the full news story Managing Partner at David Gray, Elspeth Thomson who is also chair of the legal … [ Read More ]
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 encourage people to buy their first property, giving a boost to … [ Read More ]
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 money to borrowers where the property being purchased has a remaining lease of 60 years … [ Read More ]
On 2nd November 2017 Chambers & Partners, the leading independent guide to rating Solicitors and Law Firms in the UK announced their annual rankings. David Gray Solicitors LLP retained Band 1 rankings for their Family and Crime Teams. Ranked Lawyers included – Lucy Mead, Mary Shaw and Elspeth Thomson (all Family) as well as Bryony … [ Read More ]
Have you been wrongfully locked out of your bank account due to your immigration status?
On 30th October 2017 new measures came into force which require banks to check the immigration status of existing account holders. If you are in the UK illegally you will be classified as a “disqualified person” and your account will be closed by the bank. This sounds straightforward. However, Inspectors sampling the Home Office data base … [ Read More ]
Sadly a great deal is expected from separating and divorcing couples, often at the most challenging and difficult time in their lives. The ending of a relationship is very often experienced by those involved as a trauma and a bereavement. We know that “typical” trauma can involve feelings of anxiety, guilt, anger, grief, disbelief, depression … [ Read More ]
Contact At All Costs
‘Contact’ at all costs? The new protocol that must be applied by all Judges and family law practitioners in relation to Child Arrangements Orders where there is an allegation of Domestic Violence or Domestic Abuse. Domestic Abuse whether it be against men, women, or children is, according to the President of the Family Division, Sir … [ Read More ]
When family members step in to care for children When Social Services become involved with children due to concerns about the care they are getting from their parents, they have a duty to look at all extended family options before they consider foster care. There are huge numbers of aunts, grandparents and other relatives who … [ Read More ]
Should I appoint a financial Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), formerly known as an Enduring Power of Attorney, is a legal document that allows a person (the Donor) to appoint a person to make decisions on their behalf when they do not have the capacity to do so themselves. According to statistics released by the Office of the Public … [ Read More ]