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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...

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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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Family Mediation

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”...

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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...

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Kinship carers

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...

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Released under Investigation

Contact our crime department 24/7 on 07764929487 or call our specialist police station adviser Hannah Mostoufi during office hours on  0191 243 8148 “You’re being released without bail… but remain under investigation”. “So, what happens now?”, you may ask. This is an...

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Can I make an electronic will?

Making a will is one of those things that we all know we should do, but many of us don’t. It has been suggested by the Law Society that a staggering 40% of adults in England and Wales die without having made a will. In our experience, the main reason clients say they...

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Beyond letter writing…

Alex Davies from Cripps takes a light hearted look at an innovative workshop ran by Mary Shaw from David Gray Solicitors and Georgie Hall from Prettys at the 2017 Resolution conference.  Alex states 'The world is changing in front of us. And perhaps it's time we found...

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