From 6/4/19, Welsh rates of income tax will be devolved to Wales. This means that some of the money raised by income tax in Wales will stay in Wales to fund Welsh public services such as NHS and schools. It also means that the Welsh Government will set its own rates of income tax so people living in Wales could pay a different rate to those living in other parts of the UK.
We are delighted to announce that we have just been notified that we raised a fantastic £1671 for Will Aid in 2018.
A new civil stalking protection order comes into force partly on 15/3/19 to protect individuals from risks associated with stalking. It will be available on application by the police to a Magistrates Court and will have a criminal penalty for breach.
Keith Williams who has been a partner of the firm and a long-standing member of the team at our Ystrad Mynach office has retired. Keith dealt with Conveyancing, Wills and Probate and had many clients who returned to him time after time. He will be missed. However, we are very pleased to announce that we have a new member of Staff to work in our Ystrad Mynach office, Natalie Welsh. Please see her profile on the "Our Team" section of the website.
It was announced on St Davids Day that the UK Supreme Court will sit in Wales for the first time this summer from 22nd - 25th July 2019.
From 6th April 2019, if you live in Wales and pay Income Tax, some of this will be paid to the Welsh Government. This is a change from the current system, where all Income Tax from Wales is paid to the UK Government to fund spending across the UK. The Welsh rates of Income Tax will be set by the Welsh Government.
A heterosexual couple are fighting for the right to enter a Civil Partnership on the basis that it is not fair that only same sex couples are able to enter a Civil Partnership. The Court of Appeal agreed that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 is incompatible with European Convention of Human Rights Article 14 discrimination and Article 8 respect for private and family life. This judgment will put the Government under pressure to change the law.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new conveyancing video which aims to provide information about the conveyancing process to make things less confusing, setting out the process start to finish. We hope you find this video helpful. See Our Services page under Property Matters for the link.
In the New Year, there will be a widening of the gateway evidence required to obtain Legal Aid. The time limit of 5 years for validity of evidence will be removed. Domestic violence support organisations will be able to provide evidence. Housing support officers will be able to provide evidence. These are expected to come into force on 8/1/18.
HMCTS has announced that some designated family judge areas are to pilot new settlement conferences where they will adopt an inquisitorial approach to encourage co-operation between parties, designed to help identify solutions and reach an agreement which is in the children's best interests.