Our own Fran Edwards, Partner in this firm, has been awarded the Simon Mumford Memorial Award on 22/4/16 at the Cardiff Law Society Dinner in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the legal profession in South Wales. To read the report right click on the link www.cilex.org.uk/media/media_releases/simon_mumford_memorial_award.aspx?utm_campaign
As, the Cohabitation Rights Bill makes its way through Parliament aiming to provide some protection for cohabitees, the recent case of a bereaved woman, Joy Williams, who fought for a share in a property, has highlighted once more the importance of having up-to-date Wills.
Sentencing remarks made by Senior Judges will be filmed in a pilot scheme expected to start within weeks. It is hoped this will lead to openness and transparency as to what happens in our Courts.
An increase in the Petition issue fee is expected to come into effect shortly, with increases also in various court fees for civil proceedings. The current fee is £410. The proposed new fee will be £550. Clients may be eligible for a reduction to this fee and we can advise on this.
Government regulations for obtaining Legal Aid in cases of domestic abuse have been declared legally flawed by the Court of Appeal. This relates to the time limit of evidence being within 24 months. The Ministry of Justice will now consider the findings to ensure victims of domestic violence can get Legal Aid where needed.
Miss Steinfeld and Mr Keidan intend to appeal against Judge's dismissal of case claiming law discriminates against heterosexual couples who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage. They maintain that the government's position on civil partnerships is "incompatible with equality law".
Caswell Jones have recently been accepted as a panel firm for the Help to Buy: ISA Scheme and if you or any member of your family are intending to save money towards a future house purchase in this scheme and you require any future information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact either of our offices.
A new law has been introduced under Serious Crime Act 2015 for further protection for victims of domestic abuse. The new law makes it a criminal offence to repeatedly or continuously engage in behaviour that is controlling or coercive towards another person with whom they are in an intimate or family relationship. Please contact us if you need any further advice in relation to protection from domestic violence or abuse.
The new Lasting Power of Attorney forms issued by the Office of the Public Guardian will come into force on 1st January 2016. The re-design will make the forms easier to follow and faster to complete. If you need any further information please contact us.
If you are looking to buy a second home, or if you are in the market for a buy-to-let property, then you should consider the new rules that have been announced which will apply from April 2016. This provides for a substantial increase in duty. If you think you will be affected, please contact us. There are also tighter rules on the way for payment of Capital Gains Tax - which will need to be paid within 30 days of completion and tax relief against profits have been restricted. You may need to check your position with your accountants.