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11 October 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Community
For a third year in a row, our Addlestone office will be taking part in the Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Make a Will Fortnight. The scheme runs from Monday 14th October for two weeks and enables people to write a new Will (or update their existing Will). There will be no fee payable to us for the Will but you will be asked to make a donation to the hospice. The suggested donations are as follows; Codicil (an amendment to an existing Will) £100 A single Will £150 Joint or Mirror Wills £250…
26 September 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Conveyancing
In April 2019, the Government announced proposed changes to the tenant eviction process in England. The consultation, which ends on 12th October 2019, is asking for views on how to implement proposals to repeal section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 as well as strengthen the possession procedure under section 8 of the 1988 Act.
21 August 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Conveyancing
  In May 2019 we highlighted changes coming into force regarding unfair fees charged by letting agents (Tenant Fees Act 2019: Letting Fee Ban Comes into Force 17th May 2019). In this article, we look at the impact on landlords in more detail. What does the new legislation mean for landlords? The Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1st June 2019, radically changing the fees that a landlord can charge their tenants. As a consequence, some costs that previously might have been recovered from tenants may now have to be borne by the landlord. The provisions apply to…
15 August 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Last year, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, won a landmark case in the Supreme Court to be entitled to a civil partnership rather than marriage (please see our blog Restricting Civil Partnerships to Same-Sex Couples Breaches Human Rights 12th July 2018). It was considered discriminatory that an opposite-sex couple only has the option of marriage, whereas same-sex couples now have two options to formalise their relationship-marriage or civil partnership. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 to enable same-sex couples to access similar rights, responsibilities and protections as those afforded by marriage. Marriage was not available to them until legislation in…
24 July 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Community
On Saturday 20th July 2019 Owen White & Catlin held their annual summer BBQ at St George’s College in Weybridge.
23 July 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
It has been estimated that around one million children in Britain are denied contact with their grandparents. The reasons vary but include family disputes or grandparents being shut out after divorce or separation.
08 July 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Conveyancing
The recent High Court case TFS Stores Ltd v The Designer Retail Outlet Centres (Mansfield) Ltd & Others (2019) concerned contracting out procedures under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
25 June 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Campaign group, FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru, have prompted a call for a change in the law which presumes shared parental rights in divorce. The proposal would allow for a presumption that where parents separate, the default position would be that children would spend equal time with each of their parents. The campaign follows a YouGov survey which highlights the majority of the public support such a presumption.
13 June 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Conveyancing
Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases you will make in your life. As a result, you want to be sure it is handled as skillfully as possible. Choosing the right solicitor can be challenging. Should you rely on the recommendation of family and friends, or do your own research? There are so many considerations to take into account, from pricing and location to experience and even fit - how do you choose the solicitor that is right for you?
30 May 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Government Ministers have announced that an expert panel will review how family courts protect children and parents in cases involving severe offences, including domestic abuse. The panel will investigate, make recommendations and report back on their findings in three months.

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