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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.
17 May 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Conveyancing
As of 1st June 2019, unfair fees charged by letting agents will no longer be legal thanks to the Tenants Act 2019. The ban was first announced more than two-and-a-half years ago, following an extensive campaign led by journalist Vicky Spratt. Millions of renters will benefit from the Act, saving hundreds if not thousands of pounds on fees charged by letting agents and landlords.
26 April 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
It has been announced that changes to divorce laws in England and Wales will be introduced to enable couples to separate quicker, and with less acrimony.
24 April 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Conveyancing
A group of MPs have tabled proposals for changes to the leasehold system in England and Wales which sees some homeowners saddled with high charges and leaves them unable to re-mortgage or sell their properties.

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