Common Law Marriage

Emma Fuller - Director

There is no such thing as common law marriage whether you live with someone for 6 months or two years or even longer.   Cohabitees do not have the same rights as married couples or civil partners. The courts can not divide assets fair and reasonably dependent on circumstances of the cohabitees in the same… (read more)

My residential tenant is causing a nuisance to his neighbours, can I terminate his tenancy agreement?

Frances Jacobs - Associate Solicitor

As a residential landlord it is important to remember you can’t evict your tenant from your property without giving the correct notice period.  Generally speaking the notice period will be between 2 weeks and 2 months, depending on the reasons why you are seeking possession.  A 2 week notice seems like a long time if… (read more)

What are Part 8 Proceedings?

Alison Jacobs - Solicitor

Most people assume proceedings are issued for the recovery of money, or compensation, when things go wrong between parties and only the Courts can be used to achieve settlement, all of which are governed by Part 7 of the Civil Procedure Rules.   Sometimes, however, parties issue proceedings for things other than monetary sums and… (read more)

Using Alphabet Shares

Rik Pancholi-Associate Solicitor

What are alphabet shares? They are shares issued to a shareholder which have a different name and different rights when compared to ordinary shares.  So by way of comparison, an ‘A Ordinary Shares’ may only have a right to receive a dividend and not rights to voting, for example.   Why are they used? They… (read more)