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No Fault Divorce – An Update by James Leach

The 6th April 2022 heralded a seismic change in the divorce law of England and Wales with the long-awaited introduction of non-fault divorce. James Leach, Family Solicitor, discusses the changes to the divorce laws following their introduction earlier this year. For around 50 years, divorce law remained substantively unchanged and for couples who had been …

Julia Dyson Appointment Strengthens Coole Bevis LLP’s Family Team

Julia Dyson has joined Coole Bevis LLP as a Partner to further strengthen the firm’s Family department. Julia has been practicing Family Law for over 20 years and has extensive experience of advising on a range of family matters. These include the legal issues around children; pre-nuptial and post-nuptial settlements; cohabitation issues; financial agreements, divorce …

Raising the Roof by Oliver Maxwell-Jones

It’s now nearly two years since the Government introduced new rules allowing blocks of flats to be extended upwards by two storeys to create new homes, without the need for planning permission. Oliver Maxwell-Jones, Commercial Property Partner, looks at the impact of the legislation on developers and leaseholders. Some local authorities are enthusiastic towards airspace …

A Time to Give: Making Provisions for the Special People in Your Life by Claire Carberry

Claire Carberry, Private Client Associate Solicitor discusses how families with special considerations can provide for their loved ones by creating a trust fund. It’s fair to say that many people find making a Will a challenge – and this can be particularly hard when you have a loved one with special or additional needs. What …

How safe are your savings? by Tom Reed

Tom Reed, Financial Adviser at Coole Bevis Wealth Management Limited, looks at how you can ensure that your savings are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). With investments put away in savings accounts, investments and mortgages, you’d assume that there is some kind of protection in place. But exactly how safe are your …

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill by Nigel Targett

The ‘shackles’ which have been placed on commercial landlords will be partially released after 25 March.  This is due to the effect of s.82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 coming to an end.  However, the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill is due to come into effect so as to introduce a scheme of arbitration for ‘protected …

Inspirational Leaders – in Conversation with Kelly Mills

In the second in our series of interviews with the inspirational women leaders at Coole Bevis, we speak to Kelly Mills, Partner. Kelly joined the firm in January 2022 to Head the Dispute Resolution team and in this interview talks about the circumstances that led her to choose a career in law, her top tips …

Jenny Murphy receives national accredited award

Jenny Murphy of Coole Bevis LLP in West Sussex has been recognised with a national accredited award for expertise in supporting older and vulnerable people. Jenny has received the Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) Award, which distinguishes lawyers who provide specialist legal care and support to older and vulnerable clients, their families and carers. …

Divorce laws get their biggest ‘shake-up’ for 50 years

We take a look at how the divorce process is changing this year with new updated laws which come into effect on 6 April. In recent years the process of obtaining a divorce has changed from an old fashioned system reliant on paper documents being filed at your local court to a vastly improved electronic …

Ground Rent Reform Finally Arrives by Jonathan Everett

Jonathan Everett, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement & Disputes, discusses the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill which received Royal Assent on 8 February 2022. The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 (LRGRA 2022) will, when it comes fully into force, limit the ground rent chargeable on most new long residential leases to a peppercorn, effectively restricting …

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