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Covid-19: Cancellations and Refunds and 'Force Majeure'

Matt Rowley
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The effect of Covid-19 is continuing to impact many businesses worldwide as they are unable to trade normally. The temporary closure of a large number of businesses in the UK has left many business owners wondering where they stand legally in respect of...

Options for a commercial landlord if a tenant was in default before lockdown

Richard Hugill
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The current Covid-19 crisis has prompted some commercial tenants to request temporary variations to their rent. We have previously highlighted some of the options open to both commercial landlords and tenants in reaching a negotiated agreement . However,...

Recent drop in probate applications may mean executors face delays in the months ahead

Ed Ryder
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The Courts Service recently reported that probate applications have dropped by 50% during the current lockdown. Consequently there is concern that there will be a large upsurge in applications as lockdown starts to ease. This will almost inevitably...

What makes a contract legally valid?

Susie Mortonson
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Whether you engage in business-to-consumer or business-to-business transactions, a contract that is subsequently found to be legally invalid can be a financial disaster for your business. This poses the question: what makes a contract valid? In simple...

How do current restrictions impact agreements concerning timescales for property transfers?

Amy Foweather
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Q: How do current restrictions impact agreements concerning timescales for property transfers? A.  If timescales required to achieve a transfer of property are underestimated, it could leave one party in breach of an Order. Whilst ordinarily...

Are redundancies the only option to save employee costs after the furlough scheme comes to an end?

Marie Horner
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The Government has confirmed that the job retention scheme has been extended until the end of October 2020. From 1st August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work on a part-time basis and the Government expects employers to pay a percentage of an...

Points-based immigration going ahead despite Covid-19 disruption

Marie Horner
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According to a recent Home Office update, the new points-based immigration system due to take effect from January 2021 is not on the back-burner with the Covid-19 pandemic, but set to go ahead as planned.  The new system will apply to EU and non-EU...

Co-Parenting during Covid-19

Lucy Phipps
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The government has confirmed that arrangements for children to move between the households of separated families is permitted. Parents are being asked to carry out a sensible assessment of the circumstances before deciding what the arrangements should be....

Horse racing in Yorkshire - hurdles ahead

Jenni Bartram
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Behind the public spectacle of race meetings lies a very complex and inter-connected industry. We highlight some of the immediate challenges facing horse racing in our region and explain how timely legal advice may help ease a path back to more normal times....

Requesting or dealing with requests for temporary variations in commercial rents

Matthew Hayward
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There has been a lot of coverage in the business media about commercial tenants seeking to change the payment of rents under leases and of commercial landlords trying to ensure they are protecting anticipated income as much as possible. Obviously it tends to...

Mud on the road! Liability and the farmer

Paul Burkinshaw
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With the return of wet weather, we are likely to experience mud on roads as a by-product of normal farming operations. This is both unfortunate and inevitable as farm units have sought to catch up with necessary work after the very wet winter...

Can I still make a financial application to the Court during lockdown?

Ella Dodgson
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As people still get to grips with the ‘new normal’ of working from home, it isn’t really any different for solicitors, barristers and judges who are setting up domestic courtrooms in dining rooms and living rooms up and down the...

Managing risk of claims by employees when lockdown is relaxed

Gillian Markland
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As an employer, you will have been focusing heavily on the financial and operational implications of the rapid lockdown. However, to stay ahead of the curve, you need to start thinking now about the many practical aspects of a potential relaxation in the...

The Agriculture Bill and the Environment Bill

Jenni Bartram
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Even prior to the arrival of Covid-19 in the UK, concerns were raised that the Agriculture Bill and the related Environment Bill did not strike the right balance between food security and environmental issues. Given recent market shocks, we examine whether...

Can I still make or progress a personal injury claim during lockdown?

Richard Wood
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The current Covid-19 situation is a troubling time for all, and those who might have considered embarking upon a claim arising from serious injury may feel tempted to postpone taking any action until things have settled. However, those who have already...

Should we now get another house valuation for our divorce financial negotiations?

Amy Foweather
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Q. Should we now get another house valuation for our divorce financial negotiations? A.  If you are still negotiating your divorce financial settlement and you had your house valued before Covid-19 struck the UK, you may be wondering whether...

Distance Selling rules concerning contracts made online, by telephone, fax or email

Matt Rowley
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The Covid-19 lockdown has seen many small businesses rapidly adapt their business models to distance selling in order to continue to trade, adopting either a model of pre-ordering with collection or full delivery services. Orders can be provided...

Employment Law Update April 2020

Marie Horner
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  Employment Law Update April 2020 We live in challenging times. The Government is taking steps to keep the economy going during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Legislation is being enacted in weeks rather than years; guidance is being communicated...

Can we still reach a financial settlement in our divorce during lockdown?

Ella Dodgson
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Q. Can we still reach a financial settlement in our divorce during lockdown? A. Whilst the coronavirus lockdown may have put a temporary pause on going out and about and enjoying life as we know it, not everything needs to be put on hold, including...

Can I recover debts from other businesses also affected by the coronavirus crisis?

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We are posting a series of articles providing practical answers to questions raised recently with us. One such question is whether you can and should recover debts from other businesses also affected by the coronavirus crisis. The answer is...

How can the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Act help my business?

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If you run a business, you will be having to respond on many different fronts to the challenges of the lockdown. But how do we respond to bad debt? The answer is be proactive, review your debtors, maintain your cash flow and, in doing so, give your...

Can I apply for divorce whilst we are in lockdown?

Amy Foweather
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Q. Can I apply for divorce whilst we are in lock down? A. We are receiving several enquiries from clients who have made the recent decision to divorce their spouse, either because they now have the time to do so or because being in the same house for...

Can you create a contract by email?

Susie Mortonson
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The traditional view of ‘a contract’ tends to be that reams of paper with “wet ink” signatures, amongst other formalities, are required in order for the contract to be valid. However, this is far from the case as the courts have...

Can I make or change a Will during lockdown?

Pamela Precious
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This is one of a series of blogs answering questions people have raised with us about practical issues in relation to the Covid-19 lockdown. Yes, it is perfectly possible to make or change your Will during the lockdown. It is all about putting practical...

I have moved in with my partner for the lockdown, what happens if things don't work out?

Ella Dodgson
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Q I have moved in with my partner for the lockdown, what happens if things don’t work out? A. The deputy chief medical officer, Jenny Harries, has suggested that couples who do not live together should either stay apart during the Coronavirus...

Can I reduce or miss periodical payments because my business is closed or because I have been furloughed?

Amy Foweather
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Q.  Can I reduce or miss periodical payments because my business is closed or because I have been furloughed? A. Unfortunately, we have seen some parties making unilateral decisions to reduce or miss periodical payments. These are payments ordered...

Do I still need to meet Family Court deadlines whilst on lock down?

Amy Foweather
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Q. Do I still need to meet Family Court deadlines whilst on lock down? A. As explained in our Q&A on 25 March 2020, the Courts are still open, with there being a clear expectation that court deadlines and hearings are still complied with as far as...

Will my Family Court Hearing still take place during lock down?

Amy Foweather
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Q. Will my Hearing still take place whilst we are on lock down? A. Whilst the courts are inevitably facing new challenges due to Covid-19, it is important to still prepare for your hearing to take place, albeit not in the conventional way. Solicitors...

Child Arrangements and Covid -19 - Question and Answers

Amy Foweather
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Q. Since the lock down effective 23.3.2020, can children still leave one house to see the other parent? A. Whilst advice is changing quickly, the current advice is that children can still move between houses and should still see both parents, where it...

How pre-nuptial agreements can preserve family farms

Lucy Phipps
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Although farming families are often close-knit, the long-hours and pressures of running a business can take their toll, leading to relationship breakdown and divorce. The often complex nature of farming partnerships, land holdings and other business assets...

Covid-19 and Child Arrangements

Amy Foweather
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As a consequence of so many anticipated changes in the coming weeks and months, it is important for parents to consider the impact, if any, on Child Arrangements Orders and any informal arrangements.  This is not only due to the likely extended...

Does marriage affect my declaration of trust?

Lucy Phipps
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If you are not married and buy a property with your partner, it is possible to set out how the money should be divided upon sale by entering into a Declaration of Trust. However, if you are married or go on to get married, the strength of that Trust is...

Do I have to go to Court to get divorced?

Ella Dodgson
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A divorce is the process of legally ending a marriage and therefore some documents need to be filed with the Court. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need to appear before a judge. Courts are used to resolve legal disputes and if you and...

Consent of the other parent required to relocate within the UK

Amy Foweather
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When considering relocating your children, both an internal relocation (within England and Wales) and external relocation (from England and Wales to other parts of the UK) requires the consent of the other party. Internal relocation cases, just like...

Direct Marketing Code of Practice Consultation

Matt Rowley
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The introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018 saw many consumers anticipate a meaningful reduction in the spam hitting their email inbox. In parallel, many organisations radically reduced the size of their marketing databases as...

What is a Consent Order in financial proceedings?

Rebecca Laffan
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A consent order is the final document in your financial settlement which sets out how your property and money, including but not exclusive to, savings, investments and pensions will be divided. You can reach an agreement out-of-court with your spouse with...

Do I need to disclose my finances?

Amy Foweather
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When seeking a Financial Settlement integral to divorce, the first step is almost always for there to be an exchange of full and frank disclosure. The duty to disclose financial information remains open throughout the case and helps to ensure that both...

Jenni Bartram joins Harrowells Solicitors

Peter Mills
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One of Yorkshire’s best-known agricultural solicitors has joined Harrowells Solicitors. Jenni Bartram, a long-standing member of the Agricultural Law Association and former president of the Yorkshire Law Society, joined Harrowells in February...

What happens to our house when we divorce?

Lucy Phipps
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In many divorce cases, the family home is one of the most valuable assets a couple will have and is central to reaching a financial settlement. Depending upon how much equity there is in your house, the options are generally as follows: allow one person...

Raising a child in more than one country can trigger unforeseen legal issues for Royals and non-Royals alike

Lucy Phipps
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Raising a child in more than one country can trigger tricky legal issues, for both Royals and non-Royals, in the unhappy event of a future separation or divorce. As we all know, Meghan and Harry are currently finalising their personal and official...

What do I have to do to start a divorce?

Lucy Phipps
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Meeting with a family lawyer can be a daunting step to take, but knowing what the divorce process entails and how long it will take should help to ease any concerns you may have.  Your solicitor will need your original marriage certificate (a certified...

First ever GDPR fine shows cavalier attitudes will be punished

Matt Rowley
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On17th December 2019 the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) issued its first ever fine under GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation - a huge £275,000 fine to London based pharmacy, Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd (Doorstep). In addition to the...

Can I move out of the marital home?

Lucy Phipps
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Whilst moving out of the marital home won’t affect your rights to the property, there can be reasons to stay put if it is safe to do so. The main reason to stay in the house, if you can, is to assist with a sale. If the house is to be sold, remaining...

Preventing a Festive Fallout

Lucy Phipps
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Christmas can be a stressful time for families, financial pressures and trying to please everyone can take its toll. January is often said to be ‘divorce month’ for this reason, so what can you do to stop your marriage heading in...

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

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Our office opening times will be as follows over the Christmas and New Year period: Monday 23 December - all offices open as normal Tuesday 24 December - all offices open until 12.30pm, with the exception of Pocklington office which is...

Information for victims of domestic abuse

Emma Walker
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Unfortunately, it is a fact that Christmas can increase existing stresses and strains within relationships and, as a result, incidents of domestic abuse soar over this period. Domestic abuse can include mental abuse and controlling behaviours as well as...

Does the reason for the divorce affect the financial settlement?

Lucy Phipps
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At present, the only immediate facts upon which you can base a divorce in England, are adultery or unreasonable behaviour. Whilst these are commonly used to avoid waiting for 2 years to pass before divorcing, there is a common misconception that agreeing to...

What are my rights if I am not married to my partner?

Emma Walker
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The ‘common law’ myth There are lots of myths out there about co-habiting couples acquiring the same rights as married couples, once they have lived together for a certain period of time. Put simply, there is no law for the ‘nearly...

Unwittingly triggering discrimination at work claims

Gillian Markland
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Equal opportunities legislation was introduced to provide a level playing field for everyone, so that every individual has the same opportunity for employment, training, pay and development as any other, irrespective of their...

Why you should have a Staff Handbook

Marie Horner
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A Staff Handbook is a written collection of an employer’s policies, procedures and practices which can cover a variety of topics including HR policies, employee code of conduct and operating rules. There is no legal requirement to have a Staff...

Protecting your business from employees who resign

Gillian Markland
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Key employees who work directly with clients and have access to confidential information can pose a risk to a business when they choose to leave. It is crucial that you do what you can to protect your interests. If not, departing employees...

No fault divorce. Do not hold your breath.

Emma Walker
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One of the things that we are asked on a regular basis by people thinking of getting divorced is whether or not they have to ‘blame’ their spouse or civil partner for the reason for the relationship breakdown. I will not detail the facts that...

Agriculture Update

Paul Burkinshaw
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Agricultural Tenancy Reform We have been involved in a consultation with DEFRA in relation to a possible agricultural tenancy reform. The government has confirmed that it expects to publish its response to the consultation “later this year”....

The Agricultural Bill

Paul Burkinshaw
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It was announced that the Agricultural Bill was not scheduled to be debated during the final session of Parliament which had commenced on 9th September 2019. As everybody is now aware Parliament is currently prorogued until 14th October 2019....

Why wait for your decree absolute if there is a pension sharing order?

Amy Foweather
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Whilst most people are keen to seek the final decree in their divorce after what can be a long process, it is important to take legal advice and check your timing. If not, you risk financial detriment, despite all the effort and time which goes into your...

Divorcing after long term separation

Emma Walker
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We are often approached by people who have been separated from their spouse for many years. If there are no children arising from the relationship, the parties often do not know where the other party lives. There are various options. If you have a current...

What happens to my inheritance if I divorce?

Lucy Phipps
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Depending upon the length of the marriage, and whether there is a Pre-Nuptial Agreement or not,  all assets of the marriage are pooled and treated as joint assets. Money or property that you’ve inherited are not automatically excluded from the...

Enforcement Orders - Child Arrangement Orders

Amy Foweather
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A Child Arrangements Order is an order made by the court stating where children will live and how and when they will spend time with each parent. If the terms of the Order are not being met, by one party or the other, there is...

The Remarriage Trap

Lucy Phipps
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Can I get remarried before my financial settlement is concluded? When going through divorce proceedings , it is vital to ensure that all financial matters have been fully resolved before considering remarriage. A great number of people are unaware that...

What are the grounds for divorce?

Lucy Phipps
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As many wait for Divorce Reform to come into play, we take a look at the current system, where there is in fact only one ground for divorce. This being the irretrievable breakdown of marriage . However, in order to demonstrate that your...

How long does a divorce take?

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At the outset of divorce proceedings this is often one of the first questions asked. The divorce itself should be relatively straightforward if you have instructed a family solicitor to manage the process for you. The divorce process itself usually takes 6...

How buying rural land can throw up legal complexities for the unwary

Stephen Proctor
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One of my recent cases threw up a multitude of legal issues in a single project. A long-standing farming client was buying 40 acres of ancient woodland dating from the 17th century and wanted to set up a shoot. This sounds straightforward, how complicated...

How do I budget after divorce?

Lucy Phipps
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When you meet with your family solicitor , part of the process will be for you and your ex-partner to provide disclosure of all your financial affairs. As part of that process, you will also be asked to prepare a budget of your current outgoings and, based...

More divorce 'urban myths' busted

Emma Walker
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Myth:  Can I divorce my spouse if they have committed adultery with a person of the same sex? Busted! It is not possible to issue a divorce petition citing adultery as the reason for the marriage breakdown if your spouse is having an affair with a...

Think about changing or making a Will during divorce

Lucy Phipps
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If you are in the process of getting a divorce , it is vital that you think about changing or making a Will even during divorce proceedings This is because any existing Will you may have is unlikely to reflect your wishes during and after separation. ...

What is a separation agreement?

Amy Foweather
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A separation agreement can be entered into by couples who are separating but who do not want to divorce or dissolve their civil partnership at that time. This can be for various reasons, including not being ready to take that step or for religious reasons....

What is the difference between Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute?

Lucy Phipps
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During the divorce process , two Decrees will be received but they have very different meanings and effects.  Decree Nisi is the first Decree that will be received, a few weeks after your Application for divorce has been issued by the Court....

Conveyancing - cutting corners can backfire

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Budgets can be tight when buying or selling residential property , so it can tempting to go for the cheapest quote when selecting your conveyancing service. However, as with so much in life, cutting corners can result in unexpected expense and hassle. In...

Farming partnership agreements

Ed Ryder
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Partnerships are still by far the most popular business structure for farming businesses. Across North and East Yorkshire there are four times more farms operating as partnerships or sole traders than are incorporated as limited companies. However, as...

How is child maintenance calculated?

Emma Walker
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A parent who does not live with their child may be liable to pay child maintenance to the parent with primary care for the child until the child turns 18 or ceases full time secondary education.  Child maintenance may,...

Do I have to pay maintenance to my ex?

Emma Walker
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There are two types of maintenance. A parent who does not live with their child may be liable to pay child maintenance ; we explain that in more detail in our blog on  how is child maintenance calculated? In this blog we focus on the other...

What is maintenance?

Emma Walker
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Quite understandably, when people visit a solicitor for the first time following the breakdown of their marriage, the issue of their income is often at the forefront of their mind. Maintenance is the term that is used when one spouse pays to...

Do I need a 'Clean Break' Order?

Lucy Phipps
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When you get divorced you should also consider the financial claims that exist between you and your spouse. A divorce doesn’t mean that financial claims come to an end. Until a Court Order has been made, either providing for a financial settlement...

Life as an Apprentice Jockey

Paul Burkinshaw
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Apprentice jockeys are licenced riders aged between 16 and 25, working their way up to professional jockey status by riding with and competing against professional jockeys. They are employed by UK racehorse trainers throughout their apprenticeship. ...

Fundraiser at The Knavesmire Pub in aid of charity skydive

Peter Mills
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Having previously only ever exited an airplane via the covered gangway at an airport, Jo Chesher is doing a very brave and bold thing this month; she is undertaking a sky dive from 10,000 feet in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. As part of her...

Poppy Bridgwater 2019 sponsored apprentice jockey

Paul Burkinshaw
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We are specialists in horse racing law , offering advice to owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys and to racecourses – in Yorkshire and other centres of horse racing across the country. Over the past four years we have run an innovative programme...

How do I change my name after divorce

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When going through a divorce , people often want to change their surname from their husband’s surname back to their maiden name. The Decree Absolute of your divorce should be sufficient evidence of the change of name to enable you legally to adopt...

Can I adopt my stepchild?

Amy Foweather
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In some circumstances it is possible to adopt stepchildren. However, it is always advisable that you seek legal advice on the circumstances of your case and to consider if adoption is a necessary and most favourable option for your family. It is sometimes...

How do I end my civil partnership?

Amy Foweather
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If your relationship has broken down irretrievably, then you can take steps to dissolve your civil partnership .  To apply for a dissolution, you must have been in a civil partnership for at least one year. The partner wanting to dissolve the civil...

What is the court process to get divorced?

Lucy Phipps
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There are three stages to get divorced and which are: issuing a divorce petition, obtaining decree nisi; and obtaining decree absolute.  What is a divorce petition? A divorce petition is an application for the legal dissolution of a marriage....

Pre- and post-nuptials and the Bank of Mum and Dad

Lucy Phipps
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If you are considering gifting property , land or money to your family, or if you are about to receive a gift, then you should read this article first. Agreements between couples, regulating how they own and share assets, are becoming far more common. This...

York Fashion Week: making the city an attractive destination for locals and visitors

Peter Mills
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We are long term supporters of Fashion City York, an initiative to co-ordinate the promotion of York’s fashion retailers to locals and visitors alike. The centrepiece of that promotion is York Fashion Week with a series of workshops, runway shows and...

What is judicial separation

Lucy Phipps
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Judicial separation is where you and your spouse formally separate and this separation is recognised by the Court. Judicial separation is rare and is usually used due to religious reasons. As with divorce , a petition for judicial separation will need to...

Preparing to sell your leasehold property

Liam Faulkner
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Selling your leasehold property may seem like a daunting task. You will have been aware of the issues involved when you first purchased your leasehold property. Being adequately prepared prior to instructing a solicitor will help ease any added stress...

Can you still live together during a divorce?

Lucy Phipps
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Quite simply, yes. You are able to divorce even if you and your spouse remain living with each other, though it must be proven that you have maintained separate lives whilst divorcing and perhaps even prior to separation. However, bear in mind that living...

Itemising hours worked on payslips

Marie Horner
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What’s on your payslip? If you pay members of staff a variable amount based on the time they work, you need to know that the way you draft your payslips is changing from April this year.  As we have mentioned at recent seminars, from April you...

5 reasons for having a Will

Monika Bone
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We often find people can be unclear about the specific benefits of having a Will . As a result, they procrastinate and put off thinking about it. Here are five very good reasons for putting a Will in place that reflects your circumstances and wishes: If...

Help solve the problems we face, not the ones you'd like to think we face

Peter Mills
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Decision makers in business constantly warn suppliers and advisers against pushing offerings solutions without reference to the actual needs and priorities of their business. This point was well made at the launch of the York Rail Innovation Community (with...

Equine Flu - why it matters

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So, equine flu has reared its ugly head once more. You may be wondering, however, what it is and why it called a halt to horseracing in the UK for 6 days and why a total of 174 racing stables have been in lockdown. Equine flu is much like human flu and it...

Do I need permission to take my child abroad?

Lucy Phipps
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Particularly if you are separated or divorced, in order to take your child abroad, you will need written permission from everyone with parental responsibility. The child’s mother automatically has parental responsibility, but this is not always the...

The right way to change a Child Arrangement Order

Amy Foweather
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A Child Arrangement Order is a court order regulating arrangements concerning with whom a child should live, spend time or otherwise have contact. We often come across situations where the children themselves voice that they no longer wish to visit...

Brexit and Family Law

Lucy Phipps
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As the political debate around Brexit continues, we take a look at the impact it could have in Family Law . EU Regulation assists in determining the appropriate legal jurisdiction for divorce proceedings. Currently, within the EU, the country where...

New Family Law Partner for Harrowells

Amy Foweather
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A new partner, Amy Foweather, has been appointed to  Harrowells' Family Law Department . Joining from a national family law practice, where she was also a partner, Amy will advise clients across the practice’s six-office network, together...

Pigtail docking: Farmers must keep ahead of regulatory curve

Paul Burkinshaw
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This article appeared in the January 2019 edition of Northern Farmer Regulation in the pig industry is not insignificant. The industry is, however, rightly proud of its welfare standards which lead the world with more than 90 per cent being parties to the...

When can you annul a marriage?

Lucy Phipps
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A marriage can be annulled if it is a void or voidable marriage and an annulment can take place at any time after the wedding, unlike a divorce where you have to wait a year. What is a void marriage? A void marriage is where your marriage is not legally...

Adopting the right negotiating style for your situation

Lucy Phipps
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There are family lawyers and family law teams who promote themselves as always adopting a particular negotiating style: for example very consensual or very hard-edged. This might appeal when you are deciding who to instruct, particularly in the often...

Draft Brexit legislation for farming and equine sectors

Paul Burkinshaw
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Despite, or should I say in spite, of the Brexit issues that have been dominating the media the draft Common Agricultural Policy (Direct Payments to Farmers) and (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 was laid in draft for sifting on 29th November 2018 and...

New Year. New home.

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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The Christmas and New Year break often gives a chance to pause and reflect. For some, it means thinking about moving to their ‘perfect place’, perhaps a type of property or a particular location they have always had in their sights. The extended...

Christmas: Taking the pressure off already strained relationships

Lucy Phipps
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It is well known that the most busy time for divorce lawyers is January.  This is because already strained personal and family relationships can come under particular pressure over the Christmas and New Year period. Having seen many January...

Fathers' rights in light of the convicted Rotherham rapist story

Lucy Phipps
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You will all be aware of the recent headlines regarding the ‘Rotherham Rapist’ and the steps taken by Rotherham Council when they contacted Mr Hussain about care proceedings regarding the son he fathered through the rape of his mother. What...