Easy As ABCD Competence Statement Blocks 3629359 640

As easy as ABCD: The SRA competence statement in practice

All solicitors must reflect upon and address their learning and development needs, and confirm that they have done this when renewing their practising certificate. An important thing to remember when reflecting on your professional competence is to consider your personal as well as your technical sk…

Time For Reflection Autumn 2242958 640

Reflecting on a year in practice

There’s something about that September ‘back to school’ feeling that never quite goes away, even years after you’ve graduated from the education system. The summer fun is over and it’s time to knuckle down to business as usual. But it’s also a good opportunity to think about aspirations and achievem…

Winter is coming

Winter is coming, but receives nothing

As any good private client lawyer knows, the commorientes rule set out in s184 of the Law of Property Act 1925 provides that in situations where it cannot be determined who has died first, the younger person should be presumed to have died after the elder. The decision in the sad case of Mr and Mrs…

Blue Print For Leasehold

Government announcements on leasehold reform

On 27 June 2019, James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, announced government reforms to address poor leasehold practice. The plans include reducing ground rent on new leases to £0, all new houses being sold freehold, and time and fee limits for freeho…

Hands Care Will Challenge Carer

The challenge for will challengers

The recently decided case of James Anthony De Jong v Derek and Ian Seager provides a useful reminder to practitioners of the issues which can arise when preparing Wills for elderly and/or vulnerable clients. Experienced practitioners will usually be 'on alert' where a client wishes to leave their as…

Broom For Clean Sweep

A clean sweep for disinherited beneficiary

Another day, another challenge to a Will, and this time a case which looks at the importance of testamentary capacity. Will drafters are often alert to the testator who gives 'bizarre' instructions or wants to change their Will in a manner that makes no sense as this can indicate lack of capacity. H…

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