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Our consumer law and dispute resolution specialists regularly write about related legal topics and news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399..

Thinking of buying a new build home? Ensure you are covered

Liam Waine
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Buying a new home is often one of the biggest purchases of our lives. It is an exciting yet often worrying time. Most new homes are covered by a builder’s warranty; the most common being the National House Building Control (NHBC). You may agree to...

Resolving fence and boundary disputes

Niall Helferty
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I recently acted for clients who were forced into a boundary dispute instigated by new neighbours. The neighbours believed that a fence separating the properties was not in the correct position and sought a declaration from the court on the true position...

It's not my knotweed!

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In a recent decision by the Court of Appeal on 3 July 2018 the court refused an appeal brought by Network Rail over damages awarded to two homeowners for the effect of Japanese Knotweed on their properties in South Wales. The decision has been hailed as a...

Sir Bruce Forsyth's children may be able to claim against his estate after they are left out of Will

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Sir Bruce Forsyth is rumoured not to have left any of his £11.5 million fortune to his six children.  Whilst it is believed that around £100,000 was placed in trust to be split between his nine grandchildren, reports suggest...

Coronation Street: legal battle ahead for Aidan's family over the contents of his Will

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Shayne Ward’s character, Aidan Connor, committed suicide recently in Coronation Street and it seems that his death is set to cause a legal battle over his Will. The Will is set to omit his family, instead leaving his company to his business partner. ...

Home improvements - sifting out the good from the bad

Heather Bailey
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5 tips to ensure your home improvements are as good as you hoped Select your contractor carefully ; look at reviews, seek references from previous work they have completed, check profiles on websites such as www.checkatrade.com, check their accounts on...

Next stop... knotweed

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The effect of Japanese knotweed on property has been well documented over recent years with images of the plant growing through concrete foundations and destabilising buildings. However, many cases are now being brought where no physical damage has...

When its s'no'w go - are you covered? An insight into why travel insurance is a necessity for all year round

Heather Bailey
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In the excitement of booking our well-earned holidays we often forget about the important issues…what if things go wrong? Let’s face it, insurance is usually on our “to do” list prior to departure to often sunnier climates. The...

Solicitors' responsibilities - planning application reports

Liam Waine
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In a recent Court of Appeal case it was decided it was reasonable to expect that a conveyancing solicitor should explain the detail of a Plansearch report which provided details of a school development in close proximity of the property being...

Charities win in the Supreme Court after 10 year Will dispute

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The Supreme Court yesterday handed down judgment in the case of Ilott v Mitson 2017 [USC] 17, which, appears to now be the end of the line for this long running inheritance dispute case that began with a County Court decision in 2007. The controversial...

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