Sheena Bradfield, Paralegal, Litigation, Colemans Solicitors

Is there a crisis in the UK Private Rental property market?

July 31, 2023

The simple answer is a resounding “YES”. BBC News reported this week that the number of people looking to buy residential property in the UK has fallen by 18% in a month and is down 40% on this time last year. Increasing interest rates have priced many potential buyers of residential property out of the…

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Capital Gains Tax on Divorce

April 21, 2021

Tax is often quite low down the list of priorities as something to think about, particularly during a relationship breakdown. However, we recommend taking tax advice at an early stage during divorce proceedings. Unless you are properly advised by a taxation specialist, an unexpected tax bill may arise, which is the last thing you will…

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The Importance of LPAs

April 12, 2021

The nightmarish experiences of Kate Garraway in trying to cope with the consequences of her husband Derek Draper’s incapacitation by COVID have been made even worse, as she has explained, because the couple had not made Lasting Powers of Attorney. This has left her unable to get hold of critical financial assets, and with no…

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How can we help you with the least disruption to your daily life?

April 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to everyone’s lives. Although the government guidance evolves on a daily basis, the current advice is to stay at home unless it is necessary to leave home. This, of course, is impacting the way that we work with our clients. We have, however, introduced new and efficient ways of working that we will continue…

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Properties and How They Affect You

March 5, 2021

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/962), known as the MEES Regulations for reasons that will become obvious, require a “minimum energy efficiency standard” to be met before properties can be let in certain circumstances.  The aim is to improve the energy efficiency of both residential and commercial private…

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Stamp Duty Land Tax “holiday” extended to 30 June 2021

March 4, 2021

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today confirmed that the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday introduced last year as part of the government’s package of measures to combat the economic impact of Covid-19 is to continue to 30 June 2021. On 8 July 2020 the Chancellor announced that, as a temporary measure, buyers would not…

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

February 4, 2021

Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th February 2021. The aim is to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is “Express Yourself”. Place2Be, the charity behind Children’s Mental Health Week, are encouraging children to explore the different ways that…

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Early professional legal advice “softens the blow” of divorce

January 20, 2021

We understand that getting divorced can be a highly upsetting and stressful experience for divorcing couples, their children, and often their wider families. With this in mind, we want to emphasise the importance of taking early professional legal advice in order to soften the blow of divorce as much as possible. Our team of specialist…

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Consent Orders in Divorce Proceedings

October 19, 2020

What is a consent order, and what purpose does it serve? A consent order is the legal document that sets out the terms of the agreed settlement reached between the parties in divorce proceedings. This could include your home, bank accounts (whether in joint or individual names), shares, other investments and pensions.  It can also…

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