With headlines such as “Liam Payne calls in divorce lawyers to advise how to protect his £54m from Cheryl and still have access to his son…”, it is not surprising that there remains confusion about unmarried couples’ rights. So what is the position when a couple who are not married separate? Is there such a thing as “common law marriage”?
As Tom Daley has discovered, UK law is a minefield and not supportive of commercial arrangements; the same cannot be said for his husband’s homeland, the USA, where in many states commercial surrogacy is legal.
Surrogacy is an increasingly common way to have a child. However, anybody in the UK who is planning to have a child through a surrogacy arrangement should bear in mind that whilst surrogacy is legal in the UK, it is under a very different culture and is enshrined in a philosophy that surrogacy should not be commercial.
It is not just the main Carillion companies that may now find themselves in severe financial difficulties. Smaller subcontractors may find themselves having to consider their position with regard to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Pension Regulator.
Last week Google’s Project Zero team published details of serious security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, which affect almost every modern computer, and could allow hackers to steal sensitive personal data.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a number of guides on the GDPR designed to assist local authorities, education providers, small public health sector bodies, small organisations and charities.
Liz Bottrill, David Burrows and Victoria Goodhall were invited to attend the Parliament building at Portcullis House this morning by the Office of Andrew Percy MP for the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Surrogacy.
Whilst it may be sound family planning advice to keep eggs, or indeed sperm, frozen to plan against future unforeseen events, those choosing to do so in the UK should be aware that it is not as simple as “putting them away now and not having to worry about them again”.
We explore the SDLT position in respect of a property development company's purchase of a freehold development site in one of the home counties in England, and consider whether steps could be taken to mitigate its SDLT charge on the transaction.
The recent paper from the Department for Communities and Local Government calling for evidence on the residential conveyancing process heralds the possible reform and review of the home buying process.