Published by Anna Patsalides (04 May 2021)
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and fourth wealthiest person in the world has announced his divorce from wife, Melinda Gates after 27 years of marriage. Both Bill and Melinda shared identical posts on twitter confirming their intention to end their marriage on Monday 3 May 2021.
The divorce of the philanthropic couple is likely to be followed closely by media and lawyers alike. Bill is reported to...
Published by Anna Patsalides (30 April 2021)
In recent weeks, we have seen some of the tightest pandemic-related restrictions eased in line with the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown. Whether it be the reopening of gyms, non-essential shops or pubs/restaurants, there is a definite cause for optimism following a long winter lockdown.
However, for some, the financial impact of the pandemic has been severe and the effects are likely to be felt for...
Published by Katarina Morgan (16 April 2021)
There’s confidence to say that most people have had a chocolate caterpillar birthday cake at least once in their lives. And if not for them personally, their children, relatives or friends have.
This week, Marks & Spencer commenced legal proceedings in the High Court against Aldi arguing that the latter’s “Cuthbert the Caterpillar” infringes M&S’s trademark on...
Published by Olive McCarthy (04 March 2021)
Love, Honour and Obey…but do not look at my bank statements!
The question of whether a person has the right to open their partners post if they suspect them of having an affair may, at first glance, appear to deal with issues of morality and privacy, but sometimes it becomes a question of legality.
Couples whose marriage is now coming to an end, may be surprised to learn that the principle of...
Published by Olive McCarthy (22 December 2020)
Pre-nuptial agreements have attracted media attention again recently, with reports that Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz have signed a pre-nuptial agreement.
It is important to note that pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding in England. However, provided that various criteria are met, and the terms of the agreement remain fair, the English Court is likely to attach significant weight to...
Between 30 November and 4 December 2020, Resolution is holding an initiative to raise awareness of the work its members do by holding a ‘Good Divorce Week’.Therefore, we are pleased to confirm that new clients will be able to receive 30 minutes of free advice from a family law solicitor at Taylor Walton LLP during these dates.
Resolution is an organisation of family law professionals which...
Richard Atkins, our long-standing residential conveyancing partner, has now retired from Taylor Walton. Richard has been mainly based in the firm’s Harpenden Office and has spent 25¼ years at the firm.
Richard has made a significant impact during his time with the firm and is well known in the residential property market in Harpenden and the surrounding areas. His knowledge,...
Published by Joanna Scamman (15 April 2019)
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. When can you drive your car to your garage? It depends what your lease says.
You may think that it goes without saying that a garage has to be accessible by car, but this was not what the Upper Land Tribunal found in the recent case of Park v F Morgan and C Morgan  UKUT 20 (LC). The case highlights the...
The disappearance of Olly Sheridan and his mother has gained a lot of media attention. Mr Justice Williams appealed for the return of Olly on 1 February 2019. A tweet was published on the Judicial Office twitter page on the same date with the hashtag ‘comehomeolly’. The Court has now confirmed that the mother and child’s whereabouts have been established.
Published by Sarina James (28 February 2019)
Almost everyone is keen to protect whatever assets they might have accumulated over the course of their lives. They have worked hard and want to make sure that once they are no longer around that their assets are passed on to their chosen beneficiaries for them to enjoy.
Having a Will Allows You to Achieve your Purpose of Protecting your Assets in Six Different...
Brexit and Employment Law
Although it seems likely that the headlines will continue to be dominated by Brexit for some time to come, it is important that businesses do not overlook the various upcoming changes in employment law which will take place in 2019 and beyond. We are expecting 2019 to be a challenging year for HR managers with lots of significant developments to get to grips...
Published by Nicola Smyrl (25 February 2019)
Employment status and the gig economy were rarely out of the headlines in 2018 and this theme seems set to continue in 2019 and beyond.
Contractors vs Casual Workers - Employment Rights
This month has seen a further decision of the employment tribunal confirming that “freelance” lecturers for the National Gallery were workers with limited employment rights rather...
Published by Anna Patsalides (07 January 2019)
The Office for National Statistics recorded that there are 102,037 divorces in England and Wales in 2017.
With more people embarking on second marriages, it is unsurprising that many more families are considering step-parent adoption.
Who Can Apply For Step-Parent Adoption?
There are certain eligibility requirements that a step-parent will need to meet in order to be able...
Published by Jeremy Brockis (31 October 2018)
Removing a Shareholder Who Is Also a Director and Employee of the Company
There are various reasons why a company would want to remove a shareholder. It could be that the shareholder is considering other investments or perhaps need their money for personal reasons. It could also be due to the death of a shareholder or in some instances, a dispute between the company and the...
Moving business premises can be an exciting step for a company that is enjoying growth, a lifeline for a business that needs to downsize, or a fresh start for a business that is relocating. But it should never be a leap into the unknown.
Practical Issues Before Moving Business Premises
Whether you currently own or rent, forward planning is essential to make sure your business can...
Published by Tracey Taylor (31 October 2018)
When Was The Deregulation Act Put in Place?
The Deregulation Act came into force on 1 October 2015. The provisions of the Act increase the burden on landlords wanting to serve Notices under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1998 which allows a landlord to terminate an Assured Shorthold Tenancy at the end of the initial fixed term or later on a no-fault basis. The new rules...
Published by Anna Bithrey (30 October 2018)
With the Court of Appeal hearing of the much publicised claims against Uber taking place in October, issues relating to employment status remain firmly in the spotlight. If your business engages self-employed contractors it is important that you have a grasp of the likely employment status of your staff and the implications of this.
The law recognises three categories of employment status. At one end of...
Published by Tracey Taylor (29 October 2018)
The Court Service's New Pilot Scheme
The Court Service has initiated a pilot scheme to introduce a more cost-effective way of dealing with unopposed lease renewals. The pilot scheme presently only relates to proceedings issued in the Central London County Court since January 2018. Proceedings which have been issued in the Central London County Court since this date will be transferred to...
Published by James Carpenter (12 September 2018)
Leasing the right property can make or break your business. Most commercial tenants wish to ensure that they can stay in their current premises when the lease is due to end; alternatively, you might need to seek new premises to accommodate any changes your business has undergone since taking on the lease.
Commercial Tenants Are Protected Under Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 When Leases...
Published by Will Mercer (25 July 2018)
The Supreme Court (the highest Court in England and Wales) has today given judgment on the appeal of a wife to previous decisions of the Courts in relation to her divorce.
Mrs Owens brought divorce proceedings in relation to her 40 year marriage in 2015 on the basis of her husband’s “unreasonable behaviour” but her husband has refused to agree to...
Published by Olive McCarthy (10 July 2018)
Protecting your Wealth when Getting Married
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are engaged! Both independent wealthy, will they protect their wealth before marriage? It is usual for such high profile people in the USA to have a prenuptial agreement/pre-marital agreement. Whilst such agreements are not currently legal binding in the UK, if entered into properly, significant weight will...
Published by Olive McCarthy (02 July 2018)
Legal Advice for Financial Support when Separating
Many unmarried couples think that having lived together for years they are on a par with married couples and will be entitled to be supported once they split if they are the financially weaker party or parent with care of the children. The myth of the “common law” husband and wife is just that a myth. Unless you are...
Published by Olive McCarthy (27 June 2018)
The First Heterosexual Civil Partnership
The supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of a couple who fought for the right to have a Civil Partnership instead of getting married in order to have the same rights in relation to inheritance, tax and pensions. The couple has been together since 2010 and have two children and wanted a Civil Partnership, something only previously afforded...
Published by Hannah Borner (19 February 2018)
Did you register an Enduring Power of Attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney (EPA or LPA) between 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017? If so, you may be entitled to a partial refund on the registration fee of up to £54 per document registered (see here for table of possible refunds).
If you believe this applies to you as a donor, or to someone you are an attorney for, you can make a claim for a...
Published by Kevin MacDonald (26 January 2018)
The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Mundy v Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate  EWCA Civ 35 unanimously reaffirmed the Upper Tribunal’s decision when calculating premiums in connection with statutory lease extensions under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
The issue considered by the Court of Appeal concerned the issue of relativity when calculating...