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The Sky Above and the Earth Below

31st December, 2018 By Alireza Nurbakhsh

A recent case may raise alarm bells for anyone thinking about adding a basement to a property which is divided. It involved a terraced house which was converted into two flats. The top two floors of the property were owned by the freeholder. The owner of the long lease of the ground floor flat, which also had a small cellar beneath it, wished to deepen the basement so it could be turned into habitable rooms. Planning permission was obtained for the conversion, but the freeholder opposed the development on the ground...

Ombudsman Acts Against Slipshod Council

27th December, 2018 By Alireza Nurbakhsh

When people need to go into care, the local councils that end up supporting the care costs are well known for their doggedness in attempting to ensure that the person being cared for supplies as much of the funding as possible. This will often involve a review of how they managed their finances prior to their need for care and, in particular, whether they acted in a way that was intended to remove assets from their estate or control so that the council would pick up a greater proportion of...

Relief for Families as Missing Persons Act to Come Into Force

21st December, 2018 By Alireza Nurbakhsh

Legislation that will give families of people who go missing the ability to administer their affairs is to come into effect: but not until July 2019. The Bill received the Royal Assent as long ago as April 2017, but the need for secondary regulations and legislation is such that it will take nearly another year to bring into effect. The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 will allow the relatives of missing persons who are habitually resident in England and Wales to obtain an order to manage their financial affairs. A...

Vaccinations Protect Child's Welfare

18th December, 2018 By Alireza Nurbakhsh

There has been a massive amount of disinformation put about over the years (and, apparently, recently promoted by the Russian security services) regarding the effects of various vaccinations on children. One result is that some parents are deeply wary of allowing their children to be vaccinated. Recently, the Family Court was asked to decide whether a child's routine vaccinations should continue after her parents separated: her father is deeply opposed to them. His various arguments in favour of the child not receiving further vaccinations included the claim that they would...