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EPC regulation changes for commercial property from 1 April 2023

Posted: 20 October

Landlords should prepare for the next round of EPC regulations coming into force on 1 April 2023 as part of the government’s push to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 2018 saw the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come...

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Non-Molestation Orders – what has changed?

Posted: 17 October

Non-Molestation Orders – what has changed? The process of obtaining a Non-Molestation Order has changed in Chelmsford and Southend. The Family Courts are returning to the pre-covid method whereby without notice applications are made in person. What is a...

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Does your land have a TPO? Have you checked? Know your legal responsibilities.

Posted: 24 September

What is a TPO? A tree preservation order is an order made by a local planning authority to protect specific trees. A TPO may protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. TPOs...

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Barristers Strike 2022 – How will this affect you?

Posted: 17 September

What is the strike? In April 2022, members of the Criminal Bar Association (who are barristers who undertake legally aided criminal defence work) decided to adopt the policy of ‘no returns’ when accepting cases from criminal law firms. This...

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Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 – What’s new?

Posted: 17 September

What is this? The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act 2022 and came in to force on 28th April 2022. The main objective surrounding the proposal of this Act was to impose further restrictions on actions such as,...

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Freehold vs Leasehold – what’s the difference?

Posted: 13 September

Buying a freehold or leasehold property can raise many questions. Who owns what? Who is responsible for what? Who pays what? It is essential you understand the differences before you buy a property. What is Freehold ownership? When buying...

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Will Aid 2022 is now OPEN!

Posted: 01 September

What is Will Aid? Will Aid is a fundraising campaign run by nine leading UK charities. How does it work? Each year THB Solicitors helps raise money for Will Aid by writing Wills, for free, in exchange for a...

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The Trust Registration Service (TRS) & it’s deadline 1 September 2022.

Posted: 29 August

What is it? The UK Trust Registration Service (‘TRS’) is a register of the beneficial ownership of trusts. The service, first introduced in 2017, is aimed at tackling money laundering, serious crime and terrorist financing.  The 2017 TRS only...

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The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 – A pivotal change in home ownership?

Posted: 23 August

What is the objective? The 30th June 2022 saw the introduction of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022.  Effectively, ‘banning’ ground rent on new residential leases, in England and Wales.  In an attempt, to free leaseholders of the...

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To Bar or Not to Bar… Changes to the Children’s Act s.91(14)

Posted: 23 August

“Barring Orders” Barring Orders can be made by the Family Court, within Children Act Proceedings, in order to stop applications being brought to Court in the future. Bringing further applications requires permission of the court during the life of...

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- 16 February 2024

Grandparents rights with Social Services

Unless you have Parental Responsibility for your grandchild through a Child Arrangements Order or...

- 16 February 2024

Social Services and the Emergency Removal of Children

Social Services may be applying to the Court for an Order to protect your...

- 07 February 2024