Divorce – Is it time to end the blame game?

An opinion is emerging both in the media and across many in the legal profession of England and Wales that the present legal system for divorce, that actively encourages conflict and archaic notions of blame, should be abandoned imminently. Presently, a party seeking divorce (also known as a Petitioner) must satisfy the Court that their […]

IPG spring conference in Lisbon

Tony Mead and Peter Bridson represented DWFM Beckman at the IPG spring conference in Lisbon last week hosted by Pedro Bastos of Oliveira E Associados. It was a well-attended event with delegates arriving from the Far East, Europe and North and South America within the fields of law tax and accountancy, in a beautiful and […]

Data Protection Law – are you ready for the changes?

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018 and it will continue to apply even after Brexit. The changes from the current Data Protection Act (DPA) – in particular new transparency and individuals’ rights provisions – are likely to have significant budgetary, IT and governance implications […]

Immigration Solicitor Kezia Daley joins DWFM Beckman

We are delighted to announce that Kezia Daley joins the Immigration team at DWFM Beckman today as a Senior Associate.  Kezia specialising in immigration, human rights and nationality law.  She advises a wide range business clients as well as individuals on immigration matters including sponsorship licence applications, compliance and auditing as well as the right to […]

London Leaseholds

Ashley Gardens in Belgravia have been the focus of much media attention following the use, by one of the residents, of her £3 million apartment as a Bohemian bed and breakfast advertised on Airbnb. It is alleged that raucous parties set chandeliers swinging in the flat below and caused disturbances to residents for a number […]

Keep Control When You Lose Control: Make a Lasting Power of Attorney

It is now generally understood that making a Will is important to ensure that when you die your affairs are in order for the benefit of your loved ones. Why then would you not take the same care to make sure your wishes are followed in your lifetime for your own benefit by signing a […]

New Probate Fees: A New Stealth Tax?

From May 2017, the cost of making a probate application is set to rise significantly. Unlike Inheritance Tax, which varies depending on the value of the estate, the probate application fee to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration had previously been a fixed administration fee to cover the costs involved in processing […]

Are you ready to Airbnb?

A brief guide for those thinking of participating in this property market trend 2008 may have witnessed the birth of Airbnb, but as of 1st January 2017 Airbnb’s systems will limit the entire homes listings in Greater London to a 90 night day limit per calendar year. Further, section 44 of the Deregulation Act 2015 […]

Reasonableness of Service Charges

Under section 19 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, Landlords of long leasehold flats can only recover service charges to the extent that they are “reasonable”. So when is a service charge “reasonable”? In the recent case of Waaler v Hounslow LBC, the Court of Appeal provided some clarification. It held that whether costs […]

Property litigation – Recovery of costs out of service charge

Until comparatively recently Tribunals have taken the view that, before lessees under a long lease could become liable for payment of legal costs incurred by the lessor in respect of any advice sought or action taken, there has to be “clear and unambiguous language” in the lease. This view arose out of a decision in […]