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Houses in multiple occupation – new rules from October 2018

The regulations governing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) changed on 1 October 2018. They will now extend to smaller properties, affecting more landlords. The rules on exactly what constitutes as an HMO are complex and failure to comply is an offence, so landlords must get specialist legal advice to make sure they stay within the…

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Jewish divorce

When planning their wedding, many couples choose to say their vows in their place of worship, be that a church, synagogue or mosque to name but a few. By doing so, most marriage ceremonies will be conducted in compliance with both civil and religious laws so that the marriage is legally recognised under both strands….

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United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Today, 6 February 2019, is the annual United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a degrading and discriminatory practice with particularly harmful consequences for children. Lucy Bennett, legal assistant at Miles & Partners in the City of London looks at how FGM is currently tackled in the family…

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Family Mediation Week: 21-25 January 2019

With Family Mediation Week taking place from 21-25 January 2019, the family law team at Miles & Partners Solicitors in the City of London want to encourage anyone going through a divorce or any family dispute to consider using mediation to help resolve key issues, rather than choosing to take it to court. Family Mediation…

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Service charges in shopping centres

The decision by entertainment retailer HMV to call in administrators follows the collapse of a number of high street firms in 2018, including Toys R Us and Maplins. Earlier in the year, asset management firm APAM estimated that roughly 200 shopping centres were in danger of falling into administration as a result of the domino effect…

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Southwark council can no longer avoid HMO rules when housing families in shared accommodation

Destitute families placed in shared houses and flats by social services should see their living conditions improved following a judicial review in the High Court. The case described below will mainly affect families who, because of their immigration status, cannot claim benefits or access mainstream housing, but whose applications to remain in the UK are…

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