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Housing Market Remains Relatively Subdued

The average house price in the UK stood at £224,439 over the three months May, according to the latest House Price Index from Halifax. This is 1.9% higher than in the same period last year. On a monthly basis, prices rose by 1.5% in May, which has partially reversed the 3.1% monthly decline experienced in April. 

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Research Reveals Worrying Attitudes toward Financial Protection

Royal London has recently published its second State of the Protection Nation report, which looks at public attitudes towards financial protection products and levels of take up across Britain. 

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Controversial Divorce Case Reaches Supreme Court

The highly publicised contested-divorce case, Owens v Owens, has now been heard by the UK’s Supreme Court. 

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Increase in Sales of Million Pound Homes

The property market, and particularly property sales, has remained relatively subdued over the past twelve months, however one sector of the market that has seen an increase in activity is sales of high-end properties. 

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Rise in Numbers Considering Leaving a Charitable Bequest

There are a number of important reasons why all adults should have a valid and up-to-date will in place. 

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Court of Justice Considers Grandmother’s Right of Access to Grandchild

An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has given his opinion in a case concerning the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren. 

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Help to Buy Scheme to Run For a Further Two Years

Scotland’s Help to Buy scheme, which assists people to buy a new-build home without needing to provide a large deposit, is to be extended beyond 2019, the Scottish Government has announced. 

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Inheritance Expectations Increase but Confusion about IHT Remains

Recent research has found that rising stock markets and increased property values have contributed significantly to personal wealth in recent years, which in turn has led to an expectation of substantial inheritances amongst many individuals. 

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Couples in Dispute over Divorce Jurisdictions

When couples who live an international life-style take the decision to separate, the question of which county’s court system should hear their divorce can sometimes become hotly contested. 

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Property Index Reveals Latest Scottish Property Market Statistics

The latest UK House Price Index has revealed that house prices across the UK as a whole increased by an average of 5.2% in the year to December 2017. The annual growth rate has apparently slowed since mid-2016 but has remained broadly around 5% during 2017. 

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Research Reveals Rise in Equity Release Lending

New figures from the Equity Release Council show that equity release activity in the fourth quarter of 2017 was at the highest recorded level since 2002. 

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Supreme Court Rules on Parental Abduction Case

Cases where children are taken out of the country by one parent without the consent of the other can be highly complex. 

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Achieving the First Rung on the Property Ladder

The difficulties faced by first-time buyers in getting on the property market have been well documented, but new research has revealed that some young adults are now taking a less traditional route to achieve that important first rung on the ladder. 

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Securing an Enjoyable and Financially Comfortable Retirement

People retiring this year will be receiving a retirement income 10% higher than those who retired in 2017, according to new research by Prudential. 

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Research Reveals Unrealistic House Buying Expectations

New research by Halifax has given an interesting insight into how knowledgeable the next generation of first time buyers are about the house buying process and how realistic they are about getting on the property ladder. 

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Research Reveals the Financial Implications of Divorce

The emotional impact of divorce and separation is widely recognised and much has been written on the detrimental impact it can have on a family’s well-being. 

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Families Take Inheritance Disputes to Court

Several interesting reports of inheritance disputes have appeared in the media, highlighting the often complex and long-lasting nature of these types of disagreements. 

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Festive Greetings to our Valued Clients and Festive Opening Hours

Seasons greetings! As the holiday approaches, we want to inform valued clients and potential new customers of our opening hours and Christmas activities.

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Individual Postcode Areas Buck the National Housing Trend

New analysis by Barclays Mortgages has revealed that while the national housing market shows signs of cooling, individual postcodes around the UK are bucking the trend and experiencing sharper house price growth.

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Women Miss Out on Pension Savings in Divorce

Pension pots can be one of the most valuable assets belonging to couples, yet new research has found that these important savings are often being left out of divorce settlement calculations.

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