• Thank you for all your help and advice. I would recommend you to anyone needing a good solicitor
  • Professional and friendly service!
  • Always most helpful, knowledgeable and understanding. Very pleasant and efficient
  • Thank you very much for all of the work that you have done, delighted with the speed with which matters were concluded
Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs

Welcome to Our Blog

Are you looking for high quality legal advice? You have come to the right place.

We regularly write about different legal topics and welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Latest Posts

Exit Strategy: how to terminate a Rental Agreement early

Mignonette Ellis
  • Posted
  • Author

In certain circumstances, businesses may find they have premises or parts of premises that are surplus to requirements. Having entered into a contractually binding rental agreement, it may not always be a straight forward process to end that...

The new Tenant Fees Act

Kenneth Amakye
  • Posted
  • Author

On 1st June this year, a new act came into force that has a profound effect on the rental market. It's relevant not just for landlords and tenants, but for agencies that, to date, have made a very nice little living out of charging tenancy fees and...

What rights do absent parents have?

Hannah Stanford
  • Posted
  • Author

There are those that say once a parent has removed themselves from the family unit, and they give up all rights and influence on how the children are then raised. This, however, is dependable upon whether the parents have acquired Parental Responsibility...

#MTWalksForCharity Challenge!

  • Posted

Following government advice in regards to social distancing, many traditional fundraising events have been cancelled. Despite this, we think we should still support the causes we care about. And a virtual walk is a fun, safe, and active way to do so! ...

Becoming your own boss? Key considerations when buying a business

Mignonette Ellis
  • Posted
  • Author

Whether it is to fulfill a lifelong dream, be your own boss or maximise income, there are important considerations when buying a business in order to avoid entering a bad deal. Share purchase or asset purchase are two ways in which you can buy an existing...

Gas Safety and Evictions - latest updates

  • Posted

Landlords are breathing a sigh of relief over the news that a court has allowed an eviction notice despite a copy of the gas safety certificate not being provided before the tenancy started.  But experts are warning that attention to the small print is...

A Beginner's Guide to the End

Sarah Begley
  • Posted
  • Author

What’s one of the best things you can do for your loved ones, apart from caring for them well in this life? Sort out your paperwork before you die. Yes, that’s right. Imagine if you hold lots of accounts online where you receive payments for...

Debt collection in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic

Giles Dobson
  • Posted
  • Author

In these uncertain times, no matter how big or small your business is, managing cash flow can be challenging. One particular difficulty for many firms is dealing with debt collection. Maximising debt collection should be a priority for your business to...

Remote family court hearings - how do they work?

Ashley Le-Core
  • Posted
  • Author

The introduction of social distancing in response to the coronavirus outbreak has caused disruption to many vital services – including in the justice system. Many services that would typically have taken place face-to-face have been adapted to meet the...

Renewing a commercial lease - what can be negotiated?

Mignonette Ellis
  • Posted
  • Author

Most lease renewals are governed by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, and the rules can be complicated and confusing. However, if your commercial lease is up for renewal, you want to ensure you get the most favourable terms for your business. In this post,...

We're back: open for business!

  • Posted
  • Author

Martin Tolhurst continues to offer legal services on all of the work types that it offers – Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, Wills, Probate and Trust matters, Matrimonial and Childcare, Litigation, Debt Collection and Commercial work. In...

The Coronavirus Pandemic and Domestic Abuse

Nameeta Gujral
  • Posted
  • Author

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all of our lives. The Government’s restrictions on movement requiring us to stay at home is crucial to stopping the spread of this disease. However, these restrictions bring new challenges for those living through...

Priority Work during the Coronavirus Lockdown

Richard Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Court Service Issues a List of Priority Work during the Coronavirus Lockdown. The Courts and Tribunal Service split all Civil court Listings into 2 groups – work that “must” be done and work that “could” be done.  This...

Can a Landlord evict a Tenant during the Coronavirus Lockdown?

Giles Dobson
  • Posted
  • Author

Can a Landlord successfully evict a Tenant during the Coronavirus Outbreak and Lockdown? The Government has recognised that the Coronavirus emergency in the UK means that greater protection from eviction is necessary for both individuals and families as...

Coronavirus and the impact on contact with your child

Nameeta Gujral
  • Posted
  • Author

We find ourselves in what can only be described as unprecedented and challenging times. This is having an impact on all aspects of our lives in ways we could have never imagined. For separated parents, there is the added worry about how contact with the...

COVID - 19 UPDATE (24/03/20)

  • Posted

24 th March 2020 Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening all office locations of Martin Tolhurst are closed from today until further notice. We hope to re-open as soon as possible but will be guided by Government advice....

Commercial Department welcomes new Property Lawyer

  • Posted
  • Author

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors Commercial Department welcomes new Property Lawyer The beginning of the New Year saw the Commercial Department welcome Property Lawyer Roger Matharoo to the team.                  ...

Coronavirus (COVID) 19

  • Posted

12 th March 2020 – 4pm Information for Clients Following the Government’s likely announcement this afternoon that it will escalate the phase of Coronavirus (COVID) 19 to the delay phase we are asking clients to not attend our office...

When the Bank of Mum and Dad gets it wrong

Barbara Stewart
  • Posted
  • Author

Legal & General published a report in 2019 indicating that the "Bank of Mum and Dad" had lent around £6.3 billion to fund house purchases for their children.  If the Bank of Mum and Dad was a real bank, it would be the 11th most...

What to expect during mediation

Nameeta Gujral
  • Posted
  • Author

If you are attending mediation to resolve disagreements about some decisions relating to relationship breakdown, separation or divorce, you might be wondering what this involves.  What to expect during mediation following separation A mediator is...

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors crowned as Probate Firm of the Year!

  • Posted

The Firm is delighted to have been awarded 'Best Probate Law Firm for London and the South East' at the Probate Research Awards last night in London. A huge congratulations to our Private Client team on such a great achievement!  The probate...

Buy to let - Update for Landlords

Richard Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Residential Property Buy To let - Update for Landlords  on the Tenant Fees Act 2019 and Electrical Checks for rented properties coming this year. For landlords renting out private properties a Tenant Fees Act 2019 was the latest in a long line of...

Keep calm for a happy family Christmas

Ashley Le-Core
  • Posted
  • Author

Talking and teamwork to tackle Christmas break-ups  Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but marriage breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky...

Charity Santa Dash - December 15th 2019

  • Posted

After a sell out debut last year with over 300 Santa's running for charity, this fantastic festive event returns even bigger and better for this Christmas at Cyclopark on Sunday 15th December 2019. This festive dash will be perfect way to get...

Potential Stamp Duty Land Tax Trap

  • Posted

Many owners of leasehold commercial properties will be aware that Stamp Duty Land Tax is often payable when you enter into that lease.  Whether Stamp Duty is payable depends on a number of factors including the length of the term and the amount of...

Buying your first home in the next 10 years?

Richard Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Thinking of buying a property for the first time in the next 10 years?  Take action this month! If you are someone who might buy a property for the first time in the next 10 years then you may need to take some action over the next month! The Help...

Solicitors Skydive for Sands!

  • Posted

Seven brave members of the Martin Tolhurst team  signed up to take part in a Charity Sky Dive and jumped 12,000ft out of a plane  to raise money for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. This charity was voted decisively for by the firm...

How to avoid being a Cyber-crime statistic

  • Posted

Cyber-crime will always be a hot topic amongst businesses and individuals. Although defences are getting much better, there will always be a way to break that defence. It is imperative that we as business professionals and individuals educate ourselves on...

Which is better, civil partnership or cohabit?

  • Posted

Not everyone wants to get married in a church or registry office. For many cohabiting couples, a civil partnership is far more attractive – it moves away from the concept of women being the ‘property’ of their husbands, and is often far...

Conveyancer of the Year! Kent's Gemma Nie scoops national award

  • Posted

The annual LFS Awards are renowned as the major industry awards for Conveyancing to cover the UK. The LFS Annual Awards Ceremony was held at the Vox Centre in Birmingham on 18th September 2019 with an audience of over 400 conveyancers from all over the...

When the end of summer spells the end of marriage

Hannah Stanford
  • Posted
  • Author

September is traditionally a time of new beginnings, with children off to school or University and parents back to work, but for many couples, the end of summer can spell the end of marriage. Lawyers often talk about ‘divorce day’ in January and...

Business Sales - Why you can't just sell and walk away

Mignonette Ellis
  • Posted
  • Author

When business owners reach the difficult and often emotional decision to sell a business which they have either started or grown, they might think that once the deal is done they can leave the business in the capable hands of the new owner and move on to...

A simple guide to Power of Attorney

Barbara Stewart
  • Posted
  • Author

When to hand over power of attorney – a gentle guide for dementia sufferers and their family For years, the worry of cancer was one of the UK’s biggest health concerns. Now, another devastating disease has taken its place at the top of the...

Firm gain ISO9001 accreditation

Richard Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors recently completed a two stage assessment of the entire firm in May and June this year which lasted a period of 13 days. Every single part of the business was reviewed and the assessors report and recommendation have now been...

Kent Solicitors Skydive for Sands

  • Posted

Eight brave members of the Martin Tolhurst team have signed up to take part in a Charity Sky Dive and jump 12,000ft out of a plane this October to raise money for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. This charity was voted...

Heir Hunters - Don't let the state get your estate!

Simon Franklin
  • Posted
  • Author

Every year, thousands of people die intestate or without a will. That means they haven’t left any clear guidelines as to how they want their estate divided up among their beneficiaries. The numbers are incredible too, with around 70% of the UK...

Positive growth in Commercial Property

  • Posted

Positive Signs of Growth in Commercial Property Transactions According to a report published in June 2019 based on Land Registry data, there are currently positive signs of growth in the commercial property sector. The report published by Search Acumen...

Avoiding inheritance disputes landing in court

Paul Rothwell
  • Posted
  • Author

High profile inheritance disputes follow celebrities and the super-rich as surely as night follows day, but such challenges are becoming increasingly common, whatever the values involved.  Some of the names to have made headlines include the...

Selling a privately owned limited company?

Andrew Ashley-Edwards
  • Posted
  • Author

It’s all in the planning when it comes to selling privately-owned companies . For the shareholding directors of many privately-owned companies, the end-game is focused on selling up before moving on to new ventures or sometimes retirement. But many...

Buying a house for holiday letting

Kevin Denny
  • Posted
  • Author

It’s that time of year where we get a few instructions that usually begin with the conversation “We’ve been going on holiday to Devon/Cornwall/Dorset/Norfolk for some years now, we love it there and this time we decided on the spur of the...

Firm shortlisted for multiple LSF Awards!

  • Posted

Kent Law Firm, Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for this years ‘Regional Firm of the Year 2019’ and for the first time ‘Best Marketing, Website & Social Media Firm of the Year’...

Proposed reforms to the leasehold system in England

Andrew Ashley-Edwards
  • Posted
  • Author

The government has now published its response to the recent consultation on proposed reforms that will affect the current system of leasehold property ownership in England.  The government opened the consultation on 15 October 2018 and received over...

Diversity and Equality Statistics Published

  • Posted

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors Publish firms SRA Statistics This week Martin Tolhurst Solicitors filed its returns with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) on Diversity and Equality. The return has to be completed with the SRA every 2...

Cutting someone out of your will

Sarah Begley
  • Posted
  • Author

Making will is an important life decision that could save your relatives a great deal of heartache once you’ve gone. You can express your wishes, designate who gets what, and that’s the end of it. Or is it? Law firm Nockolds reported that...

Sands announced as new chosen charity!

Clio Davies
  • Posted
  • Author

Following a staff nomination process and an all Firm meeting in May the team at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors have voted decisively for their new chosen charity and are delighted to announce Sands as their new charity partner. The law firm based in the...

Limited Companies - Harrods, Dyson, You?

Mignonette Ellis
  • Posted
  • Author

Harrods and electrical pioneer Dyson use the same business model as the local tradesman with a van displaying ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’. Yes, really! This exceptional commercial tool is suitable for businesses of a variety of sizes and...

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors raise £10k for North Kent MIND

  • Posted

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors have just donated an astonishing £10,000 to their chosen charity North Kent MIND. This is a massive achievement for the Kent solicitors where Mental Health Awareness is at the heart of their firms ethos. North Kent...

Cilex Award Shortlisting

Clio Davies
  • Posted
  • Author

The CILEx National Awards showcase and celebrate the excellent work, and achievements, of CILEx members, supporters and stakeholder partners. We at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are absolutely delighted to announce that our firm has been shortlisted for the...

Meet Chloe, our newly qualified solicitor!

  • Posted

Congratulations to Chloe Wu, who has recently qualified as a Solicitor within our Commercial Law department! Chloe joined the firm in December 2015 as a conveyancing assistant and successfully secured a training contract in February 2017 and since then has...

Know the ground rules before starting in the garden!

Richard Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Warmer weather draws our attention to the outdoors and a visit to the garden centre will be top of the to-do list for many as their thoughts turn to gardens after the slow start to spring.   But being sure of the ground rules is a good idea before...