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Keep calm for a happy family Christmas

Nameeta Gujral
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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

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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

Jane Laird
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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 rent...

Buying your first home in the next 10 years?

Richard Carter
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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!

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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

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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?

Mary Shepherd
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

Jane Laird
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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
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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 artist...

Selling a privately owned limited company?

Andrew Ashley-Edwards
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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
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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!

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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!

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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
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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...

Women in Law - Nameeta Gujral

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After announcing this month that Nameeta Gujral has been appointed as the third female Partner of the firm, we wanted to share her thoughts with you on being a women in law and her career journey.  Nameeta Gujral has worked as a Family Law...

Team Tolhurst reach the Peaks!

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors have teamed up with Law Net UK for a charity Challenge over the Peaks of the Lake District to raise money for their chosen charity North Kent MIND. A huge well done goes out to the team, Victoria Aked, Jess Madgett and Emilie Lock...

Law Net Charity Peak Challenge!

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On Friday 12th April three of our very brave team members will be beginning their journey to middle earth (Windermere) to take part in the Law Net Peak Challenge in aid of our current firms Charity, North Kent MIND. They will be covering miles of...

New divorce laws aimed to reduce family conflict

Giles Dobson
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The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has today announced new legislation to overhaul divorce law and reduce family conflict. Divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage. The announcement follows a public...

Our Commercial Property Case Studies

Andrew Ashley-Edwards
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The commercial department continues to deal with a varied range of property and corporate transactions including: Luxury Barns Project Specialist commercial property solicitor Jane Laird represented a developer who purchased a farm at auction as a...

Firm announce new Partner!

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are pleased to announce the appointment of Nameeta Gujral as their newest partner to the firm. The existing partners are delighted to have her join them and look forward to working with her in the future. Nameeta has worked...

Women in Law - Kathiga Mayooran

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Our latest ‘Women In Law’ article shares the story of Kathiga, one of our residential conveyancer based in our Longfield office. Since completing her Legal Practice Course in 2009, Kathiga has focused on dealing with both freehold sale and...

Women in Law - Paige Banks

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Following on from our first Women in Law campaign article last week we wanted to carry on celebrating the women we work alongside. Our second article is about one of our female new enquiry team members, Paige Banks. Paige deals with new enquiries...

Who is entitled to an unclaimed estate?

Sarah Begley
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First, what is an unclaimed estate? An unclaimed estate or unclaimed inheritance occurs when someone dies intestate, i.e. without leaving a will. It may also happen when an old will is in place and the person’s intended beneficiaries died. The general...

Women in Law - Barbara Stewart

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Following on from last weeks International Women’s day we wanted to carry on celebrating the women we work alongside in our firm and share with you a little bit about them! Our first article is about one of the first female Partners of the Firm,...

Celebrating International Womens Day!

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After a record number of women winning at the Oscars (15) beating last years 12, the ‘balance for better’ campaign for this years International women’s day theme couldn’t be more momentous! As it states on the IWD website, balance is...

Mignonette Ellis begins her training contract!

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Having joined Martin Tolhurst Solicitors as a Commercial Property Paralegal in September 2017 we are pleased to announce that Mignonette Ellis has now started her training contract with the firm on 1 March 2019. Mignonette will be undertaking periods of...

Get Savvy for Spring

Jane Williams
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Those thinking about Spring and the changes it may bring are likely to be focused on the countdown towards the Brexit deadline of 29 th March, but there are also homeowners, estate agents and solicitors up and down the country who are wondering whether to...

Legal eagles descend for Charity abseil!

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A group of legal eagles are set to swoop from the skies in a unique fundraising abseil. An eight-person team from Martin Tolhurst solicitors has signed up to do the KM Spring Abseil for mental health charity North Kent Mind. The event is the...

First of its kind - Probate Research Awards

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A world first,  The UK Probate Research Awards  will celebrate the achievements and examples of excellence across forensic genealogy, with the inaugural event taking place on 7 February 2019 at The Mermaid, Puddle Dock, London. The Awards,...

Who chooses whether your kids get vaccinated?

Ashley Le-Core
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For decades, vaccinations have been regarded as the most important form of defence against childhood illnesses like measles, mumps and rubella. And for decades, parents happily vaccinated their kids to protect them (and others) without question. Then,...

Spotted a derelict buildings or structure? Who's responsible?

Jane Williams
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If you own your own property, then you’re generally responsible for the upkeep of the building. The buck stops with you, whether the property is residential or commercial, and by law you have to ensure it’s safe for members of the public to enter...

Meet Hannah, our newly qualified solicitor!

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Congratulations to Hannah who has recently qualified as a Solicitor within our Dispute Resolution team!   Hannah joined the firm in August 2013 working as an administrator during her holidays from University before successfully securing a...

A quick guide for first time buyers

Rebecca Young
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Buying a home is stressful, especially for first-time buyers, so it's wise to do some research to ensure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Conveyancing is the term that refers to the legal process of transferring one person's...

Santa's set the pace for North Kent MIND!

Clio Davies
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On Sunday 16 th December Martin Tolhurst Solicitors organised one of Kent’s biggest charity Santa Dash events ever! With over 300 Santa’s running either the 5k or 10k, groups of friends, families and colleagues sprinted through Cylco Park in...

Relocation of Children after separation

Nameeta Gujral
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These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they are overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country, or just taking a long trip. There are plenty of reasons a parent might want to take their children abroad for...

Can't afford to get on the property ladder?

Rachel Plumb
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Shared ownership could be an option. The price of properties, even so-called ‘first-time homes’ is completely out of proportion to the average income. To save for a deposit on your first home is now taking house-hunters (especially...