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Renewing a commercial lease - what can be negotiated?

Mignonette Ellis
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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!

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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!

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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
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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
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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

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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...

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?

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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

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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...

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...