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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...

Get off my land!

Simon Franklin
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Who has the right to roam on your property? If you’ve discovered that your property is subject to an easement, you may be wondering who has access and who can pass over your land.  The first thing not to do is panic, but instead to establish...

Tougher New rules for Landlords to protect tenants.

Giles Dobson
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Landlords could face penalties if they are not up to date with the latest legislation designed to protect tenants.  New requirements from October 2018 centre around changes to Section 21 eviction notices for tenancies that were created before October...

Law Net Awards Finalists 2018

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We are very pleased to announce that the firm has been nominated as a finalists at the LawNet Awards 2018 for 'Best Community Contribution', the award is kindly sponsored by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. There are a total of eight categories...

Our recent Commercial Case Studies

Andrew Ashley-Edwards
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The firm’s commercial department has in recent weeks completed a wide range of deals including: Sale of National Engineering Company. The firm’s commercial partner Andrew Ashley-Edwards recently completed a high value deal to sell a national...

Triple Win at LFS Awards!

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The LFS Awards are seen as the major industry awards for conveyancing and covers the entire United Kingdom. There are six regional awards and LFS pride themselves on their rigorous judging process describing it as “very thorough, ensuring that award...

5 top tips to make sure your planning application is successful.

Jane Williams
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If you’re attempting to obtain planning permission to develop your property, you need to ensure that you understand exactly what is expected of you, and what requirements you need to meet in order for your application to be granted. These will differ...

Business Partnerships: What You Need to Know

Mignonette Ellis
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What type of business do you operate as? Is it a partnership?  If you and another person carry on a business in common with a view of making profit, then you may be operating as a traditional partnership and not have even known it! That is one of...

The 5K or 10K Charity Santa Dash!

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On December 16th, Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are organising one of Ken't biggest charity 5K or 10K Santa Dashes yet! So why not get into the the festive spirit and support this brand new Christmas event in Kent. This festive dash...

Dealing with debtors

Giles Dobson
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Being in debt and being owed a debt can place significant stress on a person’s personal relationships, professional life and even their health.  However, the situation can be worsened if relevant protocols are not followed by the person owed a...

Airbnb landlords

Abdul Mutallib
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A bump in the night for Airbnb landlords! Rule changes on short term lets could see part-time landlords hit by a new tax bill from next year if they let out their whole property. Homeowners can earn up to £7,500 per year tax free by renting a room to...

Dealing with rent arrears - A 6 step guide for Landlords

Giles Dobson
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It’s every landlord’s nightmare. For whatever reason, your tenants have stopped paying the rent and are now in arrears. If you rely on their rent to cover the mortgage costs of the property, this can be a worrying time. Even if the property is...

Tini Owens loses Supreme Court divorce fight! Do we need to reform outdated divorce laws?

Nameeta Gujral
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Are divorce laws in crisis? On 25 July 2018, the Supreme Court rules that 68-year-old Tini Owens must stay in a “loveless” marriage.  Resolution, an association of specialist family lawyers believe there is a “divorce crisis”...

Whats the difference between freehold and leasehold property?

Jane Williams
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The Government has announced plans to tackle unfair leaseholder arrangements on new-build properties, but in the meantime, as the spring housing market gets into full swing, it’s worth understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold...

Securing the right to see your grandchildren

Ashley Le-Core
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The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren can be very special and one that most parents fully support.  On occasions, however, access can be cut off or restricted, causing hurt and upset.  Ashley Le-Core, family law expert at...

New laws to prevent property fraud!

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Richard Carter, a Partner specialising in Property matters at the Firm, has reacted to the news of proposed new laws designed to prevent property fraud. “Two years of consultation the Law Commission has proposed some new legislation to modernise the...

5 steps to make child arrangements less painful, especially for the kids!

Nameeta Gujral
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Relationship breakdown can be difficult and highly emotional experience. However it can be ten times worse if there are children involved. Every situation will be different and depend on the unique circumstances of the family unit. Whatever happens, it is...

Perrys Exceptional Awards 2018

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We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Perrys Exceptional Awards 2018 for Business Community Initiative in recognition of outstanding charitable contribution in Kent! This category aims to reward companies that create positive change in the communities...

Kent Solicitors donate beach balls!

Clio Davies
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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors have donated 250 Beach Balls to East Stour Primary School in Ashford after anonymous company misprinted the firm’s logo. Not exactly your every day summer holiday story, meant to be a fun summer gift for the staff, the...

What are your rights as a step-parent?

Giles Dobson
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If you are a recently divorced step-parent and are wondering what rights you have with regard to seeing your step-children, there are a number of things you need to know. Here, we take a look at what happens after a divorce, what measures a step-parent can...

Solicitors support local mental health Charity, North Kent MIND

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors have confirmed that after a firm wide vote they will now be supporting North Kent MIND as their new chosen charity. The Kent firm has around 160 members of staff and has seen a huge rise in the importance of Mental Health in the...

Law Firm shortlisted for LFS Award

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Kent Law Firm, Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for this years ‘Training Firm of the Year 2018’ by LFS awards. The awards, which are sponsored by Groundsure, are widely recognised as being the...

Divorce goes virtual!

Ashley Le-Core
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A new online service should cut the stress of applying for a divorce according to the Ministry of Justice, but family law professionals say it’s likely to benefit only those with simple finances who are pursuing the DIY route.   The...

Help spread the word for Mental Health Awareness Week!

Clio Davies
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Stress, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of pressures that are unmanageable. Becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems By...

Are you liable for inheritance tax?

Sarah Begley
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It’s a worrying thought that due to the rise in value of property in the UK, more people are finding that they may fall into the inheritance tax bracket. When dealing with the death of a loved one the last thing you would expect is an inheritance tax...

Firm Partner returns from The Eurovision song contest !

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You would be hard pushed trying to find a link between UK Business Law and The Eurovision Song Contest, however at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors we have found that link! Our Business Law specialist and Partner Andrew Ashley-Edwards has recently returned from...

Another successful talent shines at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors!

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are pleased to announce Rebecca Young, a Trainee Solicitor with the Firm has qualified as a Solicitor and has joined the Firm’s Ashford conveyancing team. The Ashford team now boasts 10 conveyancing specialists, with 35...

No will, no way!

Paul Rothwell
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If you die without a will, who inherits your estate? Well let’s start with what intestacy is. The rules of the intestacy are the laws that determine who will inherit the estate of someone who dies without leaving a will.  If you die without...

Family Proceedings and enforcing financial orders

Mary Shepherd
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Sometimes when the family court orders a payment to be made by your former spouse to settle a financial claim in divorce proceedings, the money owed is not always handed over when it should be.  Where this happens it can be difficult to know what to do....