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We've been shortlisted for The UK Probate Research Awards 2021!

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We're incredibly proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the UK Probate Research Awards 2021, for the Best Probate Law firm in London/South-East England category. After winning this award for two consecutive years, Martin Tolhurst is...

Business First - Time to Reboot

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The latest issue of Business First has now been released with articles from Mignonette Ellis who explores how staying local as we navigate the "new now" can be fun and tasty, and Ilaria Giurini with 5 top tips for building brand-customer...

New Partner Announcement

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of Abdul Mutallib as a Partner of the Firm, who has achieved his position with persistent and successful work. Abdul brings a unique blended skill-set to MTP’s residential...

Homeworking and the importance of cybersecurity risk management

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Having staff working remotely has presented significant challenges for many businesses, but one of the most difficult to address is the increased cybersecurity risk. As many companies did not have sufficient opportunity to prepare for the transition to...

Making the connection

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The COVID-19 outbreak has had an unprecedented impact, both from a social and economic point of view. A key task for brands and our Firm today is to reassure the public and strengthen their emotional connection – in turn gaining and building...

Caring responsibilities, furlough and discrimination: Your rights explained

Kenneth Amakye
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The rules concerning furlough, schools and workplace restrictions continue to change frequently, and it can be difficult for both employers and employees to keep up. However, if you are affected by furlough or there has been a change in your caring...

A fifth of parents give early inheritance to avoid tax

Sarah Begley
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Recent research has revealed that one fifth of parents have transferred assets to their children to lessen the amount of inheritance tax payable on their estates. Direct Line’s research revealed this amounted to more than 6.9 million parents and the...

Budget 2021: Sunak empties his purse for a pandemic-beating budget

Richard Carter
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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK’s economic agenda dominated the Chancellor’s 2021 Budget Statement, with support for business and jobs receiving top-line billing. Coronavirus lockdown keeps chancellor’s attention on...

Put local top of your shopping list!

Mignonette Ellis
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With small businesses struggling to cope, we’ve all heard the recent battle cry of “shop local”. Supporting other small businesses may just help your own business in these struggling times. Treat yourself! Whether it is a take away or...

The beginning of the end of leasehold

Richard Carter
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Leasehold property owners are set for important changes in the coming months, with the Government’s plans to grant new rights on lease extensions and the ending of ground rent.  It is may be the beginning of the end for this form of ownership,...

Stamp Duty surcharge for Non UK residents

Richard Carter
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Non UK residents to pay Stamp Duty surcharge from 1 st April 2021 With all the press focus on the Stamp Duty holiday that is shortly to come to an end it is a good time to also focus on an another potential increase in Stamp Duty due to take effect on 1 st...

Unmarried Couples, Children From Previous Relationships And Lack Of Planning For The Inevitable - What Finding Alice teaches us

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ITV’s new Sunday night drama, Finding Alice, may appear far-fetched, but it highlights a number of themes we, at Martin Tolhurst, frequently encounter. Harry, the 48 year old property developer, has died unexpectedly. His family, while attempting to...

What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends?

Ashley Le-Core
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Separation is never easy, but if you and your former partner own property together, the situation can be even more complicated. If you have been living with a partner, but you are not married, the legal term is ‘cohabitation’. When cohabitees...

Changing a will after someone has died: it is possible and it could save you money

Simon Franklin
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Sometimes the generosity of a friend or relative leaving you a gift in their will can backfire if it turns out your estate will need to pay tax on it or if there is a chance that it could be swallowed up in future care costs or in...

Why you need to get proper legal advice

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In a world where so much information is available freely online, do you still need the advice of a solicitor? A simple Google search of your legal problems can provide thousands of relevant articles, and perhaps a friend has shared information on social...

Sole Trader, Partnership or Company - Which business model is right for you?

Mignonette Ellis
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If you are setting up a business, you may have questions about which business model is right for you. The way in which you set up your business can have implications for tax, how you are paid, ownership of the business, how business decisions are made, and...

Am I entitled to a divorce?

Hannah Stanford
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If you have decided to end your marriage by applying for a divorce you may be surprised to learn that there are certain criteria you need to satisfy before your application will be accepted.  You may also be surprised to know that, unless you have been...

Planning for employing overseas workers in 2021

Kenneth Amakye
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If you employ workers from overseas, or you plan to in the future, you will need to understand the changes to the immigration system that came into play from January 1 st , 2021. As of this date, a new points-based immigration system operates in the UK,...

Coronavirus and Commercial Leases: retail tenants should check the small print

Khalid Mughal
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As a fresh wave of lockdown measures cut across the UK, retail tenants may be experiencing new concerns about how to pay the rent, but another ticking timebomb is the viability of their landlords.  Even before the pandemic, the high street was...

New year, new you?

Tanya Beattie
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There is no denying that 2020 is a year which will go down in history - for many reasons. The global pandemic, Brexit, and the fallout from these events has had a significant impact on many areas of our lives. These events may have far-reaching implications...

Christmas, Coronavirus and Separation: do I have a right to see my children?

Nameeta Gujral
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For many parents, the issue of spending time with children at Christmas can be tense. Both parents want to spend Christmas day with their loved ones and their children, but this becomes complicated when they do not live in the same town or city or if they...

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals - Tenant Or Landlord?

Kenneth Amakye
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By the end of 2021, a quarter of UK households will rent privately. That’s approximately 5.8 million households renting, due to the combination of soaring house prices and salaries remaining relatively static.  Anyone who has been a serial renter...

Best or reasonable endeavours? What a difference a word makes

Andrew Ashley-Edwards
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Once signed, a contract represents a formal record of the agreement made between you and your customer. The obligations under that agreement are often absolute, with any failure to satisfy them will be considered a breach of contract which could result in...

Black Friday Offer!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the entire year are just around the corner. And who does not love a special offer?                            Are you...

When bullying goes on behind the screen (Anti-Bullying Week 2020)

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In the run-up to this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from 16 th - 20 th November 2020, employers are being encouraged to focus on how they manage and respond to bullying and harassment issues, including cyberbullying, in the new virtual...

Mantain Social Distancing Whilst Creating a Will

Paul Rothwell
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Writing a Will at the moment comes with some extra complications, as the social distancing measures in place could make it harder to get a solicitor or to find someone to witness your Will.  Experts are warning against self-directed videos following...

#MTWalksForCharity crowdfunding campaign hits £4,000 in 1 month!

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Fifteen members of the Martin Tolhurst team signed up to take part in a Charity Walk to raise money for Ellenor, North Kent MIND and The Hygiene Bank. These charities which we all hold dear, have had greater demand than ever over the last months, and are...

The new Job Support Scheme - Your questions answered

Kenneth Amakye
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The Job Support Scheme (JSS), which was due to commence on 1 November 2020, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends. New guidance on the JSS was published on 30 October 2020, but this was marked as withdrawn on 1 November 2020 because of the...

COVID - 19 UPDATE (02/11/20)

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2nd November 2020 Office Opening Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Friday evening will not be permitting any appointments with clients or members of the public from 5 pm on Wednesday 4 November. Clients will only be able to...

The Pandemic's Impact on Marriage and Relationships

Ashley Le-Core
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There are concerns that the latest spike in coronavirus transmissions may see more relationships taking a hit, after a surge in divorce enquiries following the nationwide lockdown. Back to school traditionally sees a peak in petitions for divorce, but...

Business First - Survive or Thrive

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Our latest Business First Magazine is online! In this packed Business First, Law Net explores how we can take on a future not only reshaped by pandemic – but the added turbulence of shortly leaving the EU for real. Good communication has been...

Exit Strategy: how to terminate a Rental Agreement early

Mignonette Ellis
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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
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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
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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!

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

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

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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...