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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

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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....

Estates legal fees!

Paul Rothwell
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In November 2017, the Money section of The Times published an article about Maria Hillman and Paul Cutler who found that their father’s £300,000 estate suffered more than £100,000 in legal fees by the firm of solicitors who administered the...

How to delist a listed property

Jane Williams
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Kent has a lot of beautiful “chocolate box” cottages within its countryside. Estate Agents particulars at this time of year will show them off to their magnificent best with spring and summer flowers and stripey lawns! While listed buildings are...

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors raise £20,000 for Ellenor Charity!

Clio Davies
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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors have just donated an astonishing £20,000 to their chosen charity Ellenor this week. This is a massive achievement for the Kent solicitors firm in helping support such an amazing cause close to their hearts. ...

Helpful tips on settling your differences without going to court!

Ashley Le-Core
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Whether you are married, in a civil partnership, or just living together, splitting up can be an emotional time. If there are children involved, the feelings of hurt and anger can be magnified. However, this is the time when your children need you to be at...

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors Announce New Partner

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Rothwell as their newest partner to the firm. Paul originally trained with Martin Tolhurst Solicitors and then worked for another large regional firm, but he has now returned. He...

New Law Society Task Force Member announced

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Martin Tolhurst announces Managing Partner, Richard Carter to join the Law Society, Money Laundering Task Force. Martin Tolhurst Solicitors is proud to be able to announce that Managing Partner, Richard Carter has been selected to join the vital Law...

Kent's Housing Shortfall

Richard Carter
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New Build Housing Shortfall in Kent - Government threatens to act. We are hearing more and more about a “housing crisis”, “generation rent” and “new build shortfalls”.  This week in his Spring Statement the...

Top 10 Last Minute Inheritance Tax Planning Tips

Paul Rothwell
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Ten important items for you to consider before 6 April to reduce inheritance tax on your estate. Tax planning is an important part of your annual spring cleaning. If you want to take advantage of the allowances available to you this tax year, it is...

A notice for all clients regarding office opening

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After a week of all offices being open in difficult weather conditions, we have had to close all offices at 3pm today Friday 2nd March to enable our staff to get home safely. Some offices are in locations experiencing freezing rain and snow with treacherous...

Update regarding office opening

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Our last announcement of today! Our Gravesend and Medway offices will close at 4pm today due to local weather and traffic conditions. Our other 4 offices at Dartford, Ashford, Longfield and Sittingbourne will close at 5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience....

A notice for all clients regarding office opening

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All offices of Martin Tolhurst Solicitors will be open as usual but will have reduced staff due to weather conditions, we thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused....

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors to work with new London Estate Agent

Kevin Denny
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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are delighted to be working closely with new London Estate Agent, Hadleys London in providing our highly rated and professional conveyancing service to both buyers and sellers alike.  Kevin Denny, Conveyancing Partner and his...

Not all First Time Buyers benefit from the Stamp Duty cuts?!

Richard Carter
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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors welcomed the cut to SDLT for First Time Buyers announced by the Chancellor in his budget On Thursday. Residential Property Partner Richard Carter commented: “The payment of a large upfront payment for SDLT has always...

Buy-to-let Landlords - time to consider a sale?

Richard Carter
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Some figures released this week give the first definite indications that landlords in England and Wales are re-evaluating their portfolios and properties, and beginning to sell properties.  Richard Carter, the Managing Partner of Martin Tolhurst and...

A notice for all clients regarding our phone systems

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The firm are experiencing difficulties with its phone systems this morning, Wednesday 15th November. An engineer is working on this as a matter of urgency and the firm hopes to have this rectified shortly. Thank you for your understanding and we...

Reduce the chance of a successful claim against your estate

Paul Rothwell
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Paul Rothwell, Wills and Probate Solicitor in our Gravesend based Wills and Probate department comments on the recent case of Nahajec v Fowle. Recently there have been a couple of cases heard in court about estranged children successfully making claims...

Has your former partner abducted your child?

Ashley Le-Core
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When couples separate, most of the arrangements regarding children can usually be resolved between the parents amicably.  However, in rare cases, the relationship between the parents may have broken down to such an extent that one parent feels compelled...

Christmas and Separated Parents: Putting your children first.

Nameeta Gujral
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Christmas is traditionally a time for families to come together. However for separated or divorced parents, the festive period can be a challenging time. The prospect of spending Christmas day without your children can stir emotions and cause considerable...

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors named 'Training Firm of the Year'

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KENT Law Firm, Martin Tolhurst Solicitors were celebrating at the LawFirmServices Conveyancing Awards last week, on 20th September 2017 – after being announced Training Firm of the Year nationally by LFS at the awards ceremony.

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors appoints record number of Trainee Solicitors

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KENT law firm Martin Tolhurst Solicitors has taken on an additional two new Trainee Solicitors this Summer and now has a record number of Trainee Solicitors this year. The firm, whose head office is in Gravesend but which has 5 other offices throughout...

Short Marriages - a move away from sharing?

Nameeta Gujral
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Very rarely do the outcome of cases result in a change of how courts will deal with the financial outcome of divorcing couples.  The recent Court of Appeal ruling in the case of Julie and Robin Sharp may well have just done that. Mrs Sharp earlier this...

Equality and Diversity

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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 years. The SRA collects and monitors the data as part of a...

Firm Training Scheme recognised with National Award shortlisting

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The names of the brightest and best from the solicitor profession have been unveiled by the Law Society for its annual Excellence Awards, now in its 11th year. The awards recognise the commitment, enthusiasm, and passion that solicitors dedicate to serving...

Why Small Businesses matter...

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Business law specialist Andrew Ashley-Edwards shares his thoughts on his long running affection for the nation’s small businesses. There is no disguising the general decline of the Great British high street in the 21st century and it is regularly...

The return of Gazumping!

Jane Williams
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Research shows that gazumping is back in the property market and Jane Williams, a partner at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors, the South East’s busiest conveyancing firm, has looked at the reason behind gazumping.  Research from Countrywide Estate...

The Dangers of DIY Divorce

Nameeta Gujral
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In a bid to make the divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships process easier for separating couples to understand, the government is introducing a new set of forms to apply for divorce or dissolution with effect from 7 August this year. It is possible...

New Law Commission looks to update will writing and consider mental capacity

Simon Franklin
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Simon Franklin, of the Wills, Trust and Probate department at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors has welcomed the announcement that there is to be a Law Commission to look at updating Will writing laws. Simon said, “Making arrangements for when we pass away...

Ain't no mountain high enough, to keep us from fundraising £20K for ellenor!

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Today our esteemed colleague, Laura Drawbridge, bravely embarks on the mammoth task of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, with a small team accompanying her – all in aid of our charity of the year, ellenor. Having previously taken part in a tandem skydive...

Firm shortlisted for TWO awards in LFS Awards 2017!

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors is delighted to have been shortlisted once again this year for both ‘Conveyancing Firm of the Year in the London & South East Region’ and ‘Law Firm Training Provider of the Year’ at the LawFirmServices...

Gravesend office morning closure: 15th June 2017

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors regrets to inform you that the Gravesend office will be closed on Thursday 15th June from 9am-11.30am. This is as a mark of respect to a much valued colleague, Miriam Mepham, who suddenly and sadly passed away recently. The office...

SDLT rises cool Buy to Let market, but First Timers take slack!

Richard Carter
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Government increases in Stamp Duty have cooled the Buy-to-Let market, but First Time Buyers take up the slack! An industry leading report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders was today analysed by Richard Carter, a Property Partner at Martin Tolhurst...

The Wedding Season has arrived - a few things to think about...

Nameeta Gujral
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Spring is here, our gardens are beginning to fill with colour, our evenings are brighter and the English wedding season is around the corner. The website www.hitched.co.uk suggests that each year UK weddings are worth £10billion, with each wedding...

Stamp Duty - No changes in Budgets despite demands

Kevin Denny
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Kevin Denny, a Senior Residential Conveyancing Partner at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors confirms that there had been no Stamp Duty changes to property in the recent budget. He commented “Spreadsheet Phil decided that there have been enough changes...

Now it's the Bank of Gran and Grandad!!

Victoria Robinson
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Property Lawyer Victoria Robinson, of Martin Tolhurst Solicitors in Ashford agrees with the research recently published by Santander mortgages.  The research that Santander carried out indicated that it was not only the well known “Bank of...

Wife's escape from 'loveless marriage' hinges on Court Decision

Nameeta Gujral
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The divorce case of Tini Owens was heard in the Court of Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice on Valentines Day 2017.  Last year Mrs Owens failed to persuade Judge Robin Tolson to allow her to get divorced.  Mrs Owens has petitioned for a divorce...

Matrimonial Solicitors welcome Budget Help on Domestic Abuse

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In his first Budget as Chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced the Governments’ commitment to “support organisations working to combat domestic violence and abuse, and to support victims”. In his budget speech he said “I’m...

Firm pledge to fundraise £20K this year for ellenor Charity!

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors pledge to fundraise £20,000 to help ellenor to support terminally ill children and their families! The announcement of the firm’s new 2017/18 Charity of the Year came today, Wednesday 1st March 2017. ...

Protecting Domestic Violence Victims Second Time Around

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Our Family Lawyer, Nameeta Gujral, commented on the recent announcement by the Lord Chancellor for proposals on cross-examination in Family Court abuse cases. The announcement was part of a raft of changes to Family Court work that is contained in the...

Firm smash £4k fundraising target for Kent Air Ambulance!

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KENT law firm Martin Tolhurst Solicitors has raised a massive £4,400 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. The solicitors presented staff at the Air Ambulance Trust with a cheque on 15th December. The cash will go towards the cost...

Kent Law Firm Martin Tolhurst Solicitors reveal expansion plans

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KENT law firm Martin Tolhurst Solicitors has revealed plans for a major investment in its family law, private client, litigation and commercial  work.  The firm has also decided to leave the QualitySolicitors brand it has been associated with for...

Martin Tolhurst is shortlisted once again for Conveyancing Firm of the Year Award 2016!

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Martin Tolhurst is delighted to have been once again shortlisted for Conveyancing Firm of the Yearaward for London & South East Region this year. The firm were proud to be named the official Award winners of the ‘Conveyancing Firm of the Year for...

The team get colourful in aid of Cancer Research UK!

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Martin Tolhurst Solicitors in Kent has been fundraising again, doubling their initial target to raise a total of £1,000 for Cancer Research UK. 11 staff members at the firm took part for a second year running in the ‘Run or Dye’ at...

The UK's Biggest Mortgage Lender - the Bank of Mum and Dad!

Richard Carter
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So at long last it is official, and confirms everything that lawyers acting for first time buyers over the past year have known – the UK’s biggest mortgage lender is the Bank of Mum and Dad! According to data and a survey from Legal &...

150TH Anniversary of Barnardo's - Royal Garden Party Celebrations!

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As a special thank you for the charity work carried out by the firm, Barnardo’s recently selected special guest representatives from twenty of its supporting firms to celebrate its 150th year Anniversary by way of a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham...

Happy 90th Birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from all the Team at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors in Kent

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With a Patriotic themed dress code in the colours of the union flag and complimenting decorations including banners, flags, bunting and balloons around its offices today – all employees and partners are keen to wish Her Majesty many happy returns. The...

Stamp Duty Changes April 2016

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On 1 April 2016 the government introduced a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). The headlines are that this higher rate of SDLT applies to anyone buying a property that they are proposing to let out, or use as a second home. However the rules are...

Ongoing Rental Hikes Leading to Rise of 'Property Drifters' in the South East

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14% of young people in the South East spend less than 12 months at any one address 73% believe the levels of rent they pay will delay the age they can get on the property ladder Almost half (48%) have considered moving countries to give themselves a...

Do I need to Make A Will?

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Sarah Begley, Wills & Probate Executive at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors in Kent explains; "Regardless of the advantages, most of the population die without having made a Will.  By not having a Will, they die ‘Intestate’ and...

Martin Tolhurst Wins Regional Conveyancing Firm of theYear Award For London and South East

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QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst is delighted to have won the LFS Conveyancer of the Year Award for the London and South East region. The LFS Awards are seen as the major industry awards for conveyancing, covering the United Kingdom. There are six regional...

QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst is shortlisted for conveyancing firm of the year award

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QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst is delighted to have been shortlisted for Conveyancing Firm of the Year award for London & South East Region. The LawFirmServices Awards are the UK’s original and leading conveyancing awards, and the...

Colourful charity challenge helps staff reach halfway to charity target!

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QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst has reached the halfway marker out of their total £4,000 target today for their appointed Charity of the Year - Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. The firms most recent fundraising effort where 11 staff...

What to do if your dream holiday turns into a nightmare?

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Jonathan Haines, a Chartered Legal Executive at QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst specialising in dispute resolution and having worked in the travel industry for 12 years explains; “Holidays are not cheap despite competition. Some of us save for many...

QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst appoint local air ambulance as their charity of the year 2015!

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The announcement of the firm’s new 2015/16 charity of choice was made after a vote amongst all colleagues. Managing Partner, Richard Carter said: “We are delighted that our staff has chosen this vital local charity as our Charity of the Year...

QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst reach target for our charity of the year!

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GRAVESEND law firm QualitySolicitors Martin Tolhurst has raised a massive £18,000 for the baby unit at Medway Maritime Hospital. The solicitors presented staff at the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Unit with a cheque on December 19. The cash will...

Your place or mine? Why you need a cohabitation agreement

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Our Matrimonial Solicitor, Gemma Richardson tells us more: “Last year, Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart separated and hit the headlines when they battled over who would keep their dog. When love is in the air and your thoughts turn...