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The Price of Dishonesty: Why It Never Pays to Hide Your Assets

November 29th, 2016

In a stark warning to anyone who may be thinking about hiding assets in order to reduce a post-divorce financial settlement, a multi-millionaire has been ordered to pay a further £6.4 million to his ex-wife, 6 years after their divorce was finalised. Mr James Goddard-Watts and his ex-wife, Julia, divorced 6 years ago and the […]

Warning About Government’s “Risky” Online Legal Tool for LPAs

November 15th, 2016

Solicitor Bryony Ruth Wilmshurst from Braintree issues warning about the Government’s online tool for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). LPA tool leaving people at risk of financial abuse and fraud Coalition of organisations including Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), Action on Elder Abuse, Anchor, Contact the Elderly and SOLLA are backing new report Solicitor Bryony […]

Rob Titchener’s Employment Problems

September 14th, 2016

Rob who? A brief history … Even if you have never listened to a single episode of Radio 4’s daily soap The Archers, you are sure to have heard about the recent storyline featuring Helen Archer (nowadays, it’s Helen Titchener). It’s a tale of domestic abuse and (don’t sue me, but I did hear the episode!) attempted murder. […]

Farleigh Hospice Make a Will Week

September 12th, 2016

Cunningtons Solicitors LLP are the only Solicitors in the Braintree area to be taking part in this year’s Farleigh Hospice’s Make a Will. After participating in the previous very successful years of Make a Will, we have again agreed to waive our fees for will-making in return for a donation to the Farleigh Hospice. The […]

Contractual issues between Rooney and Allardyce?

September 10th, 2016

What’s in a name? ‘Striker’, or simply ‘player’?  Last week England Football Club played out a turgid one-nil win over Slovakia in their maiden game for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. When questioned about England Captain Wayne Rooney’s role within the team, the England Football Manager Sam Allardyce said “it is not for me to say” […]

Why You Need A Solicitor For The Elderly

September 6th, 2016

85% in the East of England leave life-changing decisions in the hands of strangers Alarming new report reveals people in the East of England leaving major decisions about housing, assets and care to chance 87% want loved ones to make decisions in the event of illness or accident – but only 7% have created a […]

Sports Direct and Zero Hours Contracts

September 1st, 2016

Mike Ashley, Sports Direct’s founder and owner of Newcastle United Football Club, has admitted workers at the Sports Direct Derbyshire warehouse were paid below the minimum wage. On 07 June 2016, Mr Ashley gave evidence to the Business Skills and Innovation Committee. This followed an investigation by The Guardian newspaper that found Sports Direct’s warehouse workers […]

Human Rights Defence To A Landlord’s Claim For Possession

July 6th, 2016

Last month the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the appeal by a residential tenant in respect of a possession order which had been obtained by the landlord. This was an awkward claim, as the tenant was living in a property owned by her parents. The tenant had been granted a number of assured shorthold tenancy agreements. […]

Brexit and its Effects on the Property Sector

June 28th, 2016

We’ve had the EU referendum – what next? The Law Society last week published an article which proffered reasons for sitting on both sides of the fence.  Like Mr Martin Coleman, this author voted to remain in the EU. Lawyers love evidence and facts.  Mr Coleman cited figures from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research […]

Lasting Powers Of Attorney – Planning For The Unexpected

June 22nd, 2016

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is not just for the elderly One person in the UK develops Dementia every three minutes. There are approximately 152,000 Strokes in the UK every year, that’s more than one every five minutes. Emergency services treat hundreds of thousands of people for head injuries each year. Traumatic brain injury […]