The use of large up-front fees and disproportionate deposits has already resulted in significant cost consequences for one care provider.
The post-Brexit fall-out has been noticeable by the number of 'unknowns' and 'what-ifs?'. We're not any clearer on what the UK will look like, nor how our European neighbours will see us after we leave the EU.
As a family practitioner, I have mixed feelings about Brexit. Firstly, Brexit and the uncertainty it has brought are likely to have had negative financial effects on many of my clients. Whether it is the cost of goods increasing, or the immediate negative impact upon the stock market and the subsequent effect on assets such as pensions - uncertainty hurts people financially.
Moreover, Brexit will require the UK to re-negotiate a myriad of existing arrangements with our EU neighbours. Currently, there is apprehension about, for example, maintenance arrangements, jurisdiction within divorce cases and the enforceability of orders relating to children within the EU. The current laws relating to these matters could, potentially, come to an end when the UK leaves.
That said, it is likely that the UK will either adopt existing EU laws relating to these issues as a block or will otherwise negotiate similar reciprocal agreements to those already in place. Despite this, we at Anthony Collins Solicitors are aware that if, for instance, you have the benefit of a UK order for maintenance or a child living in another EU country, it is still a worry as to what Brexit may mean for that order and ensuring that payments or your relationship continue.
Leaving the EU does, however, offer the UK a rare opportunity. Part of the problem many people felt with the UK being in the EU was that the laws enacted by the EU were “one size fits all”, and that the EU members, including the UK, became bound by laws that were not necessarily in the national interest of the individual countries. Brexit gives the UK the opportunity to free itself from perceived or actual EU bureaucracy, look at the EU laws that work, the laws that need redrafting, and most importantly, negotiate and enter into reciprocal arrangements with our neighbours that protect the UK.
The UK will then have the opportunity to look at our own laws and update many that are antiquated or out of step with modern life. Whether it be, for instance, the long-discussed no-fault divorce laws or simplifying financial settlement upon divorce, leaving the EU gives the UK the opportunity to enact legislation that reflects the changes in culture and relationships that the UK has seen in recent years.
So, in conclusion, whilst only uncertainty is certain, leaving the EU is unlikely to mean a fundamental change for UK Family Law, unless the UK Government uses Brexit as an opportunity to seize the day and fundamentally change legislation, and hopefully for the better.
The government announced on 16 May that it will provide a fund of £400m to cover the costs of removal and replacement of cladding to high rise residential blocks which have failed tests.
Whilst some people are under the impression that preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is simply a case of completing a form and ticking a few boxes, it is about far more than this.
A big fear for some people facing divorce and the inevitable carving up of the matrimonial assets. They seek assurances that such assets will be “ring-fenced” and retained for them.
Thinking about the legal status of being a cohabitant probably isn’t at the top of the ‘to do’ list.
When an individual is thinking about making a gift to another individual, consideration needs to be given to the Potentially Exempt Transfer (PET) trap.
We are now only a few weeks away from the biggest change to data protection laws in over 20 years. Are you compliant?
The tragedy, in this case, is that there were options readily available to the midwives that they could have used. This was not a case of having to go above and beyond.
Arising from the recent Family Division announcement, people who think they are legally divorced may in fact still be married.
The SCCS has issued providers in the scheme a series of updated and new documents in order to assist with their National Minimum Wage review.
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