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Is your lease younger than we are?

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As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, property owners with less than 80 years left to run on their lease were hoping for a different ruling in a recent Court of...
We are delighted to support Team UK Young Guns as they represent their country at the biggest roller hockey tournament in the world – and one of our employee’s son...
We are delighted to sponsor the Best Business Women Awards for the fourth time. Sponsors since launch, these awards have gone from strength to strength, recognising successful female business owners....
If your business holds personal information, whether on your customers or employees, you cannot afford to ignore the GDPR.  Here are some key pointers on how to prepare for compliance....
In 1938 Dennis Crane started practising as a solicitor in Welwyn Village.  In WW2 he is believed to have served in the local Home Guard.  After the war he joined...

Chris Lane retires

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As Chris Lane reaches his last day at work before retiring, we find out more about his career and what advice he would share with future conveyancers. We wish him...
3.3m couples in the UK are now cohabiting.  Many people mistakenly believe that if they live together for long enough, they become ‘common law spouses’.  But do they legally have...
A recent article in the legal press this week suggests that a new method of online conveyancing would render solicitors redundant. Could this really be the case? Apparently a Swansea...

Our team joined the Great Legal Walk

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This September a Crane & Staples team joined forces with other Herts law firms, raising £500 to prevent families being made homeless, to prevent destitution and to help the elderly...
Earlier this year, the divorce case of Owens v Owens hit the headlines when the High Court refused to grant Mrs Owens a divorce.  Calls made for the introduction of...
Powers of attorney have recently been in the news again when the recently retired senior Judge Denzil Lush spoke out about the risks associated with Lasting Powers of Attorney. Denzil...
In recent years divorcees have been seemingly encouraged to strive towards financial independence. However the recent case of Mills v Mills appears to be making a U-turn towards ‘lifelong maintenance’....

Leasehold new builds; a national scandal?

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Property developers who take advantage of home owners are likely to fall foul of the Government’s recent proposals to prohibit them selling the leasehold interest in new build houses. The Government...
The number of claims which succeed at employment tribunals following discrimination claims is only a small percentage of the overall number. Will there be an upsurge now that fees have...

Does employment law inhibit free speech?

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A recent article in The Times took a pot-shot at the HR Industry and employment litigation, criticising its cost and the negativity it engenders in the workplace. Mark Littlewood of...
Have you faced any employment tribunal claims in the past 4 years?  Be prepared for chaos as Supreme Court rules that all fees paid since July 2013 are to be...

Mind your own business?

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Does your IT policy allow you to monitor your employees’ emails?  How do you protect your business when an employee leaves? Can you monitor what your employees using your electronic...

Le Petit Tour and summer drinks

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We had fantastic time at the 2017 Welwyn Garden Petit Tour on Sunday! We were delighted to sponsor the inaugural Welwyn Crane & Staples Junior Sportive where over 50 children...

A warm welcome to Neena Jakhu

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We are delighted to welcome Neena Jakhu into our Employment and Dispute Resolution Department.  Neena joined us to support the team and also to develop the service we offer in...
In the biggest shake up of data protection law for a generation, the new GDPR legislation comes into force in May 2018.  With businesses facing potential fines of up to...

Important Court Case Update

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What happens when a parent leaves all their money to charity and not their children?  Can the will be successfully challenged? Find out in this important court case update. Where...
The UK government announced, on Friday, 21 April 2017, that it will not go ahead with the highly unpopular probate fee increases that were due to be applied from May...
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