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No fault divorce – whose fault is it anyway?

If you want to get divorced in England and Wales you must still provide reasons for the court. Unless you are relying on the fact that you have lived apart for at least 2 years then a petitioner must provide evidence that the respondent is at fault. In 2015 60% of divorces were based on…

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What is the difference between Freehold and Leasehold?

If you purchase a freehold property, you are purchasing the outright ownership of the property, including the land it is built on (although there are restrictions on the depth of the land beneath the property and the extent of the sky above). The owner of a freehold estate in land has no time limit to…

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What is Conveyancing?

In its most simple form, Conveyancing is the legal process by which the legal title of property is transferred from the current owner to the new owner. The process involves a conveyancing solicitor or licenced conveyancer on each side of the transaction (one for the seller and one for the buyer) to ensure that all…

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Surrey Law Society Past President’s Champions Cup

Congratulations to our very own Paul Richardson, who managed the Gordons Racing Team, for winning the inaugural Surrey Law Society Past President’s Champions Cup. Our team (including Sean and Jo Richardson and Harry Neale) did extremely well and came first out of the 15 teams racing go-karts round the 900m GP circuit at Daytona, Sandown…

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The United Legal Network six monthly conference

This May two of our partners from the Property Department attended a conference in Stockholm as part of The United Legal Network (ULN). The ULN is an association of Commercial Lawyers created in 1999. It was set up for the purpose of enhancing its members’ abilities to provide their clients with a practical and professional…

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Gordons Partnership LLP – Staff Notifications

Due to expansion Gordons has recruited two new solicitors: one in our Family Law department and the other in our Healthcare Law department. Family Law Legal Department Mark Studdart joined the Family department at Gordons Partnership LLP in May 2019 having previously worked for practices in the Herts, Bucks and Beds areas. He qualified as…

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a tax charged on land transactions. The tax is payable on the purchase or transfer of chargeable interest. In other words, on freehold and leasehold interests in land in the UK. The amount paid for the purchase or transfer of land in the UK, will determine whether SDLT is…