When can you claim PPR Relief on more than one property?

Family lawyers are familiar with ‘Mesher Orders’ where the court orders that as part of the financial settlement on divorce, the family home is transferred into a Trust for a limited period – usually until the youngest child finishes secondary school. One spouse remains in the property with the children. Principal Private Residence (PPR) is

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Osbornes’ free legal and welfare advice clinic at Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Osbornes Solicitors is part of a consortium of Brain Injury Group members offering a free Legal and Welfare Service (LAWS) at the Royal Free Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN), one of the leading centres for and authorities on neuro-disability care in the UK. The Brain Injury Group is a national not-for-profit network of brain injury lawyers

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Stamp Duty Changes – Will You Be Affected?

Are you currently looking for a property to purchase? If you are then the ‘additional properties’ stamp duty changes announced by the Chancellor in November 2015 may affect you. Simon Nosworthy, head of residential property at Osbornes Solicitors explains the new surcharge, when it comes into effect and who it will apply to. Why the

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Sperm donors: licensed clinics v unlicensed donations

The issue of unlicensed sperm donors and online sperm donors has once again recently been raised in the media following Simon Watson’s claims that he has fathered 800 children! There are many personal reasons why people seeking to create a family use sperm donors through a clinic licensed by the HFEA or instead an informal /

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10 Top Tips to Avoid Delays When Selling Your Home in 2016

Thinking about marketing your property for sale in 2016? Simon Nosworthy, Head of Residential Conveyancing at Osbornes sets out his top 10 tips of things to prepare now to avoid delays when it comes to selling your home: You need to find out how big your outstanding mortgage is, and if there are any early

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New investigation into deaths proposed by Jeremy Hunt

In the news, it has been announced that the way deaths are investigated within the NHS is about to change.  Jeremy Hunt, the Health secretary has taken action following the report prepared on Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. This Trust is apparently one of the largest NHS Trusts dealing with mental health in this country.

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Is death in Hospital due to understaffing?

The British Journal of Anaesthesia had published research after a study involving approximately 295,000 hospital patients. The results of that research have shown that patients die in hospital often because they have been admitted to hospital over the weekend period. It is well known that there is less staff in hospitals at weekends. Often wards

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Prison and Sexual Abuse

It’s no surprise to learn that prisoners are also at risk of sexual abuse. A recent article in the news has focused on Rye Hill Prison in Northamptonshire. Rye Hill is a category B prison and it only holds more than 600 prisoners convicted of sex crimes. Prior to 2014, it was a mixed prison

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A contract in Public Law granted to Osbornes

Judicial review is concerned with the process of holding public bodies to account through the Courts. Every day public bodies make decisions in relation to a huge range of issues. If the decision is made by a public body exercising a public function then it is potentially liable to a claim for judicial review. The

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Providing care in practice: Is 5 minutes enough?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”), the Government’s advisors, have recently proposed that care workers should stop conducting “flying care visits” to vulnerable people who rely on their help and instead stay for at least half an hour. These proposals have received widespread media attention. Thul Khan, specialist community care solicitor at Osbornes

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