Talking it out

Statistics show that more children than ever woke up Christmas morning with only one of their parents, following a relationship break-up. According to research, published by the Marriage Foundation, one in three children under the age of 15 woke up with just one parent on Christmas morning. Alongside, are many more families where couples will have 'held it together' for one last family Christmas, but who will now be heading for divorce. The latest EU data shows that the UK has the highest rate of family breakdown in Western Europe.…

Bowling & Co Solicitors – History of the firm

The firm was founded by the late Gilbert Bowling, who in the summer of 1957 set his sights on his own sole practice in Stratford. He located some rooms above the Burtons menswear shop and moved in by late June 1957. However with no working telephone at first and decorators still in refurbishing the offices he did not actually start practising as “Bowling & Co” until 17th July 1957. The premises above Burtons comprised of just a few rooms - numbers 1, 2, 3 and 3a on the first floor…

Jammy and dodgers focus of Hammond’s first and last – Autumn Budget Statement 2016

The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Autumn Budget statement, with a focus on lower income households and business tax avoidance. The new Chancellor announced a reduced growth target and predicted a tougher economic period during the transition towards Brexit. The target set out by his predecessor to achieve a surplus by 2020 has been set aside, with growth predicted to fall to 1.4% in 2017 and cumulative borrowing over the next five years predicted to be £122bn…

Relaxed planning rules to be made permanent

The process for converting commercial property to residential has become easier, now that temporary planning rules removing the need for planning applications to convert certain types of building have been made permanent. The rules, which apply to B1 use properties (including offices, research and development premises and light industry) being converted for C3 use (residential housing), were set to end in May 2016. However, they will now be made permanent – much to the relief of commercial landowners and developers. Removing planning application requirements for converting certain commercial buildings should…

Digging deep: extending the basement

A site in South East London has been sold at a recent auction for £27,000. With the average price in the area an estimated £501/ft² the 400 sq ft site seemed like the perfect acquisition for somebody looking to secure their place on the property ladder. See also: Buying a property at auction Upon inspection of the particulars it was noted the site was marketed as "A vacant front basement suitable for redevelopment (subject to obtaining all necessary consents)" and prospective buyers were told, "There will be no internal viewings due…

Start-ups and entrepreneurs: The rise of serviced offices

Often the best route (or the only one) to starting your own business is working from home or your garage. The need to get bigger space and or a professional environment is soon a necessity when the business takes off and expansion is required. However a level of flexibility is required and the commitment to a long lease may not be the right step or one that can be affordable. Therefore one option, initially, is by use of a serviced office. Several researches have shown this to be the case,…

No fault divorces

On 13 October 2015, Richard Bacon MP introduced a Bill to Parliament proposing an amendment to family law which could enable couples to say that there was no fault for the break up and to apply for a "no fault divorce". This would involve both parties making a separate declaration that the marriage or civil partnership had “irretrievably broken down” which is the ground that needs to be satisfied to enable a person to be able to petition for divorce. The other requirement being that the parties have to have…

Office to residential permitted development right to be made permanent

The office to residential permitted development right will become permanent in May 2016. In May 2013, a new Class J permitted development right was inserted into the GPDO 1995 Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2013. This Class J granted planning permission for a change of use of a building and any land within its title from class B1(a) (offices), to within class C3 (dwellinghouses), however this was a temporary right. This Class J was then converted to Class O in 2015. There are a number of commercial…

An update on residential tenancies

Following our article on the Deregulation Act 2015 and what it means for landlords, we set out below the major changes coming into force as of 1 October 2015. In relation to Assured Shorthold Tenancies granted on or after 1 October 2015 One of the most important changes coming into force is the prescribed form of Section 21 Notice. This form is annexed to the new regulations and must be used. The days of serving Section 21 Notices when the tenant signs the tenancy agreement will also be long gone.…

Legal 500 – record ranking for Bowling & Co Solicitors

Record ranking for Bowling & Co Solicitors! The results of the Legal 500 2015 entries have been announced and Bowling & Co Solicitors have received specialist recommendations across four practice areas! We have been recommended for our expertise in Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property - Hotels and Leisure, Commercial property - General and Property Litigation. This is a great achievement for us that reflects the hard work that goes on at Bowling & Co and one we only hope to improve upon in years to come. Moreover, in this year's Legal 500, in addition to our…

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