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No-Fault Divorce – 6 April 2022

It's been a long time in the making, but no-fault divorce has arrived. From today, couples will finally be able to proceed with a divorce without placing blame. In readiness ...
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Further Extension to Residential Tenancy Notice Periods in Wales

The extended six month notice period that residential landlords are required to give tenants to commence possession proceedings has been further extended by the Welsh ...

Family court judge dismisses 28 ‘improper’ divorce petitions from online service

A recent court case flooded the legal news earlier this month, with a family court judge dismissing 28 ‘improper’ divorce petitions which had been submitted ...

COP26

As COP26 takes place in Glasgow with world leaders coming together to discuss how our nations can reduce the impact of climate change, Hannah Curtis, ...

Why Agricultural Shows Matter

As the sun soon rises on the annual Usk Show, we talk about why agricultural shows matter to our farming and rural clients, to us ...

Should they stay or should they go, now?

Marjha Golding-Evans talks university and understanding how your young person’s choices about going now, later, or not at all, may impact maintenance being paid. 2021 ...

What to do when someone dies

We know how difficult it is to lose a loved one and understand that dealing with their estate can be a difficult and an often ...

An eye on the UK – is it good enough to be “adequate”?

Anyone with a passing interest in data protection compliance, or anyone who works in an organisation that receives / uses personal data from outside the ...

Delay in ’No Fault Divorce’, but change is coming.

It has been a long time coming but for those wanting to apply for a divorce on the basis of ‘No Fault’, the wait is ...

Make Your Move

With lockdown forcing people to work from home, many are now choosing to upsize their property. Natasha Bunclark, solicitor at RDP Law, advises how you ...

Prenups; keeping it in the family

Pre-nups; what you need to know and how they can protect you, your family and your farm or business. ‘We aren’t super-rich, so it isn’t ...

RDP’s Head of Family Marjha Golding-Evans is in the Spotlight

We put RDP's new Head of Family, Marjha, in the spotlight where she talks about her love of tapas, quantum physics and lobbying parliament.. Q1. ...

Spring; New Beginnings

As we see the green shoots of spring tentatively showing their wares in the gardens and fields across Monmouthshire, there is much to plan for ...

New phosphate guidance in Wales – a red flag for developers

January saw the release of National Resources Wales (NRW)'s "Compliance Assessment of Welsh Rivers Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) against Phosphorus Targets". The assessment, which ...

Use it or lose it – ‘Right to Regenerate’ consultation issued by Housing Secretary

I was particularly interested by the Housing Secretary’s recent announcement of a consultation on the possibility of the public being able to convert vacant plots ...

2021. Starting the Year Right.

After a tumultuous 2020, the start of a new year brings hope of a fresh start and better times in 2021. Looking to the future ...

Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation (DNAR) orders, have you had the conversation with your loved ones?

A recent investigation carried out by the Care Quality Commission into the controversial application of Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation (DNAR) orders on care home residents during the pandemic ...

‘Lasting Powers of Attorney for Health & Welfare’ and the huge importance they can carry in today’s world

The story of a 73 year old daughter who was arrested after she tried to remove her 97 year old mother from a care home ...

Technology and Regulatory Compliance in a Fast-Changing World

Kerry Beynon, Partner at RDP Law, looks at the role of technology in relation to regulatory compliance in a fast-changing world. Many conversations these days ...

FCA to contact 7,700 Steelworkers about their pension transfer advice

In June 2020 the regulator announced that it will be contacting over 7,700 steelworkers who transferred out of the British Steel Pension Scheme (“BSPS”) in ...

Virtual Witnessing of Wills Permitted During COVID-19

The recent announcement by the UK government (on 25th July 2020) confirming that temporary legislation has been introduced allowing people to virtually witness wills has ...

The Importance of Succession Planning

RDP’s Head of Agriculture and Private Client, Sioned Thomas answers some of the common questions asked around Succession Planning. 1. What is Succession Planning? A ...

Lockdown Lowdown – Working Smarter

So we’ve now passed 50 days in lockdown and the world is certainly a different place to the “pre- COVID-19” days. However, it’s not all ...

Getting your affairs in order during lockdown – FAQs

Our private client specialists consider some of the common queries families have on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate whilst in lockdown. 1. My ...

The impact of COVID-19 on commercial leases

Given the current circumstances, many commercial tenants are expected to suffer from reduced turnover and increased cash flow problems. There is now a considerable strain ...

The impact of COVID-19 on residential tenancies

Residential tenants already benefit from quite favourable statutory protection. However, given the current circumstances with many tenants struggling more than ever with meeting their monthly ...

COVID-19 Advice Series: Key steps for business owners

The Covid-19 outbreak has caused a lot of uncertainty for many people and is having a huge effect on businesses, small and large across the ...

COVID-19 Advice Series: Are you business ready for Coronavirus?

It could be said that the first quarter of 2020 has been somewhat challenging. With the World Health Organisation last week declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, ...

Commercial Lasting Powers of Attorney – Getting Down to Business

As the awareness and popularity of Lasting Powers of Attorneys steadily grows, business owners are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of putting in place ...

Welsh 2020 Commercial and Residential Property Forecasts

Leading property agent, Savills, has given its residential and commercial property predictions for the coming year. Last week Savills outlook event took place, at which ...

Rule Changes February 2020 : Spouse Inheritance Sum Rises to £270,000

On the 6th February 2020 a rule change came into play meaning the fixed inheritance sum for a surviving spouse rose to £270,000 if there ...

Brexit musings: it’s most definitely not goodbye!

It was another great event at The International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the cybersecurity ecosystem, FIC is a ...

RDP’s Real Estate Paralegal Hannah Curtis is in the Spotlight

We shine a spotlight on RDP Paralegal Hannah, who talks about supporting clients, Disney and Emmeline Pankhurst... Q1. Name Hannah Curtis Q2. Job title Real ...

Why making a Will should be top of your New Year’s Resolutions list

It’s that time of year again for fresh starts and resolutions. This year, why not make one resolution that you can easily stick to and ...

Unmarried couples, cohabitation agreements and dispelling the myth

‘Common law’ marriage is a myth. Living as an unmarried couple for a period of time (regardless of how lengthy that period of time is) ...

RDP Explores the World of Pre-nups

Let’s talk about the “P-word”. One that is often considered before the “M-word”. Pre-nup. A pre-nuptial agreement is an agreement between a couple entered into ...

Freezer clauses in Options – landowner’s guide

I’m increasingly seeing, when negotiating and drafting option agreements over land, a new clause finding its way into the drafting, which reflects, perhaps, a growing ...

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 – Your Duties as a Landlord

The Use and Control of Asbestos Asbestos was commonly used in building materials, insulation and electrical products. Many industries utilised asbestos for its properties, which ...

Single Farm Payments – ‘The Welsh Way’

The last few weeks have provided the people of Wales with much to think about in respect of decisions made by the Welsh Government. The ...

Cyber Security Article: As The Proposed ICO Fine Of British Airways Shows, GDPR Is Not “Year 2000 Again”

Following the launch of “RDP Data Defence™", RDP Law has been out and about talking to organisations about data protection and the laws that came ...

Planning Permission – A Conveyancer’s Guide

Planning permissions predominantly take two forms: An outline permission. This is best thought of as an application that seeks to establish the principle of a ...

Authorised Push Payment Fraud – Don’t Be A Victim

Following recent developments and many well-publicised examples of scams against bank customers making the headlines, Adrienne Brigden and Taryn Heath explore recent changes in the ...

Digital Assets

Have you ever thought about what happens to your digital assets on death? We do more and more on-line, and assets and personal information are ...

Planning agreements explained..

A planning agreement is a document that contains planning obligations, which bind land. It is usually entered into between a landowner and a local planning ...

RDP’s commercial corporate solicitor Delyth Evans is in the spotlight

We shine the spotlight on RDP’s commercial corporate solicitor Delyth, who talks about Brazil, her love of baking and dog Daisy… Q1. Name Delyth Evans ...

Brexit and Our Land Consultation

On 10 July, the Welsh Government launched a consultation seeking views on their proposals for a post Brexit land management programme for Wales called ‘Brexit ...

To Gift or Not to Gift

In a recent ruling, a son appointed as attorney under his elderly mother’s Lasting Power of Attorney successfully applied to the Court of Protection for ...

Japanese Knotweed and Liability – Clarity in the Law?

Following a recent Court of Appeal decision originating from a decision handed down at the Cardiff County Court, some clarity has been provided on the ...

Conveyancing FAQs – everything you need to know

How do I know if my property is registered? The Land Registry hold an online database of all properties that are registered. This is something ...

Minimum Energy Efficient Standard (MEES) – A Guide for Landlords

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect in England and Wales on 1st April 2018. This makes it illegal to rent either commercial ...

Consumer rights and event tickets

The summer months bring with it a number of music festivals, open air concerts and various other events, all of which appear to sell out ...

WAG Proposal to Disapply TAN 6.2

The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a consultation into the temporary disapplication of paragraph 6.2 of its Technical Advice Note 1 (“TAN”), the document that ...

The importance of a will when your family is expanding

It’s probably not at the top of your ‘to do’ list but, as your family expands, it is important to consider making or reviewing an ...

Silence in the context of settlement – to mediate or not to mediate?

A recent Court of Appeal decision has sent a firm warning to litigants and their legal advisers in respect of the use of Alternative Dispute ...

Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture

29th March 2019 will herald Brexit, at least for now. Any lawyer monitoring discussions between Brussels and Westminster can recognise a protracted mediation in full ...

Disputed ownership doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game

Sometimes I still inwardly cringe at memories of my teenage years. There are far too many to mention but one memory is the posters I ...

Did you know July is Scams Awareness Month?

To reduce your risk of becoming a victim of property fraud, you can: Sign up to the Land Registry’s free property alert service - the ...

Help! I’m a minority shareholder!

Minority shareholders of a private company can often feel that they are being taken advantage of. Their money is invested in the company, helping fund ...

The power In your pocket – social media has changed the world, don’t let it damage your business

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - they connect us to friends old and new and give our businesses access to customers and markets we couldn’t have dreamed ...

Enforcing property rights: can you still get an injunction?

If you own or occupy a property, and someone else’s actions (or inactions) are causing you problems, then an injunction is your ultimate legal weapon. ...

On the line

The farmer’s ‘hedge and ditch’ rule is still used to determine the line of a boundary. There is an old rule, or presumption, dating from ...

Claiming your fair share from an estate

Cases involving wills and estate disputes often hit the headlines. These are typically ‘family at war’ stories, where one or more family members were cut ...

Suspicious wills, and how to challenge them

When someone dies, their will can sometimes be a surprise to family members. The children of the deceased might be given only small bequests, with ...

Stamp duty changes: the effect on second home owners, landlords and the rental market

On 1 April 2016 a new higher rate of stamp duty was introduced for second homes. The change to the duty - formally called Stamp ...

Welsh landlords need to “rent smart”

A new scheme is in force for rented domestic properties in Wales. It means that landlords must be registered and licensed, and if they manage ...

Law catches up with Airbnb landlords

The popularity of Airbnb shows no signs of slowing. The holiday lettings website has given many people an extra income stream, allowing them to rent ...

Bringing the law of property “into the 21st Century”

Property owners are expecting the Government shortly to introduce significant changes to property law. The Queen’s Speech included a proposal for legislation to implement the ...

Council liable to compensate property owner for emergency closure of commercial premises

The Supreme Court has set out the circumstances in which a local authority must compensate property owners where it forces them to close down their ...

‘Last will and testament’ – but not the last word

There are more and more disputes over wills, new figures show. The number of claims issued in the High Court increased by 10% in 2015 ...

Prenups from the Bank of Mum and Dad

Parents naturally want to help their children buy somewhere to live, or set them up in life, and often this occurs on marriage. The so-called ...

Get ready for the online court!

The Government and the judiciary have announced that the civil courts are to be automated, with cases put online by 2020. The plan is ‘digitise’ ...

When civil proceedings are malicious

If you are sued by someone else, you might feel angry and aggrieved. How dare they? The allegations are completely unjustified! They themselves are at ...

Landlord not liable for injury caused by property defect

A residential tenant will often seek to blame their landlord if they are injured by a defect at the property. But where the landlord is ...

Fixed costs: more fix, less cost

The courts have been concerned for some time about costs in litigation spiralling ever upwards. The press love to highlight legal cases where costs are ...