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All I want for Christmas is…a divorce

We find a high number of couples seek legal advice in relation to divorce and separation in the New Year. Statistics show divorce rates rise in the month of January and continue up until the end of March in what has become a recognised post-Christmas trend. Christmas adds strain and pressure to an already struggling relationship and often couples are at breaking point.

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What is an Option Agreement? 

An Option Agreement is a contract between a landowner and a potential developer where the developer has the opportunity (but not an obligation) to purchase the property from the landowner at an agreed price within a certain period. Find out more.

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Three questions every business should ask before signing a commercial lease

Signing a commercial lease is often the first big financial commitment that a business makes. It is a legally binding contractual agreement between a business tenant and a landlord, which gives the tenant the right to use the property for business operations. In return for this, the tenant pays a fee and agrees to comply with certain other obligations.

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Sweeney Miller Law advises new ethical venture set to open its doors on Jesmond Road

The eco-conscious initiative started when founder Lauren Wedderburn and her partner watched a documentary which revealed how much waste the nation throws away. After making incremental changes, Lauren founded the business to help others do the same and live more consciously. From packaging-free groceries to bamboo toothbrushes and stainless steel lunch boxes, the brand is offering non-plastic alternatives to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint.

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When choosing a Family Law solicitor, why are location and face-to-face interaction a client’s priority?

A YouGov survey of 3,589 users of legal services over a two year period revealed that 77% of those who use a solicitor would choose a small local firm rather than a large corporate firm. With reputation, price, specialism and convenience more valued by customers now than in 2012, local firms remain at the forefront of people’s minds when they’re looking for a solicitor.

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How do I pay stamp duty on commercial property leases?

If you've ever purchased a property, you'll have heard of Stamp Duty Land Tax. Although it is well known that SDLT is payable on home purchases valued above this threshold, many business owners do not know that it is also payable on some commercial leases.

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