Gareth Jones

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An Interview With a Spanish-Speaking Solicitor

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Being fluent in both Spanish and English puts Adolfo Marquez (our Conveyancing Executive) in a quite unique position. Not only is he able to advise Abacus’ English-speaking clients, he can also lend his expert knowledge of residential property to our growing Spanish and Italian-speaking client base around the North West and beyond. His multilingual skills [read more…]


What happens if a partner in an unmarried couple dies?

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What happens if a partner in an unmarried couple dies?

Despite the rise of cohabiting couples in the UK, there is still confusion surrounding an unmarried partner’s rights after their other half has died.   Many cohabiting couples still believe that their rights are protected by ‘common law’, however, in the UK, this does not exist. This means that when there are cohabitation disputes or [read more…]


How to claim and divide assets when cohabiting couples separate

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How to claim and divide assets when cohabiting couples separate

Cohabiting or common-law couples are the fastest growing type of family in the UK. However, if you haven’t set up a cohabitation agreement, you could be in store for a nasty shock, with little or no entitlement to anything should the relationship sadly break down. Read our guide to find out more on how assets [read more…]


Your cohabitation rights when your partner moves into your property

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Your cohabitation rights when your partner moves into your property

Inviting your partner to move into your property can be an exciting prospect, but you should take time to consider all the risks associated from a legal point of view.   In our previous two posts of this three-part series on cohabitation rights to property, we looked into your rights when moving into your partner’s [read more…]


A guide to the minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings

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A guide to energy efficiency standards for commercial properties

In April 2018, the new legal minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for commercial buildings were introduced. The arrival of these new legal standards has brought about a number of threats and opportunities for landlords, developers and investors.   Within this guide to the minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings, we’ll be looking at the [read more…]


Selling a property – When can property contract disputes arise?

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Selling a property - when can contract disputes arise?

This is the second of two articles related to property contract disputes. Whilst the first article concentrated on dealing with common contract issues experienced by a property buyer, this article will focus on dealing with problems experienced by property sellers.   Read on to discover some of the situations where property contract disputes can arise [read more…]


A guide to buying a commercial property with tenants in situ

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A guide to buying commercial property with tenants in situ

The number of commercial landlords in the UK who are seeing the upsides of buying and selling properties with tenants in situ is growing. Simply put, tenants in situ is the term used when a property becomes available to purchase with a tenant already occupying the property.   Subject to the terms of the tenancy [read more…]


Residential vs Commercial Landlords: What are your responsibilities?

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residential landlords & commercial landlords responsibilities

Residential property investment varies significantly from commercial property investment, and so too do the responsibilities for residential landlords compared to commercial landlords.  The option you choose can impact your lifestyle in different ways, therefore, it’s important to assess both options to ensure you’re making the right decision for your next investment.   Fortunately, we’ve done [read more…]


Cohabiting couples: Everything you need to know about this rising household trend

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Everything you need to know about cohabitation

Cohabitation statistics show that this household trend is steadily increasing and will continue to do so over the coming years. If you’re considering cohabitation with your partner, or you simply want to know more about the statistics and laws surrounding it, our guide will give you all the information you need to know about cohabitation.


Everything you need to know about contract disputes with builders

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Contract disputes with builders

Having building work carried out on your home or business property can be a concerning time, even if all goes well. However, if you’ve experienced delays, poor workmanship or unexpected bills, this can make your experience all the more unpleasant and may not give you the results you were looking for. Take a look at [read more…]