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1st November 2019

Buss Murton re-accredited to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme

We are pleased to announce that we have once again secured The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation. This is a recognised quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property, trusted by some of the UK’s biggest mortgage lenders. Membership of the scheme is only achieved after being vetted to ensure that […]Read More >


31st October 2019

Final Call for Help to Buy ISAs

Unless the Government choose to extend the deadline, the Help to Buy ISA is due to be scrapped on the 30th November 2019, meaning time is running out for first-time buyers wishing to take advantage of a product that offers tax-efficient savings as well as generous top-ups from the Government. If you have between £1 […]Read More >


29th October 2019

What to do when a person dies

It is not always obvious that there are procedures to follow. The first is where did the death occur? The most likely locations are at home, in a hospice, in a nursing home or in hospital. If at home and the death is sudden or unexpected, call the Police. If not unexpected or if it […]Read More >


16th October 2019

Government scraps planned increase in probate fees

The Government has abandoned plans for a new ‘death tax’ following months of widespread public opposition. The changes which were due to take effect last April, were delayed due to Parliament’s all-consuming Brexit talks and have now been postponed indefinitely. Instead probate fees and charges in relation to the running of the family and civil […]Read More >


4th September 2019

“I do”…until I don’t!

Despite pre-nuptial agreements still not technically being binding in English law, their popularity continues to rise, which is in part due to today’s fascination with everything “celebrity”, but are they for the rest of us? The answer is yes – sometimes! Couples for whom they may be helpful, include professional couples without children who choose […]Read More >


29th August 2019

Falling house prices and lnheritance Tax

There can be a risk that by reason of the time delay between valuing land and buildings for the purposes of lnheritance Tax and the sale of the same, the value may fall. lnheritance Tax is paid on the date of death value and, in some cases, at least some of that is to be […]Read More >


28th August 2019

HMRC investigates well over 20% of all taxable estates

A freedom of information request by Discretionary Fund Managers Quilters show that the Revenue opened more than 5,000 Inheritance Tax investigations in a year, a figure representing well over 20% of the 22,000 estates that are liable to lnheritance Tax in that year. Whilst it is more often than not the case that persons named […]Read More >


30th July 2019

Inheritance tax – what the future may hold…

The shadow chancellor is considering plans to impose a new lifetime gifts tax with a threshold of just £125,000. The Labour party has confirmed it is considering plans that will increase the receipts from inheritance tax from its current £5.3bn per year to £15bn. This will include a radical shift from taxing estates to taxing […]Read More >


7th June 2019

I have received an inheritance which I do not wish to keep. What can I do?

As strange as it may seem, there may be circumstances where you might not want assets or monies left to you in a Will. In this situation you have a right to refuse the inheritance. There are two methods to remove inheritance from your hands. They have very di­fferent implications. One method would be to […]Read More >


14th May 2019

Celebrity Divorces

News of a celebrity divorce can become viral within seconds, but how much truth is there behind those eye-catching headlines? Let’s look at a few examples: “The Quickie Divorce” In 2018, it was reported that Jamie and Louise Redknapp’s 19-year marriage was ended in 25 seconds. This led many to question why their own divorce […]Read More >


11th April 2019

Escalating Ground Rent

If you own a long lease on a property in England and Wales you will normally have to pay rent to the freeholder or landlord of the property, known as ground rent. This will be fixed or it may escalate during the course of the lease. Once the remaining term of a lease reduces to […]Read More >


7th March 2019

The Problem with Sole Director-Shareholder Companies using Table A Articles

The recent High Court ruling in Kings Court Trust Ltd & Ors v Lancashire Cleaning Services Limited (2017) has highlighted a significant problem for sole director-shareholder companies who use Table A articles of association. Read More >


7th March 2019

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

The plight of Mrs Owens being forced to remain in a loveless marriage has garnered much media attention and strengthened the “no fault” divorce movement, but, pending a change in the law, can such a destructive impasse be avoided? YES, by choosing collaborative law.Read More >


7th March 2019

Buss Murton Law supports QVH Charity with will promotion

Buss Murton Law’s East Grinstead office has teamed up with QVH Charity, the dedicated charity for Queen Victoria Hospital, to offer special will writing appointments during the month of March, in return for a donation to the charity. Making a will is vital if you want to be certain your wishes are met after you […]Read More >


12th February 2019

Divorce law – welcome to the 21st century

At long last, the government has finally announced that it intends to introduce the “no fault divorce”, bringing family law into the 21st century. Currently, in this country, unless a couple has been living apart for a period in excess of five years (reduced to two if both parties consent), a divorce can only be […]Read More >


18th September 2018

How Uber Is Transforming Employment Law in the UK

Putting it lightly, it has not been Uber’s year. With every breaking news story comes another crippling blow to the $70bn tech giant. The TFL announcement that they would not be renewing their license to operate in London, having its co-founder forced out as CEO in June and failing to disclose the hack that affected […]Read More >


1st July 2018

Minimising distress in divorce

Currently, unless a couple have been separated for five years or more (reduced to two years if they agree), they can only get divorced if the Petitioner can establish that the Respondent has either committed adultery or has behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her. This […]Read More >


8th May 2018

Online divorce applications but what about the financial settlement?

Online divorce applications are available from today at the government website (www.gov.uk). This provides the opportunity to start the straightforward part of the divorce process. Read More >


1st May 2018

Divorce Mythbusters

There are many myths about who has what rights when a marriage breaks down. In our experience, a belief in those myths can lead people to make decisions they otherwise wouldn’t or shouldn’t make. Here are some common examples: My divorce has been finalised, so my ex cannot make a financial claim against me. Unless […]Read More >


13th March 2018

5 Tips for a cheaper divorce

Many people find themselves reluctant to take legal advice for fear of the costs, but what if that fear is the very thing that leads you to accept an outcome which ultimately costs you more. Below are some tips for how you can both obtain legal advice and keep costs down. 1. Get expert advice […]Read More >


1st February 2018

Daldeep Jaswal elected President of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District Law Society

Daldeep Jaswal, Partner and Head of Commercial Property at Buss Murton Law has been elected President of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District Law Society. The Society which is made up of local legal professionals aims to strengthen relationships between its members and to discuss issues affecting the profession as well as responding to Government […]Read More >


9th January 2018

Does divorce inevitably mean war? The simple answer is no!

It is a commonly held belief that when a relationship breaks down, there must be a winner and therefore there must be a loser.Read More >


21st December 2017

Mirror Wills – A Word of Caution

Mirror Wills or Joint Wills are legal documents where the contents of one Will are almost exactly replicated in the other. Read More >


13th December 2017

Latest News on Social Care Cost Funding

The £72,500 cap on social care costs that an individual could expect to spend on his or her residential care, which was due to come into effect in 2020, has been scrapped.Read More >


27th November 2017

Cohabitation Awareness

Be aware – there is no such thing as common law husband and wife!Read More >


22nd November 2017

Stamp Duty Land Tax for First Time Buyers and other property taxes

​It had been rumoured that Chancellor Phillip Hammond would re-introduce a Stamp Duty Land Tax exemption for first time buyers (something which has existed in the past) Read More >


2nd November 2017

Don’t Ignore Pensions on Divorce

People who are getting divorced overlook pensions at their peril Read More >


1st November 2017

Varying Spousal Maintenance Payments after Divorce

Once the divorce is over and a financial order has been made, life usually becomes more settled for all concerned. However, some orders contain a provision for maintenance for an ex-spouse, setting out how much is to be paid and for how long. These orders reflect the circumstances, income and expenses of the parties at […]Read More >


19th October 2017

Putting Children First: Should their views be heard in Court?

The reaction from most people to “Should children be heard in English family court cases?”, would probably be surprise that the question even needs to be asked!Read More >


10th October 2017

Lasting Powers of Attorney: more applications but, an alert about fraud

There has been a 30% rise in the number of Lasting Power Attorney applications for registration received between April and June compared to the same period in 2016.Read More >


5th October 2017

“Dr Foster” – How NOT to separate!

I suspect that couples going through a separation may be reeling from last night’s conclusion of "Dr. Foster" and fearing for their children's future wellbeing.Read More >


26th September 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation – It’s Coming Ready or Not

GDPR is going to be incorporated into the UK law and everyone doing business in the UK/EU even if they are located outside will be subject to its provisions.Read More >


22nd September 2017

The end of zero-hour contracts?

Zero-hours contracts or as some call them ‘hire and fire’ contracts, have been a hot topic of debate for years.Read More >


14th September 2017

Compensation for Late Payments of Commercial Debts

Cashflow can be the difference between success and failure in business. But if late payments are giving you unnecessary business headaches, the law is on your side.Read More >


24th August 2017

Comment on Judge Lush’s warning about Lasting Powers of Attorney

Former Judge Denzil Lush has said he would never sign a Lasting Power of Attorney because of the risk of abuse and the devastating effects on family relationships.Read More >


1st August 2017

Summer holidays – the last straw?

​Holidays can put pressure on even the most stable relationship, but if a relationship is already under strain, sadly they can sometimes be the last straw.Read More >


27th July 2017

Employment Tribunal Fees Decreed Unlawful

In this article, we explain the Supreme Court's decision to determine the introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees in 2013 as unlawful.Read More >


25th July 2017

Electronic communication: valid reflection of intention in your Will?

Discover the interesting debate about the Law Commission’s proposal to update the law on Wills to recognise electronic communications as a valid intentionRead More >


20th July 2017

When is a Contract a Contract?

When you’ve signed on the dotted line, right? Wrong! You could be tied into legally binding agreements before the terms of a formal contract have been agreed and signed.Read More >


28th June 2017

Christina Bassett appointed Branch Manager at Buss Murton’s East Grinstead Office

Buss Murton is pleased to announce that Christina Bassett has been appointed Branch Manager of the East Grinstead Office with immediate effect.Read More >


26th June 2017

Buss Murton announces Kerry Carter’s appointment to Partner

Buss Murton is pleased to announce that Kerry Carter has been appointed Partner of the firm with effect from 1st June 2017.Read More >


15th May 2017

The ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, intergenerational wealth and concerns re financial prudence.

Many of the over 55s wish to retain some control over how any money they leave to their offspring is spent. The recent growth in pensioner wealth and the obstacles to accessing the property ladder for many of the younger generations mean that a large portion of the older generation will bequeath large sums to children and grandchildren, and that the younger generation will not have had the experience of making decisions regarding such large asset values beforehand.Read More >


20th April 2017

Brexit, Brussels IV and Holiday Homes

Prior to August 2015, there was no unified system of succession law for those who were domiciled and habitually resident in England and Wales but who owned assets, such as a holiday home, elsewhere in Europe. This caused added expense when dealing with assets in Europe, and it was difficult to predict whether the intended beneficiary would inherit in line with the Testator’s intentions. Read More >


20th April 2017

Finances on divorce – Is “special contribution” a justified argument or an outmoded concept?

The breakdown of Ryan Giggs’ marriage has been widely publicised, for a number of reasons, but most recently because he apparently intends to claim “special contribution”. Whilst most people would readily accept that he has made a special contribution to football, can the same be argued for his marriage?Read More >


4th April 2017

​Don’t get blindsided if your relationship breaks down

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released figures showing that, for the first time, the number of unmarried couples with children breaking up has exceeded married couples with children.Read More >


23rd March 2017

Help to Buy schemes – Everything you need to know

Gail Anthony, Licensed Conveyancer at Buss Murton Law and specialist in Help to Buy property purchases, reviews current Government schemes.Read More >


17th March 2017

Varying charges between solicitors on conveyancing quotes?

Seeking a conveyancing quotation but discovering that there is a degree of varying charges between solicitors? At Buss Murton we have no such hidden charges. Read More >


6th March 2017

“Offshore tax planning – HMRC replacing the carrot with a stick”

In the run up to 5 April, there is no time like the present to ‘get one’s house in order’ especially in relation to any offshore interests that you may have.Read More >


28th February 2017

Private clients need to be aware of the new charges for probate fees

The Ministry of Justice are to dramatically reform fees for grants of probate - these will rise in May 2017 as follows:Read More >


20th February 2017

“Cheap” legal solutions can prove costly

The BBC has recently reported the case of a mother who, feeling that she was unable to afford solicitors, lost thousands of pounds to an organisation promising to help with her court case.Read More >


20th February 2017

Breaking up is hard to do

The recent case of Fast Drinks Limited v Cetyl International Group Inc (2016) highlights the need for landlords to consider the potential security of tenure of sub-tenants before exercising a break clause.Read More >


17th February 2017

Greater protection for self-employed contractors

There may be greater protection for thousands of independent contractors working as self-employed contractors following a recent decision of the Court of Appeal.Read More >


15th February 2017

Judge’s controversial decision to keep wife locked into marriage

A Judge has recently decided to refuse a wife’s petition for divorce on the basis that her allegations regarding her husband’s unreasonable behaviour were “minor altercations of a kind to be expected in a marriage”. Read More >


10th February 2017

Spousal maintenance – a right or a need?

Spousal maintenance is inevitably a controversial topic as the simple truth is that there will always be some who believe that they are entitled to it and others who believe equally strongly that they shouldn’t have to pay it.Read More >


7th February 2017

Amicable Divorce App

Only 30 years ago, virtually no one owned a mobile phone and yet now a mobile app promises to help you to divorce and save thousands of pounds in legal fees. But will this app really change the way the world divorces, or is it too good to be true?Read More >


1st February 2017

First baby showers and now divorce parties are coming to the UK!

Although many people may see divorce as an opportunity for a fresh start, few have seen it as a cause for celebration.Read More >


1st February 2017

The Southern Rail Crisis and the Sussex Property Market

As the Southern Rail Crisis continues and shows no signs of ending soon, Sharon Callery, Licensed Conveyancer at Buss Murton Law considers if the strike action will have an effect on the housing market located within the Southern Rail line.Read More >


1st February 2017

Transgender father denied the right to see his children

The case of a transgender father who has been prevented from having a direct relationship with his children due to the risk of them being ostracised by their mother’s orthodox Jewish community, raises some interesting and disturbing issues. Read More >


16th January 2017

Criminal sanctions for residential landlords who breach the right to rent scheme that came into force on 1 December 2016.

Under Sections 39-41 of the Immigration Act 2016, residential landlords will commit a criminal offence if:- - Premises are occupied by an adult who is disqualified from occupying premises under a residential tenancy agreement due to their immigration status; and - The landlord knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the premises are occupied by an adult who is disqualified from occupying premises under a residential tenancy agreement.Read More >


12th January 2017

Applications open for a £30,000 charity giveaway

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table have announced that they are launching a £30,000 charity giveaway following record attendance at the annual Dunorlan Park Fireworks which took place on the 5th November.Read More >


21st December 2016

Managing Partner Andrew Linton talks to the Times of Tunbridge Wells

Having been established in the area for over 300 years, Buss Murton have become central to the legal community. Now, in 2016, the established firm has a new image for the future. Hannah Patterson sits down with Managing Partner Andrew Linton to find out what you can expect from their new brand… Read More >


28th November 2016

Is there such a thing as a ‘good divorce’?

Today marks the first day of ‘Good Divorce Week’ a campaign by Resolution (the national organisation of family lawyers that aims at providing a constructive resolution to family disputes) to promote ‘no fault divorce’ and improve rights for cohabiting couples. On Wednesday 30th November, over 150 members of Resolution will travel to Westminster to lobby for these two important changes to family law. The campaign also coincides with the launch of their new Code of Practice.Read More >


23rd November 2016

Beware of the Perils of Precedents

A recent High Court ruling has demonstrated that the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words trump the “overall purpose” of the Will when it comes to interpretation. Read More >


17th November 2016

Dunorlan Fireworks 2016

Thanking the Tunbridge Wells Round TableRead More >


20th September 2016

Trustees’ Potential Liability for Investment Losses to Beneficiaries

There has been a recent judgement in the matter of Daniel and others and several solicitors acting as professional trustees. Read More >


15th September 2016

Solar Panels: Will They Have a Positive or Negative Impact on Your Property?

Kerry Carter, Associate at Buss Murton Law LLP, explains the implications of installing Photovoltaic (PV) panels (known as solar panels) in your property.Read More >


14th September 2016

Arrangements for Children Following Separation

Parents are often confused about the effects of a divorce or separation on their responsibilities for their children. Read More >


1st August 2016

BREXIT: What Does the Future Hold for the Property Market?

"Out of Europe twice in a week” was an accurate summary, I thought, as I watched the highlights of the England football team being dumped out of the European Championships by the minnows of Iceland.Read More >


13th July 2016

Buss Murton Announces Four Partnership Promotions

...including its first non-lawyer promotion to Equity Partner. Read More >


5th July 2016

Neighbours: When the Red Mist Descends, Don’t Let Costs Go Down the Drain

A dispute between neighbours about who should pay a £4,000 bill to fix a drain has racked up legal costs of more than £300,000.Read More >


13th June 2016

Family Law, the Next Steps …

I am going through a divorce and the finances are now going through the court process as we were unable to agree, what happens?Read More >


13th June 2016

Limitation Period for Loans

The High Court recently considered when the limitation period begins to run in respect of a loan where there is no deadline for repayment. Read More >


8th June 2016

Family Law, the Next Steps – What to do When it’s Time to Divorce

Family Law, the next steps...Read More >


8th June 2016

Family Law, the Next Steps…Mediation, Collaborative Law and the Court Process

Family Law, the next steps...Mediation, collaborative law and going to court - how to choose what is right for you.Read More >


8th June 2016

Implied Terms in a Contract

Implied Terms in a ContractRead More >


8th June 2016

Increased Stamp Duty Rates May Cause Problems for Families

Increased Stamp Duty Rates May Cause Problems for FamiliesRead More >


8th June 2016

Inheritance Tax and the New Residence Nil Rate Band

Question: I am a widow and have been left financially comfortable on my husband’s death a few years ago.Read More >


8th June 2016

Lifetime Planning: Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust Wills

Should we keep the Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust Wills that we have or should we change them to take the full effect of the new Residence based Inheritance Tax allowance?Read More >


8th June 2016

Peace of Mind: Taking Steps to Plan for your Future

Question: I am purchasing a property with my partner, but I am putting in more of the equity. What steps can I take to safeguard my position?Read More >


8th June 2016

The Dangers of Not Having an Appropriate Will

The recent case involving Joy Williams and her deceased partner Norman Martin’s family show how dangerous it is to jointly own property with another (such as a life partner), even if the ownership is appropriately structured as a tenancy in common, if you do not also have an appropriate Will in place.Read More >


7th April 2016

Buy to Let

Question: is buy-to-let still a viable long term option for the smaller investor?Read More >


17th March 2016

Homeowners Beware of Fraudsters

Homeowners beware of fraudsters trying to sell your property without your knowledgeRead More >


17th March 2016

The Commercial Agents Regulations 1993

The Commercial Agents Regulations 1993 set out how compensation for the termination of an agency arrangement is calculated. Perhaps surprisingly, even where a contractual termination occurs, compensation is still payable to an agent (at least where the agency is of products rather than services). Where the parties have not agreed an indemnity under their contract then compensation is due, but how is it calculated?Read More >


17th March 2016

What is a COP Deputy

“Following on from the last article, if you are a Court of Protection Deputy – what does that mean and what can you do and what can you not do…?Read More >


15th March 2016

Family Law and Arrangements for Children

Family Law and Arrangments for ChildrenRead More >


26th February 2016

A Quick Glance at the Year Ahead in Employment Law

A quick glance at the year ahead in Employment LawRead More >


26th February 2016

Stamp Duty Land Tax on Second Homes

Question: If I complete the purchase of a buy to let property after 1st April 2016 will I have to pay more Stamp Duty?Read More >


26th February 2016

What is the Court of Protection?

Perhaps the first question to ask is what is a deputyRead More >


17th February 2016

Slogans – Can They be Trademarks?

You will be aware of trademarks that brands register in order to obtain protection for a brand (and for the investment that has been made in the brand and its brand “equity”). What is often the case is that a number of brands have made considerable investment in slogans. Some almost form part of everyday language – Nike’s “Just do it”, Coca Cola’s “it’s the real thing” are obvious examples. There are numerous examples that have less ubiquity but still have considerable investment.Read More >


3rd February 2016

Collaborative Divorce

Can there really be such a thing as a good divorce?Read More >


1st February 2016

How to Find a Good Divorce Lawyer

With the papers full of the latest “celebrity” divorces and statistics showing that 42% of UK marriages end in divorce, it might be assumed that divorce is no longer a significant life event. However, the knowledge that thousands of other couples are going through the same thing, makes it no less difficult when your own marriage is breaking down.Read More >


1st February 2016

Pre Nups: To Have or Have not?

Although the multi million pound divorce settlements which are often reported in the press are of little relevance to the vast majority of divorcing couples, the financial consequences of any divorce can be significant and far reaching. It is hardly surprising therefore that couples planning marriage are increasingly considering entering into prenuptial agreements in order to try to retain control over their finances. Read More >


6th January 2016

Buss Murton Law in 2016

Andrew Linton - Managing Partner at Buss Murton Law shares some thoughts on the coming yearRead More >


6th January 2016

The Right to Monitor Employees Emails

The Right to Monitor Employees EmailsRead More >


5th January 2016

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Put an LPA in Place?

Is your New Year's resolution to put an LPA in place?Read More >


5th January 2016

New Year New Start

New Year New StartRead More >


1st January 2016

Government Extends Permission to Convert Office to Residential Developments

Brandon Lewis, the Housing and Planning Minister, recently announced that the Government has permanently extended the permitted development of office-to-residential properties.Read More >