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The Right Trust at the Right Time

You may have heard about “Family Asset Protection Trusts” and think they sound promising for protecting your home and hard-earned savings from various evils. At least, that is what the people who market them warn you about. But many of the...

Case Study - Landlord and Tenant

When a sub-tenant wants to leave but they do not want to help get vacant possession, what do I do as a landlord? As a landlord, you may have rented out your property to an individual or company on the basis that they will then sub-let the property to...

No Fault Divorce

Change is in the air/ End of the blame game? From 6 th April 2022 separating couples will not need to blame each other for the breakdown of their relationship. Currently, divorcing couples must be able to identify issues that have triggered the...

A night at the awards - by Claire Darby

On Thursday 17 March 2022, Hatice, Donald, Emma and I all attended the Kingston Borough Business Awards.  It was titled the 2021 awards as it was cancelled from last year, like many things, due to Covid.  The night was held at the All Saints Church...

EU's 5th Money Laundering Directive

The EU's 5h Money Laundering Directive and how this affects you Over recent years the leaders of the major Western nations have made efforts to frustrate the flow of money representing the proceeds of crime, such as drug smuggling or fraud, or which...

Who do you trust?

In simple terms, a trust is an arrangement where people (trustees) are trusted to look after property for beneficiaries who cannot be trusted with the trust property – e.g. because they are too young or vulnerable or because the trust property is...

The Chancellors Summer Announcement - The Headlines

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today made his long awaited summer announcement setting out his proposals to getting the economy back on its feet after the last few months of lockdown.  Here is our summary of the main points: Stamp Duty holiday The...

Commercial leases - Payment of rent in a Covid-19 era

In March the Government announced a 3 month moratorium to stop landlords taking any action against tenants that had missed their rental payments due to Coronavirus.  The moratorium placed a restriction on landlords being able forfeit the lease or take...

Rightmove reports busiest day of the year

Rightmove reports the busiest day of the year, with millions looking into moving. But what does that mean for the housing market since lockdown was eased? Since the lockdown started in March, the housing market was placed on hold.  Sales and...

Coronavirus and the impact on Commercial Property

How Coronavirus may affect landlords and tenants within the Commercial property sphere  At Pearson Hards, we act for a number of commercial landlords, and tenants, and are seeing a significant increase in enquiries about what their obligations...

The unfortunate effect of Coronavirus on domestic abuse

  Since the government directed a national lockdown two weeks ago it has been reported that there has been a 25% increase in calls and online requests for support from the National Domestic Abuse helpline. According to the helpline, there has been a...

Coronavirus and Child Arrangement Orders

The current coronavirus crises has left many separated parents question what to do for the best in order to ensure that their children’s health is protected whilst promoting an ongoing meaningful relationship with the other parent. Family...

Protection from eviction during Coronavirus pandemic

The Government has foreseen a big increase in the numbers of people who may not be able to pay their rent during the current Coronavirus pandemic.  With businesses shutting their doors and uncertainty about how self-employed people will be supported, it...

Office closing due to Coronavirus

As a firm we are committed to maintaining the highest possible service for our clients during the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we are also taking what measures we can to protect our staff and clients from infection and to the limit the spread of the...

Staff and Coronavirus

With the seemingly sudden onset of COVID-19 and the escalation of the crisis in recent weeks, a lot of people are worried about how their jobs are affected and how businesses can continue in these very challenging times.  Clearly we are going through...

Coronavirus and Conveyancing

Hush, whisper it softly, but you may have heard there’s a bug going round. Keep it to yourself or everyone will want one. Actually with the fashion for self-isolating seemingly unstoppable everyone does seem to have it. Just don’t get caught out...

2020 - Time for a new vision for New Malden

Pearson Hards's roots in the Village of New Malden go back a long way.  John Pearson founded his practice in 1963 and just over 30 years later joined forces with C A Maddin, a longstanding firm which had been serving the people of Surbiton since...

Claudene's first Resolution Committee meeting

In this blog Claudene Howell tells us about her first Surrey Resolution Regional Committee Meeting on 14 November 2019. Last night I attended my first Surrey Resolution Committee meeting.  It was held at Stevens & Bolton in Guildford.  I will...

University of Law trainee fair

Pearson Hards attended their first Trainee Fair yesterday at the University of Law (Guildford) to meet with prospective graduates and aspiring solicitors. The event was fairly well attended and it was a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential...

Christmas Party 2018

On 21 December 2018 we closed the offices at lunchtime so all the staff could go off on their annual Christmas Party to Langleys Restaurant in Surbiton. It was a great way to relax and unwind before the Christmas period.  We had some great entertainment...

Jonathan hits the water again

Burgh Island Blues (with apologies to John Masefield). “I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky” Over a year has passed since my last daft attempt at the life aquatic and when “the wild call and the clear call...

Pearson Hards LLP welcomes two new Partners

Pearson Hards LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Darby and Emma Rothstein as new Members of the Firm. Claire Darby joined us in 2013 from a City law firm where she had done her training.  Claire previously specialised in banking...

Emma Rothstein achieves Resolution Accreditation

Last Autumn our solicitor and Head of Department Emma Rothstein put her 12 years’ experience in Family Law to the test in a series of gruelling and intense exam papers. Having only just wiped off the sweat and tears from such hard work, Emma was...

Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children 2017

On Friday we did our annual Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children.  We all donned our finest Rudolph jumpers and got our tackiest earrings out of the cupboard for this very worth cause.  Special mention to the flashing jumpers, which were...

Victoria Foundation Masquerade Ball 2017

We were delighted to support the Victoria Foundation with their annual Masquerade Ball on Saturday.  Emma Rothstein and Claire Darby loved the excuse to dust off their best outfits and we also donated a prize to go into the raffle auction.  It...