Hylton-Potts Law Blog

Legal Issues and Opinions affecting people from across the UK


Asset-stripping and what it means for divorcing couples

Here at Hylton Potts, we deal with a dozen different divorce cases every day. No matter who’s to blame or how the divorce came about though, it’s always the financial concern that seems to take the top priority with most couples. Of course, our clients are always deeply emotionally distressed too, but as the legalities around divorce can seem so complex, we often find that ensuring they’re treated fairly becomes the most important aspect of the divorce.
Occasionally, we do unfortunately come across clients whose spouse is attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the court to prevent their

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The Concentrix Fix: Families to have cases reviewed following benefits scandal

If you’re a regular follower of our blog posts, you’ll know that we always try to keep you up to speed with the latest legal news. Recently, the story that’s been dominating the world of benefits and tax credit law is a positive one, and it’s all about the bid to appease families who were affected by the scandal with Concentrix last year.
Over the years, we’ve had hundreds of clients describe to us their own horrific tales regarding Concentrix, and the treatment they received from the organisation when their benefits were unexpectedly cut.
Known for being abrasive and brutal in their

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28-day Bail Limit Now in Effect: What does it mean for you?

Our team at Hylton-Potts have decades worth of experience in the field of tax credits and benefit law. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of claimants take back control over their lives and restore their dignity after they’ve been wrongly accused of benefit fraud, and in that time, we’ve seen a lot of change.
Some changes have been controversial, such as the nation-wide roll-out of Universal Credit, and some moves have been for the better, like the story we’re reporting back to you on today. We’re still passionate about providing our clients with the best level of care and advice that

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Benefit tenants victimised by mortgage lenders? We investigate…

Whether tenants receiving housing benefit are being discriminated against by landlords is a contentious topic, and one that’s been much talked of in the media recently. Why? Because recent research by the Residential Landlord’s Association has given a shocking new insight into the world of private renting.
As many of our clients are on benefits or tax credits, the subject of housing is one that frequently comes up. Our clients often voice their frustration at the fact that council properties are so hard to come by given the increasing demand, yet they find it incredibly difficult to secure privately rented accommodation

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Business and Divorce: How splitting can break-up a business

We’ve written blog posts in the past about the importance of understanding how assets are split when you go through divorce proceedings. Whether it’s cars, property or cash in the bank, everything is accounted for as the courts attempt to reach a fair and reasonable outcome for the couple in question.
However, where do people stand when it comes to a business, especially when jointly run? This question has been at the heart of a fierce and expensive legal battle recently, when a couple, who ran a company that supplies towels to hotels and spas throughout the UK, decided to divorce.
While

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A Breakdown of Benefit Sanctions and How to Deal with Them

We recently brought you a blog post about to benefit sanctions. In that article, we discussed the recent report which claims these can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental health. We also considered some of the strange and unusual reasons why people had had their benefits sanctioned.
However, we received a lot of emails and phone calls following that post from people wanting to know more about the benefit sanctions process. Many were confused about why benefit sanctions are put in place, and wondered what they could do to avoid being sanctioned.
This area law is a complex one, but we

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The Domino Effect: How benefit sanctions could impact on claimants’ mental health

At Hylton Potts, we’re well aware of the stresses that benefit sanctions can place on families. In most cases, those who apply for benefits in the first place are doing so due to some form of hardship. It could be that they’ve been made redundant and need assistant paying bills and affording food. Or perhaps they suddenly find themselves suffering from an illness that prevents them from working.
Whatever the case, we’ve always provided no-nonsense advice for people, striving to achieve the best possible outcome for all our clients. However, as we’re sure other legal consultants throughout the UK have, we’ve

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Worldwide Welfare: How does the UK Government fair against global welfare systems?

The UK welfare system is constantly subjected to close scrutiny. Whether it’s criticisms over their handling of benefit fraud, or the inaccuracies that plague the current system, this is a tough topic for many MPs and other officials to tackle.
However, how exactly does it fair up against the rest of the world? Are there any key pointers for improvement that we can take from other developed nations? These are some important considerations, especially in light of recent welfare cuts, which could impact heavily on specific sectors of the population.
In today’s post, we’ll go over exactly what those cuts are, and

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Equality For All: Why the latest inquiry by WEC is important for Divorcing Parents

In any divorce, the ultimate goal is to achieve a fair and amicable split. Although such situations may not be friendly, it’s still our aim to help guide our clients through this difficult time with as little pain as possible, and one topic that always comes up is that of equality.
Everyone wants to be treated the same, and whether it’s ensuring that the children are cared for, or that the financial arrangements are a genuine reflection of the couple’s independent circumstances, equality between the two parties is paramount.
However, despite all the best intentions, many parents still feel that this is

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Child Arrangements Following Divorce: How one MP is taking on antiquated Family Law

Whenever children are involved in divorce, it makes the entire situation far more upsetting. On the one hand, the person who initiates divorce proceedings feels guilty for splitting apart the family unit, and can worry that they will drift away from their children as they’re likely to blame them for the pain it caused the other parent.
On the other hand, the parent who does not initiate the divorce is understandably shocked, scared of the prospect of having to raise children single-handedly, and in a potentially far worse financial situation than they’re currently in, depending on the way assets are divided

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