A BBC report published last week has highlighted that the number of legal disputes between parents residing in different countries has more than doubled in the last two years. [read more]9th May 2013
Until 1st September 2012, squatting in any type of building was a civil offence requiring recourse to the court in order to evict unwanted residents. [read more]30th April 2013
High Court proceedings were brought by a young man, now 18 years of age, who at the age of 17 had been detained in custody for 12 hours and strip searched before being released on police bail. [read more]
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Jonathan Douglas Hughes was articled to the firm and qualified in 1969. He became a partner in 1971 and now, as well as heading up the Rural Services department, is Senior Partner to the firm.
Jonathan, as a landowner and farmer himself, takes a particular interest in landowning and agriculture particularly the commercial aspects of land ownership, not only from a farming perspective but also all forms of alternative uses especially bringing forward land for development.
He also acts for many landowners in their dealings with national house builders and developers. He still maintains his role as a "family" solicitor who co-ordinates advice across all aspects of private and commercial work to provide a complete service to many families.
Jonathan was awarded an OBE in 2008 in recognition of his services to young people, as Chairman of the Essex Boys & Girls Clubs and Stubbers Adventure Centre. As well as being president of the Essex branch of the Country Land & Business Association he also continues the traditional appointment of a partner of Gepp & Sons as Under Sheriff of Essex and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Essex.