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02nd February 2016
It has always been a fundamental principle of English law that for an individual to be convicted of a criminal offence, the offence against them must be proved ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. This is called the ‘burden of proof’. Put simply, if there is a ‘reasonable doubt’ that the defendant did what they were charged with, then the defendant must be given the benefit of that…
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07th January 2016
You may be alarmed to learn that there are more than 1,000,000 uninsured drivers on UK roads. Uninsured drivers are said to add £30 to every insurance premium. So what happens if you have an accident with an uninsured driver or the person causing the accident cannot be traced? There are more than 350,000 ‘hit and run’ accidents in the UK every year. Fortunately, most…
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04th December 2015
Stamp Duty on Property was abolished in 2003 and replaced with the confusing and similarly named Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).  Whereas the old Stamp Duty was based on a value stated in the document, SDLT is a tax on an Owner/Tenant not on the Property itself. In addition the old Stamp Duty rules were relatively straight forward whereas SDLT is assessed on the basis…
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28th October 2015
In recent years there has been increasing pressure on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to prevent tax avoidance and evasion in order to increase tax revenues. The vast majority of tax on individuals in the UK is collected by self-assessment. Tax Returns can be filed online and tax due calculated by online systems. It is therefore possible for HMRC to be completely unaware if a…
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23rd October 2015
This is probably quite a good moment to focus on cycle safety. It is a sad fact that far too many cyclists are being killed and seriously injured (KSI) on our roads. Taking the 2014 figures for Hampshire, 20% of the 1063 people killed or seriously injured were cyclists. My cycle commute between Portsmouth and Chichester straddles the county boundary and is most certainly not…
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23rd October 2015
The Court of Protection department at George Ide LLP has assisted many clients over the years with various applications to the Court of Protection.  The majority of applications relate to the appointment of a property and affairs deputy.  Other applications commonly made require the Court to consider and approve a Statutory Will or Codicil made on behalf of an incapable person who lacks testamentary capacity…
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11th September 2015
Not too long ago I was reading a Family Law periodical when an article leapt out at me. Initially I thought it was more evidence of my need for spectacles but, for once, I was wrong. The article was entitled – ‘Law Society encourages use of Pet nups’ – surely a typo I thought but indeed, it was not. Seemingly evidence has emerged via the…
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13th September 2013
Natalya Rotenberg, who was married in 2005 and has two children with her former husband, sought to declare the marital property agreement void through Moscow's Tushinsky District Court. However, the claim has now been rejected according to RAPSI (Russian Legal Information Service). Divorce lawyers for the former husband said that the prenuptial agreement met all requirements of Russian legislation. It had been made on a…
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