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13th October 2017
It is surprisingly easy to become someone’s business partner. Legally, a partnership exists when two or more persons carry on business in common with a view to profit. So if you and your friend carry on a business activity, hoping to make some money from it, you may well find that you have started a partnership. It really is as simple as that. Precisely because…
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06th October 2017
Since I last wrote in this column there have been many healthcare stories that would merit more than mere acknowledgement here. Not least, Ian Patterson was convicted and sentenced for performing unnecessary cosmetic operations, giving rise to a High Court compensation award totalling some £30m and, in our own area, a report criticised the provision of mental health services by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.…
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02nd October 2017
This month sees the introduction of new rules governing the procedure by which UK businesses should set about recovering debts owed to them by individuals and sole traders. Previously, the first step in pursuing such a debt claim was to write and send a letter requiring the debtor to respond within 14 days – since the introduction of the government’s Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims,…
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22nd September 2017
  If you are looking for informed and reliable investment advice, either on your own behalf or for a loved one, you will probably turn to a professional financial advisor for help. But how can you be sure the professional you choose deserves your trust – what should you look for in a good investment advisor? Certainly, before you instruct any advisor you should check…
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15th September 2017
In this column and elsewhere we have previously written about the legal duty of care owed by road users to each other – be they drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. In November last year, national bicycle charity UK Cycling published figures confirming that 98 per cent of all pedestrian deaths or serious injuries between 2005 and 2015 were caused by motorists and, during this period, 852…
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07th September 2017
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) were recently criticised by a retired senior judge who, in the foreword to his new book, warned he would never sign a LPA because of his concerns that the system leaves donors vulnerable to abuse by unscrupulous attorneys. But is this a fair assessment? LPAs are legal documents through which you, the donor, can choose whomever you wish to act…
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04th September 2017
It is no secret that the UK is a nation of pet lovers. Many of us think of our pets as integral members of the family. But what happens to our furry friends when families break up? While the average length of an English marriage is 11 years, most domestic dogs and cats will live longer than this and, in some cases, much longer. So…
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04th September 2017
The start of the summer marks the time of year when current law students embark on this year’s application race for the perfect training contract – that essential first job on their ladder to professional qualification. It is a competitive, time-consuming, and often disheartening process, with an average of at least three law students chasing each available training seat. After two years with George Ide,…
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04th September 2017
If you own property but have no deeds to prove your ownership, you may hold possessory title to that property – and land registered in this way is more commonplace than you might think. Although possessory title often relates to small parcels of land rather than houses or entire plots it is possible that a substantial part of a property, or in some cases the…
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04th September 2017
For private client solicitors, one of the most important parts of the job is helping people ensure their final wishes are carried out according to their true intentions. From planning the inheritance of your estate, making provision for your family or passing on your treasured heirlooms, to deciding who is going to feed the cat – making a will can bring you peace of mind…
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