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07th December 2018
Despite overwhelming opposition, the government looks set to introduce a substantial increase in probate fees that will take effect from April 2019. Aimed at the wealthiest members of society, this new stealth tax is expected to raise £145 million in its first year, with the proceeds being used to subsidise court reforms. Under the new rules, no probate fee will be payable on estates worth…
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29th November 2018
This week marks Good Divorce Week 2018, a national campaign designed to raise awareness of how separating parents can minimise the impact of conflict on their children and calling for government to reform the divorce process by remove the element of blame. Backed by Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association, the campaign for no-fault divorce also promotes the work of family law…
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16th November 2018
Many commercial property clients grapple with the question of how to categorise and document the occupation of a property. Whilst many landlords would like to get an occupier into their property as soon as possible, to cover the running costs for example, it is important to take care with the paperwork and ensure the documentation accurately reflects the intention of both parties from the outset…
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12th November 2018
Property buyers looking for a bargain can find themselves drawn to auctions in search of discounts against market value of 20 per cent – after all, who does not like to feel they are getting a bargain? But unfortunately, in many cases, it turns out that there are plenty of things not to like and the old cliché that speaks to getting what you pay…
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26th October 2018
The use of surveillance evidence in personal injury claims is becoming more and more common. Insurance companies representing defendants continually use undercover surveillance to question a claimant’s credibility or undermine their claim. An insurer may consider it worthwhile and cost-effective to gather this type of evidence if there is a possibility that the value of a claim might be substantially reduced or perhaps even dismissed…
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19th October 2018
Last week we were given the delightful news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby. This exciting royal announcement followed soon after the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson’s wonderful display of co-parenting at the recent nuptials of their youngest daughter – it was touching to observe their overwhelming pride and emotion as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder while their daughter Princess…
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28th September 2018
Attorneys and deputies currently have limited authority when it comes to making gifts from a protected party’s estate. By law, they can only make decisions for a person who is no longer able to do so and unlikely to be able to do so in the future. In general, gifts can only be made to a charity or to a family member, friend or acquaintance…
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27th August 2018
If I had been given a pound every time a client came to me, unaware they had breached a covenant in their legal title, I would be looking forward to an early retirement. So what are covenants and how can they affect a property owner’s enjoyment of their home? Put simply, a covenant is defined as an agreement between two parties to do, or not…
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27th July 2018
It seems difficult to remember a time when investment markets have been so driven by politics and government leaders instead of economic data and company results, nor a time when social media, especially US President Trump’s Twitter account, was so closely watched by investment analysts. For many reasons, 2018 is proving to be a memorable year. In March, President Trump announced steep tariffs on steel…
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20th July 2018
In my view, a recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan is a decision that serves only to confuse the public. At the end of June, the court ruled unanimously that Steinfeld and Keidan had been discriminated against because only same sex couples could enter into a civil partnership. While I am not trying to dissuade anyone from this argument,…
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