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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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17th August 2015
Insurance companies regularly have claimants followed by private detectives to ascertain whether or not they have been telling the truth about their injuries. In one case recently a static camera was placed outside my client's house for two weeks. Unfortunately it is people who cheat that have brought this about. If you say in your claim that you are unable to work because of your…
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29th July 2015
In 1987, as a recently qualified solicitor, I started work as a litigation lawyer in the courts of Chichester. In those days the city was home to a busy magistrates’ court and a crown court, as well as a county court that dealt with all manner of civil disputes and family issues. I appeared not only before these courts but also before the magistrates’ courts…
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27th July 2015
As a tenant, when you sign on the dotted line and complete a lease, independent of solicitors, you may think that is the ‘job done’ It’s signed, it’s dated however, is it registered? If the lease is for a term for seven years or more, it must be registered at the Land Registry according to statute. This mandatory registration must happen within two months of…
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10th July 2015
If you take a lease of commercial premises it will usually be an”FRI”, or full repairing and insuring lease. It surprises many people to learn that a tenant entering into a FRI lease takes on complete responsibility for repairs, even though the tenant was not responsible for the disrepair, or the disrepair already existed when the lease was granted. With this in mind, tenants should…
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14th May 2015
George Ide, LLP are proud to support the Chichester String Ensemble and Headway West Sussex in a classical concert in aid of improving the lives of those suffering from acquired brain injuries. We have worked with Headway West Sussex for many years and have represented many clients with brain injuries. We are very much looking to forward to a delightful evening’s entertainment and raising money…
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