Private Client News

Tax Domicile – HMRC Upping the Ante?October 15, 2017

With an increasingly peripatetic workforce, more and more people are finding that the issue of their fiscal residence has a significant effect on their tax...

Mutual Will Voids Thirteen Later WillsOctober 10, 2017

Although a worryingly high proportion of the population never make a will, a fairly large number of those who do make more than one. It...

Only Gifts Without Reservation Are Effective in Minimising IHTOctober 9, 2017

Giving away your assets to the next generation before your death can be an effective means of minimising Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities. However, as one...

Estranged Daughter Gains Share of Late Father’s EstateSeptember 28, 2017

The dangers of concluding that estranged children who have been disinherited will have no claim against a deceased person's estate were made very clear after...

What is an ‘Existing Building’? – Tax Tribunal Clarifies the LawSeptember 20, 2017

A property owner who demolishes an existing dwelling house and replaces it with an entirely new one is entitled to reclaim VAT on the costs...

Court Upholds Restrictions on Holiday HomesSeptember 14, 2017

The old adage that 'an Englishman's home is his castle' is only partially true and the impact of planning law on a property owner's rights...

Private Investors – Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!September 6, 2017

There have always been wolves in sheep's clothing ready to take unfair advantage of private investors and they can be difficult to spot without professional...

Court Unsympathetic When Mum Takes Law Into Own HandsAugust 31, 2017

No matter how much you may be tempted, taking the law into your own hands is not a good idea. When a mother who was divorcing...

You Can Make Your Council Tidy Up Bad HousingAugust 28, 2017

Unoccupied and decaying properties can have a serious impact on the neighbourhood and can become a focus for vandalism and anti-social behaviour. However, as one...

Don’t Litigate Without a Lawyer to Tell You When You’re Wrong!August 24, 2017

One reason why it is rarely advisable to represent yourself in litigation is that you need a good lawyer to tell you when you are...

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