Private Client News

Psychiatrist Approves Marriage for Alzheimer’s PatientMay 3, 2018

Remarriages are a common source of disagreement and acrimony among family members and dementia is an increasingly prevalent issue, so it is unsurprising that when...

Who Owns the Balance on the Joint Account?May 1, 2018

Sometimes, what seem to be quite simple questions have to be decided in court. In a recent case, the issue was who owned the money...

Everyone Has a Right to Know Who Their Parents Are – DNA Test CaseApril 25, 2018

In a ground-breaking decision that prioritised the rights of the living over those of the dead, the Court of Appeal has opened the way for...

Reliance on Accountant Shows Reasonable CareApril 11, 2018

If you rely on your accountant's advice regarding a tax issue, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will now regard you as having taken 'reasonable care'...

Direct Contact With Both Parents Best Promotes Child WelfareApril 5, 2018

Family judges know that children normally do best when they have direct contact with both parents. The Court of Appeal underlined that point in a...

Victim of Hotel Jewellery Theft Wins Substantial CompensationApril 3, 2018

Thefts from hotel rooms are thankfully not an everyday occurrence, but when such a crime is committed, who, if anyone, is liable to pay compensation...

Mistaken Belief Overturns Estate Split AgreementMarch 28, 2018

When the male partner of a cohabiting couple died, apparently without leaving a will, after they had lived together for more than 40 years, his...

No Pay, No Passport?March 23, 2018

In a consultation paper published just before the December holiday season, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which is the Government department that deals...

Air Travel Woes May Lead to CompensationMarch 15, 2018

After a ghastly year for flight delays, with British Airways suffering two major IT failures, Ryanair's problems with aircrew rotas and air traffic control disputes,...

Trust is No Replacement for Legal AdviceMarch 6, 2018

Sadly, not all relationships that get off to a good start last, and it is vital to seek legal advice before entering into any financial...