Private Client News

Court Accepts £6 Million Distribution to AttorneyNovember 15, 2018

When a person's affairs are being managed by someone else under a lasting power of attorney (LPA), there are strict rules about what the attorney...

Long-Term Partner Wins Right to Stay in HouseNovember 6, 2018

Those who doubt the legal advantages of getting married should take note of a case in which an elderly man was left facing homelessness after...

Law Overrides Will That Excludes PartnerOctober 29, 2018

The law that allows someone who was dependent on a deceased person during their lifetime to make a claim against their estate if there is...

Supreme Court Rules in ‘Gay Cake’ CaseOctober 9, 2018

In a unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that a bakery in Northern Ireland's refusal to make a cake bearing a slogan in support...

Pension Pot Holders Fail to Take AdviceOctober 4, 2018

If you are approaching pension age, unless you are one of the increasingly few with a salary-related pension scheme, you would be wise to take...

Motive Not Sufficient Reason to Deny Subject Access RequestOctober 1, 2018

One of the dilemmas the courts face from time to time is how to achieve the right balance between individual privacy and the public's right...

Failure to Control Knotweed Proves Costly for LandownerSeptember 26, 2018

Japanese knotweed is a very considerable pest – 'indisputably the UK's most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant', according to the Environment Agency –as it can...

Inconsistent Residential Planning Permission OverturnedSeptember 12, 2018

If you are faced with an unwelcome proposal for development nearby, a recent case shows how tenaciousness and a knowledge of past planning history can...

Wife Seeking Divorce Fails to Prove English DomicileSeptember 9, 2018

London has gained a reputation as 'the divorce capital of the world' because settlements reached are, by international standards, very generous towards women. It is...

Attorney Pays for Lack of AttentionSeptember 5, 2018

If you accept appointment under a power of attorney, it is essential to understand the responsibilities this entails. A recent case shows what can happen...