Private Client News

New Guidance on Care Home Charges After DeathSeptember 3, 2018

It is a stressful and unhappy enough time when a loved one dies, but the anguish of those mourning the loss can be compounded when...

Planning Application Restricted to Preserve ViewAugust 30, 2018

On our densely populated island, there is a pressing need for available land to be put to sensible use and, where restrictive covenants lurking in...

Unmarried Partners and Widowed Parent’s Allowance – Supreme Court RulesAugust 29, 2018

A decision of the Supreme Court announced today has important implications for unmarried partners of people who have died. The case involved a woman from Northern...

Possible Separation From Mother Intolerable, Rules CourtAugust 12, 2018

Relationships that start on the Internet are already leading to some interesting situations. A recent family case involved a British woman who had met a...

Hacking Episode a ‘Reasonable Excuse’ for Late Filing of Tax ReturnsAugust 8, 2018

Taxpayers are personally responsible for filing their tax returns on time, and failing to do so can lead to stiff financial penalties. However, in one...

Money in a Bank Account Is Not Property – Guideline Court of Appeal RulingAugust 6, 2018

Money in a bank account represents the debt due from the bank to the account holder and is not 'property' in the eyes of the...

Disappointed Children Fail to Overturn WillAugust 2, 2018

When a will is made late in life which materially changes how an estate is to be distributed (especially when the new will favours one...

Pre-Nup Upheld When Implications UnderstoodJuly 31, 2018

Family judges will approach pre-nuptial agreements with greater respect following a landmark Court of Appeal ruling in a 'big money' divorce case. The Court agreed...

What Seems Reasonable to You…July 29, 2018

It is a common term in a lease for the tenants to have to seek permission from the landlord if they want to do something...

A Little Too Much Knowledge Can Be a Dangerous ThingJuly 24, 2018

There are special rules for people working in the UK on short-term secondment from employers based abroad. Many do not become taxpayers under the UK...