Private Client News

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...

Small Pension Pots – Planning PossibilitiesAugust 22, 2017

People aged over 55 who have only a small (less than £30,000) pension pot in a defined benefit (final salary) scheme or in some instances...

Skulduggery in Divorce Proceedings Will Do You No GoodAugust 16, 2017

Resorting to skulduggery in divorce proceedings is sadly common but almost never does either side any good. That was certainly so in one case in...

Court Rejects Will in a Crisp PacketAugust 3, 2017

Unfulfilled hopes of substantial inheritance are commonplace, both in fact and fiction, but not often do they lead to such ham-fisted attempts at forgery as...

Managing the Affairs of Missing People Law PassedJuly 20, 2017

With the general election hogging the headlines, the passing of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, went...