Private Client News

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...

Placing Trust in a Family Member Proves Unwise (Again)February 23, 2018

Even the most apparently trustworthy people can sometimes turn out to be anything but and that is one good reason why it is sensible to...

Cohabitants Entitled to Bereavement DamagesFebruary 20, 2018

The legal implications of cohabitation are often poorly understood by those who choose to live together outside of marriage or civil partnership, and the lack...

Service Standards Must Be Appropriate for PropertiesFebruary 12, 2018

Owning a share of the freehold is often cited as a selling point to flat buyers – but tenant democracy is no panacea and there...