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SDLT Relief Takes Immediate Effect in England and Northern Ireland

July 9, 2020

A temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) relief measure has taken immediate effect in England and Northern Ireland after being announced by Chancellor ...

Parking Fine Imposed on Private Landowner Triggers High Court Test Case

July 8, 2020

A fine imposed on a householder for parking her Land Rover on her own land put the conflict between private ownership and public access to the road ...

High Court Annuls Overseas Marriage After Ruling 'Wife' a Bigamist

July 5, 2020

In order to be divorced you obviously have to be validly married, and bigamy remains a surprisingly common occurrence. In one case, the High Court ...

Neighbours Succeed in Blocking Controversial Garage Extension

June 21, 2020

If a neighbour obtains planning permission for a building project to which you object, that does not always mean you just have to grin and bear it. ...

When Is a New Home Complete? DIY Housebuilders Win £14,000 VAT Rebate

June 3, 2020

One of the benefits of building your own home is that you can claim back VAT paid on materials used in the project – but rebate applications ...

Eminent Retired Judge's Intellect Weighs in Favour of His Will's Validity

May 31, 2020

Even people of the greatest intellect can be affected by diminished mental ability in old age and that is one good reason why it makes sense to ...

Cruelly Deceitful Husband Ordered to Pay Betrayed Ex-Wife £2.25 Million

May 18, 2020

Where blame, if any, attaches for the breakdown of a marriage is generally irrelevant when it comes to dividing assets following divorce. However, as ...

Lordship of the Manor Almost Scuppers Residential Development

May 13, 2020

Lordships of the manor, whilst sounding grand, are often viewed as arcane titles with little real significance in terms of property rights. However, ...

Professional Gambler Fends Off £290,000 Income Tax Demand

May 4, 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are always on the lookout for unexplained cash earnings which have not been declared for tax. However, in one case, a ...

Gender-Neutral Sharing of Assets on Divorce is Not Always That Simple

April 19, 2020

A gender-neutral and non-discriminatory approach to divorce generally requires an equal division of marital assets – but it is not always that ...

Overlooking is Not a Private Nuisance - Landmark Court of Appeal Ruling

April 13, 2020

If you are a property occupier and have noise, dust, noxious smells, vibrations or other forms of nuisance inflicted upon you by a neighbour, the law ...

Former Couple's Division of Property Decided By Judge

April 8, 2020

Unmarried couples frequently intermingle their property whilst love still blooms, but sorting out who owns what after separation can pose a serious ...

Making a Will? Don't Forget Your Moral Obligations

April 6, 2020

You are in principle entitled to bequeath your worldly wealth to whoever you choose. However, as a High Court decision made clear, the law will ...

Court Breaks Impasse Between Warring Brothers in Farmland Dispute

March 16, 2020

Co-ownership of land by family members can be intensely problematic if they do not see eye to eye as to the use to which it should be put. A High ...

High Court Backs Big Money Divorce Wife's Pursuit of Fraudulent Husband

March 10, 2020

It is hardly surprising that confidential or privileged documents which have or may have been illegitimately obtained cannot be used in evidence. ...

Letting Your Land Go to Rack and Ruin is an Invitation to Squatters

March 5, 2020

Letting your land stand vacant, going to rack and ruin, inevitably carries the risk that a squatter will obtain title to it. A woman who inherited a ...

Government Issues Bailiff and Enforcement Officer Scam Warning

February 26, 2020

The Government is warning people to be on alert for fraudsters posing as court bailiffs and enforcement officers on the telephone. After ...

Couple's Claim for CGT Loss on Holiday Home Succeeds

February 14, 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may appear a very big battalion indeed but, with the right legal advice, individuals can succeed in overturning their ...

High Court Resolves Family Row Over Funeral Arrangements

February 12, 2020

What exactly is a will? The High Court addressed that fundamental issue in resolving a bitter family dispute in respect of where a much-loved son and ...

Adoption is Always a Last Resort - Troubled Mum Achieves Redemption

February 10, 2020

One of the hardest tasks that family judges have to undertake is to remove children from the care of parents who are incapable of looking after them. ...

Family Judge Blocks Attempt at Divorce Tourism in Big Money Case

January 21, 2020

English judges are respected around the world – but they are not the sole arbiters of fairness and the decisions of foreign courts must be ...

Trouble With the Neighbours? See a Lawyer Before It Gets Out of Hand!

January 16, 2020

One secret of a happy life is to get on well with your neighbours and taking legal advice is often the best way of defusing rows before they get out ...

Cryptoassets Are Property - Judicial Authority

January 13, 2020

The legal position of 'cryptoassets' – those which exist in electronic form and are held on distributed ledgers, bitcoins being the best-known ...

High Court Assists Husband in Drawing a Line Under His Divorce

January 6, 2020

Litigation can be long and bitter, but it is the prime objective of the justice system to eventually bring it to a satisfactory end. In a case on ...

Don't Wait Until You're Old and Frail to Make a Will

January 2, 2020

The older you are when you make or change your will, the greater the risk that your loved ones will become embroiled in dispute after you are gone. ...

Employee or Contractor? Broadcast Journalist Receives £400,000 Tax Bill

December 23, 2019

Establishing a company to act as an intermediary between yourself and the clients to whom you provide your services can have substantial tax ...

Divorce is Often Bitter, But Maintaining a Sense of Proportion is Crucial

December 20, 2019

Amidst the emotional and financial destruction that can arise from divorce, keeping a sense of proportion is crucial. The Court of Appeal made that ...

Divorce is Often Bitter, But Maintaining a Sense of Proportion is Crucial

December 20, 2019

Amidst the emotional and financial destruction that can arise from divorce, keeping a sense of proportion is crucial. The Court of Appeal made that ...

Failing to Disclose Assets Can Bite Back in Divorce

December 9, 2019

In a case illustrating the importance of candour regarding financial circumstances in divorce proceedings, a husband who failed to disclose the true ...

Loyalty Bonuses Taxable, Rules Upper Tribunal

December 6, 2019

Investors using the popular online financial investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) may not have heard that the 'loyalty bonuses' they receive ...

Loyalty Bonuses Taxable, Rules Upper Tribunal

December 6, 2019

Investors using the popular online financial investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) may not have heard that the 'loyalty bonuses' they receive ...

Family Judge Grasps Nettle in Sending Baby Boy to Live With His Father

November 21, 2019

Family judges are always absolutely focused on the welfare of children and will not shrink from grasping nettles to give them the best chance of ...

Family Judge Grasps Nettle in Sending Baby Boy to Live With His Father

November 21, 2019

Family judges are always absolutely focused on the welfare of children and will not shrink from grasping nettles to give them the best chance of ...

High Court Relieves Family of Consequences of Badly Drafted Trust Deed

November 15, 2019

Trust deeds can be an effective means of managing family wealth and minimising tax liabilities but, as a High Court decision strikingly showed, any ...

Facing a Tax Investigation? Don't Bury Your Head in the Sand!

November 12, 2019

If you are facing an investigation by the tax authorities, your very first step should be to seek professional advice. One taxpayer who sadly chose ...

Court Orders Must Be Obeyed

November 7, 2019

Public confidence in the civil justice system would collapse if court orders were not rigorously enforced – however agonising complying with ...

Planning Building Work? Get Legal Advice

November 4, 2019

When a property development involving a building that is listed or in a conservation area is undertaken, it is reasonable for the contractor employed ...

Court of Appeal Acts to Save Entrenched Litigants From Themselves

November 1, 2019

The whole purpose of the civil justice system is to achieve just and final resolution of frequently intractable disputes – and, as a guideline ...

HMRC Miss Tax Avoidance Target By Raising Assessments Too Late

October 29, 2019

When HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) find out that tax has been under-declared, the response is normally to raise a 'discovery assessment' to collect ...

Missing Persons - Steps to Take

October 23, 2019

Surprisingly, nearly 250,000 people go missing in the UK every year. Leaving aside the heartache and worry this causes, until recent changes in the ...

Growing Number of Cohabiting Couples Leaves More Families Open to Risk

October 20, 2019

Cohabiting couples are the fastest-growing family type in the UK, according to newly released figures from the Office of National Statistics ...

LPA - Bank Practice

October 10, 2019

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a document that may be used so that the finances or other issues of a person who cannot deal with them ...

Raising Cash on the Security of Your Home? Always See a Lawyer First

October 7, 2019

Many vulnerable people who fall into debt are tempted to raise cash on the security of their homes. However, a case in which an elderly couple came ...

Raising Cash on the Security of Your Home? Always See a Lawyer First

October 7, 2019

Many vulnerable people who fall into debt are tempted to raise cash on the security of their homes. However, a case in which an elderly couple came ...

Where, If Anywhere, Do the Jet Set Call Home? High Court Gives Guidance

October 3, 2019

Very rich people often live jet set lifestyles of ceaseless travel, so pinning down the country in which they are domiciled can be a serious ...

Where, If Anywhere, Do the Jet Set Call Home? High Court Gives Guidance

October 3, 2019

Very rich people often live jet set lifestyles of ceaseless travel, so pinning down the country in which they are domiciled can be a serious ...

Mental Capacity - Court of Protection Authorises Non-Consensual Caesarean Birth

September 29, 2019

Where people lack the mental capacity to make important decisions for themselves, judges will step in to ensure that their best interests are served, ...

Stamp Duty Land Tax Dodge Backfires

September 26, 2019

When a couple wished to avoid paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of a property, they hit on what looked to them like a great idea. ...

Stamp Duty Land Tax Dodge Backfires

September 26, 2019

When a couple wished to avoid paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of a property, they hit on what looked to them like a great idea. ...

Big Money Divorce Engages Family Judge in Company Valuation

September 23, 2019

Companies are notoriously difficult to value, and particular problems can arise when they form the principal assets to be divided in divorce ...

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