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  • What a Difference 0.01 Per Cent Makes

    27th May 2016

    Precision is important, as a recent tax case shows.  It involved a claim for entrepreneur's relief (ER) by a businessman who had sold his shares in his company. The practical...

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  • Making a Will? You Can Make Whatever Bequests You Wish!

    25th May 2016

    It seems only right that people can do what they want with their own money and can make whatever bequests they wish in their wills. In one case which underlined...

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  • Divorce Settlements Are Not Always Set in Stone

    23rd May 2016

    Divorce settlements are designed to provide certainty and finality so that people can get on with the rest of their lives. However, an important Court of Appeal decision has underlined...

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  • Dismissal of Employee 'Pulling a Sickie' Was Fair, Rules EAT

    19th May 2016

    A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has emphasised that dishonesty over sickness absence can amount to gross misconduct and give grounds for dismissal (Metroline West Limited v...

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  • Retired Woman Who Slipped on Icy Church Path Awarded Compensation

    16th May 2016

    A pensioner who dislocated her knee and suffered ligament damage when she slipped and fell on her way into church in icy conditions has been awarded £60,000 in compensation.Angela McCluskey,...

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  • Help to Buy Aids 150,000

    13th May 2016

    The Government has released statistics which show that more than 150,000 properties have been sold to buyers who have made use of the 'Help to Buy' mortgage guarantee and equity...

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  • Who is Responsible for Director Misdeeds?

    11th May 2016

    Many company directors do not realise the possible extent of their own liabilities if there is a loss to the company which can be blamed on their negligence.A recent case,...

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  • Remember March 2006? The Tax Man May If You Have a Family Trust

    9th May 2016

    On 22 March 2006 (Budget day in 2006), the taxation of trusts was changed significantly. From that date, most transfers into trust constitute 'transfers of relevant property' for Inheritance Tax...

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  • In the Style to Which One Wishes to Become Accustomed

    6th May 2016

    Divorce cases involving the very rich are over-represented in court reports for the simple reason that where the family is very wealthy, the costs of arguing over the division of...

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  • Mental Health Nurse Wins Unfair Dismissal Claim

    4th May 2016

    In a case which underlines the high standards expected of employers when investigating alleged misconduct, a mental health nurse who was accused of assaulting a patient and sacked from his...

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  • Compensation for Clinical Negligence – Interim Payments

    3rd May 2016

    A cancer survivor who held a doctor responsible for years of unnecessary suffering has been awarded an interim payment of £100,000 to enable her to meet vital care needs until...

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  • Are Your Children Your Tenants? – Sign a Lease

    29th April 2016

    Parents often let their children live in properties they own on an informal basis. However, one Court of Appeal case stands as a stern warning that the absence of a...

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  • Children's Voices Matter in Care Cases

    27th April 2016

    The voices of children will always be heard by family judges in care proceedings, but they are not always decisive and can be outweighed by other factors. In one case,...

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  • Is Your Business Properly Protected Against Employee Fraud?

    25th April 2016

    In many organisations, employees have to be trusted to handle money or the business would simply grind to a halt. However, one case in which a company director made unauthorised...

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  • Court Acts to Resolve Impasse After Attorney Brothers Fall Out

    22nd April 2016

    When appointing attorneys under a power of attorney, it is important that they are not only trustworthy, but that they are able to work effectively together.It is a sad fact...

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  • Road Crash Victim Secures Substantial Compensation

    18th April 2016

    A good lawyer will not only give reliable and well-informed advice but will also bring professional negotiating skills to bear, as was illustrated by a case in which a seriously...

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  • Employment Law Changes – April 2016

    15th April 2016

    Changes to employment law and practice are normally implemented in either April or October each year in order to make life easier for employers, who must ensure that their policies...

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  • Water Company Off the Hook for Pre-existing Pollution

    13th April 2016

    The principle of 'polluter pays' is well established in the law of the land.  However, when an environment is already substandard, has the responsible body a duty to make sure...

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  • Insufficient Disclosure Negates Challenge to Enquiry

    11th April 2016

    It is generally considered that if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) raise no enquiries in relation to a tax return in the year following its submission, that is the end...

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  • Brain Haemorrhage Victim Wins £330,000 from NHS

    8th April 2016

    Lawyers representing a 60-year-old man who suffered a brain haemorrhage the day after he was sent home from hospital have negotiated a £330,000 settlement of his clinical negligence claim against...

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  • Employment Law Makes Concessions for Downturns in Business

    4th April 2016

    Employment is viewed as a 'wage/work bargain' and it is almost always a breach of contract for an employer to cut a worker's wages. However, in the event of an...

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  • Absentee Fathers Must Pay for Their Children

    1st April 2016

    Absentee fathers have a legal duty to financially support their children – but only within reason. That point was strikingly made in one case in which a mother sought £780,000...

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