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We have written on numerous occasions of the danger of either failing to leave a will or of not taking professional advice when making your will. Among the difficulties that can arise with DIY wills are challenges by family members who have been excluded...
An argument over a planning permission for a small rural development has necessitated the intervention of the Court of Appeal , which confirmed that a council that failed to follow its own planning guidelines could not grant permission for a development...
One of the advantages of placing your trust in solicitors is that they owe a lifelong duty to maintain the confidentiality of any information you give them. That point was underlined by a High Court case in which a solicitor was banned from taking...
It is not unusual for the cost of litigation – especially where a group of companies is involved – to be paid for in whole or in part by a person or organisation that is not directly involved in the dispute. It should be remembered, however,...
Under Inheritance Tax (IHT) law, certain types of trust have a ten-yearly charge to IHT on the value of the trust assets. The legislation, which imposes IHT of 6 per cent on the 'relevant property' in the trust settlement, was introduced in 2006 and applied...
The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has published a number of resources aimed at the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation by Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This follows the implementation of the...
People who seek advantage by going beyond the bounds of planning permission they are given can expect to be taught a very expensive lesson by the courts. However, the law does guarantee the right of a person to have a planning application considered, as was...
The Court of Appeal has held that an employee had no right to refuse to work following a discriminatory demotion. The employee had been off work with a bad back for nearly a year. On his return he was prevented from fulfilling his role in full. This...
The EAT has held that an alleged ‘whistleblowing’ disclosure was not made in the public interest and did not therefore entitle the Claimant to bring a claim for automatic unfair dismissal. The Claimant was a non-practising barrister working for...
Mobility of labour is vital to any modern economy and many employment contracts require staff to relocate from one workplace to another if their employer's business demands it. One such clause came under consideration in a case in which a charity worker who...
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