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Tuesday 25th August 2020
While the answer is anyone over the age of 18 should have a Will, for the reasons discussed in our previous article Why make a Will?, there is arguably a case for asking: do you need a Will; is it essential?
You own a property
If you own a property in your sole name, you need a Will to ensure this can be dealt with efficiently on your death.
Even if the equity is minimal; due to your...
Monday 24th August 2020
In addressing the detrimental impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on businesses, the first stage of the SEISS paid out £7.8 billion benefitting over 2.7 million people who were self-employed or in business partnerships. Applications for the first stage closed on 13th July 2020.
On 17th August 2020, the second stage of the scheme opened and is available to claim until 19th...
Tuesday 11th August 2020
Any person may inspect and require a copy of a company’s register of members if they submit a request which, among other things, states the purpose for which the information is to be used. Usually, such a request would be made by a member of the company free of charge, but a non-member can also make such a request and would have to pay a prescribed fee to the company.
This right to...
Thursday 30th July 2020
The Government has announced a major change in the procedure for signing Wills, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice to avoid close contact with other people.
To be valid, a Will has to meet certain criteria, including that the person making it (the ‘testator’) has the necessary mental capacity and is not being bullied into signing it. The Will also has to be validly...
Thursday 9th July 2020
We are delighted to announce that we have received recognition in the newly published 2020 edition of Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide. Our Private Wealth Law and Private Wealth Disputes teams, and three lawyers within the firm have received recommendations for expertise in their field:
Tuesday 30th June 2020
In February 2019, we published an article in relation to the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc (Morrisons) v Various Claimants addressing the liability of an employer for the acts of its employees. At the time, we commented that the appeal to the Supreme Court had much to commend it - that appeal has now been successful, providing some comfort for...
Thursday 25th June 2020
To all our valued clients and contacts
We are delighted to say that our offices are open to visitors by appointment and we are looking forward to welcoming you back. Our priority is to do all we can to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and contacts, and to continue to serve our clients with the minimum of disruption to our levels of service. We are taking care...
Wednesday 24th June 2020
The Government has officially announced that the temporary suspension on most possession proceedings introduced earlier this year will be extended up to at least 23 August 2020.
This comes shortly after the case of Marshall (Arkin) v Marshall & Another, where the Court of Appeal confirmed the suspension on proceedings was lawful. The Court also concluded that, although judges retain the...
Monday 22nd June 2020
When someone purchases a property as a new main residence but does not sell their existing main residence, the surcharged rate of duty has to be paid on the purchase price.
There is a claw back rule. You can apply for a refund of the supplemental amount paid for the higher rate of SDLT for additional properties if you sell what was previously your main home. The proviso is that you must sell...
Thursday 18th June 2020
It has been announced that no-fault divorce is to finally become law after years of campaigning. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill cleared its final stages of parliamentary analysis in the House of Commons yesterday (17 June 2020).
The victory follows the Bill’s hasty passage through the House of Commons, where the second reading was heard only last week (8 June 2020). It has...
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