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When cohabitants with children break up, the legal responsibilities of the parents as regards the children are governed by the Children Act 1989 . If amicable arrangements as regards the children cannot be made, the Family Court will rule on matters such...
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When a 97-year-old woman died, the bulk of her estate passed to her sister, who herself died only months later, and the remainder – 'the residue' – was left to four charities. Because of the impact of Inheritance Tax (IHT), there would have been...
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A recent decision of the Supreme Court will come as a relief to anyone concerned that they may be left with an adverse credit rating if they terminate a credit agreement because of a breach of contract by the supplier of goods. The case appeared...
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The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment which should warn those engaged in legal disputes that the 'loser pays costs' rule in litigation is not a hard and fast one and that if the winner unreasonably refuses to mediate, they may end up carrying...
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When the state becomes involved in paying for care, there are often complications, as a recent case illustrates. It involved a mentally ill man who had spent almost half his life detained in psychiatric hospitals. He subsequently became the focus of a row...
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A woman who sold her mother's house in order to buy her a more suitable home has been left with a large legal costs bill as a result of her action. Her mother is incapacitated by dementia and unable to look after her own affairs. The resulting court case ...
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A motoring enthusiast whose dream of owning an extremely rare Bristol car became a nightmare of escalating costs and contractual wrangling has been awarded more than £120,000 in damages by the High Court . The man had wanted a Bristol 405D drop head...
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In a ground-breaking decision, which represents very bad news for private property owners , a builder who spotted an opportunity and took over a long-empty home more than ten years ago has struck a significant blow for squatters' rights. The High Court...
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A stay-at-home husband who claims that he sacrificed his own career on the altar of his investment banker wife's ambition has triumphed in a crucial round of their £11 million divorce battle, after the Court of Appeal accepted that he was 'habitually...
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Getting divorced is never a pleasant experience and couples going through the process have a lot to think about. Whilst management of the tax consequences of the split is not normally at the top of their priority list, these can be considerable, even where...