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A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has emphasised the importance of the provision of good quality, relevant evidence in cases involving children. The case concerned a council's decision to place two children up for adoption against their mother's...
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The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 makes the unauthorised subletting of a council property a criminal offence. The prosecution can be brought by the council concerned. Where subletting or parting with possession of the whole of the property...
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When a woman transferred the lease on her Knightsbridge flat into a trust for the benefit of her two sons, the intention was to provide a benefit to them which would, over time, be free of Inheritance Tax (IHT). Such gifts are called 'potentially exempt...
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When an estate is being administered, the administrator must meet any specific bequests in the will before distributing the remainder (the ‘residue’ in legal parlance) of the estate. However, it is by no means uncommon for the specific bequests...
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A widely reported case has potential implications for those entrusted with the care or safety of others who delegate that responsibility – for example by the use of subcontractors. The tragic case concerned a boy who suffered brain injuries whilst...
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If you have negotiated a divorce settlement and then find out that your ex-spouse has been less than open when disclosing their personal finances, the court will reopen the matter if there is sufficient evidence to do so. In a recent hearing, the court was...
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When determining whether or not a claim for principal private residence (PPR) relief for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) purposes can be made when a property is sold, the exact nature of the arrangements can be paramount, as a recent case proves. The case arose...
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The law offers a way of protecting land that is used as a local amenity in order to ensure that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Where land has been used by local people ‘as of right’ for recreational purposes for at least 20 years, it...
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A school janitor from Inverclyde who lost his job after he suffered leg and back injuries when he slipped on a frozen surface at work has been awarded £30,000 in damages . Stephen McKeown, 61, was covering for a colleague at another school when the...
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If you are concerned about the future mental capacity of a relative or any other person with whom you have a joint bank account, it makes sense to consider setting up the appropriate power(s) of attorney. The British Bankers’ Association’s...