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A surprising number of cases are brought to court each year in which allegations are made that the true ownership of an asset is something other than the 'paper' ownership, and these often involve properties. A recent case involving a divorced couple is...
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The requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 are strict and any procedural error by fertility clinics can cause untold legal complications and misery. That was certainly so in one case in which a form-filling error led to a woman...
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Data published recently show that the new £100,000 additional 'private residence' exemption for Inheritance Tax (IHT), which is due to be introduced in April 2017 and will increase thereafter, could not come soon enough for many people. More than two...
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When two football supporters travelling in a bus packed with fans made personal injury claims after the vehicle was involved in a collision, the result was a bill for them of more than £12,000. The two men claimed that they had been injured when the...
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There are a number of criteria which must apply in order for a will to be valid and one of the most important is that the person making the will fully understands its implications. A recent case concerned the will of a man who had a long history of...
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Divorces with an international dimension are often complex and, where the question arises as to which parent will look after children and in which country, the courts are often involved. When making these decisions, the courts will always put the child's...
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The law relating to the right to daylight is more complicated than one would think, bearing in mind that there is, in principle, a general right to light. Perhaps surprisingly to many, a recent case shows that the court can take the right to light as far...
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Entering into tax avoidance schemes is not for the faint-hearted and, once embarked upon, they can be very difficult to leave. In one case, participants in two such schemes failed to convince the High Court to turn back the clock and free them from the...
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When the father of a disabled girl was made bankrupt, largely through a series of events outside his control, his trustees in bankruptcy sought a court order for the sale of the house he owned jointly with his wife. The sale was needed, they argued, in order...
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When a businessman died, he left his substantial and complex business affairs in the hands of his executors – his brother, his widow and his accountant. As his business had been run with his brother, it was agreed that the two families' respective...