Lasting Power of Attorney

People are living longer than ever but with this tendency comes a higher risk of mental incapacity due to strokes, dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

It is therefore important, particularly if you are elderly, that a family member, a trusted friend or a professional (such as a solicitor) can step in…

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Divorce and Money

In the case of Shield v Shield [2014] EWCA Civ 1136, the Court of Appeal was called to decide upon the beneficial ownership of shares in a family company.

After 43 years of marriage the wife commenced divorce proceedings; the husband claimed that the large shareholding in the family business…

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Conciliation Before Employment Actions

In most cases before starting Employment Tribunal proceedings claimants must now submit details of their complaint to ACAS, where they will be offered the option of a one month pre-claim conciliation before they can lodge the claim with the tribunal.

Then, only if conciliation is unsuccessful can the claimant lodge…

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Commercial Landlords fined over Energy Efficiency

The draft Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, come into effect on 1 April 2015 and should be understood by every Commercial and Business Landlord.

The draft Regulations prohibit the letting of a non-domestic property (i.e. subject to limited exceptions, a property situated in England and…

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Flexible working requests for all employees

From 6 April 2014 the right to request flexible working has been extended to all employees. Previously this was only available to employes who parent a child, or care for an adult.

Additionally the current right to request procedure is to be replaced by a duty on employers to deal…

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Conveyancing Problems with SDLT

HMRC pay close attention to transactions valued around the ‎Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) thresholds and can investigate up to nine months after a transaction has been declared. This can be longer if there is evidence of fraud.

The HMRC deal very harshly through prosecutions and/or fines for people who…

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Get a Will or risk leaving all to the Tax Man

The Law Society has completed some disturbing research revealing that a 73% of 16-54 year olds have not made a will. Matters improve somewhat for the over 55's of whom 64% have made clear their final wishes in a will, but the sad truth is that last year the tax…

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