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The inside track on compulsory purchases

Brendon Lee
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The completion of the controversial HS2 train link project may seem a long way down the track. However, for the many people whose homes will potentially be swallowed up by the new routes, the impact of HS2 is very real and pressing. Given the green light...

Christmas gifts that keep on giving

Stephen Duffy
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Christmas shopping usually means a visit to the high street or browsing online retailers, but the season of giving can be a good time to make sure you are maximising your opportunities to reduce your potential inheritance tax liability. Anyone can make...

Lasting Power of Attorney and Advance Decision - planning for your health care

Paul Belliere-Wilson
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We all want our wishes to be respected when it comes to decisions regarding our medical care. This is particularly important if our state of health means that we no longer have the mental capacity to make those decisions independently. Therefore, it is a...

Family finances make divorce negotiations increasingly complex

Anika Aston
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With divorce rates rising and an increase in the value of family assets, couples are being urged to do more to settle financial affairs during the good times.  According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) , the overall...

Estate planning - it's good to talk

Karl Dembicki
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Recent research has revealed that nearly half of all adults in the UK have not had a conversation with loved ones about what would happen to their estate after they die. Naturally, whilst we are all aware of the importance of inheritance planning, the...

Inheritance hit as Government shelves care home fees cap policy

Paul Belliere-Wilson
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A proposal to limit the costs of social care, per person, to £72,000 by 2020 has been formally dropped by the government, with no intention to pursue the policy until after the next election. The plan, originally put forward by David Cameron, promised...

Can the food you eat make you test positive for drugs?

Alison Banerjee
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So, you are faced with an employee who swears blind they don’t take drugs, but they have failed a drugs test.  Do you trust your employee over the test results?  Particularly when that employee claims that the positive result was due to their...

Tier 2 - is the UK's immigration system ready for Brexit?

Alison Banerjee
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Trying to get a Tier 2 work permit in the UK often results in a tangle of red tape and hoops to jump through. Tier 2 has been described as a logistical ‘fortress’, designed to disincentivise employers and reduce the number of migrant workers...

The importance of having a social media policy

Nicola Cockerill
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I was interested to read an article in the news last week about an employee who lost her job as a manager at a residential care home for posting pictures and videos on her Facebook page depicting a music night that was regularly held at the care home....

Mediation - how can it be useful to an employer?

Nicola Cockerill
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In any situation, it can be stressful when a dispute arises. This is particularly true when it happens in the workplace between colleagues as, ultimately, it can have a significant impact on individual livelihoods and personal well-being, as well as...

Walking in your digital footsteps

Karl Dembicki
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In a world increasingly connected through social media, we are all aware of leaving a ‘digital footprint’. We make the decisions on what information we share via these channels and who can access them. But who takes on this responsibility when we...

Selfie shots signal end to informal financial management

Karl Dembicki
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International payment processor, Visa, is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate biometric security that will use selfies, fingerprints or voice records to approve purchases in the drive against fraud. Police figures show that, in the first six...

Valuation of Spanish property for UK Inheritance Tax purposes

Dennis Phillips
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If you are dealing with the transfer of a deceased UK resident’s Spanish assets into the name of those inheriting the assets, the process may involve the completion of inheritance tax returns in the UK as well as in Spain. Both returns require property...

Commercial Contracts - B2B

Nadine Duncan
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Robust commercial contracts are essential for all businesses. Contracts can take many forms – some are formal signed agreements, some are terms and conditions, some by way of a letter, and others by email. Contracts can even be made orally or as a...

Commercial acquisitions - share purchases

Thomas Birkett
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In the final instalment of our series of articles on mergers  and acquisitions , Buckles’ Company Commercial lawyer, Tom Birkett, examines issues around share purchases. Acquisitions involve an entity applying its resources to obtain ownership,...

Australian court accepts dead man's unsent text message as his Will

Karl Dembicki
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An Australian court has ruled that a draft text message is the official Will of man who then committed suicide without sending it. The message, found in the drafts folder of the 55-year-old’s phone and intended for his brother, stated that he wished...

Commercial acquisitions - asset purchases

Thomas Birkett
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Last week, Buckles’ Company Commercial lawyer, Tom Birkett, wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of growing a business through a merger . In the next two articles, Tom turns his attention to acquisitions as an alternative method of achieving...

Divorce: The rights of grandparents

Anika Aston
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A contentious divorce can often sour relationships, not just between the parting spouses, but throughout the wider family group too. Courts do their utmost to protect the interests and the wellbeing of any children involved but what about the older...

Lessons to be learned from leaseback losses

Paul Belliere-Wilson
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The plight of UK investors faced with significant costs after purchasing leaseback properties in France has highlighted the need for potential buyers to take legal advice before signing on the dotted line. French property leaseback schemes have been...

Mergers - the benefits and risks involved

Thomas Birkett
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A big question for any business is ‘How can we grow?’ In this series of articles, Buckles’ Company Commercial lawyer, Tom Birkett, takes a look at how businesses can grow through a merger or acquisition. Here, Tom examines the issues...

New family court guidance aims to protect children from domestic abuse

Anika Aston
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Family court guidance aimed at protecting children from violent parents during custody disputes and designed to improve the treatment of abuse victims has been introduced in England and Wales. Until now, family courts have operated on the presumption...

Financial information to be shared with tax authorities across jurisdictions

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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New rules allowing tax authorities and financial institutions to share information about individuals’ assets with their country of residence are being rolled out this month. 54 ‘early adopter’ jurisdictions, including Spain, will begin to...

The risks involved in homemade Wills

Sara-Rose Welch
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The case of Richard Guest v. the Executors of Tracey Leaning has highlighted the importance of making a Will with a lawyer’s assistance and keeping it up-to-date. In a recent appearance on ITV’s This Morning and an interview with the Daily...

Landmark High Court ruling on end of life care

Karl Dembicki
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The High Court has handed down a landmark judgement in a case concerning the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) from a woman reaching the end stages of Huntington’s disease - an inherited neurological condition that is progressive, incurable and ultimately fatal.

Converting commercial property into residential housing

Michael Rabbett
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Converting commercial property into residential units is big business. An old factory bought for £250,000 and converted into 10 residential units, each valued at £150,000, could net a massive profit for the developer willing to make the...

Employment tribunal fees dropped after Court ruling

Giles Betts
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The government recently faced a policy U-turn after the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were ‘inconsistent with access to justice’, and therefore unlawful. The decision has financial as well as legal implications, with potentially up to £32million of repayments to be made to workers intent on getting justice.

Lasting Powers of Attorney: are they the right thing to do?

Stephen Duffy
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Denzil Lush, who was a senior Judge in the Court of Protection for 20 years prior to his retirement, has recently criticised the system of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).  He said that an LPA can have a devastating effect on family relationships, and...

Gender pay likely to stay in the spotlight

Nicola Cockerill
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The gender pay gap is likely to continue drawing attention, given that larger employers are now obliged to publish their gender pay gap information. The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations came into force on 6 April and some organisations are already publishing their results. 

Breast cancer sufferer awarded nearly 50,000 pounds by Employment Tribunal

Nicola Cockerill
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A recent decision by the Central London Employment Tribunal serves as a reminder to employers of the importance of ensuring an employee with a disability is treated in a fair and consistent manner to minimise the risk of a successful claim for disability...

Have you registered a Power of Attorney in the last four years?

Sara-Rose Welch
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If you have registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney in the last four years you could be entitled to a partial refund of the registration fee. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has recently released its 2016/17 annual report and announced...

Pension flexibility - the legal implications

Matthew Porter
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Given that more than two years have passed since the introduction of “pension flexibility”, it is worthwhile having a reminder of the potential legal difficulties that may arise from choosing a drawdown scheme instead of an annuity. An annuity...

How to survive a heatwave in the workplace - keep cool and carry on

Alison Banerjee
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A sweltering British summer, whilst a rare and welcome event, can leave employers and employees alike feeling hot under the collar. The BBC reported that a hospital porter, who had rolled his polyester trousers to ¾ length in an effort to cool down...

Queen's Speech Wednesday 21 June 2017

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Wednesday’s Queen Speech was dominated by Brexit with more than one quarter of the 27 bills announced relating to its impact on immigration, business sectors and industries. The Great Repeal Bill, a key component, is central to the UK exiting the EU...

Complex wage regulations give employers sleepless nights

Giles Betts
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National Minimum Wage Regulations continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging their complexity, saying each case should be considered on its own merits. Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have...

Termination of fixed term contract due to pregnancy

Nicola Cockerill
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I was interested to read an Employment Tribunal case recently whereby a woman who had been employed on a 12 month fixed-term contract has successfully pursued a claim for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination. It is reported that the woman had been...

Potential for discrimination associated with political beliefs

Nicola Cockerill
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In light of the recent General Election and Brexit, and given the heated discussions that have erupted within the media and across social media sites, it seems an appropriate time to remind employers of the legal position with regard to discrimination and...

Proposed social care reforms: when is a "clarification" a U-turn?

Stephen Duffy
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"Nothing has changed, nothing has changed!" This was the cry from Teresa May who has clarified her plans for reforms to social care, which were set out in the Conservative Party manifesto last week. Our previous blog post covers the proposed...

Conservative Party Manifesto: a triumph or a tragedy for social care?

Stephen Duffy
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On 18 May 2017, the Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 was launched ahead of the upcoming election. One of the topics covered in the manifesto is the problem of our “ageing society”. The manifesto says: “as our society ages, the costs of...

What happens to a property in France when a couple separate?

Emilie Bensmihen
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It is usual for couples to buy property together, either as a permanent or holiday home, or even as an investment, however, when the relationship ends, the property is still owned by both. The way the property was purchased and is owned, and whether the...

Final decision for daughter excluded from mum's Will

Alex Burch
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Final decision for daughter excluded from mum’s Will: Ilott v Mitson finally decided For background information see my previous post , dated 28 July 2015. This is the first time the provisions of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and...

Maintaining the status quo?

Alex Burch
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After a year of high profile, and often unexpected, celebrity deaths, Rick Parfitt of Status Quo died on Christmas Eve 2016. In the short time since his death, national media has reported that Rick’s wife apparently told newspapers that Rick changed...

Arbitration - the future of family dispute resolution?

Anika Aston
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Relationship breakdown can be difficult, and can involve many elements to resolve, such as property, finance and arrangements for children. It can seem very daunting, and in the event an agreement can’t be reached, the automatic assumption may be that...

Housing White Paper: Government's vision for reforming the planning system

Brendon Lee
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On 7 February 2017 the Government published its Housing White Paper - Fixing Our Broken Housing Market - which sets out its vision and programme for reforming the perceived long standing problems in the housing market and ensuring more homes are built in the...

Data Protection overhaul for UK businesses

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A huge piece of EU legislation that will replace the UK’s 1998 Data Protection Act as from May 2018, was confirmed in May last year. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been a long time coming with various drafts having been published...

Changes to rateable value and the impact on statutory compensation

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The rateable value of a property is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency based on the annual open market rent for the property. The last revaluation took place in 2010 which used 2008 valuations. As we are well aware, the property market has changed...

The new Resolution Code of Conduct

Anika Aston
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Our family law team are members of Resolution, an organisation of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Resolution membership is about the approach we take to our work. This means that...

Does my business need a social media in the workplace policy?

Nicola Cockerill
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With the increase of social media site (such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) users must be careful when posting articles and comments on these forums. There have been a host of cases where an individual has posted inappropriate comments whether about a...

Difficulties administering an estate

Alex Burch
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Taking on the role of a personal representative to administer a deceased person's estate is often carried out by a family member or by a solicitor instructed by that family member. A recent case in the High Court demonstrated a catalogue of undesirable...

Breach of planning control? Served with an enforcement notice?

Brendon Lee
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It is important to know your rights and options, and those of the local planning authority, where there is an alleged breach of planning control. What is breach of planning control? A breach of planning control is where a person carries out development...

What's yours is mine - or is it?

Anika Aston
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After practising in family law for over 11 years, I have encountered many clients who have lived with a partner for years without marrying, and wish to seek advice as to their financial entitlement upon the breakdown of their relationship. All too often...