Latest Legal News

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Guidance from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the UK's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance highlights some of the aspects organisations must consider when adopting a 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) approach,...
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Readers who live apart from their spouses or civil partners, but who have not formally dissolved their relationships, are warned that following changes to inheritance law brought into effect in October 2014 by the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 ,...
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In a decision which will give some comfort to many hard-pressed businesses , a tax tribunal has ruled that a small company's unexpected cash-flow problems provided a 'reasonable excuse' for its late payment of its PAYE liabilities. The commercial...
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A recent claim for negligence against a firm of architects , which resulted in a five-day court hearing, has led to a couple rueing their decision to litigate a dispute. The couple wished to build a garage and workshop in the grounds of their property and...
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Just because a court ruling seems harsh does not mean that the judge making it was biased, as is illustrated by a decision by the Court of Appeal that a judge was wrong to disqualify himself from continuing to hear a highly contentious case after he was...
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A former couple engaged in an acrimonious copyright dispute in respect of trading software which lay at the heart of their phenomenally successful business have run up £19 million in legal bills. The husband, a mathematician and computer programmer,...
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When a firm of valuers placed a valuation of €135 million on a property in Germany in 2005, in connection with a complex refinancing package, and it subsequently turned out to be worth much less, a legal dispute was almost inevitable when the deal went...
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Private Residence Relief (PRR) is one of the most valuable reliefs against Capital Gains Tax (CGT). It exempts from charge gains made on the principal private residence of a UK taxpayer. PRR is often claimed by people who buy properties and live in them...
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In a decision which was acknowledged to be of considerable public importance , a British couple have been declared the legal parents of their surrogate baby after the country's top family judge went to considerable lengths to come to their aid. In order to...
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Although, as a general rule, an illegal contract is unenforceable, a City broker who offered to supply insider information to a friend for £620,000 but then reneged on the promise has been ordered to repay the money. The broker claimed to have access...
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A couple who made £13 million by selling their land for residential development are in line for a further very substantial sum after the High Court interpreted in their favour a contractual term which entitled them to additional payments, depending...
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When cohabiting couples break up, failure to have legal rights clearly laid down can often lead to a dispute, as a recent case illustrates. It involved a claim by a woman for a share in the value of the house she had occupied with her partner for ten...
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In a warning to traders that those who deal in counterfeit goods are at risk of losing their liberty, a market stall holder who was caught offering for sale fake Apple mobile phone chargers and USB leads has failed in an appeal against a 13-month prison...
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A recent survey of 1,200 company car drivers found that more than 1,000 admitted to having falsified their mileage claims. 89 per cent had submitted inaccurate claims and 63 per cent had added 'non-business' mileage to their claim. In addition, more than a...
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The Central London residential property market is known to have risen to dizzying heights over the last few years, which has led to the victory by residents of a prestige mansion block in their five-year struggle to acquire the building's freehold proving to...
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It is fairly widely known that in a legal dispute some documents can be 'privileged', which means that they cannot be used in evidence. Normally, communications between a solicitor and their client are privileged. However, the right of privilege is not...
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When an informal conversation over dinner in a restaurant that included a proposed agreement between a divorcing couple did not lead to a settlement, the court was faced with a decision as to whether matters discussed during the conversation could...
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A company which produces plastic milk bottles – tens of millions of which are used in the UK every day – has landed a strategic blow on a trade rival in the midst of a bitterly-fought patent dispute. Company A had accused company B of infringing...
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It is not uncommon for a landlord to want to preserve a 'balance' among the tenants trading in a commercial development and therefore to restrict the number of tenants in a particular trade. A hidden danger inherent in this approach became evident recently...
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A company that paid more than £17 million too much for another company's shares – due to inaccuracies in the latter's accounts – will get most of that money back from insurers, following a High Court ruling . Company A had bought the...
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When a business is growing, it is quite common for it to be transferred into a limited company, and a company structure may often be more appropriate for larger businesses. There are tax elections available which make such a transfer relatively easy to do...
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The Intellectual Property Office has published a guide to changes in the law relating to designs . These were introduced by the Intellectual Property Act 2014 , which received the Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and comes into effect on 1 October 2014. The...
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A mother and father who refused to pay their sons' private school fees – claiming that staff had failed to protect the three boys from bullying and racial abuse – have been ordered to pay up after their complaints were comprehensively dismissed...
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When a tenant causes a nuisance to other tenants or to people nearby, the tenant is obviously the person responsible for the nuisance. However, can the landlord also be held liable since the landlord allowed the tenant to be in the position to create a...
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In a ruling which powerfully confirmed the extra-territorial reach of the English courts , the Court of Appeal has opened the way for civil proceedings for contempt of court to be brought against the managing director of two overseas companies despite the...