Latest Legal News

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A recent decision is good news for the proprietors of brands that suffer from the trepidations of counterfeit copies of their goods being sold over the Internet. The High Court ruled that the owner of a variety of luxury brands that suffered this problem...
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Benefits in Kind (BIKs) have always been an administrative nightmare for employers, with the amount of paperwork generated sometimes out of all proportion to the value of the benefit to the employee. Employers will therefore welcome the consultation on...
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The right to light has always been a complex and confusing area of law in the UK. In order to bring more certainty to the subject, the Law Commission undertook a consultation process in 2012/2013. As a result, the Commission has published a draft Right to...
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It is not uncommon for a couple's financial circumstances to change a great deal after they divorce, and in such circumstances it will often happen that the poorer ex-spouse will seek to reopen the earlier financial settlement in an attempt to gain a bigger...
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When a firm of accountants approached a client regarding investing in a management buyout (MBO) that needed finance, the end result was that the client lent the company set up to invest in the MBO company £15 million. Such loans are not advanced...
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Disagreements between family members are often bitter, and this can lead to time, effort and expense being incurred which is disproportionate to the importance of the dispute when it concerns a family business, as a recent case illustrates . Two brothers...
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A council's decision to grant planning consent for a superstore has been countermanded for a second time by the High Court on the ground that the potentially 'crippling' impact on the heart of a neighbouring market town had not been adequately considered. ...
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Millions can hang on the precise wording of a contract. Just how important this can be was illustrated in a recent case in which an agreement in respect of a major oil pipeline project brought bitter discord after grave flaws in its drafting led to a...
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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...