Latest Legal News

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When divorcing, a failure to make a complete and truthful statement of one's financial circumstances when ordered to do so by the court can prove to be a costly mistake, as a wealthy man has found. The millionaire executive lied in an attempt to hide his...
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Under the Housing Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011 ), any deposit paid under an assured shorthold tenancy must be paid by the landlord into a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme and significant penalties may await landlords...
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There is a general rule that the loser pays the costs of a legal dispute. When an offer to settle a claim is made by a defendant, the legal costs of the person making the claim will be paid by the defendant if the case goes to court and the claimant is...
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VAT law is clear that when a supply is made as a single supply, the VAT rate which applies is that of the principal supply. However, sales frequently include items that carry different rates of VAT. If it favours them (i.e. leads to VAT becoming payable),...
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A woman who sued her ex-partner for a half share of his £500,000 home – on the basis that she and members of her family had put two years of toil into renovating the property before the relationship ended – has had her claim rejected by a...
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It is exceedingly difficult to patent computer programs, although the code of a program is subject to copyright. The reason for this is that Section 1 of the Patents Act 1977 does not allow patent protection for computer programs. In order for a...
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Residential landlords are reminded that since 1 December 2014, the Government has been carrying out a pilot scheme (currently only in parts of the Midlands) requiring checks to be made on the residency status of tenants and occupiers who have tenancy...
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There have been hundreds of legal disputes relating to the division of property built up during a period of cohabitation by couples who are not married. The arguments arise on the break-up of the relationship or on the death of one of the cohabitants. The...
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As the main contractor for major works on London Underground, electronics giant Siemens retained a subcontractor to install communications equipment at various stations. When the works did not progress as desired, a dispute arose between Siemens and the...
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When trading losses (as calculated for tax purposes) are made, there are several ways these can be used, but in all cases, if no other relief is given, the losses are carried forward to be deducted from the first available trading profits of the same trade...
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A company which failed to take adequate steps to secure its website against hackers has been hit with a £150,000 financial penalty after a malicious fraudster managed to download personal data relating to its customers, including more than a million...
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Tenants are required to comply with the covenants in their leases and breaches of lease covenants can have serious implications, as a recent case shows. It involved a tenant (a car sales and repair business) that wished to end its lease, which ran for ten...
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A one-armed businessman, who went to war with his former friends over control of a successful talent agency for amputee stuntmen, has been criticised by a judge for his determination to ‘jealously and selfishly’ guard his own financial interests....
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A 'spiteful and wicked' husband, who branded his wife a psychopath in the midst of their £5.6 million divorce, has been hit hard in the pocket after a judge condemned him as a man who 'stops at nothing' to get what he wants . The man claimed that his...
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A decision of the High Court that a provisional liquidator could be appointed following a 'without notice' winding-up application by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should serve as a warning to companies whose VAT affairs are in arrears. The company in...
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When there is a risk of confusion on account of the registration of a trade mark name similar to yours, prompt action is advised. Recently, well-known double glazing firm Anglian Windows noted that an application had been made by an unrelated company, which...
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The risks associated with buying 'off plan' are illustrated by a recent case in which the owners of more than 100 flats in two blocks in Leeds found themselves facing a series of problems due to defective workmanship. Financial constraints meant that the...
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Normally, a refusal to mediate will incur the displeasure of the court and can be expensive if the court decides that the legal costs were higher than need be because of the refusal. However, when a case is sound, mediation is not always the right answer,...
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Big money divorce cases get into the news for a whole variety of reasons, but an allegation of sex discrimination is seldom one of them. However, this was one of the issues raised in a divorce case involving a high-flying wife who sacrificed her career to...
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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...