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Inheritance Tax threshold to remain unchanged for 17 years

Inheritance Tax threshold to remain unchanged for 17 years
The current Inheritance Tax threshold was set in April 2009 and has remained unchanged since. In the 2021 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that this will be frozen for a further 5 years until 2026, by which point the Inheritance Tax threshold will have remained unchanged for 17 years. The current threshold is £325,000. This is known as the N...
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Kang and Another v Pattar – Construction Dispute Case

Kang and Another v Pattar – Construction Dispute Case
The recent case of Kang and Another v Pattar [2021] EWHC 1101 (Technology and Construction Court) concerned a typical construction dispute between dissatisfied homeowners and an unpaid builder. Facts of the caseAs is often the case, the homeowners argued the building work was defective and the builder argued that it was not defective, merely incomp...
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End of residential eviction ban and reduction in notice periods

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In March 2021, we covered the announcement of the Government's additional support package for residential tenants. This extended until 31st May 2021 the moratorium on enforcing possession orders and the requirement to provide 6 months' notice for residential evictions. The Government has now announced its proposed timeline for reverting t...
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What are the grounds for challenging a Will?

What are the grounds for challenging a Will?
There are several ways that the validity of a Will can be challenged. Any challenge to a Will would be by a person who stands to benefit from the deceased's estate if they succeed in their claim. For instance they may benefit under an earlier Will which would come back into existence. If there is no earlier Will a successful challenge would result ...
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Tragic death of JD Sports heir highlights the importance of taking proper legal advice

Tragic death of JD Sports heir highlights the importance of taking proper legal advice
Tom Makin was heir to the well-known JD Sports sporting goods empire prior to his tragic death. At the age of only 21 Tom was diagnosed with bone cancer, which would later claim his life. In 2019, aged just 29, Tom passed away leaving his wife, Kirsty, a widow at 34, and the couple's two young children. A year before the couple got married, Tom tra...
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Colin vs Cuthbert – the trial of the chocolate cakes

Colin vs Cuthbert – the trial of the chocolate cakes
They often say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but such assurance is clearly of little comfort to high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S). In the firm belief that a cake sold by discount retailer Aldi, under the name of Cuthbert the Caterpillar, imitates their own chocolatey creation, Colin the Caterpillar, M&S h...
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Digital Assets - are they covered in your Will?

Digital Assets - are they covered in your Will?
We all know the importance of dealing with our property, bank accounts, investments, and other assets in our Wills, but have you ever thought about what would happen to your online presence? What would happen to your logins for social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, Apple, or TikTok to name a few? Do ...
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Important employment law changes in April

Important employment law changes in April
April is a busy month for both businesses and employment lawyers. There are a number of employment law changes HR Directors and employers need to prepare for. Employment Tribunal Compensation Limit Change The limit on the amount of compensation awarded by the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal will increase to £89,493. The upper limit which c...
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Understanding the changes to off payroll working: IR35 what the new rules mean

Understanding the changes to off payroll working: IR35 what the new rules mean
Off payroll working rules, commonly referred to as IR35, are changing from 6th April 2021, but what does this mean for you? What is IR35?The IR35 rules originally aimed to ensure that contractors doing work for companies, and the companies themselves, paid the correct level of tax. They also sought to restrict tax avoidance through "disguised emplo...
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Workers who “sleep-in” not entitled to national minimum wage for whole shift

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The Supreme Court recently handed down its judgment in the cases of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersand and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) [2021] UKSC 8. In this landmark decision, the Court found that a worker is only entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for periods during a "sleep-in" shift when th...
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New Mediation voucher scheme launched for Family Law cases

New Mediation voucher scheme launched for Family Law cases
A new scheme has been launched to encourage more people to use mediation services in family law cases as an alternative to the family courts.  The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched the Mediation Voucher Scheme which is being administered by the Family Mediation Council (FMC). Financial contributionThe scheme offers people a voucher up to ...
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The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney – Kate and Derek’s Story

The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney – Kate and Derek’s Story
Most of us will have heard the heart-breaking story of TV presenter Kate Garraway's husband and his yearlong hospitalisation after contracting Covid 19 in March 2020. Kate has been very honest in sharing her family's experience and her documentary 'Finding Derek' which aired this month gave a glimpse of the many difficulties she is facing, includin...
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Can death-bed gifts supersede existing Wills?

Can death-bed gifts supersede existing Wills?
This question was posed by the recent case of Davey v Bailey [2021] EWHC 445 (Ch), which related to the estates of Alan and Margaret Bailey, who died within a few months of each other in 2019. Mr and Mrs Bailey had mirror Wills in place appointing each other as the sole executor and beneficiary of each other's estates. They understood that, followi...
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Are your dividends at risk? Revisiting the salary vs dividend conundrum

Are your dividends at risk? Revisiting the salary vs dividend conundrum
With the relative tax efficiency of paying dividends when compared to salary now looking increasingly marginal, long established checks and balances protecting shareholder interests are facing renewed pressure. This exposes shareholders to an often overlooked risk which is rarely appreciated until after the event.  Tax on earnings, tax on prof...
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Am I entitled to half my spouses income?

Am I entitled to half my spouses income?
A common question asked in cases where one person in a marriage earns significantly more than their spouse is "why can't I share in my spouse's future income?". In many cases the spouse with the high income will have built up that income capacity through the marriage and will have the ability to earn at a higher level than their spouse for many yea...
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Extension to ban on evicting commercial and residential tenants

Extension to ban on evicting commercial and residential tenants
In January 2021, we covered the Government's extension of the moratorium on enforcing possession orders until 22nd February 2021. The Government has now announced further additional support for commercial and residential tenants. This includes a ban on commercial evictions until 30th June 2021 together with a ban on residential evictions until 31st...
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Top tips on Ransom Strips

Top tips on Ransom Strips
A ransom strip is a small parcel of land whose ownership has been retained, often by a previous owner when a larger or adjoining portion of land has been sold. Typically, it runs alongside the boundary between more than one parcel of private land, or between private land and the public highway. Owning a ransom strip can be beneficial because of its...
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Supreme Court Uber judgment: A change for the gig economy?

Supreme Court Uber judgment: A change for the gig economy?
On Friday, 19 February 2021, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Uber v Aslam, reaching the same conclusion as earlier courts that Uber drivers are 'workers'. The appeal concerned the employment status of private hire vehicle drivers who provide their services through the Uber smartphone application. The main question raised is whether an...
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Be careful what you post, it could get you fired!

Be careful what you post, it could get you fired!
After being dropped by Leicester's Curve Theatre from a stage performance of The Color Purple, actress Seyi Omooba (26), sued both her agents and the theatre for £128,000, claiming discrimination, harassment, and breach of contract. Ms Omooba, due to play the lead character Celie, who is portrayed as being in a same sex relationship, was dismissed ...
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To serve or not to serve?

To serve or not to serve?
Last August, we covered the regulations introduced by the Government to change to residential possession rules . One of the key changes was that the notice period for most notices was increased to six months. This change applied to notices served up until 31st March 2021. As the Government has not yet published any transition legislation, as things...
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