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Negligent Tax Advice? How to Claim for Your Losses?

David Wright
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Tax is a part of everyday life. We all come across it in some form. Whether it’s Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax or Stamp Duty Land Tax, at some point it is likely you have taken advice from a professional to help you...

Legal Case Funding not Explained? No After the Event Insurance? What to do About a Surprise Legal Bill

Jonathan Tyler
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A legal case you’ve been involved in has recently concluded. Maybe you were claiming money someone owed you, or claiming against a builder who had done a poor job causing you to suffer financial loss. Your claim was not successful however, and...

Japanese Knotweed: When a Surveyor Fails to Spot a Problem

Andrew Maidment
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Have you recently purchased a property, having invested, wisely you believed, in a quality homebuyer’s survey, only to later discover that something very important was overlooked? Surveyor negligence is not uncommon, and what is becoming even less...

Winding-Up Petitions: FAQs

Joanne Brown
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Winding-up petitions are often used to prompt payment for an outstanding debt. Being served with a petition is a very serious matter indeed, as it could lead to compulsory liquidation, and this is irreversible. If your company has been issued with a...

Solicitor Negligence: Missed Limitation Deadlines FAQs

Andrew Maidment
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The Limitation Act 1980 imposes strict time limits on making a civil claim against another party. When these time limits are exceeded, the claim becomes statute-barred and the claimant will usually be prevented from making the claim. This can have...

Unopposed Lease Renewals in London: Piloting a Scheme to Speed up the Process

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Under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act, a tenant occupying a business premises has a right to remain in the premises at the end of the lease and to be granted a new lease. Providing the landlord does not oppose the new lease, the parties can start to...

Does a stay extend the date for service of the claim form?

Sarah Duffy
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Can you extend the date for service of the Claim Form by entering into a Stay? This pertinent question was answered recently in the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Grant v Dawn Meats (UK) [2018] ECA Civ 2212. Background The Claimant was employed by...

Winding-Up Petitions: The Procedure Explained

Joanne Brown
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If you are owed money and the debt is overdue, your first step is to make a formal request for payment via a statutory demand. Once this has been issued, the debtor has 18 days to either agree to make payment, or contest the debt. If the statutory demand is...

Opposed Business Lease Renewals: Your Guide under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act

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Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, there are a number of specified grounds on which a landlord can oppose a tenant’s application for a new tenancy. In this guide we are taking a look at those grounds, and also at what is involved in making the...

Legal 500: Leading firm status for 2018/19

Alex Lovis
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I am delighted to confirm our inclusion within the 2018/19 edition of the Legal 500 rankings, as a 'Leading Firm'.   Our Industrial Disease Litigation department continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the most prestigious firms in...

Breach of Commercial Covenant - Your Options as a Landlord

Alexander Clarke
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Covenants are another way of describing the obligations that exist between landlords and tenants, as set out in the commercial lease. They are unfortunately a common source of dispute. Landlord covenants will typically be along the lines of ensuring that...

Seth Lovis & Co Support Lifelites

Nina Klair
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We are very pleased to announce that the Private Client team have paired up with Lifelites this Autumn to help further their incredible charitable work via their free wills service. LifeLites create innovative technology for children in hospices who are...

A Guide to Lifetime Gifts and Minimising Inheritance Tax

Adam Shute
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Inheritance tax is a tax that is payable when someone dies. It is based on the value of an estate, in other words the property, cash and other assets left behind. Estates worth over £325,000 may be subject to inheritance tax at 40 per cent at this...

Commercial Rent and Service Charge Arrears - Landlord Powers Explained

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As a commercial landlord, you may from time to time need to pursue rent arrears. There are numerous considerations to make when doing so, all of which have a bearing on the options open to you. If you also need to pursue service charge arrears and other...

What is a Deed of Variation and how can I use it for Inheritance Tax Planning?

Nina Klair
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It may come as a surprise to learn that a will can actually be changed once someone has died. But varying a will is actually a very popular way of avoiding paying too much inheritance tax. A will can be changed via a legal process called a Deed of...

Commercial Rent Arrears - A Guide to Recovery

Jonathan Tyler
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If you are a landlord of commercial premises, your core concern will always be that your tenant pays their rent and any other costs due under the lease, and that these are paid on time. If you are in a situation where this has not happened and you have found...

How a Personal Injury Trust Could Help Protect Your Benefits

Adam Shute
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If you have recently been awarded compensation following a personal injury or medical negligence claim, you may be concerned as to whether your means tested benefits will be affected. Any payout of £6,000 or more has the potential to affect means...

Misfeasance Claims: What Constitutes Misfeasance?

Joanne Brown
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What is misfeasance? Misfeasance can be defined as a ‘wrongful act’. Under the Companies Act 2006 and common law, directors of companies must not breach any duty of trust when dealing with company money or assets. But what exactly constitutes...

A Guide to Misfeasance

Nick Davies
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When a liquidator alleges that a director has misapplied money or other company assets, or breached their duties as a director, this is known as a misfeasance claim. Misfeasance is commonly misunderstood, so here we will take a look at the subject and answer...

Late Payment: Fact, Figures and Truths Revealed

Liam Stein
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Insurer Zurich has revealed research taken across over 1,000 business owners and decision makers showing that 52 per cent of businesses are owed money by late paying customers. 21 per cent are owed over £25,000 and 9 per cent more than £100,000....

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