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

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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...

Commercial Rent Arrears - A Guide to Recovery

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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...

Miss a Deadline at your Peril

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An interesting decision in the Employment Appeals Tribunal this week shows it will not tolerate lateness for no reason even where a party is only just late. In J v K and another, the tribunal refused to allow an appeal to proceed when it was...

Probate fee rises may be unlawful

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Following on from my blog dated 13 March about the proposed hike in probate fees to start this month, the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has now suggested that the Ministry of Justice may not actually have the authority to introduce the...

Draconian Probate fees increase proposed

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When an application is made for probate, the fee currently to be paid is £215 or £155 if the application is made through a solicitor. However, the government intends to revise these from May 2017. The good news is that under the revised system,...

MoJ: One fifth do not seek advice for legal problems

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Research recently published by the Ministry of Justice shows that nearly 20% of British adults who have legal problems do not seek professional advice. ‘Knowledge’ is cited as a major indicator upon how people address a legal issue. It suggests...

'Deck' the bells...

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Christmas may now seem a long time ago now but some of us will still remember our christmas parties. Perhaps last year's office party was really one to remember, but perhaps not for all the right reasons. The courts recently looked at liability for an...

DIY Probate - at your own risk

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Court figures show that more and more people are risking costly litigation by handling probate matters without legal advice. The Chancery Division of the High Court has said that the number of probate applications made not involving a solicitor have...

Morrisons liable

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Yesterday, Morrisons supermarket were found liable for the actions of an employee who attacked a customer. Despite being found not liable by all courts including the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday overturned those decisions. It...

Farmer compensated for flooded field

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As the country responds to the latest bout of extreme weather, a recent Tribunal decision will bring some comfort to farmers and others who have lost money from flooded land. In Robert Lindley Ltd v East Riding of Yorkshire Council [2016] UKUT 6 (LC) , a...

Buy now to avoid the extra stamp duty in second homes

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We are seeing an increase on second home purchasers as investors look to buy before the new stamp duty changes come in. From 1 April buyers of second homes purchased for above £40,000 will have to pay an additional 3% stamp duty. So if...

Not long until our office move

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The firm is abuzz with talk of our imminent office move: ‘Where will I be sitting?’ ‘Will we have a meeting room?’ (we will in fact have 2 fantastic new meeting rooms). The builders are in. Looking really good. Only 3 weeks to...

'Will' decision open the floodgates?

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A recent Court of Appeal decision is likely to set tongues wagging and a wave of claims from children deprived of their parents’ estates. Melita Jackson left a will leaving everything to 3 charities and nothing to her daughter. But after a 10 year...

Mansion Tax Fear

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Knight Frank report that the wealthy are renting in central London rather than buying for fear of a Labour government's introduction of a mansion tax. Average annual rent in central London rose to 4.1% in the last 12 months showing concerns are very...

Court Fee Hike

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Is the Government's recent announcement of a huge hike in court fees yet another obstacle in the way of our access to justice? Recent Employment tribunal fee increases have caused a massive decrease in the number of employment claims being issued. Even...

Rihanna 'shines bright (like a diamond)' in court decision

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The Court of Appeal has upheld a ban on Topshop selling a T-shirt with a photograph of Rihanna without obtaining her permission. 'Passing off' claims of this type are unusual. Indeed, the BBC reports this as the first time a...

Is Your Website Legal?

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Most businesses will have at least one website upon which they rely to market their goods and services and conduct business itself. It is therefore imperative that every business knows the legal requirements for websites. Every websites must include the...

Litigants in Person - a growing problem

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Justice minister, Simon Hughes, this week announced that more must be done to address the growing number of litigants in person (LIPs) in the court system. How he would propose this we shall have to see but this is indeed a very real problem. Changes in...

Bankers Should Be Made To Take 'Moral Oath'

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It is a sad reflection of an extraordinary situation when it comes to needing a banker's oath as part of the solution to try to bring the banking into line. But aren't the promises they would be making already implicit within their legal and moral...