Time Limits For Professional Negligence Claims

If you are considering making a negligence claim against a professional (such as an accountant, financial adviser, solicitor, barrister, insurance broker, surveyor or architect) then it is important to note...


Lifetime Tax Planning Steps

If your estate is worth more than the Inheritance Tax free allowances available to you, what lifetime tax planning steps can you take to reduce or avoid a tax bill?...


Disputed Probate Claims: Who Will Pay My Costs? – James v James & Others

When advising on disputed probate claims, our Inheritance Disputes team have frequently heard people talking about costs coming “from the estate” at the end of the case. The reality is...


Deprivation Of Liberty

On certain occasions, individuals who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves need to receive restricted care or treatment in a hospital or care home, as this is the...


Christmas In The Workplace: Employer Risks And Responsibilities

With the festive season now in full swing, it is more important than ever for employers to ensure that their policies and procedures relating to work-related social events, disciplinary proceedings...


‘Tendency To Steal’ Exclusion In Disability Discrimination Case: Wood v Durham County Council

In the recent Employment Tribunal case of Wood v Durham County Council, an employee brought a claim against his employer for disability discrimination after he was dismissed for shoplifting and...


IR35 Provisions – Changes To The Off-Payroll Working Rules In The Private Sector

What is IR35? The ‘off-payroll rules’ (also known as the IR35 provisions or the intermediaries legislation) refer to the United Kingdom’s anti-avoidance tax legislation and was implemented by HM Revenue...


Workplace Accident Claims

There are many different potential hazards in the workplace and of course it depends on the type of job you do, as to what type of hazard you may encounter....


Pilot To Take Off

The Disclosure Pilot Scheme (Practice Direction 51U of the Civil Procedure Rules (“CPR”)) is about to begin in the Business and Property Courts from 1st January 2019. The Pilot will...


Changes In Probate Fees To Be Introduced

It has recently been announced that changes in Probate fees will be introduced next year in England and Wales. The changes in fees outlined by the Government mean that in...


Legal Rights For Unmarried Couples

Many people believe that ‘common law marriage’ exists in England. However, this is a myth and while lawmakers are keen to modernise the law, at present cohabiting or unmarried couples...


Out Of Time? – The Effect Of A Stay In Proceedings Before Service Of The Claim Form

In the recent case of Grant v Dawn Meats (UK) [2018] EWCA Civ 2212, the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal that a claim was served in time after a...