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Compulsory Purchase Orders – fairness matters

September 4, 2015

With the future looking brighter in the construction industry, new developments are springing up across our towns and cities. The government has pledged to build more than 200,000 homes and the planning laws have been relaxed to speed up the process So, if a Local Authority or other body is set on building new homes…

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Boundary disputes – crossing the line

August 28, 2015

Every year, neighbours find themselves falling out over boundary issues such as fences, tree branches, leylandii hedges and shared access to property. Fierce battles are often fought over just a few inches of land and can turn into prolonged and expensive legal disputes. Common problems Under Section 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, owners…

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The Danger of Home-Made Wills

August 21, 2015

The internet is a great place to get information. Google any topic and within minutes you can download hundreds of ‘How to’ pages that claim to give all the answers and the knowledge needed to tackle life’s important tasks. However, there are many instances in life where taking the DIY approach can cause problems in…

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Zero-hours contracts – what employers need to know

August 19, 2015

During the run-up to the 2015 General Election, zero-hours contracts became a high-profile debating point, with politicians from all parties entering the fray. Whilst zero-hours contracts are seen by some as exploitative and lacking in the rights that are given in traditional employment contracts, others view them as a flexible way to manage a workforce…

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Who gets what – dividing assets on divorce

August 7, 2015

There are no hard and fast rules governing how assets should be divided on divorce. There is a broadly applied principal starting point of a 50:50 split. The objective is to apportion assets in a way that meets the needs of both parties and is reasonable and fair. If the parties can’t agree on how…

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What does the case of Ilott –v– Mitson really mean?

July 31, 2015

Parent or Child, Colemans’ specialist Wills and Probate and Litigation Teams have the combination of expertise and experience you need On Monday, the Court of Appeal gave what the press are calling a ‘landmark ruling’ in the case of Ilott v Mitson. The facts are that Melita Jackson’s only child Heather ran away from home…

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Deeds of Variation

July 21, 2015

Deeds of Variation – One Way to Avoid Paying Too Much Inheritance Tax (and Buy Now While Stocks Last!!) Deeds of Variation – the 10 second version If you don’t have time read to all this, the vital message is: if you inherited or stand to inherit from someone who died in the last two…

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The Consumer Credit Act 2006

July 7, 2015

Do you supply consumers with credit or credit hire? Do you make use of credit facilities and credit advertising? Have you entered into a consumer credit agreement in the UK? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you are affected by the Act. PLEASE READ ON FOR WHAT THIS MEANS IN PRACTICAL TERMS. If you provide…

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Crossrail

July 7, 2015

A massive improvement to rail travel to London! A hugely positive impact on business within the commuter belt! A super quick commute! A much smoother ride! Worth the expense! Or, just a hugely expensive project that will make no real difference to commuters or to business in the UK?! Is it a total waste of…

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The Minority Shareholder Trap

June 16, 2015

You and your three friends start up a business. It takes off and, on the advice of your accountant, the four of you form a limited company. Each of you has 25% of the shares. You are a minority shareholder, but that doesn’t bother you. Why should it? The business has grown and is now…

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