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Ex-wife of Russian oligarch wins latest leg of divorce dispute

Ex-wife of Russian oligarch wins latest leg of divorce dispute

The ex-wife of a wealthy Russian oligarch locked in a bitter dispute over a multi-billion pound fortune has won the latest round of an ongoing legal battle.

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March 1, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Mortgage approvals up for ‘small deposit’ homebuyers

Mortgage approvals up for ‘small deposit’ homebuyers

New data suggests that mortgage approvals for homebuyers with small deposits rose significantly towards the end of last year, as first-time buyers moved to secure their place on the property ladder following an historic Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cut.

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February 28, 2018
Posted in Blog, Property

Why unmarried couples should consider signing a cohabitation agreement

Why unmarried couples should consider signing a cohabitation agreement

Unmarried cohabiting couples are being advised to consider signing a cohabitation agreement, after a recent survey found that more than a third of cohabitees were misunderstanding the law.

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February 21, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Surge in first-time buyers after Stamp Duty cut

Surge in first-time buyers after Stamp Duty cut

According to a recent study, the number of mortgaged first-time buyers in the UK rose to 365,000 in 2017, the highest level seen in more than a decade, with the rise being attributed largely to November’s Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cut.

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February 21, 2018
Posted in Blog, Property

Case will impact on employment law

Case will impact on employment law

A Supreme Court hearing later today (20 February) will have “significant ramifications” on employment law for a number of industries, including the media, the health service and the construction industry.

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February 20, 2018
Posted in Blog, Employment

Cohabitees are misunderstanding the importance of Wills, study reveals

Cohabitees are misunderstanding the importance of Wills, study reveals

A new study suggests that UK cohabiting couples are misunderstanding the law and overlooking the importance of drawing up Wills.

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February 16, 2018
Posted in Blog, Private Client

Don’t forget to review your People with Significant Control register

Don’t forget to review your People with Significant Control register

The People with Significant Control register (PSC), introduced in June 2016, requires companies to declare individuals who have a significant stake in the business.

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February 15, 2018
Posted in Blog, Commercial

Cohabitation issue is raised in Parliament

Cohabitation issue is raised in Parliament

Campaigners who have been pushing for greater rights for cohabitees were heartened by the fact that the issue was mentioned in a recent debate in the House of Commons.

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February 15, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Home Office confirms it will consider the future of civil partnerships

Home Office confirms it will consider the future of civil partnerships

The Government is to carry out a wide-reaching review of civil partnerships, which is expected to result in one of two very different outcomes.

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February 8, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Inheritance Tax needs to be ‘simplified’, says Chancellor

Inheritance Tax needs to be ‘simplified’, says Chancellor

In recent days, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has penned a letter to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) calling for changes to the UK’s “particularly complex” Inheritance Tax (IHT) regime.

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February 2, 2018
Posted in Blog, Private Client