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Holding the PRs to account

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You know that you have been named as a beneficiary under a Will or are entitled under a relative's intestacy. After the initial emotions experienced in learning this news have bedded in, you feel that you have been waiting for ages and ages to find out more. What exactly will you receive and when? More …

Freehold vs leasehold: what's the difference?

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Freehold and leasehold are the two main types of property ownership in the UK. Here we explain how these types of ownership differ and the considerations to note when buying a leasehold property. More …

Successful Inheritance Act claim for perceived "lodger"

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Testamentary freedom, or a person's freedom to dispose of their property upon death as they see fit, is a fundamental principle of English and Welsh law. More …

CJEU: unauthorised re-posting of an image can be infringement

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The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") handed down its first copyright judgment of 2018 this week. More …

Can you rely on the promise of a lifetime?

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Whilst previously proprietary estoppel cases were fairly rare, in the first half of 2018 seven claims went all the way to a High Court trial with some possibly going on to the Court of Appeal. Proprietary estoppel claims in the context of contentious probate typically involve claimants believing they have been promised an interest in the deceased's property in reliance upon which the claimant has suffered some form of detriment. Many of the 2018 cases revolve around farms. Often parties have invested time working on the farm and promises may have been made as to inheritance. This article looks at one case in particular, Habberfield v Habberfield, to highlight the difficulties claimants can face in relying on proprietary estoppel and the importance of a valid will. More …