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What should we expect from the Budget for the higher rates of stamp duty land tax (the 3% surcharge)? Will it increase to 5%?

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We examine the figures published for the end of the latest tax year that far exceeded the predicted revenue when SDLT was introduced and will it increase in this month's budget? More …

Dispute resolution and early neutral evaluation in construction

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Construction lawyer David Evans discusses the benefits of ENE (early neutral evaluation) within the construction industry. More …

The NCA wins the first round in its application of "McMafia" laws

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Upon the High Court lifting reporting restrictions this week, the newspapers have reported details of the extravagant lifestyle of Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of the former chairman of Azerbaijan's largest bank, the state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan, who is currently serving a 15 year prison sentence in his home country, having been convicted in 2016 of fraud and embezzlement in the sum of £2.2billion. More …

Is the current approach on valuing pensions fit for mediation?

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There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court". I normally emphasise that mediation is not a different process but just a different method of resolving matters. However, I must admit to some discomfort over pensions. More …

Have the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act gone far enough?

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Senior Solicitor Ben Coulson discusses whether the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act have gone far enough. More …