September 2016 Archive

Taxing divorce

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When you separate from your husband or wife, or civil partner, there are lots of matters to sort out. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, tax issues are often not high on people's agendas. More …

Financial planning on divorce – the pitfalls and opportunities

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Assessing a client's immediate and future financial needs on divorce is a minefield, but a process and conversation that can be paramount to how separating couples move forward in their lives. More …

The NHS Planning Guidance: play nicely - and do it quick

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No one can say they have not been told now. The NHS Planning Guidance published yesterday makes a number of things very clear. More …

Are you missing out on talented staff?

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What do Samantha Cameron, David Beckham, Angelina Jolie and David Dimbleby have in common? They are just a few high-profile individuals who have a tattoo or, in David Beckham's case, lots of them. More …

Would you leave a gift to charity in your Will?

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Prompted by Blake Morgan's involvement in Remember a Charity week, there has been a lot of lively discussion in the office about the number of people who leave a gift to charity in their Wills, and what prompts an individual to leave a charitable legacy. More …

Neighbourhood Planning Bill Update

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The Neighbourhood Planning Bill ("the Bill") had its first reading in the House of Commons on 7 September and is due to have its second reading on 10 October 2016. The Bill introduces a number of changes to both the planning and compulsory purchase. More …

Westminster gets tough on Subterranean Basements

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Westminster Council has just set up a dedicated "subterranean squad" to ferret out "basement nuisance busters", the first of its kind in the UK. More …

The challenges for STPs

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Our Chairman Bruce Potter discusses Nuffield Trust's paper on 'Sustainability and Transformation Plans: What we know so far.' and how the common themes are starting to emerge. More …

What is a special guardian?

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Special Guardianship Orders were introduced as an alternative to adoption orders, so that children can be cared for by a person other than their birth parents without extinguishing the birth parents' legal relationship with the child. More …

Can I change my child's first name?

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A recent survey has shown that almost 20% of people would pick a different name for their child if given the chance again, although in reality only 1 in 50 parents do change their child's name. More …