April 2017 Archive

Election causes delay to non-dom tax changes

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Many non-doms have wisely spent the last few months gearing up for substantial changes to UK tax legislation, which were expected to come into force this month. But, the government has now announced a delay enacting some areas of the Finance Bill 2017, which includes these changes. More …

House of Lords report proposes integration of licensing and planning

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The House of Lords published a report titled "The Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny". This report recommends the incorporation of licensing issues into the planning system. More …

New probate court fees to be abandoned… for now

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The Ministry of Justice has abandoned its controversial plans to substantially increase probate fees. More …

Marriage and divorce – how will these life events affect my Will?

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Marriage and divorce can affect your Will in different ways so it is important to make sure that your Will is still going to take effect in the manner intended. More …

Can you make a reluctant former partner pay up?

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A recent case has acknowledged that there are no short cuts to obtaining maintenance orders. Our blog considers the Hadkinson Order and how it can be used in divorce cases. More …

"In defence of pubs": The proposed removal of permitted development rights

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill amendment has brought in some changes to the change of use or demolition of public houses. Here is an overview of the reforms. More …

Decrease in registration fees for powers of attorney

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From the 1st April 2017, the cost of registering a Lasting Power of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney will decrease. But why have an attorney in place and what happens if you don’t? More …

MP calls for family justice reform

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Fareham MP Suella Fernandes has called on the Government to reform family justice, to make the system fairer for parents. More …

Can brand owners distance their products from the likes of mass retailers?

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A number of brand owners do not consider some online platforms to be appropriate marketplaces for their products. The question being raised is how much control can a brand owner exert over a retailer with regard to how it chooses to sell the products? More …