February 2018 Archive

Divorce: What can I do if I can't find my spouse? (or if they refuse to respond to the petition)

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Ordinarily, when a couple decide to divorce, there is a dialogue between them as to this and matters surrounding the divorce. However, it can sometimes be the case that a spouse cannot be found. More …

Cladding and Grenfell - the legal landscape

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Blake Morgan's Construction Partner, Richard Wade, discusses the issues, concerns and claims relating to cladding, on the back of the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower. More …

The beginning of the end for pre-commencement conditions?

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Consultation is underway on draft regulations which seek to create an exemption to a local planning authority's need to obtain the applicant's written agreement to a pre-commencement condition. More …

Swedish Court imposes prison sentences on trade mark invoice fraudsters

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Members of Blake Morgan's commercial litigation team discuss a Swedish Court's decision to impose prison sentences on trade mark invoice fraudsters. More …

Luxury brand's win on ruling to restrict online sales

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Members of Blake Morgan's commercial litigation team discusses luxury brand, Coty's, win on ruling to restrict online sales of their products. More …

Employment lawyer comments on maternity disclosure survey.

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Blake Morgan's employment specialist, Debra Gers, comments on maternity disclosure survey. More …

Redaction of Documents in Civil Proceedings

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Blake Morgan's looks at how the recent decision of the High Court in Ennis Property Finance Ltd v Thompson and Thompson [2017] EWHC 3263 (Ch) gives guidance on the redaction of documents in litigation. More …

Your Will and a Transgender Beneficiary

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As people transition from one gender to the other, how might this affect a person’s Will, in particular, will a change of gender or accompanying change of name cause a problem. More …

Have you updated your will in the light of the Residence Nil Rate Band?

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On 6 April 2017 an additional inheritance tax relief known as the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) was introduced. This may have reduced inheritance tax for many, but the provisions are complex, as highlighted by the Chancellor Philip Hammond's recent call for the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to review the UK’s inheritance tax regime, and outline ways in which the tax can be simplified. More …

How your ability to understand your Will may affect your ability to say "I do"

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Claims that a Will is invalid because a person did not have the ability, or testamentary capacity, to make it are now familiar. However the test of capacity varies depending on the situation and the recent Court of Protection case of Re DMM [2017] EWCOP 32 and 33 questioned the legal test for the capacity to marry and in particular whether it required the person to understand that marriage would automatically revoke their Will. More …