March 2018 Archive

Digital Currencies: Issues for your tax and estate planning

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Digital or crypto-currencies, the most common being Bitcoins, seem to be in the news every day, whether it’s a report of how their value has seen a mammoth rise (and a reasonably hefty fall), or governments raising concerns about their use and their current lack of regulation. This doesn't seem to have turned investors off, with a recent estimate considering that Bitcoins may have made between 20,000 and 200,000 people millionaires in the last few years! If you are thinking about or already hold investments in digital currency, there are a number of things to bear in mind in respect of your tax and estate planning. More …

Betting against child support: when gambling does pay

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In the recent case of French v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 470, an appeal by a father against a decision in the Upper Tribunal that his income from gambling was earnings from gainful employment such that it could be part of a child support assessment, the Judges found in favour of the appellant. The Judges ruled that where an individual is found not to be a self-employed earner in relation to his gambling winnings, such 'earnings' should not be included in assessing his or her liability for child support. More …

Strengthening of IP rights in China

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A Blake Morgan blog exploring the strengthening of IP rights in China. More …

The Department of Health and Social Care releases consultation to enable a single person to apply for a Parental Order

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When a child is born through surrogacy, the intended parents of the child may apply to the court for a parental order which then transfers legal parenthood of the child to the intended parents. Currently, it is only couples who can apply for such an order, but a consultation was released on 8 March 2018 on the intention to extend this to single parents. More …

Privilege preserved for litigation funding agreements: Edwardian Group Ltd and another v Singh and others [2017]

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In Edwardian Group Ltd, the Court refused a claimant the right to get disclosure of the litigation funding documents. More …

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Property

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As part of the Government's drive to meet its energy efficiency targets the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) England and Wales Regulations 2015 ("the Regulations") come into force on 1st April 2018. More …

Landlords secure victory in the latest insolvency battle

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Wright & Rowley as joint liquidators of SHB Realisations Ltd.(formerly BHS Ltd.) (in liquidation) vs. The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd. 2018 EWHC 402 (Ch) More …

The Importance of Granny and Grandad

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A recent case heard in the Court of Appeal Re G (a child) (2018), explored the importance of the role of grandparents in the life of a child. More …

Brochure Disclaimer prevents Negligent Misstatement Claim

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The Supreme Court has overturned a High Court decision that allowed a property developer to claim €350,000 in damages for negligent misstatement after he relied on incorrect information from Jones Lang LaSalle, an estate agent. More …

Floating Charge

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Charges over goods can be either fixed or floating. It is the substance of the charge, rather than how it is labelled, that will determine in which camp it sits. More …