October 2018 Archive

Oxford proving popular for potential property buyers

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A recent Homes & Property article focused on why Oxford is a prime choice for buyers leaving London. Having grown up in the area, it is easy to take our amazing city for granted but it seems that an increasing number of individuals looking to leave London are now putting Oxford at the top of their list. More …

Artist's Resale Right (ARR) after Brexit – will it still apply and who will benefit from it?

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Artist's resale right is a controversial IP right of European origin and gives visual artists a royalty each time their work is sold by a gallery or auction house after its first sale – what in art market parlance is the secondary market. More …

Crack down on child maintenance evasion

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It has long been a problem that some non-resident parents avoid paying the correct and fair amount of child maintenance, by arranging their financial affairs in a certain way. Jennifer Williamson looks at a recent case. More …

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 …

Do you need a dispute to go to mediation?

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Many years ago the court used to get involved in every case where there were children and their parents were divorcing. However, with the Children Act, which came into being in 1991, the courts only became involved if there was a disagreement between the parents. Are we currently in that position with referrals to mediation? More …

Online Wills - cheap, but not always cheerful

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Recent statistics suggest that as many as 60% of UK adults do not have a Will*. Common reasons given include concern over drafting costs and simple procrastination. Could the internet provide a solution to yet another key aspect of life? More …