Inheritance Tax on Agricultural Land ­Depends on Open Market Value

<p><img alt=”Farmland” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/2176/small/IMAG0241.jpg?1416154560″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />Agricultural land, like any other asset, is ultimately worth what someone is willing to pay for it and the only sure means of assessing its value is to expose it to the open market. A tribunal made that point in ruling on an Inheritance Tax (IHT) dispute.</p>… Read more »

Wrongly Left Out of a Loved One’s Will? See a Solicitor Straight Away!

<p><img alt=”Houses” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/2725/small/IMAG0871.jpg?1491484069″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />If you feel that you have been wrongly left out of a loved one's will, you should see a solicitor straight away. The wisdom of acting promptly was emphasised by a case in which a pensioner who delayed taking legal action almost lost the roof over her… Read more »

Ethical Veganism is a Protected Characteristic, ET Rules

<p><img alt=”Vegetable soup” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/3467/small/hearty-bowl-of-vegetable-noodle-soup-on-marble-counter.jpg?1578269306″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />In a decision that broke new legal ground, an Employment Tribunal (ET) has ruled that ethical veganism is a protected characteristic under the <a href=”https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents” target=”_blank”>Equality Act 2010</a>.</p> <p>Jordi Casamitjana, 55, brought a claim against his former employer, the League Against Cruel Sports, alleging that he… Read more »

Making A Will? Leaving Out Your Dependants Is a Recipe for Conflict!

<p><img alt=”House” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/2231/small/HPIM0232.jpg?1418474505″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Failing to remember those who depend on you financially in your will is an invitation to discord amongst your loved ones after you are gone. That was certainly so in the case of a businessman who, despite having an estate worth over &pound;4 million when he died,… Read more »

Lawyers Cut Gordian Knot to Win Disabled Boy Millions in Compensation

<p><img alt=”Old Hospital” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/462/small/100_0389.JPG?1298576060″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Clinical negligence claims are often replete with medical and legal complexity and conducting them without specialist professional advice is really not an option. That was certainly so in the case of a disabled 11-year-old boy who was starved of oxygen in the minutes before his traumatic… Read more »

Letting Your Property Become Derelict Can Have Severe Consequences

<p><img alt=”House in Sheffield” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/763/small/sheff_and_Man_U_awaydays_002.jpg?1316252303″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />An Englishman&rsquo;s home is proverbially his castle, but letting your property fall into an advanced state of disrepair can have serious legal consequences. A householder found that out to his cost when his near-derelict home was compulsorily purchased by a local authority after it became… Read more »

EAT Breathes New Life into IT Worker’s Disability Discrimination Claim

<p>Can a dismissal be an act of discrimination if the affected employee is subsequently reinstated? In a case concerning a disabled IT support analyst, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) answered that important question in the affirmative.</p> <p><img alt=”Railway Line 2″ src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/187/small/for_RSS_5_may_2010_014.jpg?1273072864″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />The man&rsquo;s employer, a railway infrastructure company, was aware… Read more »

Part-Time Judges Come Out on Top in Supreme Court Pensions Dispute

<p>An important Supreme Court ruling concerning the pension rights of part-time judges has removed a potential obstacle in the way of justice being obtained by part-time workers who are treated less favourably than comparable full-time colleagues.</p> <p><img alt=”Gavel” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/3457/small/courtroom-gavel.jpg?1576777371″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Depending on their length of service, full-time, salaried judges who were… Read more »

Council Tenant Overcharged for Water Wins Right to Substantial Refund

<p>Council tenants are obliged to pay utility bills like anyone else, but are they entitled to the benefit of discounted prices negotiated by local authorities? A High Court ruling on that crucial issue entitled one overcharged tenant, and a great many others in the same position, to substantial refunds.</p> <p><img alt=”Water tap” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/3442/small/macro-photography-of-a-stainless-steel-faucet-615326.jpg?1575648059″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px;… Read more »