Giving With Warm Hands to Minimise Inheritance Tax – High Court Ruling

<p>The most straightforward means of minimising Inheritance Tax (IHT) payable on your estate is to give away your assets with warm hands when you are still hale and hearty. However, such gifts will bring no tax advantages at all unless they are absolute and unreserved.</p> <p><img alt=”Beach” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />A recent… Read more »

Tempted by an Exotic Investment Scheme? Is It Too Good to Be True?

<p>It is easy to be tempted by exotic investment schemes that promise spectacular returns. However, as a High Court case strikingly showed, they are often too good to be true and it is always wise to get an independent professional to check them out before parting with your money.</p> <p><img alt=”Charts” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right;… Read more »

Financier Dragged Over Coals for Breaching His Employment Contract

<p>Those who play fast and loose with the contractual obligations they owe to their employers can expect severe consequences. That was certainly so in the case of a highly paid financier who resigned from his job, without notice, at a time when he had for months been negotiating a move to a competitor.</p> <p><img alt=”Stock… Read more »

Children’s Wishes and Feelings Prevail in Bitter Paternity Dispute

<p><img alt=”Family” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />In the throes of family breakdown, parents often focus on their own personal battles &ndash; but it is the best interests of their children that are always uppermost in family judges&rsquo; minds. In a case on point, the wishes and feelings of two teenagers proved the decisive… Read more »

Primary School Pays Dearly for Violating Down’s Syndrome Pupil’s Rights

<p><img alt=”Classroom” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />As a primary school discovered to its cost in an unusual High Court case, firing off letters or other communications without first considering the data protection and human rights implications can have grave financial and reputational consequences.</p> <p>The case concerned a 10-year-old girl with Down&rsquo;s syndrome whose… Read more »

Disinherited Daughter’s Bid for a Share of her Father’s Estate Rejected

<p><img alt=”House” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />If someone upon whom you depend financially dies leaving you nothing in his or her will, judges have the power to ensure that you do not go empty-handed. As a High Court case showed, however, that power will only be exercised in your favour if your need… Read more »

Harmed by Agents of the State? The Law Will See You Properly Compensated

<p><img alt=”Ship in dock” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />The law has a very long memory and will ensure that victims of misconduct by state agents are properly compensated, however long it takes. In a striking case on point, the High Court awarded six-figure damages to the loved ones of an innocent docker who… Read more »

Whistleblowing Protection Requires More than Mere Finger-Pointing

<p><img alt=”Hospital beds” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />It is a popular misconception that workplace whistleblowing protection is available to anyone who points a finger of accusation. As an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling underlined, making allegations is one thing and providing actual information in what you believe to be the public interest quite… Read more »

Are Parents Obliged to Control Unruly Children? High Court Test Case

<p>To say that parents bear a moral responsibility to ensure that their children behave themselves in public is uncontroversial &ndash; but are they also under a legal duty to do so? The High Court addressed that issue in ruling that the sins of an allegedly anti-social teenager could not be visited upon his mother.</p> <p><img… Read more »