High Court Relieves Businessman of £2.9 Million Tax Planning Mistake

Trusts that are intended, but fail, to yield tax advantages are fiendishly difficult to untangle once created – but it can be done with the right legal advice. A businessman who transferred ownership of his home and classic car collection to offshore trusts in the forlorn hope of saving Inheritance Tax (IHT) found himself in exactly… Read more »

Making a Will? Transparency Really Is the Best Policy!

Making a will is a private matter and you are entitled to play your cards close to your chest. However, as a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) showed, resorting to subterfuge or undue secrecy can sow the seeds of legal dispute after you are gone. The case concerned a property which had for many years… Read more »

Unfairly Excluded from a Market? This Is How To Level the Playing Field

Free competition is the hallmark of any successful economy and, if you feel that you are being unfairly excluded from a market, specialist lawyers will help you to level the playing field. Exactly that happened in a case concerning the railway industry. A company which owns and operates railway infrastructure required all its suppliers to… Read more »

High Court Steps in after Wrong Candidate Declared Election Winner

<p><img alt=”Election” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/3308/small/ballot-black-and-white-black-and-white-1550337.jpg?1568129933″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The fairness of elections is a sacred tenet of British democracy and, where mistakes are made, only judges can put them right. A case on point concerned a town council election in which thousands more votes were counted than cast and one of the candidates was wrongly… Read more »

High Court Authorises Seizure and Sale of Drugs Kingpin’s Spanish Villa

<p><img alt=”Holiday villa” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/3287/small/seth-weisfeld-hFVZ-oQiuhc-unsplash.jpg?1566257318″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Judges leave no stone unturned in their determination to ensure that crime does not pay. In a case on point, the High Court authorised the seizure of a Spanish villa belonging to a drugs kingpin who is serving a 28-year prison sentence.</p> <p>The drug trafficking offences… Read more »

Unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation – Landlords Take Note!

Failing to licence houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) when required to do so is a criminal offence and ignorance of the law is no defence. The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) resoundingly made that point in ordering residential landlords to repay half the rent they received from student tenants of an unlicensed property. The case concerned a… Read more »

At Risk of Your Private Life Being Aired in the Press? See a Lawyer Today!

<p><img alt=”Newspaper” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/3286/small/black-and-white-data-folded-158651.jpg?1566257067″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The law of privacy is developing fast and the days when newspapers could publish details of people&rsquo;s personal lives with impunity are well and truly over. In a case on point, the High Court came to the aid of a man who claimed that he had been… Read more »

Accusations of Gross Misconduct Do Not Always Justify Suspension

<p>Where employees are accused of gross misconduct, suspending them on full pay pending a disciplinary investigation is all too often a knee-jerk reaction. However, such a step is not always justified and a firm of architects which fell into that trap found itself liable to pay a substantial compensation award.</p> <p><img alt=”Airport departures board 1″… Read more »

Foster Carers Union Refused Compulsory Collective Bargaining Rights

<p>What are the criteria that have to be met before a trade union can be listed as such under the <a href=”http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1992/52/contents” target=”_blank”>Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992</a>? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) tackled that thorny issue in ruling that a union established to represent foster carers could not fit the bill because… Read more »