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Livery businesses and inheritance tax relief

Business property relief (BPR) is a highly valuable inheritance tax relief which can reduce the taxable value of business property by up to 100% and thus save considerable amounts of inheritance tax (IHT). The grant of BPR is, however, far from automatic and there a number of pitfalls within the...

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Pre and post-nuptial agreements in sharp focus

As with any litigation, there is much risk and uncertainty in having a divorce financial settlement determined in court. The judge has to take into account a number of factors set out in law and then apply discretion to come up with a settlement which is “fair” to both parties...

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Theresa May pledges free vote on fox hunting

Earlier this week, Theresa May made the anticipated announcement that the Conservative party manifesto is to contain a pledge to repeal the Hunting Act 2004 (or parts of it) with Conservative MPs having a free vote on it when it comes before Parliament. The Prime Minister also indicated her personal...

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Thames Water fined over £20 million for polluting the Thames

Thames Water Utilities Limited has been ordered to pay a record £20,361,140.06 in fines and costs for a series of pollution incidents on the Thames The case stems from Thames Water repeatedly and illegally discharging sewage from its sites in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire into the Thames and its tributaries...

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Inheritance Act claims by adult children

The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross & Others, a case brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 which considered whether it was right for Heather Ilott to be have been cut out of her mother’s Will....

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Government puts RSPCA on “probation”

Government Ministers have put the RSPCA on “probation” over its prosecution policy for the next two years. It is well known that the RSPCA regularly investigates and privately prosecutes alleged animal welfare offences; indeed, the prosecution of such alleged offences is an integral part of its strategy of enhancing and...

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How Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements can help farming families

The current law for determining divorce financial settlements depends on the discretion of individual judges to apply certain factors and principles which are set down in statute and case law. This means that it is not possible to be absolutely certain as to the outcome in a particular case if...

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Farming divorces and Collaborative Law – a better way

Sorting out a financial settlement on divorce can be complicated and this can especially be the case for farming families, where the personal and the business are often deeply entwined. However, this does not mean that this has to be a sorted out in a long, expensive and stressful court...

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Judges to hand over administrative applications to “legal advisors”

When the County Court Money Claims Centre (‘CCMCC’) was launched in 2012, it was designed to streamline the process of filing money claims in the County Courts and took away the burden of “setting up” claims from the District Judges elsewhere in England and Wales, allowing them to focus on...

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Seizures of legally owned firearms on the increase

Over Christmas Martin Winter had an article published in Shooting Times regarding the increase of seizures of legally owned firearms.  The article it appears was somewhat prophetic as on the 22nd December the following piece was published on the BBC’s website – www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-30573417 It was particularly interesting to read  “The force’s...

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