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Expat divorce and pensions

Expat divorce and English pensions Pension Sharing Orders after a foreign divorce The English Court will not automatically enforce orders made by foreign courts in relation to English pensions. So if you are going through an international divorce it’s important to take advice from an international family law expert before...

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International pet disputes

Divorce and international pet disputes What happens to pets when you divorce overseas? The ownership of a family pet can be one of the most important considerations for separating couples. Reports suggest that international divorce solicitors are increasingly being asked to advise on issues relating to who will keep the family...

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Farming tragedy

A recent tragic case has once again highlighted the importance of maintaining good health and safety practices on farms. This week, Neil Carpenter, a farmer from North Devon, was jailed for 4.5 years after being convicted of manslaughter and breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (“the...

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Breakthrough in diagnosis of traumatic brain injury

A portable device for diagnosing mild TBI About a million people each year attend hospital in the UK following a head injury. Fortunately, the majority suffer no lasting consequences, but for those not so lucky who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it could have lifelong consequences. The most reliable diagnosis...

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No inheritance tax changes at present but…

… the “death tax” is back The recent budget left the private client unscathed on the inheritance tax front, although the big guns may be delayed until the Office of Tax Simplification’s forthcoming report on inheritance tax. However, not long after the budget the government announced that it was resurrecting...

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Budget 2018

Calm before the storm? The first Monday budget since 1962 provided little excitement for those advising private wealth clients. Any changes made were largely tinkering round the edges, with major alterations perhaps being saved until the outcome on the review of trust taxation (which is still to take place) and...

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First ever compensation for man misinformed about A&E waiting times

Supreme Court rule that compensation should be paid A landmark Supreme Court ruling that compensation should be paid for an injury caused by a receptionist giving misleading information at A&E need not cause alarm throughout the NHS about increased levels of responsibility, according to specialist medical negligence solicitor Chris Thorne....

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Solicitors warn of eye appointment delays

An investigation at the Southampton General Hospital A total of 4,500 patients did not receive appointments at Southampton General Hospital for eye conditions within acceptable timeframes last year, an internal investigation by the hospital has revealed. Our solicitors who are representing one of 16 patients who suffered harm as a...

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World Mental Health Day 2018

10 October 2018 is World Mental Health Day The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has this morning announced the appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price as Minister for Suicide Prevention. She is tasked with tackling the stigma surrounding suicide in an effort to encourage more people to seek help. The Prime Minister has...

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Inheritance tax planning and lasting powers of attorney

“the concept of best interests is not limited to self-interest” A property and finance lasting power of attorney (LPA) confers extensive powers on the attorney to deal with the financial affairs of the person granting the LPA (the donor). However, the attorney’s power to make gifts from the donor’s property...

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