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Three ways to legally save inheritance tax

It was reported recently that a woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for attempting to evade inheritance tax (IHT) by declaring that she had inherited assets from her aunt’s estate amounting to £285,000 rather than their true value of £1.5 million. Most of us would not consider...

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Clarke Willmott provides legal advice in the sale of Herring Shoes to Pavers

Clarke Willmott has provided legal advice to Herring Shoes in its disposal to Pavers. The sale, for an undisclosed sum, will see Herring Shoes and Pavers continue to operate separately. Adrian Herring, chair of the Herring board, and Herring managing director Jason Simmonds, will continue in their present roles. Rob...

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Taunton office raises over £15,000 for local charities

Fundraising lawyers from our Taunton office have raised over £15,000 in 21 months in support of local charity Reminiscence Learning and national charity Teenage Cancer Trust. The two charities, adopted as Clarke Willmott’s office charities in September 2016, will share the sponsorship collected through regular dress-down days, bake sales, and...

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Clarke Willmott re-appoints CEO Stephen Rosser

Stephen Rosser, Clarke Willmott’s Chief Executive Officer, has been re-elected by members for a further term of office and his first task has been to announce a further year of growth. Stephen was originally elected CEO of Clarke Willmott in 2010. Prior to that, he worked in the firm’s Commercial...

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New partner promotions 2018

We are delighted to announce that Tim Copplestone (Bristol); Bethan Evans (Cardiff); and Fiona Rendell (Birmingham), have all been promoted to partner. The promotions follow continued growth at Clarke Willmott, which has also seen the recent relocation to new offices in London and Manchester to support this growth as well...

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“WOT A HOLE – AINT GOING BACK THERE” – What to do with a damaging review

Mr Justice Warby recently held in Mballe Sube v News Group Newspapers and Express Newspapers that articles under headlines such as “Shameless French family-of-10 demand MANSION” did not pass the threshold for serious harm under the Defamation Act 2013. This decision has left us wondering whether, in this social media...

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Can trustees withhold information from beneficiaries?

In Lewis v Tamplin 2018 EWHC 777 (Ch) the High Court has ruled that trust beneficiaries should not have had their request for more information simply dismissed by their trustees on the basis that they already had enough information. Gladys Tamplin originally left her farm in her will on trust...

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Southampton team raises almost £20,000 for hospice charity

Clarke Willmott’s Southampton office has raised £19,277.62 for local cause Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity. The law firm has supported the West End charity for the past few years raising money and awareness through bake sales, dress down days and sponsored challenges. Staff at the firm also went above and beyond...

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Home Office new online visa application services: via Access UK

The Home Office has confirmed that Access UK is now available to Tier 2 applicants and points based system dependents. This is a new digital application alternative for applicants in the UK and worldwide, replacing paper forms. The Home Office say that the new service will enable workers and their...

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Just a prank? The legal consequences of hacking

Online pranks can carry serious consequences. When a journalist asked Kemi Badenoch M.P., “What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?” they probably were not expecting her to confess to a crime. However, when she admitted that “about ten years ago” she hacked into a Labour MP’s website and “changed all...

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