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Sophie Lamont
A Professor’s Will has been deemed invalid in the High Court of England and Wales after legal formalities were not complied with. The handwritten Will had been signed by the testator (the Professor making the Will) but the formalities relating to his witness’ signatures did not comply with the legal requirements, meaning the Will was...
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The Vento Guidelines (named after the case in which they originated – Vento –v- Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (2003)) are a set of guidelines used to calculate awards of compensation for injury to feelings to victims of employment based discrimination. From 6th April 2021 cases presented before the Employment Tribunal which involve a...
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ITV has recently shown a new Drama ‘Finding Alice’. For those who did not watch it, the drama surrounded a family, Harry, Alice and daughter Charlotte. Harry and Alice were not married. The first episode showed the family moving into a new ‘smart’ house Harry had built for them. On the first night Harry was...
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The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in a ground-breaking case that is expected to inform the way Family Courts treat allegations of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour. The Appeal Court was last asked to give general guidance on the approach to domestic abuse in child contact cases. Practice Direction 12J remains...
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In 2016, a number of Uber drivers submitted a claim to the Employment Tribunal to establish their employment status.  The drivers argued that they were workers, which would give rise to workers’ rights, including minimum wage, annual paid leave and the benfit of other protections such as from discrimination. However, Uber argued that the drivers...
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This week saw the new series of the BBC’s Line of Duty hit our screens, with another battle ahead for the police against serious organised crime. For those new to this drama, the first episode may well have been very confusing. The episode was clouded in layers of acronyms that a person not well versed...
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The Probate sector suffered a vast detrimental impact in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 and the increased death rates and pressure on HM Probate Registry (who were also in the process of incrementally changing their processes) saw huge backlogs for the issue of Grants of Probate and significant delays to estate administration. The good...
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It was announced in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Economic Statement on 3 March 2021 that individual(s) buying their main home will not have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) for a purchase price of up to £500,000. Please see below a summary of key questions and our views on the same. What are the SDLT...
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Covid Recovery The Furlough scheme is to be extended to end of September with the amount employer’s will be asked to contribute 10% in July and 20% in August and September as the scheme is gradually phased out.New Restart Cash Grants will be made available for up to £6000 for non-essential businesses and other businesses...
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Amid the challenges many have faced this year there are some vast changes in respect of divorce law in the UK. Solicitors may now file divorce and financial remedy applications through the family court online portal. My HMCTS still requires some improvement and it is often not user friendly, but it has unbelievably reduced waiting times...
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