The New Electronic Communications Code - Commencement

The new Electronic Communications Code will come into force on 28th December 2017. This means that the benefit of the transitional provisions which disapplied certain provisions of the new code...

Business Property Relief | Future After Vigne

There has been a steady trickle of case law over the last few years dealing with the concept of Business Property Relief (BPR) from inheritance tax. Unfortunately for the taxpayer,...

A Royal Pre-nup

By Callum Townend, Trainee Solicitor Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot in May 2018 and considering the couple’s vast wealth, they may consider entering into...

Private Residential Tenancy – Ending a PRT and recovering a property

On 1st December 2017, it will cease to be possible to create a new assured or short assured tenancy (SAT). Any new lets of residential property will be Private Residential...

Post-divorce Pay-outs

The former wife of an executive at travel firm TUI (the former Mr and Mrs Waggott) is today reported as demanding a share of Mr Waggott’s future earnings on top...

Judge rules on children's surnames

On 11th August 2017, an action was raised whereby a separated father and mother each sought specific issue orders that their children be known by their respective surnames.

The Great British Break Up

Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra announced this week that their marriage has come to an end. Tabloid headlines are filled with speculation as to the reasons for the couple’s...

The Changing Landscape of Scottish Taxes: An Update

We are all now familiar with the fact that there are Scottish Taxes. The first actual impact of these taxes was not until the introduction of Land and Buildings Transaction...

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) Deadline Approaching for Trusts, Charities and Companies

What is an LEI? A Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is a 20-character alphanumeric reference code unique to each legal entity. Who needs one? Generally speaking, legal entities or structures including...

Hearing the Voice of a Child

The legal system of England and Wales has been in the news recently, with a spotlight shone on the children caught up in bitter disputes between their parents, or between...

New Model Tenancy Agreement

A new Tenancy regime will come into force on 1st December 2017 in respect of leases of private residential properties in Scotland. Most leases of houses granted on or after...

Grandparents Rights

Grandparents have been in the news recently with Esther Rantzen, amongst others, highlighting the harrowing stories of grandparents whose relationship with their grandchildren has been obstructed or terminated following parental...