Private Client Articles

Woman victimised over anxiety and depression awarded £8,000

A woman who felt victimised after being accused by her boss of faking anxiety and depression to get a big pay-out has been awarded £8,000 compensation. The case involved Melanie James who started working for Capital Care Service in 2016 as a credit...

Surge in couples citing unreasonable behaviour for quick divorce

There has been a huge rise in the number of couples citing “unreasonable behaviour” as grounds for obtaining a quick divorce. Researchers at Oxford University found that the number of divorces granted to wives because of unreasonable behaviour...

First-time home buyers save £284m because of stamp duty cut

More than 120,000 first-time home buyers have saved a total of £284m because of the cuts to stamp duty introduced last November, according to government figures. The first £300,000 of the price of a property is now exempt from tax for people...

Court corrects error in family trust to restore tax benefit

The High Court has corrected an error in a trust to make it effective and ensure that it provides the intended tax benefits. The case involved the family of a woman who during her lifetime made three settlements of shares. The beneficiaries were her three...

Mother fails to prevent children being returned to their father

A mother has lost her appeal to prevent her children being returned to their father in Canada. The courts rejected her argument that such a move would cause her to collapse emotionally. The mother and children had been living with the father in Canada...

Failure to prepare Powers of Attorney: The 10 Pitfalls

Lasting Powers of Attorney are documents which are often overlooked until the time comes when they are needed. In many cases, this is often too late. This article hopes to offer some insight into the pitfalls of failing to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney...

New Mental Capacity Act law to 'protect vulnerable in care'

A new law to protect the interests of vulnerable people in care is expected to be in place early next year. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill will replace the current system known as ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ (DoLs). DoLs are...

Airport liable after failing to provide wheelchair for passenger

An elderly man has been awarded £15,000 after he fell over at an airport where staff had failed to provide him with a wheelchair. The man was 79 at the time of the incident and had reduced mobility. He had arranged for the airport to provide him with...

Barclays bank liable for sexual assaults committed by doctor

Barclays bank has been held liable for sexual assaults committed by a doctor it hired to carry out medical examinations on employees. The bank required its employees to attend a medical assessment as part of its recruitment process. Between 1968 and 1984,...

Homeowners win Japanese knotweed claim against Network Rail

Two homeowners have won a claim against Network Rail after the company failed to keep Japanese knotweed under control on its land. The plant grows very fast and can damage the structure of buildings due to its widespread roots. Some of the weed growing on...
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