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Lasting Powers of Attorney - Recent guidance from the Office of the Public Guardian

The Court of Protection has made decisions on two recent bulk cases which have been brought forward by the Office of the Public Guardian. The office of the Public Guardian brought the cases to the Court of Protection as test cases so that useful guidance...

The pitfalls and risks when you are a personal representative

You may have been appointed as an Executor in someone’s Will or be acting as an Administrator (when there is no Will) and therefore need to deal with the administration of the deceased’s estate. A Personal Representative (PR) is the collective...

The Common Law Marriage Myth

When a person dies, the best method for them to be able to dictate who inherits their assets, is to leave a properly prepared Will. The Will, if drafted correctly, allows the testator to set out their wishes for who will administer the estate, and who will...

Development agreement was in fact a public works contract

The Court of Appeal has ruled that an agreement for the disposal of land was not a public works contract at the time the agreement was entered into but, because it contained contingent provisions which would require the developer to carry out development...

Ministry of Justice proclaims success for its online divorce service.

A recent press release from the Ministry of Justice, to update on progress of the legal elements of the SmarterGov online services campaign, revealed that over 450 people used the government’s online service to apply for a divorce over the recent...

"Double hatting" guidance has important implications for landlord's service charge claims

In the recent decision in Avon v Childs [2018] UKUT 0204 (LC), the Upper Tribunal provided important guidance on the issue of “Double hatting” which is likely to see an increase in service charge claims started in the county court and impact on...

Grant Thornton ordered to pay £315,345 over negligence

The accountancy firm Grant Thornton has been ordered to pay damages of £315,345 after providing negligent advice to Manchester Building Society. However, it was not liable for the losses incurred following that advice. The High Court heard that Grant...

Manager who resigned over cut in hours awarded £17,000

A manager with a recruitment agency who resigned after being asked to take a reduction in hours that significantly reduced his wages has been awarded £17,000 for unfair dismissal. The case involved Mr C Decker, who worked for Extra Personnel Logistics...

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...

Royal Mail fined £50m for abusing its dominant position

Royal Mail has been fined £50m for breaking competition law by abusing its dominant position in the postal delivery market. An investigation by the regulator Ofcom found that it discriminated against Whistl, one of its customers and...
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