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Government launch review of the LPA process

This week, the government launched a 12-week consultation into the modernisation of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). An LPA is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions about your finances, health, and care on your behalf, should you...

Wife fails to overturn divorce obtained by husband in China

The Family Court has rejected a wife’s application to overturn a divorce obtained by her husband in China. It held that the husband had taken reasonable steps to notify her of the proceedings and she had had reasonable opportunity to take part but had...

Court outlines tests for delusional mindset when making a will

The High Court has outlined some tests for mental capacity and whether a person may have had delusional beliefs when making a will. The issue arose following a family dispute involving a brother and sister. Their parents had divorced in 1980 when their...

Nurse dismissed after refusing to work weekends wins appeal

A nurse who was dismissed for refusing to work weekends has won a landmark ruling that could affect thousands of women with children. Gemma Dobson was a community nurse with North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS. She had worked fixed days because she had three...

Possession Update: Recent Changes to Evictions and Notice Periods

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the Civil Courts, particularly in relation to possession proceedings and evictions. The latest eviction ban imposed by the Government ended on 31 May 2021. In addition to this, the Government has amended and...

Protection against evictions and winding-up petitions extended

The government is extending protection against evictions and winding-up petitions for businesses that are still struggling because of Covid-19. Legislation will be introduced to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to...

Mother ordered to return abducted children to Lanzarote

A mother who wrongfully removed her two sons from their home after separating from their father has been ordered to return them to Lanzarote. The two boys, referred to only as X and Y, were three years and 18 months old, respectively. The father was...

Protecting Property Rights Using Injunctions

There are many circumstances where you might investigate the possibility of an injunction in a property dispute. An injunction can be your ultimate legal remedy. It is a court order which either. Requires a party to do something they are legally obliged to...

Finance consultants entitled to their €855,000 commission

A finance consultancy was entitled to €855,000 commission for its part in acquiring investment money for a large property development. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving EMFC Loan Syndications and The Resort Group. The...

Adult brothers not entitled to further money under father's will

Two adult brothers have failed in their attempt to be given a share of their deceased father’s estate after being left out of his will. The High Court ruled that it was clear that the father had made provision for them while he was alive and did not...
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