Private Client Articles

England's Housing Market Re-opens

Madelaine Henwood , Head of Residential Property at Judge & Priestley, comments on the news that the housing market in England has been reopened by the government. “It is great news for buyers and sellers looking to move house, that the...

Challenging a Will

In these unprecedented times, there are likely to be more people considering challenging a will. Judge & Priestley Associate solicitor Nasima Ansary considers the most common questions she has raised in this regard.  What are the grounds for...

XW v XH: A critical win for gender equality

This case concerned a husband and a wife who married in 2008 and subsequently separated in 2015. There was one child born to the marriage who was severely disabled. The matrimonial assets were substantial, with the business alone worth around £490...

Secretary resigned after MD said she 'wouldn't hire black person'

A secretary who resigned after her managing director said she wouldn’t employ someone because she was black has won her claim of unfair dismissal. Caroline Hobbs worked for Avon Care Homes from November 2015 until she resigned without notice in April...

Pilot scheme could make home buying 'quicker and less stressful'

A digital questionnaire designed to make home moving ‘cheaper, quicker and less stressful’ is now being tested in a pilot scheme. The Buying and Selling Property Information (BASPI) has been developed by the Home Buying and Selling Group, an...

MPs call for root and branch reforms to cut inheritance tax

A group of MPs have called for root and branch reforms of the inheritance tax system, including a cut in the standard rate from 40% to 10%. They also want to scrap most of the current tax reliefs, including the seven-year rule that allows you to pass on...

Parents taking legal action to recover money loaned to children

More and more parents are taking legal action to recover money they lent to their children to buy a home, according to research by the Times newspaper. It says there are now up to 15 cases a month compared with only 3 cases a month five years ago. Many of...

Mixed Sex Civil Partnerships Legalised

Until now, mixed sex couples in England and Wales have not had the option to choose between entering into a civil partnership or marriage. From 2 December 2019, The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 allowed mixed sex couples to...

The rise of Probate Disputes

The last 5 years has seen probate disputes in the High Court increasing year after year. Many people assume that when someone makes a will the will is final and beneficiaries and family members are stuck with it.  However, more and more people are now...

Son ordered to repay 270k to his mother's estate

A man has been ordered to pay back £270,000 to his mother’s estate following legal action by the executors of her will. The High Court heard evidence that in 1998 the mother had entered into a property development partnership with her youngest...
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