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Celebrity's multi-million pound inheritance dispute

Victoria Gratton
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Actress Elizabeth Hurley’s son, Damian Hurley, has been involved in an inheritance dispute with his multi-millionaire grandfather, Peter Bing. Background Peter Bing is a very wealthy individual. In 1980, Peter set up a family Trust for the benefit...

Government to remove Grenfell-style cladding

Daniel Sturman
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Last year, I spoke about the government consultation on the possible banning of combustible cladding used in external walls of high-rise residential properties such as the Grenfell Tower.  However, the government has now decided to remove...

Making a claim against a will: standstill agreements

Victoria Gratton
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Mr and Mrs Cowan had been in a relationship for approximately 25 years, when Mr Cowan was diagnosed with a brain tumour. In 2016, the couple decided to get married. Mr Cowan sadly passed away later that year. Mr Cowan’s estate was worth in excess of...

£300,000 inheritance battle over which parent died first

Victoria Gratton
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This week the High Court resolved an inheritance dispute arising between two step sisters that concerned answering the question of which parent died first. What happened? John Scarle, 79, and his wife Marjorie, 69, died from hypothermia at their bungalow...

The introduction of a construction licensing task force

Perdeep Grewal
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The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has announced the introduction of a mandatory licensing scheme for UK construction companies. The aim is to transform the sector into a high quality and professional industry. Liz Peace, the Chair of the Construction...

Restricting retailer freedom to discount prices

David Wisbey
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Previously, I have written about suppliers of products getting into trouble for limiting price discounts on their products . Now Casio, the supplier of digital pianos and keyboards, has received a record fine of £3.7 million. This is for restricting...

Amy Winehouse: Back to wills

Leah Woodnott
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The recent news of Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband trying to make a financial claim against her estate, eight years after her passing, provides a stern reminder about the importance of making a will. In 2011, Amy Winehouse died without making a will....

Inheritance tax: don't make quick decisions

Chloe Hammond
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Recently published newspaper articles have contained details of political parties’ proposals, in respect of overhauling Inheritance Tax . Inheritance Tax is a widely debated subject and one which is not often agreed upon. Inheritance tax is a subject...

The proposed end of "no-fault evictions"

Liz O'Mahony
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Under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, landlords can reclaim their property at the end of a fixed-term tenancy agreement without having to provide a reason. This is commonly called “no-fault eviction”. However, James Brokenshire, the previous...

The Introduction of Natasha's Law

Liz O'Mahony
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Natasha’s Law is the law introduced in the wake of the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. Natasha died on a flight to Nice, after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger sandwich. Natasha was unaware the sandwich contained sesame, which...

Celebrity separation: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

Philip Hoddell
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Celebrity baker, Paul Hollywood, has certainly hit the headlines this week after his girlfriend, Summer Monteys-Fullam, allegedly dumped him after refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. But who is in the right here and what is the legal status of...

The gay footballer Twitter account

David Feakins
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It’s amazing to think that, in 2019, there are no players who identify as LGBTQ+ in the top tiers of men’s football in the UK. Although former Aston Villa midfielder, Thomas Hitzlsperger, recently came out, he did not do so until after he had...

Surrogacy laws - is change afoot?

Francesca Cozens
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Starting a family should be a really exciting adventure but it is not that simple for everyone. In the last decade there has been a huge rise in the number of couples needing assistance. This can take the form of fertility assistance or IVF but there has...

The danger of informal land agreements

Molly Frankham
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In Pezaro v Borne*, Master Treverson in the Court of Appeal has found that a right of way was not extinguished, on the grounds of proprietary estoppel, when a previous owner of the dominant land orally agreed to its removal. The right of way was still...

Esports: Fortnite World Cup $30m prize pool

David Feakins
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Taking the esport world by storm, the first Fortnite World Cup has recently finished. With a $30 million prize pool (around £24 million) being awarded to the competitors, the event provided the biggest prize pool ever seen at an esports event. With...

The new Guardian (Missing Persons) Act

Lisa Cox
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Last year I wrote that the Guardian (Missing Persons) Act 2017 would hopefully come into force by the end of July this year. Thankfully, that hope has just become a reality as the Act comes into force today. The Act will enable the court to appoint a...

Divorce law reform - equality or equity?

Philip Hoddell
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Many people are aware that the government intends to introduce ‘no fault’ divorce. This is with the stated aim of reducing the acrimony that can sometimes accompany marriage breakdown. However, what some people may not know is that Crossbench...

Investing money as an attorney under an LPA

Leah Woodnott
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The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has released updated guidance for attorneys who are appointed under a property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney (LPA). This is for the attorneys who are making investment decisions on behalf of someone...

What are controlling behaviour and coercive control?

Philip Hoddell
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Legislation designed to protect victims in abusive relationships has already led to much comment in the press. We are also seeing more and more claims of it being made in divorce proceedings. But what exactly is controlling or coercive behaviour? The...

Gentlemen's agreements: forming a contract with a handshake

Perdeep Grewal
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As a solicitor specialising in dispute resolution and construction law, I have come across various businesses who have relied on so-called “gentlemen’s agreements”. These are based on nothing more than a handshake. In the absence of any...

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