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Experienced corporate Solicitor joins Birkett Long in Basildon

Law firm, Birkett Long, has announced the appointment of Veronika Koenig-Roach as a solicitor in its Basildon office. Veronika advises on commercial and corporate law, but will also be specialising in technology and IP law. She has substantial experience in...

Care Not a Deprivation of Liberty

Care orders for children that result in them being taken away from their parents are not made lightly. When a 14-year-old girl was assessed as having 'a range of complex therapeutic needs' that made constant supervision and care essential, the decision was...

Funding in the health and care sector - ten years on

Recent anniversaries of events such as the closure of the US bank Lehman Brothers and the near collapse of Royal Bank of Scotland ten years ago bring back unpleasant memories for some of us of the global financial crisis. In the aftermath, businesses of all...

Should your GP surgery lease contain a break clause?

When negotiating a new lease, there are lots of terms to consider. Whilst GP surgery leases are fairly similar to standard commercial leases, there are specific points that should be considered when negotiating the terms of the practice lease. Consideration...

Grand Design Couple Triumph in Capital Gains Tax Test Case

Those who make a profit on the sale of their principal private residence do not have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on it. However, as a test case concerning a couple who built their own home showed, that apparently simple statement disguises a hinterland of...

Resolving Disputes in the Boardroom

Boardroom conflict can often mean directors falling into opposing camps, with deadlock the result. As a High Court decision shows , taking legal advice is often the only means of achieving a resolution. The case concerned a holding company that was formed...

Agriculture Bill 2018

As we enter the last quarter of the year, the uncertainties and questions surrounding Brexit are looming. The farming communities were, at least, provided with some answers on 12 September when the government published the much awaited Agriculture Bill 2018....

Lillie Ryan celebrates becoming a solicitor

We asked Lillie, who began her career as a paralegal, about qualifying into Birkett Long’s Agriculture & Estates team. What made you want to study and practise law? I first took an interest in practising law at a young age and began my studies at...

Long-Term Partner Wins Right to Stay in House

Those who doubt the legal advantages of getting married should take note of a case in which an elderly man was left facing homelessness after his partner's unexpected death and had to go to court to seek reasonable provision from her estate. The unmarried...

Clinical Negligence Lawyers Cut Through Difficulties to Change Lives

Some clinical negligence cases are trickier than others but, even where proof is hard to come by, specialist lawyers are more than capable of changing lives by negotiating valuable settlements. The point was made by one case in which a man who was left...
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