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Are GP premises leases "off-putting"?

A GP Partnership Review was published in 2019. The review found that GPs had considered the personal financial risk of owning or leasing their GP surgery was a major reason why they were leaving or choosing not to join partnerships. The General Practice...

Business owners - why you need a will & LPA

In these very strange and difficult times, it is essential that we all think about making a will if we do not already have one in place. A will allows you to leave your estate to the people or charities you want to benefit after your death, rather than...

Healthcare business - Succession or exit planning!

Whether you operate your healthcare business as a sole trader, partnership, LLP or company there will always come a point where you need to consider your exit strategy. This might arise due to circumstances forced upon you, such as ill-health, economic...

Essex law firm trainees qualify as solicitors

Cara O’Donoghue and Lisa Cox started at Birkett Long as trainee solicitors and have now qualified into the Agriculture and Estates team and the Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes Team respectively.   Cara graduated from the...

GCSE exam results appeals

Exams and assessments were cancelled this year due to Covid-19. Those that keep up with the news will have seen the changes that have been made to how examination results and assessment outcomes were to be determined. The matter of determining results and...

Do you have to make redundancies? Our advice

A redundancy situation arises when there are fewer employees required to do work of a particular kind. For example, redundancy can arise where: a workplace is closing or moving, or the business is ceasing trading altogether; or there is a diminished...

Who pays the legal costs following a will dispute?

A common misconception is that the legal costs always come from the estate when someone challenges a will. With beneficiaries and third parties, the starting point is actually that the loser will pay the winner’s costs.  However, there are two...

Can you dispute a will or the inheritance you receive?

Unhappy about the amount of inheritance you are due to receive? Will you not receiving anything from the will? There are options available to you. The validity of the will Firstly, you could dispute the validity of the will. However, this is only...

How can I challenge someone's capacity to make a will?

People can often be surprised about the distribution of loved one’s estate and can consider contesting the will. One of the grounds for contesting a will is on the basis that the person making the will lacked the capacity to do so. Capacity to make a...

Can a company in liquidation recover outstanding payments?

The case of Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd has developed through the courts for nearly two years. The key issue to determine in this case is whether two statutory regimes, namely the adjudication of...
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