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Don’t forget digital! Estates are being undervalued as online assets are missed out.

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The online world is so entwined with our reality nowadays that we could be forgiven for forgetting, or underestimating, how many accounts and profiles we have created for ourselves over the years.

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21 June 2018 0 Comments Posted in Life, Opinion, Private Client

Beware executors – you’re liable for IHT, not the beneficiaries!

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Executors are responsible for the administration of an estate after the death of an individual. While they may benefit from the Will left by the deceased, or under the intestacy if there was no Will, they carry some heavy burdens whilst fulfilling their duties to administer the estate.

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8 May 2018 0 Comments Posted in Life, Opinion, Private Client

IHT Rules are changing… are you losing out?

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One of the most popular legal services available on the internet is Will-writing. But where do they stand on the scale of effectiveness and, crucially, enforceability after death? Investigations have found that these platforms are not keeping up with the changes in inheritance law, meaning those using these services, without legal advice, could be missing out on changing tax allowances.

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30 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute resolution, Opinion

May the Fourth (of the Enterprise Act) be with you

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May 4th

Provisions under the Enterprise Act 2016 came into force on 4 May 2017, implementing stricter guidelines on insurers’ handling of claims. This begins to align our law surrounding insurance with that of the USA. In light of these new provisions, let’s look at how claims may be affected under policies taken out (or renewed) after this date.

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11 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Careers, Opinion

Location, Location, Location… or maybe not?

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Providing an insight into one trainee’s introduction to London life, Charlotte Newlyn debunks the City myths and suggests tips on finding your perfect firm.

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5 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Are you writing off recoverable debts?

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The UK is home to over 1 million SMEs and our economy is undoubtedly reliant on the collective revenue that our local businesses generate. With reports showing that SMEs across the UK wrote off nearly £5.8bn worth of debts in the financial year 2015/2016, the equivalent of £21,000 per day, is it safe to assume that these were all irrecoverable or could more be done to improve credit control and cash flow for our SMEs?

Charlotte Newlyn discusses the reasons motivating such a staggering write off and the options available to creditors looking to recover monies owed to them which they may otherwise feel they have no choice but to give up on.

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27 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Smaller claims to go online?

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With the courts overloaded with claims, applications and appeals, could smaller disputes be about to make the jump to the worldwide web?

Charlotte Newlyn investigates how, a decade since Lord Woolf highlighted the potential of IT use within our justice system, we may be on the cusp of utilising this resource.

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21 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Changes up ahead: court costs, rules and procedure

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Looking ahead

Numerous changes to court costs, rules and procedure already have or are due to come into effect in the next few weeks.

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11 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Duty of care when doing a “quick favour”

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Architectural design

Professionals may owe a duty of care even if they are not being paid for their advice or have a formal contract in place. A recent decision from the Technology and Construction Court in Burgess v Lejonvarn means that favours between friends could potentially invoke a duty of care if professional skills are being called upon.

Charlotte Newlyn in our Dispute Resolution team discusses this decision and considers the practical consequences for professionals who do informal favours for friends.

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15 January 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Employment, Opinion

Do employers have the right to snoop through their employees’ messages?

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Snooping on emplyees

You have no doubt been bombarded by a flurry of articles stating that employers have been given the right to snoop through the entirety of employees’ private messages, but how much of this is true?

Following the European Court of Justice decision in the case of Bogdan Bărbulescu on 12 January, Charlotte Newlyn in our Dispute Resolution team explores the truth behind the panic and whether there will be any changes at all.

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