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Coercive control: an increasingly common issue in relationship breakdown?

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Domestic abuse victim

In 2011, Sally Challen was jailed for life for the murder of her husband of 31 years following a hammer attack in their Surrey Home the previous year. A sustained campaign led by her two sons, and supported by a feminist advocacy organisation, Justice for Women, succeeded in getting Sally’s conviction quashed after a panel of three judges ruled it was unsafe in light of new evidence that was not available at the time of her trial.

But what does this tell us about how the UK courts treat victims of coercive control?

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Legal Update: Landlord repair and revenge evictions – what will be the impact of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018?

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Today sees the brand new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 coming into effect in England, which will create even further repair obligations on residential landlords and give tenants yet more protection. This amends the existing Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requirements, and means that landlords will have to expend far more effort (and money) into maintaining properties for their tenants.

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What does the latest Supreme Court decision on Wells v Devani mean for estate agents, business transfer agents and consumers?

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The recent Supreme Court decision in Wells (Respondent) v Devani (Appellant) 2019 has important implications for estate agents, business transfer agents and consumers. This was an appeal relating to an earlier decision in the Court of Appeal, which we had reported on in Estate Agent Today magazine back in October 2017.

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Writing a business book 101 – award-winning business authors share their top tips for getting started.

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Writing a business book awards

There are many ways to market your business, products or services but one way to achieve a connection with your clients or customers is by sharing your expertise and experiences with them. One way to do this is by writing a business book, which will give you both personal and business credibility as an expert and can also give you brand clarity.

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“Factual accuracy by Twitter”: CQC implements a word limit and pre-emptive phone calls to managers to discourage challenges to inspection reports

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CQC is imposing a new 325 character limit on factual corrections to draft inspection reports. This means that for every point you wish to contest, you will have to explain your correction in approximately 50 words. To illustrate the new brevity required, in this article, the fiftieth word would be here.

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Is commonhold making a comeback?

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The Commonhold Reform Act 2002 did not result in the sweeping changes that were perhaps anticipated at the time. There are fewer than 20 commonholds in existence which have been created since the legislation came into force.

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Inheritance Act claims: More uncertainty over time limits

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In the recent case of Cowan v Foreman a widow attempted to make a claim on an estate 17 months after the relevant deadline had passed. The judge refused to give permission for her late claim, suggesting a stricter approach should be adopted by the court in the future. However, a recent decision in the case of Bhusate v Patel, to allow a widow to make a claim over 25 years out of time, suggests that this strict approach may not be adopted for every case.

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A rare successful undue influence case

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It has long been established that a Will can be challenged on the grounds of undue influence. However the evidential threshold to prove undue influence has been set high by the courts so successful cases are few and far between. This week one of these rare cases has been reported in the context of three daughters contesting their mother’s Will on the grounds that their father and brother pressured their mother to leave her whole estate to their brother.

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Tax and legal issues for emigration from the UK

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Brexit

With the uncertainty around Brexit and talk of a potential general election, some are considering their options as to whether to remain in the UK or leave. We look at the some legal and tax issues that people may want to consider to make sure their affairs are in order in the UK before leaving.

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A Will is burnt or destroyed so was it revoked? Not necessarily…

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The recent case of Blyth v Sykes brought up some interesting issues regarding conditional revocation of a Will. There is little case law in this area of Contentious Probate and establishing whether or not a Will has been effectively revoked is not always as straightforward as it might seem.

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What’s the latest on Capital Gains Tax for Furnished Holiday Lets?

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In our previous article we focused on the uncertain inheritance tax treatment of furnished holiday lets (FHLs) and whether they can be classified as business assets which attract business property relief.

The position in relation to income tax and capital gains tax (CGT) is however much clearer – qualifying FHLs are considered to be trading businesses for both income tax and CGT purposes.

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More high street brands join the CVA bandwagon

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Following LK Bennett’s recent administration, Debenhams has become the latest high-street name to experience further financial difficulties. Debenhams’ shares dropped 12% on Tuesday morning, as the department store announced it expects to miss its profit targets. In an attempt to …

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