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Celebrity and Criminal Convictions: can existing law enable high profile individuals to ban reporting of their past?

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Can a law designed to enable the rehabilitation of offenders be a new route for celebrities to improve their reputations? The recent actions of some media law firms on behalf of their clients shows a new approach citing the need for rehabilitation as a means of achieving a ban on reporting previous convictions.

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Personal insolvencies the highest since 2011. Are we heading for another recession?

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People are now spending more each week than they did before the financial crisis. The latest Family Spending Survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics shows that household spending in the UK has reached its highest level for thirteen years.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – How to avoid misuse

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The Office of the Public Guardian is dealing with an increasing number of Lasting Powers of Attorney applications for registration. Unfortunately, there will always be cases of misuse and abuse where trust is involved. Here are steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of misuse or abuse if you make a Lasting Power of Attorney.

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Deathbed weddings – why are they becoming more common for cohabiting couples?

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There has been a recent increase in cohabiting couples marrying at the last minute. So-called ‘deathbed weddings’ are to ensure that the surviving partner receives financial support when their spouse dies. The problem is that cohabiting couples are not treated the same as couples who are married or in a Civil Partnership, and could therefore suffer some shocking consequences as a result.

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What to do if you’re an executor of an estate involving cryptocurrencies…

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As people look for alternative ways to invest their money there are increasing numbers of estates which include digital currencies. However there are several issues that can arise, which can make dealing with their administration complex, time consuming and in some cases can mean that the asset is lost in its entirety. 

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Probate fees set to increase in April 2019 to fund courts service

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The Government has announced plans to introduce a new fee structure for probate fees. This will see estates valued at more than £2m pay a fee of £6,000, a rise of 3,771% on current charges. This increase has been controversial in many ways not least the view that the charges have gone from being an administrative charge for a service to a ‘stealth tax’ that subsidises other areas of the courts system.

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Gifting doesn’t need to be taxing

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Christmas is the time of year that people think about giving to loved ones and charities but the unintended tax and legal consequences can dampen that warm glowing feeling. We look some common issues and pitfalls encountered when making gifts under English law.

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‘Stealth tax’ on estates announced by the Government

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At the start of November, the Government signalled its intent to revisit the controversial increase to probate court fees, looking to link them with the value of the estate (before Inheritance Tax) as opposed to the flat fee currently charged.

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Planning for retirement?

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Retirement has been changing; with longer life expectancy, changing working habits and older generations increasingly assisting younger generations. For those planning their futures, it can be essential to take estate planning advice, make Lasting Powers of Attorney and keep an up to date Will.

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Budget 2018 – Further steps by the Government to limit tax reliefs available to owners of multiple properties

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This week’s budget was not exactly ground-breaking for Private Wealth clients and their advisers, although this was no doubt a welcome break, particularly for international clients, following the significant non-dom changes introduced from April 2017 and April 2018.

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Have you sorted your offshore tax matters? Act now before it’s too late.

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The deadline of September 30, to resolve any issues with UK tax filings in relation to offshore matters or transfers, is fast approaching. A failure to correct any non-compliance may result in stringent new penalties.

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After the GDPR: Subject Access Request Exemptions

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 have now been in force for over 2 months. Since the 25th May 2018, our employment and privacy teams have seen a large increase in the number of clients who are receiving subject access requests from both staff and customers.

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