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Rogue employers to be named and shamed

Rogue employers to be named and shamed

Employers are to be named and shamed if they deliberately flout minimum wage laws. Starting from 1st January next year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will publicise cases involving employers who break the rules. The rogue firms will then be given three months to “put their house in order” before further action…

What can you do if you are left out of a will?

What can you do if you are left out of a will?

It can be devastating to be left out of a will. It’s not just the loss of an inheritance but also the thought that a loved one such as a parent actually decided to cut you off or leave you far less than you were expecting. There are several reasons why this might happen. The…

Children ‘not too young’ to choose mother instead of father

Children ‘not too young’ to choose mother instead of father

A woman has won the right to keep her children with her in England after a court ruled that an eight-year-old and a six-year-old were not too young to have their views taken into account during a parental dispute. The case involved a couple who had three children during their marriage. The family had lived…

Man used ‘undue influence’ to gain interest in partner’s property

Man used ‘undue influence’ to gain interest in partner’s property

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a man had used undue influence over his partner when he persuaded her to give him a joint share in her bungalow. The woman already owned the bungalow when the couple began their relationship. She transferred the property into joint names and the couple then bought an adjacent…

New tax regime could ‘impact on trusts and wills’

New tax regime could ‘impact on trusts and wills’

Recent changes in the tax regime could have an adverse effect on many trusts and wills. The new Government’s first budget increased Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to 28% for higher rate taxpayers. The Law Society has warned that this new rate “will charge any gains made while an estate is being administered and also gains…

Government confirms October start date for Equality Act

Government confirms October start date for Equality Act

The Government has confirmed that the Equality Act will start to come into effect in October. The Act, which brings together nine separate pieces of legislation under one umbrella, was introduced by the previous Labour administration. There was some speculation that the new coalition was not committed to the Act but the Government Equalities Office…

Neighbour dispute settled by assessing the lie of the land

Neighbour dispute settled by assessing the lie of the land

That was the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the case of two neighbours who both believed they owned the stream that separated their properties. Both properties were originally owned by the same person. When the land was split into two and sold separately, the plans and legal documents didn’t make it clear where…

Housing Trust’s appeal to strike out nuisance claim issued by tenant fails

Housing Trust’s appeal to strike out nuisance claim issued by tenant fails

This case could have real implications for landlords so is one to watch carefully. The tenant claims to have been suffering from nuisance on a paved area just outside their reception room for nearly four years (as well as nuisance from the communal areas). They issued proceedings against their landlord for failing to take reasonable…