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Stamp Duty Tax Liability

You should think long and hard over claims by companies and or individuals that advise that they can avoid or mitigate your stamp duty tax liability. Peter Westbrook property partner says you should think long and hard over claims by companies and or individuals that advise that they can avoid or....

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Divorce settlement acknowledges husband’s extra contribution

Courts usually try to share marital assets equally during divorce settlements, but what happens if some assets don’t become available until several years after the separation? Courts usually try to share marital assets equally during divorce settlements, but what happens if some assets don’t ....

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Trust protects family home from the taxman

Setting up a simple trust relating to his mother's home has saved a man and his wife several thousand pounds in capital gains tax. The case involved a woman who sold her house in 1996 to her son and his wife on condition that she was allowed to continue living there for the rest of her life....

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Budget offers two schemes to help homebuyers

Chancellor George Osborne has announced two new schemes designed to help potential homebuyers who can afford to pay a mortgage but find it difficult to raise a large deposit. Chancellor George Osborne has announced two new schemes designed to help potential homebuyers who can afford to pay a mort....

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Company stops former employee soliciting its clients

A company has been granted an interim injunction to prevent a former employee from soliciting its clients. A company has been granted an interim injunction to prevent a former employee from soliciting its clients. The case involved an employee who had been a senior manager and associate direct....

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SMEs struggling with cash flow and using up reserves

Many UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are struggling with cash flow and are relying on their reserves to finance growth, according to new research. Many UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are struggling with cash flow and are relying on their reserves to finance growth, accord....

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Confusion over IT contract renewal proves costly

When drawing up contracts with automatic renewal clauses it is important to ensure that you fully understand what is being agreed. When drawing up contracts with automatic renewal clauses it is important to ensure that you fully understand what is being agreed. Failure to do so can prove costl....

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New measures to improve and simplify employment tribunals

The Government has announced new measures designed to simplify and improve the employment tribunal system. The Government has announced new measures designed to simplify and improve the employment tribunal system. The move follows concerns from employers that tribunal cases are both expensive ....

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House sales rise as number of first time buyers hits 5-year high

The number of first-time buyers in the property market has reached a five-year high, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. The number of first-time buyers in the property market has reached a five-year high, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Its figures show that there were....

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Lasting Powers of Attorney: time to ‘abolish waiting period’

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) provide an excellent way for people to protect their interests in case their health or mental capacity deteriorates at some point in the future. Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) provide an excellent way for people to protect their interests in case their health or....

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Loss of confidence in GP service

A leading patient group, The Patients Association, has reported that patients in England do not feel safe relying on GP out of hours services, and struggle to get access to a doctor during normal hours. A leading patient group, The Patients Association, has reported that patients in England do no....

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Divorcing couples urged to use mediation to reach settlement

Divorcing couples are being urged to use mediation to resolve disagreements instead of going to court. Divorcing couples are being urged to use mediation to resolve disagreements instead of going to court. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) says mediation is cheaper and far less stressful for every....

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