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In a decision that clarifies a problem area of the law and will be required reading for commercial property professionals, the High Court has ruled that it is not legally possible for a tenant to validly assign a lease to a guarantor of that lease. The...
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Although clients often regard as a nuisance the extensive 'know your client' procedures that are required by financial institutions and professional firms, the importance of strict adherence is clear, as a recent case involving a property fraud ...
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Even the most sensible attempts at tax planning can be undone by changes in the law and achieve the exact opposite of the intended objective. However, one High Court case has shown that, when inadvertent mistakes are made, the law can put them right. A...
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A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has emphasised that dishonesty over sickness absence can amount to gross misconduct and give grounds for dismissal ( Metroline West Limited v Ajaj ). Mr Ajaj was employed by Metroline West Limited...
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Precision is important, as a recent tax case shows. It involved a claim for entrepreneur's relief (ER) by a businessman who had sold his shares in his company. The practical effect of a successful claim for ER is that the rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT)...
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The Government has released statistics which show that more than 150,000 properties have been sold to buyers who have made use of the 'Help to Buy' mortgage guarantee and equity loan schemes. Nearly 80 per cent of those sales were to first-time buyers and...
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The breakdown of a relationship is sadly often accompanied by dispute over the ownership of once shared possessions. However, one High Court case vividly shows why it is nearly always sensible to seek compromise with the benefit of legal advice, rather than...
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Increasing public disquiet over the use of 'tax haven' companies and trusts to disguise the beneficial ownership of businesses and properties has led to the Government taking steps to improve the transparency of ownership. Such arrangements are often used...
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Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has grown very quickly over recent years. It is a system whereby an intermediary acts as a broker to enable individuals to make loans directly to those seeking loan finance. The attraction for the borrower is often that they can...
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One of the ways by which a business can obtain recompense for the breach of its intellectual property (IP) rights is to make the infringing organisation account to it for any profit that they have made. This sounds all well and good, but it can be...