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Starting a Business in the UK? Here are the Documents you will Need.

Britain has always been a world economic powerhouse, punching well above its weight, especially considering it is a small, drizzly island on the edge of Europe. According to the recent research, the UK economy is, “the fifth-largest national economy in the world measured by nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and ninth-largest in the world measured by purchasing power parity (PPP), comprising 4% of world GDP. It is the second-largest in the European Union by both metrics”. more

Wills and Trusts

The Winners and Losers in the New Intestacy Laws

On the 1st October 2014, the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 came into force, and the legislation brings about some major changes regarding the rules of intestacy. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what changes have occurred, and who benefits most from the revamping of the intestacy laws, we must make clear that it is still highly advisable you organise a valid Will. This is still the only way to ensure that your estate will be divided up according to your express wishes. more


Immigration

Is Your Marriage A Sham?

In 2016, the Home Office published its new guidance on Marriage Investigations. According to the document, the guidance is, “aimed primarily at Immigration Enforcement staff involved in investigating allegations of sham marriage, civil partnerships and marriages of convenience.” more

Trusts & Wills

Do You Qualify For The New Residence Nil Rate Band?

From 6th April, new changes to the Inheritance Tax (IHT) regime will come into force. One of the main beneficiaries of the new rules will be those whose residential home is valued at £2 million or less. By 2020, if they are married, they may be able to leave up to £1 million to their direct descendant's tax-free thanks to the residence nil rate band. more

Company

Show me the Money

If you are thinking of starting your own business, one of the most important factors to consider at the beginning of your journey is how you plan to finance your venture. This guide will provide a quick overview on the funding options available. more


Personal Injury

The All-Important Green Cross Code and Pedestrian Safety

We have all seen people hurriedly approach busy roads, often while talking on mobile phones, look both ways briefly before darting across the street diagonally – we’re probably all guilty of doing it ourselves once or twice too. It’s all too easy to think an accident won’t happen to us and that our quick judgment is good enough. However, the injuries sustained by pedestrians being hit by cars can be very serious; it can take a long time to recover, and significant expenses can be incurred. A personal injury claim can be pursued against the person whose negligence caused your injury. more


Family

Have You Got A Pet-Nup?

Have You Got A Pet-Nup? Almost everyone is familiar with Pre-Nups (short for prenuptial agreements) but have you heard of a Pet-Nup? If you haven’t, you may be in danger of risking a ‘War of the Fido’ situation as opposed to a ‘War of the Roses’ should your marriage crumble later down the line. more

Employment

Understanding TUPE

When an employer sells their business, the provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2006 are triggered to provide protection to the existing employees of the organisation being transferred. Therefore, it is important that both the outgoing and incoming employers understand their obligations under TUPE. more


Employment

Could You Be Dismissed For an Office Romance?

Dating a colleague is not illegal under UK law. If you are ‘let go’ and you believe that the reason for your dismissal is linked to your relationship then you may have a case against your employer for unfair dismissal. Office romances are very common. Consider these recent statistics: more

Family

Wardship - A Heartbreaking Decision For Parents

A heart-breaking case was put before a High Court judge in March by the parents of a critically ill seven-month old baby named Charlie. Charlie suffers from a rare strain of the genetic condition known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Doctors at Great Ormond Street have told the desperate parents that they can do nothing further for the baby and he should be allowed to “die with dignity”. more

Commercial Property

Commercial Leases 101

In many cases when buying a business, you will want the operation to carry on in its current premises to maintain the current customer base. However, it pays to be aware that if you take over an existing lease, you are unlikely to be able to negotiate the lease’s terms. If you choose to take on a new lease, you will need an experienced solicitor to negotiate the best possible terms for you. more


Personal Injury

Knocked Off Your Bike?

We all know that cycling is a healthy way to get to and from your destination. Fresh air, exercise; cycling has long been a favourite sporting activity of British people. However, you are 17 times more likely to be killed on the road if you are on a bike compared to riding in a car. Cyclists are incredibly vulnerable to serious injuries, especially head and spinal trauma. more


Family

Why Are The Number Of Special Guardianship Orders Rising?

The number of children made subject to special guardianship orders continues to rise year on year. According to figures released by the Department of Education, between April 2014 and March 2015, a total of 3,520 special guardianship orders were granted compared to 3,360 in the previous year. Even more startling, the number of special guardianship orders granted has almost doubled from the 2010/11 figure of 1,780. more

Criminal

Help, I Have Been Charged With Being In Possession of Drugs!

If you have been caught in possession of an illegal substance you will need to obtain legal advice as this offence can carry a prison sentence (although this would normally not be handed down on a first offence). To help you understand the law surrounding possession of controlled drugs, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions. more

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