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  • Conveyancing fraud

    Conveyancing fraud – Trusting your solicitors

    by Michael Weightman David Inch | May 05, 2017 |
    In recent news, conveyancing fraud has been making headlines. Stories of home owners and solicitors having their communications intercepted by fraudsters, and then posing as a party to the transaction, have unfortunately been on the rise. Large sums of money have been lost to these fraudulent schemes.
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  • How can employers recover debt from former employees

    How businesses can go about recovering debt from former employees

    by Martin Hughes | May 05, 2017 |
    Once a person has left a place of work, it seems they are no longer beholden to their former employer and beyond the reach of the powers that be within an organisation. When it comes to money that’s owed, businesses may feel that there is little that they can do to get that money reimbursed.
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  • Company Financial Reporting

    Sorry we’re late – the hall of shame!

    by Catherine O’Riordan | Apr 12, 2017 |
    Late payment can cause serious financial and administrative problems for businesses. New legislation requires certain large UK companies and limited liability partnerships (Businesses) to publish information on their payment practices, policies and performance for financial years beginning on or after 6 April 2017.
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  • Hire purchase agreements for cars

    Bankruptcy and hire purchase agreements

    by Petra van Dijk | Apr 06, 2017 |
    When someone is made bankrupt, all property owned by them, at the date of bankruptcy, forms part of the bankruptcy estate. But what is the position when the property held by a bankrupt under a hire purchase agreement?
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  • Planning permission and copyright on drawings

    Planning permission and the copyright in drawings

    by Michael Campbell | Mar 31, 2017 |
    If you’re a small developer or person looking to self-build your property, it is a good idea to ensure the land you are proposing to develop is acquired without a planning permission restraint against it.
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  • World Map

    Why Spratt Endicott is part of an international law group

    by John Spratt | Mar 28, 2017 |
    Spratt Endicott is a member of Law Link International, a network of independent international law firms. The network has members in many European countries, including, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Hungary and Cyprus, as well Brazil, the Dutch Antilles and Chile.
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  • New probate fee structure

    Probate Fee Rise – Everything you need to know

    by Julia Routen | Mar 23, 2017 |
    As of May 2017, it is expected that a new fee structure will be implemented on a sliding scale basis, depending on the size of the deceased’s estate
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  • Pile of UK currency coins

    How to avoid the pitfalls of consumer debt

    by Martin Hughes | Mar 22, 2017 |
    The UK is riding the wave of yet another credit boom. The current levels have climbed dramatically over the last few years, and are now reaching heights not seen since the 2008 financial crash that triggered a global recession.
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  • Children are hurt the most in a separation

    Parental Alienation

    by | Mar 22, 2017 | Family Law
    Parental alienation is, unfortunately, quite a common occurrence after a separation. It is only comparatively recently that the term has gained momentum in the United Kingdom, unlike in North America, where the Courts are well acquainted with the term. Brazil & Mexico have even recognised parental alienation as a criminal offence.
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  • Tax Discrimination

    Tax Discrimination

    Joyce and Sybil Burton, sisters in their late 80’s, hit the headlines in 2006 having lost a case against the Government. They had lived together all their lives but realised that on the first death there would be a substantial amount of Inheritance Tax on their home and thought that this was unfair. Married couples and same sex couples in civil partnerships were entitled to surviving spouse exemption and they were not. Predictably they lost.
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