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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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  • Early signs of bad debt

    Warning Signs Of Bad Debt

    by | Mar 07, 2017 |
    Keeping an eye on your customers to spot any signs of financial distress means taking early action before having a client go into business administration. Not only does this save time and effort, but also guarantees a pay-out.
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  • Debt recovery proceedings

    The importance of sensitive issuance of debt recovery proceedings against your current customers

    by Richard Gwynne | Feb 28, 2017 |
    As with any business, it’s important to choose your customers carefully. However, this is easier said than done. When our clients are faced with pursuing a current customer over unpaid fees, there are a number of things we instruct them to consider, especially if they wish to continue to do business with that customer in the future. It’s difficult enough to secure new business in the first place – so it’s often worth the effort to work to retain it, where possible.
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  • Gavel2

    Litigants-in-person: Make it Stop!

    by Pete Gardner | Feb 22, 2017 |
    Over the last few years, we have seen the rise of the Litigant-in-person (“LIP”). To lawyers, this is only even more concerning than the rise of the robots. However, it is unlikely that LIPs will take over the world so perhaps I should be focussing on the robots after all!
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  • Financial Advisor

    Financial advice on divorce

    by Patrick Mulcare | Feb 07, 2017 |
    During divorce proceedings, when tensions can run high and budgets become stretched, engaging the services of a Specialist Financial Advisor can seem like an additional burden. The role of a lawyer in dealing with divorce, or separation, is to guide a client through the legal maze of forms and procedures in, hopefully, as amicable, cost-effective and rapid way as possible. That said, lawyers are simply not in a position to provide the sort of specialist financial advice that separating parties may require.
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