If you have spent time and money building up public recognition of your trade mark, you do not have to just stand by and watch others taking unfair advantage of your investment. In a case on point, a tea supplier saw off an attempt to
The most straightforward means of minimising Inheritance Tax (IHT) payable on your estate is to give away your assets with warm hands when you are still hale and hearty. However, such gifts will bring no tax advantages at all unless they are absolute and unreserved.
Why is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) so important anyway? Liz Woodward | Wills & Probate Executive This is a question that is often asked, along with – ‘Why can’t I just handover my bank card and my son/daughter do my
Those who play fast and loose with the contractual obligations they owe to their employers can expect severe consequences. That was certainly so in the case of a highly paid financier who resigned from his job, without notice, at a time when he had for
Prior to any form of medical procedure, patients have an absolute right to be told of the risks involved so that they can make their own fully informed choices. The High Court made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to a four-year-old boy whose birthing
It is easy to be tempted by exotic investment schemes that promise spectacular returns. However, as a High Court case strikingly showed, they are often too good to be true and it is always wise to get an independent professional to check them out before
A great many residential leases contain clauses which forbid tenants from removing their landlords’ fixtures – but what exactly does that mean? The Upper Tribunal (UT) considered that issue in the context of a tenant’s replacement of the front doors of his two flats. The
A glass of champagne and a slap-up dinner are considered by many music lovers to be important features of a night at the opera – but can the heavy cost of putting on lavish productions be set off against VAT payable on such catering supplies?
Public authorities engaged in nationally significant infrastructure projects have the power to enter private land to carry out necessary surveys. An important High Court ruling in the context of the proposed construction of a road tunnel near Stonehenge established that such works can involve far
In the throes of family breakdown, parents often focus on their own personal battles – but it is the best interests of their children that are always uppermost in family judges’ minds. In a case on point, the wishes and feelings of two teenagers proved