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Law Firm Fends Off HM Revenue and Customs Information Request

Legal practices and other professional firms are obliged to keep client records by the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (MLR) – but does that make them data-holders for the purposes of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC’s) powers to demand information? In an important ruling, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has answered that question in the negative. The case...

Boundary Disputes – Legal Advice Today Can Save Tears Tomorrow!

Boundary disputes between neighbours have a habit of getting out of hand, but legal advice, taken at an early stage, can ultimately save a great deal of anguish and expense. In a case on point, a couple who cut back their neighbour’s hedge without permission were ordered to pay her substantial damages. The neighbour had been shocked on moving into her...

Assault Victim Misled by Hospital Receptionist Wins Compensation Fight

Providing misleading information can be just as effective in causing injury as physical acts of negligence. The Supreme Court made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to an assault victim who was wrongly informed by an accident and emergency (A&E) department receptionist that he would have to wait hours before receiving medical attention. The...

Government Updates Guidance on Sleeping Time and the National Minimum Wage

In a guideline ruling, the Court of Appeal recently found that two care workers were not entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for time when they were asleep during sleep-in shifts. Noting that conflicting authorities had given rise to a need for clarification of the law on the point, the Court found that, on a straightforward reading of the...

Keen to Cut Inheritance Tax Liabilities? Contact Us Today

Giving away assets to your loved ones with warm hands, when you are still fit and healthy, is a readily available means of reducing Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities. However, as a guideline Court of Appeal decision illustrated, such gifts must be made without reservation in order to be tax effective. The case concerned a woman who owned a long lease on a...