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Buying a Home Together? Do The Title Deeds Reflect Your Contributions?

Loving couples often contribute together to the cost of buying a home. However, if legal advice is unwisely dispensed with, such arrangements are often not recorded on title deeds and, as one tribunal case showed, that can store up serious trouble for the future. The case concerned a couple who, despite having been through an Islamic wedding ceremony, were not...

Planning Decisions Must Be Consistent and In Line With Published Policy

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has broad planning powers, but he has to exercise them consistently and in accordance with his own published policies. The High Court powerfully made that point in breathing new life into proposals for 400 new homes in the heartland of racing near Newmarket. The proposed development on farmland was...

Minority Shareholders in Troubled Cosmetics Group Triumph

Fallings out between shareholders can be particularly divisive where no one person has a controlling interest in the company concerned. However, as one Court of Appeal decision showed, the outcome will usually depend on an accurate interpretation of the company’s articles of association. The case concerned two minority shareholders who between them owned 22...

Does Your Insurance Cover What You Want It to Cover?

There is no point taking out insurance policies that do not meet your needs and it is well worth taking professional advice to ensure that they are tailored to you. The issue was highlighted by one case concerning two brothers who were in business together and insured each other against death or critical illness. After one brother fell ill and was unable to work...

Bid for Sporting Glory Not Commercial or Profit Driven Tax Tribunal Rules

Losses suffered in trade can generally be set off against Income Tax liabilities, but the trade concerned has to be genuinely commercial and carried on with a view to profit. A tribunal made that point in a case concerning a sporting venture that resulted in losses of over £30 million. The venture had been pursued by a limited liability partnership that was...