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Fathers Should Pay Towards Their Children's Upbringing - But How Much?

It is obviously right that fathers should pick up a fair share of the tab for raising their offspring, but exactly how deep into their pockets should they be made to dig? The High Court tackled that issue in considering whether a wealthy father should be...

Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common? The Difference Can Be All Important

Couples generally either own their homes as joint tenants or as tenants in common. The distinction between the two may not be widely understood but, as a High Court ruling in an inheritance case showed , it can matter very much indeed. The case concerned a...

Entrepreneurs' Relief and the Definition of 'Trade' - Guideline Ruling

At what point can it be said that an embryonic business has begun to trade? A tax tribunal pondered that fundamental issue in a case concerning a claim for entrepreneurs' relief on the sale of a nascent business asset. An investor sold his minority stake...

High Court Analyses Post-Nuptial Agreement in Guideline Divorce Ruling

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements that do not fairly meet the reasonable needs of one divorcing party or the other are unlikely to be worth the paper they are written on. The High Court made that point in refusing to hold a wife to the disadvantageous terms ...

Failure to Make a Will Triggers Family War Reminiscent of Greek Tragedy

Failing to make a professionally drafted will positively invites disputes between your loved ones that can take on the proportions of an ancient Greek tragedy. As a High Court case showed, such discord can even extend to the disposal of your body. The case...

Clandestine Rendezvous Leads to Unfair Constructive Dismissal Finding

Openness and transparency are key to promoting a healthy working environment. An Employment Tribunal (ET) made that point in taking a very dim view of a clandestine rendezvous between a salesman and his line manager in a shopping centre car park ( ...

Lending Money? It Pays to Invest in a Professionally Drafted Agreement

When lending money to friends, acquaintances or anyone else, the terms on which sums are advanced may be entirely clear to you in your own mind. However, as a High Court ruling showed , the absence of a professionally drafted loan agreement is a positive...

Performance of Employment Contract 'Tainted by Illegality' - Cautionary Tale

There is nothing wrong with an employee being paid in a tax-efficient manner. As an Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling showed, however, where such arrangements stray into the realms of unlawful evasion the consequences are likely to be severe. The case...

Family Judge Heeds Teenage Foster Child's Wish to Change His Surname

Children do not, as a matter of law, have capacity to make important decisions for themselves – but that does not mean that their wishes and feelings are irrelevant. In an unusual case on point, the High Court gave effect to a teenage foster child's...

Inheritance - Daughter's Lies Trigger Rare Finding of Fraudulent Calumny

Sick and vulnerable people can be prone to the malign, even fraudulent, influence of relatives or others who are intent on maximising their inheritance. However, as a High Court case showed , such conduct is unlikely to go undetected. The case concerned a...
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