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Can You Prevent People From Bringing an Inheritance Act Claim?

Posted on 14th March 2024 in Dispute Resolution, Probate & Wills

In a recent High Court case, the Court considered whether a deceased’s wife lost the money left to her in her husband’s Will because she brought a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 (“the 1975 Act”). 

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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‘Fake It Till You Make It’: Mitigating AI-Generated Falsified Job Applications

Posted on 12th March 2024 in Employment, Dispute Resolution

‘Fake it till you make it’ is a phrase known to many; it means to act confidently in what you’re doing when you don’t feel it until you achieve your objective. This article considers the risks associated with job applicants using artificial intelligence (AI) to complete recruitment exercises and how it may impact your business.

Posted by

Charlotte Yendell

Trainee Solicitor

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The Snow Globe Wars: Aldi’s Appeal Shattered

Posted on 04th March 2024 in Dispute Resolution

There continues to be many widely publicised examples of retailers taking legal action to protect their much-loved products against lookalike products circulating in the market and IP lawyers have been eagerly anticipating the judgment on Aldi’s attempt to overturn the judgment made last year. The result? M&S were victorious as Aldi’s appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Solicitor

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Tales of the Unexploded: an Interesting View on the Causes of Damage to Land

Posted on 26th February 2024 in Dispute Resolution

In February 2021, residents of Exeter had the briefest of glimpses into life almost 80 years ago, when a large unexploded World War II bomb was found by site workers. In the vicinity were various residential properties and several blocks of halls of residence owned by the University. The plans to make the bomb safe were always going to be risky and, alas, the bomb detonated in quite spectacular fashion, causing damage to properties in the vicinity.

Posted by

Joanne Young

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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My Employees Are Already Using AI – What Are the Risks?

Posted on 26th February 2024 in Dispute Resolution

The use of generative artificial intelligence is transforming the way individuals are working. Informed and responsible use of generative AI has the potential to increase efficiency in the workplace, improve decision making and foster innovation.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Solicitor

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Coming Soon to a High Street Near You? Compulsory Property Auctions

Posted on 20th February 2024 in Dispute Resolution

Visit high streets in some parts of England and you will find a lot of empty shops. They can look unattractive, make the public less inclined to venture into their local shopping area and, like a vicious cycle, this then adversely impacts on the businesses clinging on to survival.

Posted by

Joanne Young

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Liability For Escaping Animals: Animals Act 1971

Posted on 16th February 2024 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

As an animal owner, you may have thought about - or even experienced - your animals escaping and causing damage to property or even injuring someone. Have you ever worried about your liability for damage caused by your animals? Our latest insight provides advice to animal owners on this Act which is notoriously difficult to interpret.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Love your Lease!

Posted on 13th February 2024 in Dispute Resolution

What better time is there than mid - February, just as the over-priced flowers and fluffy bears appear on shop shelves, to show some love for a much under-appreciated part of any commercial landlord or tenant’s life - the lease!

Posted by

Joanne Young

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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How do restrictive covenants limit the use of land?

Posted on 09th February 2024 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

A covenant is the legal term for a promise, usually not to do something on your land (a negative or restrictive covenant) but occasionally to do something (a positive covenant).

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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What Is Adverse Possession and How Does It Work?

Posted on 08th February 2024 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

Adverse possession is all about claiming someone else’s land as your own on the basis of your possession of it for a period designated by law. Of course, not all kinds of occupation lead to eventual ownership.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Resolving Boundary Disputes

Posted on 08th February 2024 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

Land is a great asset to have - I don’t think anyone would dispute that. But by the same token owning land (like having money) can be a worry as well. If you are lucky and your land has clearly identified boundaries and so long as there is no argument about them, all is well. That is the case for most land but some people are not quite so lucky. Boundary disputes can be a headache, especially if not well handled from the start.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Diversifying the Use of Land: What Does a Rural Landowner Need to Think About?

Posted on 01st February 2024 in Dispute Resolution

A drive around any country lane will demonstrate that rural landowners have a real entrepreneurial spirit. Everything from farm shops to glamping sites to alpaca trekking have been popping up and they can bring good commercial returns.

Posted by

Charlotte Yendell

Trainee Solicitor