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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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NO MORE Week – Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Posted on 07th March 2024 in Family Law

Domestic abuse covers a range of types of abuse, including, but not limited to, physical, psychological, sexual, financial and emotional abuse. It is defined as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members.

Posted by

Sophie Charlton-Rigg

Paralegal

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Acting as a Certificate Provider: What Do I Need to Know?

Posted on 05th March 2024 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

The role of certificate provider was introduced by the Office of the Public Guardian as a safeguard for people signing Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). LPAs are used to appoint attorneys to assist with a person’s affairs, which could include their finances and their personal welfare.

Posted by

Emma McAdam

Solicitor

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Buying a Farm as a Home

Posted on 05th March 2024 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Residential Property

Fresh air, closer to nature, room to grow, the ability to forge farming and other business ventures, control your own space and to positively affect the landscape and ecosystem around you; there are many reasons why farms can be great places to live, work and raise families.

Posted by

Josh Gilbert

Partner & Solicitor

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Charities Act 2022 – further changes come into force

Posted on 04th March 2024 in Charities and Social Enterprise

This Thursday 7 March will see the third phase of updates to the Charities Act 2022 come into force. The below insight provides a summary of the changes that you need to be aware of.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and 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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How Remote Witnessing of Wills Changed During the Pandemic and Beyond

Posted on 29th February 2024 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

In September 2020, the UK Parliament passed an order that amended the Wills Act 1837, a law that dates back to the Victorian era. The order allowed people to make valid Wills by using video-conferencing or other visual transmission, as long as the witnesses could see and hear the testator (the person making the Will) in real time. This was a temporary measure to help people who were self-isolating or facing lockdown restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The order applied to Wills made on or after 31 January 2020, and was initially set to expire on 31 January 2022.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Partner & Chartered Legal Executive

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Key Findings From the CMA's Housebuilding Market Report

Posted on 28th February 2024 in Affordable Housing

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently concluded its year-long housebuilding market study in England, Scotland, and Wales. The final report highlighted several significant areas of concern for the housebuilding sector, which are summarised in our latest insight.

Posted by

Michael Taylor

Partner & Solicitor

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Should I Accept My Employee’s Heat of the Moment Resignation?

Posted on 27th February 2024 in Employment

When emotions are high, and conflict occurs, employees may resign in the heat of the moment. While it may be tempting to simply acknowledge this resignation and leave things at that, employers should treat this type of resignation with caution.

Posted by

Charlotte Yendell

Trainee Solicitor

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Key Points to Consider When Selling a Farm or Land in the UK

Posted on 27th February 2024 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Residential Property

It always serves to do some basic groundwork ahead of a sale of your land, whether that sale is imminent or not. Prior preparation can facilitate a smooth sale at the agreed price, rather than having to deal with the disappointment of delays and price adjustments down the line.

Posted by

Josh Gilbert

Partner & 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