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How Much Weight Should be Given to Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements?

In many big money divorce cases, disputes concerning the validity and enforceability of pre- and post-nuptial agreements take centre stage. However, as a Family Court ruling showed , such agreements do not displace the judicial obligation to achieve a fair...

Tenant Succeeds in Modifying Use Restriction in Commercial Lease

Almost all commercial leases are subject to covenants restricting the use to which the premises can be put. However, as an Upper Tribunal (UT) ruling made plain, tenants who are prejudiced by such restrictions can take effective steps to have them modified. ...

This is Why You Should Appoint a Professional to Administer Your Estate

When making your will, there are very good reasons why it makes sense to appoint a professional to administer your estate. A High Court ruling showed why the modest cost of doing so is very nearly always well worth it . After some relatively small...

Logistics Operative Succeeds in Post-Termination Victimisation Complaint

Victimisation of workers does not necessarily come to an end with the termination of their employment. The point was made by the case of a logistics operative who was labelled a troublemaker by a member of his former employer's senior management team ( ...

Determined Not to Go Into a Care Home? Your Wishes Are Due Full Respect

Many frail and vulnerable people have an antipathy to institutional care and wish for nothing more than to stay in their own homes. That may not always be feasible but, as a Court of Protection ruling showed, judges pay the greatest respect to their freedom...

Householder Plagued by Aircraft Noise Receives £75,000 Compensation

If noise arising from major infrastructure projects disturbs your peace and diminishes the value of your home, you have a legal right to fair compensation. In a case on point, a householder living a mile away from an extended airport runway was awarded...

Registering a Trade Mark? Are You Sure No One Else Got There First?

When registering a trade mark, it is vital to conduct a comprehensive check that you are not treading on the toes of others who may have got there before you. The point was made by a High Court case concerning two technology repair companies that applied...

Leaving Home - Mother Ordered to Respect Disabled Son's Independence

The wrench of a child leaving home is a tough experience for many parents and that can be particularly so when the child is disabled. However, as a Court of Protection case showed , not even parents are entitled to stand in the way of their offspring...

Symes Bains Broomer is supporting Good Divorce Week 2022

We are supporting Good Divorce Week 2022, a national campaign to help parents embrace a child-focused approach to separation – led by Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work to resolve issues in a constructive way.

Worldwide Freezing Injunctions Can Be Intrusive But Also Necessary

Worldwide freezing injunctions (WFIs) are powerful judicial tools that can have a grave impact on the lives of those against whom they are targeted. However, as a High Court ruling made plain , they are a necessary means of ensuring that assets are not...

Non-Executive Directors and 'Worker' Status - Guideline Ruling

Can a non-executive director who receives no more than an honorarium for services that he provides voluntarily enjoy the protected status of a 'worker'? That was the thorny issue addressed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a guideline case ( Catt v...

Making a Will? You Are Obliged to Remember Your Financial Dependants

When making your will, it is vital to bear in mind the responsibilities you owe to those who depend on you financially. In a case on point, the High Court came to the aid of a 12-year-old boy whose aunt treated him as if he were her own child throughout...

Restaurant That Suppressed Cash Sales Hit With Tax and Penalty Demands

Those involved in the hospitality or retail trade who suppress their cash takings with a view to avoiding tax must live in fear that the next person to walk through the door will be a tax inspector. As a case concerning a takeaway restaurant showed , such...

Trading Via a Company - Fitness Coach Faces COVID-19 Grants Clawback

Conducting your trade through the medium of a limited company can bring tax and other benefits. However, as a case concerning the clawback of COVID-19 support grants paid to a fitness coach showed , it can also have disadvantages, not all of which can be...

Former Tenant of Historic Hotel Ordered to Pay Six-Figure Dilapidation Costs

Tenants of commercial premises are often subject to rigorous repair obligations and are required to hand them back at the end of their leases in a similar condition to that in which they found them. In one High Court case, a hotel operator who failed to...

Want a Loved One to Succeed to Your Council Tenancy? See a Lawyer Today

If you are a council tenant and are anxious to ensure that a loved one succeeds to your tenancy after your death, you should seek legal advice straight away. A High Court case powerfully illustrated the potentially dire consequences of failing to do so. The...

COVID-19 - No Binding Contract for Supply of Millions of Surgical Face Masks

As demand for personal protective equipment exploded at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the business community leapt to the pumps. However, in the context of knife-edge negotiations for the supply of millions of surgical face masks, the High Court has...

Divorce - There Can Be a High Price for Failing to Negotiate Responsibly

Divorcees who are unwilling to give ground and negotiate responsibly with a view to achieving a financial settlement with their ex-spouses are highly likely to pay a stiff price for their lack of flexibility. The High Court emphasised the point in a...

Sandwich Shop Worker Wins Workplace Harassment Claim

Harassment in the workplace can descend into downright cruelty and employers who fail to stamp out such behaviour can expect to pay a heavy reputational and financial price. In a case on point, a sandwich shop worker who endured her line manager's wounding...

How much will your solicitor's fees cost when buying a house?

When buying property, it is important to know all costs beforehand to help you stick to your budget. Hidden costs can throw your plans off and ultimately take you over budget. Solicitor fees are likely to be one of the highest costs to consider and one that is unavoidable, so it is crucial to know what you are likely to be charged for.

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