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  • 9 November 2017

    The importance of a carefully drafted overage agreement

    The recent High Court decision in Sparks v Biden [2017] highlights the importance of well thought out and precise drafting of overage agreements. Read more

  • 18 October 2017

    Inheritance Tax – Passing on your wealth

    Death duty has been payable, in one form or another, for over 300 years but until comparatively recently, it was only of concern to the wealthiest in society. For example, following the introduction of estate duty in 1894 (the forerunner of the current inheritance tax), many landed estates were broken up, as landowners could not afford to pay the tax. Read more

  • 18 October 2017

    Equity Release – Using your home to generate income

    Equity release is a way of releasing some of the money, or equity, in your home without the need to sell the property. There are two types of equity release, which are the lifetime mortgage and the home reversion. This article will concentrate on lifetime mortgages, which are the more common type of equity release. Read more

  • 18 October 2017

    Consent Orders – The financial side of divorce

    Getting divorced can be a stressful time and is often regarded as one of the most difficult things that a person may have to deal with in their lives, along with the death of a loved one and moving house. Read more

  • 12 October 2017

    The liability of a freehold owner where a visitor suffers fatal injuries

    In the recent case of Dodd v Raebarn Estates Ltd and others (2017), the Court of Appeal considered whether a freeholder, who was the landlord of a headlease, could be held liable under the Defective Premises Act 1972 (“the DPA”) when a visitor fell down the stairs and suffered fatal head injuries. Read more

  • 23 August 2017

    The importance of carrying out a title investigation before entering into a deed of surrender

    The recent case of The Co-operative Bank plc v Hayes Freehold Limited and Others (2017) raised an interesting issue concerning the effect of a purported surrender of two leases. The landlord had failed to obtain the consent of a bank, which had a charge over the property, before effecting the disposition of the leases. Read more

  • 22 August 2017

    Lasting Powers of Attorney: A response to Judge Denzil Lush

    Former Court of Protection judge Denzil Lush has vowed that he would never sign a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) himself due to the “devastating effect” it can have on families, which is in clear conflict to the advice given by Steeles Law and others in the legal profession. Read more

  • 21 August 2017

    Removal and reimbursement of employment tribunal fees

    On 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were unlawful and had acted as a barrier to access to justice. Read more

  • 21 August 2017

    New legislation to ban card payment surcharges

    On 13 January 2018, new European legislation will take effect in the UK, with important consequences for consumers and businesses. Read more

  • 21 August 2017

    New pre-action protocol for debt claims

    A new pre-action protocol for debt claims will come into force on 1 October 2017. This will apply to debts claimed by any business, including sole traders and public bodies, against an individual (which can also include a sole trader). The protocol does not apply to business to business debts. Read more