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A recent court case shows the wisdom of ensuring that there is effective supervision of anyone acting under a power of attorney, especially if substantial assets are involved. The case involved a lady, now in her 80s and suffering from dementia, who lives...
When an accountant failed to file a client's year-end PAYE return, the first inkling the director of the company involved had of it was many months later – when the company received a telephone call from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) debt collectors...
Many thousands of drivers who have been subject to a parking charge of 100 times or more the normal hourly rate will be displeased to read that a plucky appeal against a massive 'charge' for overstaying in a free car park has failed. The motorist...
A surprising decision by the Court of Appeal to award a daughter who had been deliberately excluded from her mother's will a substantial settlement from her estate will be unwelcome news to anyone keen to disinherit a family member in similar...
When the tenants of a commercial property held on a 125-year lease allowed their subtenant to use it in breach of planning permission, the owner of the freehold of the premises applied to the court for the head lease to be forfeited on the ground that the...
Failing to meet the timetable imposed on court proceedings is very unwise, as a property owner has found out to his considerable cost . He was involved in a long-running dispute with a builder over the value of work undertaken by a subcontractor with...
A kindly builder, who was rewarded with a £470,000 inheritance after befriending a pensioner and mending his leaking gutters for free, can keep the money after a judge dismissed a challenge to the deceased's will brought by his family. The pensioner...
Merely making contributions to the family finances has, yet again, been ruled by the Court of Appeal to be insufficient ground to make a declaration that a long-term cohabitee is entitled to a share in the family house. The case arose after a couple, Mr...
Under the EU Denied Boarding Regulations, an aircraft passenger who is denied boarding when they have a valid ticket, or experiences a cancellation or significant delay, may claim compensation, except where the delay or cancellation was caused by...
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have traditionally taken a very tough approach regarding time limits, and many cases arising out of HMRC's failure to accept what the taxpayer claimed was a 'reasonable excuse' for failing to lodge a return or tax election or to...