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It is a comfort to consumers that those who advise the public on money matters are tightly regulated and can be swiftly shut down if they fail to come up to scratch. Exactly that happened in one case involving a small 'debt adjusting' and counselling...
A recent case illustrates the risks landlords take if they refurbish tenanted buildings without taking sufficient account of the potential impact on their tenants. Almost all commercial leases include a provision that tenants are entitled to occupy their...
When a person can no longer manage their own financial affairs, these will be managed either by their attorney (if a power of attorney has been made) or by their deputy if an application has been made via the Court of Protection in the absence of a power of...
Few businesses have the emotional ties that characterise a family farming business and it is no wonder therefore that families often take considerable steps to prevent a family farm from being broken up. When a father and son who farmed in partnership...
People often complain about the length of time it takes to complete property deals. However, one Court of Appeal case , in which a contract for sale was signed on the spot after only brief consideration, strikingly shows why property purchase is a serious...
Divorce settlements are designed to provide certainty and finality so that people can get on with the rest of their lives. However, an important Court of Appeal decision has underlined that they can be modified after the event if circumstances demand. A...
Planning laws are about the character and appearance of the built environment but can also be instruments of social policy. In one case which proves that point , a local authority deployed its planning powers to stop a local hotel opening its doors to a...
It seems only right that people can do what they want with their own money and can make whatever bequests they wish in their wills. In one case which underlined that fundamental freedom, a judge upheld a businessman's right to cut his daughter out of his...
It is often thought that if a planning decision with which you are unhappy goes ahead and the development takes place, you must simply grin and bear it. This is not always the case. For example, if public construction works have an impact on the value of...
The lengths to which people go to avoid paying taxes are sometimes surprising, and the schemes that are created to facilitate tax avoidance come under close scrutiny from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). So it was that a tax avoidance scheme based on a Jersey...

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