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When cohabitants with children break up, the legal responsibilities of the parents as regards the children are governed by the Children Act 1989 . If amicable arrangements as regards the children cannot be made, the Family Court will rule on matters such...
When a 97-year-old woman died, the bulk of her estate passed to her sister, who herself died only months later, and the remainder – 'the residue' – was left to four charities. Because of the impact of Inheritance Tax (IHT), there would have been...
A recent decision of the Supreme Court will come as a relief to anyone concerned that they may be left with an adverse credit rating if they terminate a credit agreement because of a breach of contract by the supplier of goods. The case appeared...
When a tenant failed to include precisely the right wording for exercising its right to break its lease, the court ruled that use of the exact words specified was not necessary and therefore disallowed the landlord's claim that the break notice was invalid. ...
The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment which should warn those engaged in legal disputes that the 'loser pays costs' rule in litigation is not a hard and fast one and that if the winner unreasonably refuses to mediate, they may end up carrying...
When the state becomes involved in paying for care, there are often complications, as a recent case illustrates. It involved a mentally ill man who had spent almost half his life detained in psychiatric hospitals. He subsequently became the focus of a row...
A woman who sold her mother's house in order to buy her a more suitable home has been left with a large legal costs bill as a result of her action. Her mother is incapacitated by dementia and unable to look after her own affairs. The resulting court case ...
A motoring enthusiast whose dream of owning an extremely rare Bristol car became a nightmare of escalating costs and contractual wrangling has been awarded more than £120,000 in damages by the High Court . The man had wanted a Bristol 405D drop head...
In a ground-breaking decision, which represents very bad news for private property owners , a builder who spotted an opportunity and took over a long-empty home more than ten years ago has struck a significant blow for squatters' rights. The High Court...
A stay-at-home husband who claims that he sacrificed his own career on the altar of his investment banker wife's ambition has triumphed in a crucial round of their £11 million divorce battle, after the Court of Appeal accepted that he was 'habitually...