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A couple who were heartbroken when their £4 million 'eco-home' burnt to the ground when it was close to completion have won the right to full compensation for their loss from a construction company involved in the project. The couple sued the...
It is sensible for a couple to ensure that they have valid wills once they start to cohabit and share their assets. However, it is regrettably not well known that marriage revokes an existing will (unless the will was specifically made in contemplation of...
When work done by a contractor is deficient, the standard JCT form of contract allows an 'appropriate deduction' to be made from payment where the work is not to be made good by the contractor. Arguments over deductions made in these circumstances are...
When the holder of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) does not act in the best interests of the person who created the power, an application may be made to the Court of Protection to have them removed. A recent case heard by the Court involved an elderly...
All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger. In order to reduce these negative aspects, Mr Justice Mostyn has released a statement outlining procedures designed...
Any application for property development has to be considered against the local development plan. In addition to the plan, the planning officer must also take account of the local development policy and any other material considerations. When an application...
The Assisted Dying Bill was recently debated in the House of Lords and appears to have a better chance of becoming law than three similar Bills introduced into Parliament in the last decade. The latest Bill is the response to a 2012 report from the...
When an elderly woman died and left her entire estate to her window cleaner, rather than the nephew who had looked after her for a very long period of time, a challenge to her will was always likely. The nephew claimed that the woman had promised to leave...
The High Court has lamented the expenditure of almost £1 million in legal costs by a warring ex-couple whose acrimonious divorce had descended into a murky world of lies, private detectives, hidden assets and mutual accusations of skulduggery and...
Many court battles arise because of a lack of clarity in documentation which leaves an agreement capable of being interpreted in more than one way. A recent case , which involved a landowner's access to his property, illustrates this point. The conveyance...