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New Style Divorce Petition to be Introduced on 7 August 2017

On the evening of 17 July 2017, the Family Legal Professional advised that there would be dramatic changes to the style of the Divorce Petition when issuing Divorce Proceedings.  The new style Divorce Petition will come into effect on 7 August 2017 however, there will be a transitional period to allow old and new Petitions to be used until 4 September 2017.

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Landmark Ruling – Equal pension rights for same-sex partners

Mr. Walker entered a civil partnership in January 2006 which was later converted into a marriage.  Mr. Walker’s employer refused to pay a full spousal pension on the basis that his service began before the Civil Partnership Act came into force.

This meant that under the current law Mr. Walker’s husband would only have received a spousal pension of a few hundred pounds a year.  If Mr. Walker was married to a female, his spouse would receive about £45,000 a year. Read more

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The Treasury reports record breaking collection of Inheritance Tax topping £5billion

Latest reports show that HMRC collected over £5.1bn in inheritance tax over the last year, which is the first time in history this figure has exceeded the £5bn mark. So why the increase? One of the main reasons can be put down to the fact that property prices, particularly in the South of England have continued to rise yet the Inheritance Tax allowance has remained the same at £325,000 for the past eight years. Read more

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Being A Responsible Airbnb Host

With the rise in holiday rentals, Airbnb has become a popular platform for short-term lets, allowing hosts to advertise all or part of a property for rent, whether it be a penthouse apartment, a tree house or even still, a boat.

Airbnb, a company which started in San Francisco with a small apartment and inflatable air bed, now has approximately 100 million users, and over 80,000 active rentals in the UK.

Many hosts are however (often unknowingly) in breach of rules and regulations, with several facing legal action as a result. Hosts should therefore be aware of the following legal pitfalls before listing their property on Airbnb or similar sites: Read more

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Fail to File… Fine? – Changes to Partnership Penalties

Until recently, it was simply to be expected that partners who failed to produce a partnership return in time to HMRC would face a fine. However, the First-tier Tribunal has now reduced penalties for a case where the same information required was already submitted, within the partners’ own separate self-assessments. Read more

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Register Remedy – The Court and the Companies Act

The High Court has recently passed a rare order, rectifying a company’s register of members under section 125 of the Companies Act 2006 – before grant of probate was attained. Read more

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Throwing the Book – the Charity Commission wheels out its regulatory arsenal

On Friday, the Charity Commission published its Inquiry Report following lengthy engagement with an educational charity governed by trust deed. The principal activity of the Rabia Educational Trust is the operation of an independent school and its charitable objects are “to advance the education of boys and girls in accordance with the Holy Quran and the Hadith according to Sunni Islam. Read more

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Queen’s Speech confirms GDPR to survive Brexit

Through last week’s Queen’s Speech, the government confirmed that which the ICO has already indicated: that there will be data protection law in the UK post-Brexit. Alongside the Great Repeal Bill and various others, will sit a Data Protection Bill, as outlined on pages 46 & 47 of the Queen’s Speech Background Notes, the purpose of which is stated to be to “make our data protection framework suitable for our new digital age, allowing citizens to better control their data”. Read more

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Should divorce be kept separate from financial battles?

President of the High Court’s Family Division, Sir James Munby, has proposed that the process of obtaining a divorce should be kept separate from determining financial settlements. His suggestion is aimed at reducing the pressure within the family courts, stating that the majority of a judge’s time is taken up trying to determine financial remedies for couples.   Read more

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What does the Conservative Manifesto mean for social care and the elderly?

Ahead of the general election in June, Teresa May has announced the Conservative manifesto which plans to introduce some new measures in respect of paying for care both at home and in a care home. Under the current system, if an individual has more than £23,250 in assets, including the value of their home, then they have to pay for their care. Read more

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