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Forbes secure acquittal of defendant charged with assaulting Duty Manager

25 Feb 2020

Craig Mackenzie, a Criminal Defence and Regulatory solicitor at Forbes, recently secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with assaulting a Duty Manager at Iceland stores. He argued during the trial that the actions of the Duty Manager who had detained the defendant as a suspected shoplifter…

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Sister and niece of childless widow win battle over £825,000 fortune

25 Feb 2020

A claim was recently brought to an end in which the sister and niece of Shirley Guymer (Deceased), alleged a Will executed two months before the Deceased passed away was invalid on one or more of the following grounds: · Lack of testamentary capacity · Want of knowledge and…

Contesting a Will

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Intestacy - The statutory legacy has increased

17 Feb 2020

The UK Government has increased the amount which a surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to receive where a person dies intestate (without a valid will). The statutory legacy was £250,000; from the 6th February this was increased to £270,000. If someone dies intestate, the rules…

Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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The Paterson Inquiry: What You Need to Know

17 Feb 2020

You may remember the headlines about Ian Paterson, the cancer surgeon, who treated thousands of patients and performed botched and unnecessary operations in NHS and private hospitals, as well as exaggerating or inventing cancer risks and claiming payments for more expensive procedures over a 14-year…

Clinical Negligence

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Travelling overseas this half term with children?

13 Feb 2020

If you're travelling overseas this half term, you made need a notarised travel consent form, which many are unaware of. Countries all around the world have specific requirement in place when non-parents, or one parent is travelling with children. With Brexit and foreign laws changing, so do the…

Notary Public

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Studying or Working Abroad?

12 Feb 2020

It is becoming more and more popular for individuals to spend a year working abroad, continuing education overseas or even taking up permanent residence in another jurisdiction. If you are planning a year overseas, you will be asked to provide lots of paperwork in order to prove your identification…

Notary Public

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A Royal Divorce

12 Feb 2020

The Queen's eldest grandson Peter Philips and his Canadian wife Autumn have announced that they are separating after 12 years of marriage. The couple have two daughters together, namely Savannah (9) and Isla (7) and have stated that their decision is "the best course of action for their two…

Family/Divorce

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Coercive and controlling behaviour - Is this real love?

11 Feb 2020

If you are a Corrie fan, you will no doubt be gritting your teeth or screaming at the television every time Geoff Metcalfe's face appears on your screen. Whilst Coronation Street is usually praised for highlighting real life issues in their story lines, many viewers have admitted that the coercive/…

Crime

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Proposed amendments to the Inheritance Tax Act 1984

05 Feb 2020

A bill has been submitted, by Lord Lexden of the Conservative Party, to the House of Lords which proposes amendments to the Inheritance Tax Act 1984. If the bill is successful, it will allow (in certain circumstances) for property to be transferred between siblings without attracting Inheritance Tax (…

Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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