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Will and testament

Nil-rate band legacies

27 October 2014By Lesley King

Wills made before 2007 by testators who by the date of death had acquired transferred nil-rate band have presented problems.

Royal Courts of Justice

Service by the courts

27 October 2014By Masood Ahmed

A recent case provides clarification and guidance on the issue of service by the courts in contravention of the claimant’s instructions.

Andrew Edis QC

PI: calculating disadvantage

20 October 2014By Simon Allen

Assessment of loss for the future earning capacity of those suffering residual disability through injury has always been unsatisfactory.

SRA Cube

Consumer credit activities regulation: SRA plans

14 October 2014By Crispin Passmore

Changes to regulation of consumer credit work pose a dilemma for the SRA. Here are its proposals.

All legal updates

Sir James Munby

Mental health

31 October 2014

Following a previous judgment on questions of law in deprivation of liberty cases involving adults who lacked capacity, the Court of Protection supplemented and elaborated on some of those questions.



31 October 2014

The proceedings arose out of a serious fire at the Sugar Hut Club, Essex in 2009. A dispute arose as to, among other things, the amount of business interruption losses to which the claimants were entitled. In particular, the parties disagreed as to the calculation of the overall loss of turnover.



23 October 2014

The court found a judge had erred in ordering revocation of a Specsavers trademark where evidence that use of the wordless logo together with the registered word trademark superimposed over the top had served to identify the goods.

All law reports

Sir James Munby

Munby allows woman to see 1930 adoption papers

10 September 2014By

The woman, known as Y, wanted to find out the identity of her paternal grandmother.


Fraud divorce case goes to Supreme Court

5 September 2014By

Alison Sharland’s case against her multi-millionaire former husband will be heard in June 2015.

All Private Client

SRA sign inside The Cube

Hundreds of firms given PII false alarm

31 October 2014By

Regulator blames poor data from insurers as it informs firms - incorrectly - that they may be entering cessation period.


Birmingham solicitor struck off after admitting dishonesty

30 October 2014By Gazette reporter

Zia Latif is second member of Alum Rock firm to be penalised. 

All Regulation and compliance

Jonathan Goldsmith

Some important IBA products

31 October 2014By

Significant documents came out of the recent conference in Tokyo.

Sue Bramall

Sticking to it

31 October 2014By Sue Bramall

New initiatives that do not produce instant results are dismissed by lawyers. More patience and persistence are required.

Michael Cross

Land of the rising lawyer

30 October 2014By

Japan looks to build a global legal services industry. And it’s one that presents more of an opportunity than a threat. 

All opinion

Supreme Court

Judgment casts spotlight on ‘sale and rent back’

24 October 2014By

Scheme ‘could not have worked’ if solicitors had ‘complied with their professional obligations’.

Judge Dight

Firm sees off £1.9m negligence claim

19 September 2014By

Selling party claimed terms of contract meant it lost money in delayed transaction.

All Property

Family outline

Infant claims costs clarification due by January

30 October 2014By

Claimant lawyers say judges are refusing to allow payments for additional liabilities out of damages settlements to infants.

Damaged car

Insurers still crave reform despite premiums fall

29 October 2014By

Motor premiums have now fallen by 7% over the past 18 months from a pre-LASPO level of £382.

All Personal injury