Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Care Act 2014 (which doesn’t live up to its name)

The Care Act 2014 comes into play in two parts.  From April 2015 Local Authorities were under a duty to assess people for their overall wellbeing, to see if they require any help with daily living. The much heralded financial … Continue reading

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Park Homes Working Group

This week is the final week for submissions to the Park Homes Working Group in relation to the Mobile Homes Act 2013 (“the Act”). What is the Park Homes Working Group? When the Government introduced the Act it made a … Continue reading

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James Farad called up for international rugby duties

I hold dual British/Iranian citizenship and so have a good familiarity with life in modern-day Iran.  Back in 2011, a friend with whom I played rugby claimed he had played against Iran for Indonesia. I was sure he was pulling … Continue reading

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Closing Time?

The British Beer and Pub Association says that around 30 pubs close every week in the UK blaming closures on factors such as high taxes on beer, competition from supermarkets selling cheap alcohol and changing demographics. Whilst it is perhaps … Continue reading

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Reforms to Pensions May Require Positive Action by Divorcees to Protect Their Benefits

Prior to pension sharing, pension earmarking orders were commonplace. This is where one spouse would effectively keep their pension in their name but part of the lump sum and/or the pension income would be “earmarked” for the benefit of their … Continue reading

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Plan, Talk, Live

Plan, Talk, Live is the theme of the Dying Matters Week organised by the charity Dying Matters to take place between the 18 and 24 May 2015. The aim of the week is to have the population talk about death … Continue reading

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Casting The Net

In the case of Sierra Fishing & Ors v Ali Zbeeb & Ors the High Court has taken the unusual step of removing an arbitrator under section 24 Arbitration Act 1996. Commercial arbitration is a means of resolving business disputes … Continue reading

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Is It Right To Share Photos?

If you were shopping online and saw your face on a t-shirt, how would you react? Would it be a moment of surprise, shock, horror, delight…..? Melanie Armsdon is one individual who encountered this situation and her reaction was one … Continue reading

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The General Election from an inheritance tax point of view

With just hours to go until the General Election, the voting public will be weighing up a whole range of issues before deciding which party to vote for. One particular issue that is likely to play its part is inheritance … Continue reading

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Help To House Buyers – ISA

The government has announced the Help to Buy: ISA. First-time buyers who choose to save through a Help to Buy: ISA will receive a government bonus, which will be calculated and paid when they buy their first home. The government … Continue reading

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