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The Care Act 2016 – Will care costs be capped?
14 June, 2017

The Care Act 2014 (‘the Act’) represents the most significant reform of the law governing care and support in over 60 years. The aim of the Act is to give individuals greater independence and control over their lives and the care and support that they receive.   The Act is now largely in force. However, […]

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What the Residence Nil Rate Band means for you
12 June, 2017

Inheritance tax on death is charged at 40% when a person’s estate exceeds the nil rate band (£325,000 in the tax year 2016-17).  From 6 April 2017 a new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is available meaning that the first £100,000 of a residence’s value (rising by £25,000 every year to £175,000 by 2020) is […]

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The Charity Commission’s new powers over charities
30 May, 2017

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent on 16 March 2016. The provisions in the Act have been implemented in stages and most of the Act is now in force. The Act changes the law contained in the Charities Act 2011 and the Charities Act 1992 in four main […]

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Boardroom Disputes and Shareholders Disputes – the Underlying Law
23 May, 2017

Boardroom Disputes / Shareholders Disputes – a quick guide to the underlying law and remedies The law that underlies most boardroom disputes and shareholders disputes is complex and technical.  This article outlines the key legal concepts that are relevant to the resolution of any such dispute.  It looks at the various remedies available to shareholders […]

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Changes to the Consumer Code
24 April, 2017

The Consumer Code for Home Builders (“the Code”) has been under extensive revision since 2016 and as a result, it has been announced that there is now a Fourth Edition of the Consumer Code Scheme and the Home Builder ‘Requirements and Good Practice Guidance’. The new edition of the Code will come into effect for […]

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Probate fee increase cancelled
21 April, 2017

The Government has scrapped plans to introduce the controversial new fee scale, saying that  Theresa May’s recent decision to call a snap general election means that there is insufficient time to bring these changes into force.   When is a probate fee payable? When someone dies, before the people dealing with their affairs can access […]

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Guide to Shareholders Rights
28 March, 2017

Minority shareholders have certain statutory rights under the Companies Act 2006 and these are summarised below.  Please refer to the text of each section of the Companies Act 2006 for full details.   Section   Notes       21 Special resolution required to amend articles of association Not less than 75% of vote 32 A right to […]

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Guide to the Law Relating to Shareholders Disputes
28 March, 2017

Boardroom Disputes / Shareholders Disputes – a layman’s guide to the law and remedies The law that underlies most boardroom disputes and shareholders disputes is complex and technical.  This guide outlines the key legal concepts that are relevant to the resolution of any such dispute.  It looks at the various remedies available to shareholders including […]

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Fees to register a Power of Attorney will go down from 1 April 2017
24 March, 2017

The fees for registering a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or its predecessor, an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), will decrease from 1 April 2017. The draft Public Guardian (Fees, etc) Amendment Regulations 2017 were approved without amendment on 21 March 2017, putting an end to doubts about whether there would be enough parliamentary time […]

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Managing allegations of historic abuse in the charity sector
16 March, 2017

In the last few years, and in particular since the launch of Operation Yewtree, media reports of allegations of historic abuse against children seem to have, sadly, become more frequent.  So much so, that it is now easy to associate these sorts of allegations as being made against specific individuals, such as those in the […]

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