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Agile working: so hot right now
What’s ‘agile working’ and can it work for you? More…

Ilott v Mitson: can you no longer Will what you will?
This latest ruling on wills has sounded an apparent turning point for the status of an individual’s testamentary freedom.  So what was the court’s rationale for allowing the dependency claim and what are the potential implications? More…

Deregulation: implications for the Property sector
Now that the Deregulation Act 2015 is coming into force in stages, what it means for the property sector and practitioners? More…

Vulnerable Clients: a look at the new Practice Note
The handling of vulnerable clients – whether they are children, or elderly, or have a mental health diagnosis or suffer any other disadvantage – is an important and contentious issue. A Law Society Practice Note will assist practitioners who advise and represent the vulnerable. More…

Firms and Consumer Credit Services: what’s the latest?
The thorny question of the regulation of law firms undertaking consumer credit work continues to exercise both practitioners and the regulators alike.  The SRA now proposes that firms offering consumer credit services may be allowed to do if it’s central to the legal services provided – a development broadly welcomed ‘on the ground’. More…

Litigation Costs: the court’s robust approach to costs budgets
A recent ruling demonstrates that the courts will take a robust, proportionate approach in cases involving litigation costs, particularly in light of the CPR. More…

Books Round Up: the best of the latest law books – and those to watch out for
With summer behind us and September well underway, there’s a decided ‘back to school’ feeling in the air. With that in mind, it’s time to put away the beach reads and look to extending your legal bookshelf. More…

 
....from the profession

Commercial Property Solicitors – Are your sale & purchase agreements silent on capital allowances?
They shouldn’t be! From April 2012, it was (and still is!) in a solicitors best interests to actively engage in establishing a commercial property buyer's & seller's capital allowance position at the earliest opportunity or otherwise risk potential financial disadvantage for clients.  More…

Probate Genealogists And What They Can Do For You
The relative ease of administering an estate can vary hugely depending on a number of factors.  Foremost amongst these is whether or not the deceased has left instructions, in the form of a valid will, as to how they wish their remaining assets to be distributed. More…

Going Home Again: but love don’t live here anymore…
When the work-life balance is challenged and all is not well at home, it affects life in the workplace. We must either change or change will happen to us. More…
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