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The Panama Papers and Private Client
The so-called Panama papers ‘scandal’ continues to cause ripples across the globe, with both organisations and individuals being named as having ‘links’ to offshore entities as a result of the leak. Law firms are no exception – with Clifford Chance, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), and Mishcon de Reya the latest names to emerge. But what does this mean for private client work? More…


Testamentary Capacity and the ‘golden rule’
Issues of testamentary capacity continue to exercise the courts. Two recent rulings assist practitioners to understand further when the courts will rule whether a testator had capacity to make a will. More…

Scams: a Practice Note on protecting your firm
The Law Society has released a new Practice Note aimed at advising firms on how to protect themselves and their clients if they fall victim to a scam. So what are the legal and regulatory issues – and what practical steps can firms take to overcome the problem?  More…

The best of… Private Client blogs
Matters relating to wills and probate have been making the headlines of late: if it’s not the newspapers raking over the implications of Prince having apparently died intestate, or the so-called Panama Papers, it’s political manoeuvring over inheritance tax thresholds, and feminist actors finding themselves under scrutiny for tax avoidance.
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Misconduct: carrying out a reasonable investigation
Employers should make no assumptions about the purported reasons for misconduct before taking disciplinary action. A recent employment ruling is a warning to all employers who take misconduct at face value and fail to undertake an adequate investigation.
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Commercial Contracts: a summary of interpreting terms
Another month, another ruling on the interpretation of contracts terms. In a recent ruling, the High Court gives a useful summary of the correct approach to interpreting commercial contracts following a high profile Supreme Court ruling last year.
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Construction of Wills: the cost of solicitor not reading a draft will
When will the court allow rectification of a will in the case of mistake? A recent ruling suggests a greater judicial willingness to correct a mistake when the testator’s original intentions are clear.
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On what basis will the court decide whether a person has capacity to marry?
The court recently considered whether learning difficulties, low intelligence and behavioural problems were sufficient to negate capacity. More…


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Rights of Light Insurance
Property development is a complex yet highly profitable business. Whilst there are huge profits to be made from developing and selling properties there are also huge risks of financial loss. More…
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