Planning Challenges: Changes in Costs

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Changes regarding 'cost capping' for those seeking to challenge planning decisions came into force on 28th February 2017.

Your Name in Lights: Digital Signage and Digital Shopfronts

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

If the new wave of interactive retail technology is anything to go by, shoppers are thirsting for the experiences they provide. In-store projectors bring casual browsers in to play games, and human-scaled interactive kiosks provide a fun and attractive way of browsing digital catalogues to compare prices and models.

Fit for Work

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Fit for Work is a Government-funded referral service which provides free access to an occupational health professional for employees who have been, or are likely to be, off sick from work for four weeks or more.

Contaminated Britain

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

What does the impending close of the funding programme for contaminated land enforcement in England mean for owners and developers of contaminated sites?

Publication of the NEC4 Suite of Contracts

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

On Friday 3 March 2017 the NEC Contract Board announced it is preparing to launch a new suite of contracts - the NEC4.

Probate fees hike

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will go ahead with plans to substantially increase probate fees from May this year (the exact date is still to be confirmed).

Trustees - Requests for trust documents - costs

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

In the case of Blades v Isaac & Alexander (2016) the High Court had to consider whether the trustees should personally pay the beneficiary's costs in relation to her claim against them for disclosure of trust information.

Change in Inheritance Tax rules from April 2017

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Back in 2010 the government expressed its intention to increase the inheritance tax threshold to £1million. However, to date the nil rate band has remained frozen. After the last election the government instead decided to introduce a "main residence nil rate band".

Trustees' liability for costs - Beddoe Applications (what they are and when to use them)

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Trustees risk facing costs orders in court proceedings in just the same way as any other party would.

Dangers of applying for a Grant

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

In the recent case of Morris v Browne & another [2017] the court revoked a Grant of Letters of Administration and made an order for costs on the indemnity basis against the purported administrators.

Issuing Inheritance Act claims out of time

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

When someone has died and failed to make adequate financial provision for certain relatives or dependants, the court has discretion to vary the distribution of the deceased's estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Location-Based Technology Finding its Feet

Monday, 6th March 2017

Shoppers are getting more used to the idea that when they visit that stylish high-street outerwear store with an urban feel, it likely ‘knows’ they’re there.


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