What Are Settlement Agreements And When Can They Be Used?

two business people shaking hands finalising settlement agreement

Settlement Agreements are commonly used to end an employment relationship in a mutually agreeable way. They are often used in situations where an employer and employee feel their relationship has broken down and whilst employers tend to make the initial proposal, either party can make the first move. A Settlement Agreement can also cover non-employees…. Read more »

Is Judicial Separation the Same as Divorce?

Occasionally, parties may want to pursue Judicial Separation Proceedings rather than a divorce. This may be due to a variety of factors such as, religion, moral or cultural reasons. What is the Difference between Judicial Separation and Divorce? If a decree of judicial separation is granted, then the marriage does not dissolve but it does… Read more »

How to Make an Inheritance Claim If Reasonable Provisions Were Not Provided

Losing a loved one is always difficult, whether it was expected or not. That heartache can be compounded even further if their will, or the rules of intestacy, have failed to make ‘reasonable provisions’ for you. Nicola Moulds, Dispute Resolution Associate Solicitor, discusses how you may be able to make an inheritance claim if you… Read more »

Legal Rights on Choosing Your Own Care Home


When choosing your own care home, it is presumed that you should get the final say in a decision that ultimately determines where you will be living. However, this is not always the case; our team explains below. In most cases, you can choose your own care home. The exception is if you are too… Read more »

Inheritance Tax Threshold Increases to £1 million

In April 2017, the Government introduced the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) which provides an additional allowance for married couples where the surviving spouse leaves their property to direct descendants (i.e. children, grandchildren, step-children). The intention was to reduce the burden of inheritance tax for families and make it easier to pass property down to… Read more »

Estate Administration Documents: Which Papers Should I Keep?

If you have been appointed as an executor of someone’s Will, or have taken up a role of personal representative if there wasn’t a  Will, you may have amassed a number of estate administration documents during the course of the process. These papers were important to ensure everything is accounted for, and in particular, to… Read more »

Mis-sold Tax Avoidance Scheme: Can I Claim Against My Tax Adviser?

If you are self-employed and/or run a business, tax is probably something your tax adviser (often your accountant or independent financial adviser) helps you with. Tax advisers should, and usually do, help you to find the best tax products for your business, i.e. those that will limit the tax you pay while ensuring that any… Read more »

Debt Recovery: What Are My Pre-Action Obligations?

Unfortunately, many of us will often find ourselves in the situation where we are owed money. One way to resolve this is to take Court action. However, if you do not comply with your pre-action obligations before going to Court, this can result in sanctions being imposed. So, it is vital to know what these… Read more »