Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Landmark ruling a warning to co-habitees, says family lawyer

A family lawyer at SAS Daniels LLP is urging unmarried couples to make sure they have a written agreement in place before purchasing a property together after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court yesterday (9 November). The highest court in the UK ruled that Leonard Kernott was entitled to only 10 per cent of… Read more »

Child Support Agency crackdown

A father who has failed to pay child maintenance for his daughter for more than 16 years has had a record-breaking single payment of £108,000 forcibly deducted from his bank account. The father refused to respond to letters and calls from the Child Support Agency (CSA). Investigators used powers which require banks to open up… Read more »

The high cost of dying

A recent survey by Sun Life Financial has been reported in the media that the cost of dying has risen by some £400 in the last year. As mortality rates rise, planning for death is not always at the forefront of people’s minds. However, taking some steps now will considerably ease the burden for those… Read more »

Cohabitants should take precautions

According to Law Society President John Wotton “the law that currently exists for cohabitants is disjointed and grossly inadequate.” Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that between 2001 and 2010 the number of opposite sex cohabiting couple families in the UK grew from 2.1m to 2.8m. Of these, 39% have dependent children…. Read more »

Employment law changes in October and beyond

This month sees two important employment law changes that may affect your business.  Please see below for useful guidance together with details on future employment tribunals. National Minimum Wage The first was the annual increase in the national minimum wages rates: 1. Adult rate increased from GBP 5.93 to GBP 6.08 an hour 2. The… Read more »

Personal liability for directors: a pre-packed problem

Pre-pack transactions create an enormous number of ethical headaches; one of the main objections being that directors of a failed business can effectively “dump” debt and other liabilities and start afresh under a new company. However, it’s not really that easy or simple. More frequently than not, if directors have given personal guarantees in relation… Read more »

The Bribery Act – Business owners beware

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on the 1st July 2011 and has introduced changes that will have a significant impact on all businesses. It is therefore vital that business owners take this piece of legislation seriously. Businesses would be well advised to introduce appropriate measures to ensure that there is widespread awareness of… Read more »

Lease break clauses examined

Whether a landlord or tenant, does your lease include a break clause entitling the tenant to terminate the lease early? If so, take care that the arrangements for giving up the premises operate in accordance with the wording of the lease. In Ibrend Estates BV v NYK Logistics (UK) Ltd, the Court of Appeal decided… Read more »

Protect your assets from the Crown

Did you know in certain circumstances your goods and possessions (known as assets) can be passed to the Queen? In England and Wales, property which passes to the Crown is often referred to in the legal field as Bona Vacantia – a Latin word meaning “vacant goods”. The two main types of assets that commonly… Read more »