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Recent pension changes have attracted much publicity. However you need to get proper advice before taking out money as it will potentially impact on the tax relief you will gain on future payments in.

According to a recent survey by the Co-Op, more than 94 per cent of all adults in the UK have an online account, yet only a quarter have put in place any mechanism for them to be dealt with after they die. With the average online asset value exceeding...
A property developer who lost a fortune when his bank pulled the plug and refused to finance his plans to build a luxury home within sight of the Gleneagles golf course will get his money back following a Supreme Court ruling . The developer bought a...
The Charity Commission has stressed that it is important for trustees of a charity to review regularly their charity's effectiveness, and it is especially important to review how it operates in changing or uncertain economic climates. No charity is immune to...
The recent confirmation by the Court of Appeal that maintenance payable to a woman by her ex-husband should be substantially reduced as he approached retirement is a reminder that the courts can exercise discretion when determining such matters. The former...
Disputes over what insurance policies do or do not cover are legion, and a recent survey carried out by the British Insurance Brokers' Association is a timely reminder of the risks of not knowing the scope and limitations of the insurance policies you buy. ...
The general rule in tax law is that for a trading loss to be set off against other income in order to reduce a tax liability, the trade which incurred the loss must have been carried on 'with a reasonable expectation of profit'. Although the agricultural...
Transferring title of your assets to your children may have advantages but is not without risks, as one businessman found out when his son's bankruptcy left the family's substantial buy-to-let property portfolio exposed to his offspring's creditors. The...
The Government is seeking views on the way in which consultation with employees where a business is facing insolvency, or has moved into an insolvency process, operates in order to see if outcomes for both employees and employers could be improved. The...
When a dependant of a person who dies finds that they have not been provided for in the will of the deceased, and it would be reasonable for them to expect to be, they can make a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and...
To regular renters of cars, the stylised 'e' in the logo of Europcar will be readily recognisable. With its brand reinforced by an extensive recent television advertising campaign, the Enterprise Rent-a-Car 'e' logo will also be familiar to many. The...
Regrettably, cases in which the behaviour of an attorney for someone who is elderly or infirm is cause for an enquiry – and often an intervention – by the Public Guardian are increasingly common. An attorney has the responsibility always to act...
Few disputes are as bitter as family disputes and the court is not normally the best place to settle them. A recent case shows how easy it can be for relations between family members to break down. A young couple's 'grand design' to restore a crumbling...
As anticipated, British Gas has lodged an appeal against the decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET) in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited and Others that the Working Time Regulations 1998 could be interpreted 'purposively' in order to achieve...
A recent Employment Tribunal (ET) case ( Insley v Accent Catering ) is a reminder of the importance of keeping workplace policies and procedures abreast of current innovations as well as developments in the law. The ban on smoking in pubs, restaurants and...
A man who received a significant gift from his father before he died but failed to declare it for inclusion on the Inheritance Tax (IHT) return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after his father's death has been fined £87,000 as a result. The estate...
Termination or assignment of commercial leases can have many pitfalls, so cases involving tenants who wish to, or do, vacate let premises abound in the courts. A recent case concerning what seemed like a straightforward assignment of a commercial lease...
Deeds of covenant over properties have been a frequent source of litigation over the years and a recent case demonstrates the wisdom of taking particular care to understand the scope and application of any covenants that apply to a property you are...
The relationship between public authorities and private individuals raises difficult and controversial data protection issues. There is much anxiety on the part of civil rights campaigners about the seemingly incessant desire of the state to retain more and...

Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams Limited had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of twenty Chinese representatives from development companies, government, architects and academia for a day of exploration and learning around the city.  Their purpose was to examine Bristol’s redeveloped post-industrial landscape, learn from the city’s experiences and gather ideas to help address issues facing China’s own urban regeneration.

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Recent pension changes have attracted much publicity. However you need to get proper advice before taking out money as it will potentially impact on the tax relief you will gain on future payments in.

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A property developer who lost a fortune when his bank pulled the plug and refused to finance his plans to build a luxury home within sight of the Gleneagles golf course will get his money back following a Supreme Court ruling . The developer bought a...
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Disputes over what insurance policies do or do not cover are legion, and a recent survey carried out by the British Insurance Brokers' Association is a timely reminder of the risks of not knowing the scope and limitations of the insurance policies you buy. ...
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The general rule in tax law is that for a trading loss to be set off against other income in order to reduce a tax liability, the trade which incurred the loss must have been carried on 'with a reasonable expectation of profit'. Although the agricultural...
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The Government is seeking views on the way in which consultation with employees where a business is facing insolvency, or has moved into an insolvency process, operates in order to see if outcomes for both employees and employers could be improved. The...
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To regular renters of cars, the stylised 'e' in the logo of Europcar will be readily recognisable. With its brand reinforced by an extensive recent television advertising campaign, the Enterprise Rent-a-Car 'e' logo will also be familiar to many. The...
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As anticipated, British Gas has lodged an appeal against the decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET) in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited and Others that the Working Time Regulations 1998 could be interpreted 'purposively' in order to achieve...
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A recent Employment Tribunal (ET) case ( Insley v Accent Catering ) is a reminder of the importance of keeping workplace policies and procedures abreast of current innovations as well as developments in the law. The ban on smoking in pubs, restaurants and...
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Termination or assignment of commercial leases can have many pitfalls, so cases involving tenants who wish to, or do, vacate let premises abound in the courts. A recent case concerning what seemed like a straightforward assignment of a commercial lease...
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Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams Limited had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of twenty Chinese representatives from development companies, government, architects and academia for a day of exploration and learning around the city.  Their purpose was to examine Bristol’s redeveloped post-industrial landscape, learn from the city’s experiences and gather ideas to help address issues facing China’s own urban regeneration.

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When a company's shares are sold and the business continues, it is usual for some form of warranty to be given with regard to the accuracy of any information provided to the purchaser. Sometimes there will be an 'earn out', which limits the risk to the...
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Under Section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 , employers have a duty to consult with appropriate representatives of employees concerning forthcoming redundancies if 20 or more employees are to be dismissed at one...
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Lidl has had an application to have 'Deluxe' registered as a Community Trade Mark rejected on the ground that it is not sufficiently distinctive in character to warrant trade mark protection. The trade mark itself emphasised the word 'deluxe': the...
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A former university research fellow, who claims that she was victimised by her bosses for making a sex discrimination complaint to an Employment Tribunal (ET), has had her hopes of compensation boosted by a Court of Appeal ruling ( Deer v University of...
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Under the Housing Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011 ), any deposit paid under an assured shorthold tenancy must be paid by the landlord into a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme and significant penalties may await landlords...
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There is a general rule that the loser pays the costs of a legal dispute. When an offer to settle a claim is made by a defendant, the legal costs of the person making the claim will be paid by the defendant if the case goes to court and the claimant is...
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VAT law is clear that when a supply is made as a single supply, the VAT rate which applies is that of the principal supply. However, sales frequently include items that carry different rates of VAT. If it favours them (i.e. leads to VAT becoming payable),...
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It is exceedingly difficult to patent computer programs, although the code of a program is subject to copyright. The reason for this is that Section 1 of the Patents Act 1977 does not allow patent protection for computer programs. In order for a...
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Residential landlords are reminded that since 1 December 2014, the Government has been carrying out a pilot scheme (currently only in parts of the Midlands) requiring checks to be made on the residency status of tenants and occupiers who have tenancy...
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A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision ( Serco Limited v Dahou ) serves as a reminder that an Employment Tribunal (ET) must not substitute its own view of what was an appropriate sanction, given the circumstances of the case in question, for...
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As the main contractor for major works on London Underground, electronics giant Siemens retained a subcontractor to install communications equipment at various stations. When the works did not progress as desired, a dispute arose between Siemens and the...
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When trading losses (as calculated for tax purposes) are made, there are several ways these can be used, but in all cases, if no other relief is given, the losses are carried forward to be deducted from the first available trading profits of the same trade...
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A company which failed to take adequate steps to secure its website against hackers has been hit with a £150,000 financial penalty after a malicious fraudster managed to download personal data relating to its customers, including more than a million...
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Background Many consumers feel that if they have a problem with a product or service they have bought, there are few options available to them. Going to court is simply not an option for the “average consumer”. Alternative Dispute Resolution...
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In a case which dealt with the issue of misuse of Twitter by an employee in the context of an unfair dismissal claim ( Game Retail Limited v Laws ), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) declined to give general guidance to assist with future decisions on...