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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pitfalls To Avoid In Contract Negotiations

A recent High Court decision in Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013] EWHC 2180 (QB) provides a classic example of why, when offering or negotiating a settlement of any dispute, it is important to add the words “subject to contract” to correspondence where it is intended that the settlement should not be considered binding until a […]

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The Formalities Of A Will

For a Will to be valid, the proper formalities set out in section 9 of the Will Act 1837 must be strictly complied with. Failure to do so can expose a testator’s Will to challenge and lead to expensive and time-consuming disputes. A valid Will must adhere to all of the following formalities: – It […]

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Changes To Capital Gains Tax On Residential Property

On 5th December 2013, the Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to capital gains tax (CGT) affecting second-home owners and overseas investors in UK property. CHANGES TO PRIVATE RESIDENCE RELIEF From 6th April 2014, an individual’s ‘final period exemption’ which applies to a property that has been a person’s private residence at some point in […]

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Mitchell V NGN: Zero-Tolerance In The Civil Courts

On 27 November 2013 the Court of Appeal considered how the courts should apply applications by parties for relief from sanctions imposed by the rules or by court orders in light of the Jackson reforms which came into force on 1 April 2013. The Jackson reforms are intended to reduce the cost of litigation and increase accessibility to […]

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