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06 February 2019 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Financial Crime

Double digit rises in house values over the last decade has unintended consequences for individuals subject to confiscation orders:

05 February 2019 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Financial Crime

The trial of four of the most senior bankers at Barclays began in one of the most high-profile cases to have reached court since the financial crash of 2008. John Varley, who was formerly the bank's chief executive, will appear alongside colleagues Tom Kalaris, Roger Jenkins and Richard Boath charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Mr Varley and Mr Jenkins are also charged with unlawful financial assistance over a deal struck with Qatar at the height of the financial crisis that prevented the bank from seeking a government bailout.

05 February 2019 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Financial Crime

Santander UK has been fined £32.8 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for holding on to millions of pounds in deceased customer accounts, in some cases for over two decades after their deaths. The FCA found the bank had failed to treat customers and their next of kin fairly by delaying or not completing the probate process, despite being informed that account holders had died.

05 February 2019 Written by Wilford Smith Category: News & Announcements

New figures have revealed that over £11 million has been refunded to people who registered a Lasting Power of Attorney in England and Wales, but many more may be due sums under a recently introduced government scheme.

20 December 2018 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Criminal Defence

Two former directors of Tesco have been cleared over accusations that they manipulated figures, resulting in the firm's profits being overstated by more than £250 million.

19 December 2018 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Estate Planning

Recent figures released by HM Revenue and Customs have shown that the number of investigations carried out concerning inheritance tax (IHT) avoidance in the UK has increased substantially.

18 December 2018 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Estate Planning

Britons left over £3.1 billion to charities in their Wills according to new figures.

17 December 2018 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Criminal Defence

Four men have been sentenced to over 12 years in prison for their part in a £2.4 million scheme involving the mis-selling of carbon credits to 130 investors.

14 December 2018 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Commercial Conveyancing

The commercial property sector in the North of England showed strong growth in the second quarter of 2018, new figures have revealed.

13 December 2018 Written by Wilford Smith Category: Estate Planning

People who are planning on making a Will, as well as those who already have one in place, are being encouraged to consider the importance of including their digital assets when it comes to planning for the future.

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