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Digital assets – important considerations for those making a Will

13-12-2018 Written by admin 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. While it is common for a Will to include instructions on what should happen to a person’s […]

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Yorkshire leads the way as the North of England’s commercial property sector shows continued growth

14-12-2018 Written by admin 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. This marks a continuing trend whereby investors are looking to regional centres for better returns, with observers attributing this to the lower cost of doing business outside of the South East, a strong […]

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Four jailed over £2.4 million fraudulent carbon credit scheme

17-12-2018 Written by admin 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. Sandeep Dosanjh, James Lanston and Charanjit Sandhu had earlier admitted conspiring to make fraudulent sales through two companies, Harman Royce Ltd and Kendrick Zale Ltd between January […]

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Record donations made to charities in British Wills

18-11-2018 Written by admin Category: Estate Planning

Britons left over £3.1 billion to charities in their Wills according to new figures. The biggest beneficiaries were health and cancer charities, with the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK amongst the top five groups for donations made in Wills. Other organisations benefitting substantially included the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and […]

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Undervaluation of estates leads to rise in inheritance tax investigations

19-12-2018 Written by admin 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. Some accountancy professionals have put this down to HMRC’s decision to increasingly target estates where it is believed that residential property has been deliberately undervalued in the […]

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Former Tesco directors acquitted over fraud and false accounting

20-12-2018 Written by admin 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. Chris Bush, the former UK manager of Tesco, and John Scouler, who previously held the position of UK food commercial director with the supermarket chain, were acquitted after judge […]

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Power of Attorney refunds – more than £11 million paid out

05-02-2019 Written by admin 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. The Ministry of justice declared in February that people who put in place a Power of Attorney between […]

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Santander fined for ‘serious failings’ in probate process

05-02-2019 Written by admin 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 […]

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Former bosses of Barclays face trial over Qatar deals

05-02-2019 Written by admin 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 […]

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Confiscation caution (POCA)

06-02-2019 Written by admin Category: Financial Crime

Double digit rises in house values over the last decade has unintended consequences for individuals subject to confiscation orders: Introduction: It’s long been the case that the authorities, particularly the police, have pursued individuals by way of confiscation applications in accordance with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). It’s often said a to be […]

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