JPHLAW in Will challenge

JPHLAW has been instructed on behalf of the current residuary beneficiaries on intestacy in an estate . The proceeds related to the alleged professional negligence of the testator’s solicitors . The plaintiff alleged that the will was prepared negligently by the solicitor for the deceased testator . Our brief as directed by the court is…

Fined for texting

Petextrians in New Jersey face fine for distracted walking Legislators in New Jersey are proposing a ban on texting while walking, which would require pedestrians to use hands-free devices or face a $50 fine. Pamela Lampitt, who proposed the law, said: “Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on…

Doctor struck off

Doctor struck off for shaken baby evidenceThe Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has struck off a doctor who disputed the existence of shaken baby syndrome for giving “misleading and dishonest” evidence in court. Dr Waney Squier was erased from the medical register for misleading courts in cases where parents were accused of killing their children DNDLAW…

Claims Comonaies criticised

new rules for all non-listed UK companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) taking effect from April 6th. The PSC Register will require such entities to have in place a publicly available register of any individuals or registerable companies with significant direct or indirect control over the business. Criminal sanctions apply for non-compliance including fines and/or…

Demand for tougher rules on claims management firms A study by Axa Insurance claims the public is being bombarded with more than 12m nuisance calls every day, fuelled by claims management companies. Despite a Government ban on referral fees and a crackdown on data protection breaches, the report says that the “scourge of cold calls…

Sugar tax litigation

Soft drink giants could sue over sugar tax Coca-Cola and other drink makers could sue the government through the European courts in response to George Osborne’s new sugar tax. Industry bosses are drawing up plans for a legal challenge after the Chancellor announced the levy on sugary drinks. Industry bosses claim the tax is discriminatory…

SDLT Changes

Stamp taxes measures announced in the budget17 March 2016 HMRC has summarised the changes to stamp taxes further to the announcement of the chancellor’s budget. SDLT: Non-residential rates and bands The government will introduce new rules to calculate stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on purchases of non-residential property which complete on or after 17 March…

SDLT timing 

BUDGET: Property taxes must be paid quickly Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on commercial property is being moved to a graduated rather than ‘slab’ system, mirroring the change made last year to SDLT on residential property. The top rate is being increased from 4 to 5 per cent on transactions above GBP250,000. From 1 April…

Budget property tax

Osborne unveils property measuresThe Chancellor has set out plans to target property tycoons whose profits are shifted to tax shelters such as Guernsey and Jersey to avoid full UK tax, with HMRC launching a task force to crack down on offshore property developers. It will target anyone based outside the UK trading in and developing…

Trusts anniversary 

TRUSTS: Ten-year anniversary of 2006 Finance Act requires trustees to check tax position This month sees the ten-year anniversary of the major changes in trust taxation introduced in the 2006 Finance Act. Many ‘relevant property’ trusts created after 22 March 2006 will for the first time have reporting obligations and potential inheritance tax liabilities under…