Tax rise

Death tax in England raises concernsSolicitors in Engkand have warned that a sharp rise in rise in probate fees will heap an extra logistical – as well as financial – burden on executors and families. Currently executors pay a flat fee of £215 for probate regardless of the size of the estate. Under new rules,…

Medical Negligence

New protections for NHS whistleblowers Jeremy Hunt is to announce new legal protections for NHS whistleblowers and the creation of an independent Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch that will provide a “safe space” to investigate hospital mistakes. He will also say that from April 2018, all hospital deaths will be independently reviewed. The new body will…

Copyright changes

Copyright changes will wrong-foot many The Times’ James Hurley discusses how a change in copyright law has wrong-footed manufacturers. The change, which brings Britain into line with European rules and could come into effect next month, will mean much stronger legal protection for the rights-holders of popular designs. Copyright protection for industrially produced designs will…

10 years Trust 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…

CHARITY APPEALS WILL CASE

WILLS REASONABLE PROVISION: Ilott v Mitson to go all the way to Supreme Court The charitable beneficiaries of the late Melita Jackson have obtained leave to go to the UK Supreme Court over the England & Wales Court of Appeal’s decision in Ilott v Mitson (2015 EWCA Civ 797). Mrs Jackson’s will was carefully drafted…

Mortgage,approvals rise

January mortgage approvals at two-year high New figures show that banks approved the highest number of mortgages in almost two years in January as investors sought to snap up properties before a tax on buy-to-let properties is due in April. The British Bankers’ Association said its members approved 47,509 loans for house purchase in January…

Trust fund fight

Siblings fight over father’s offshore fund A brother and sister are battling over a £3.2m fund set up by their father and held in Liechtenstein in order to protect the cash from a “repetition of the Holocaust”. David Hamilton left a £4.5m estate in addition to the assets held by the Rainbow Foundation, but Alan…

Talc damages

Cancer victim’s family wins £50m payout from Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson was yesterday ordered to pay $72m (£51m) to the family of a woman who claimed her ovarian cancer was caused by talcum powder. More than 1,000 people have sued the company over its talc-based products, but this was the first time it…

Fined for yapping dog

Mother contests “yapping dog” legal bill A mother facing a £30,000 legal bill because of the incessant yapping of her daughter’s dog is fighting the ruling in court. Kim Eacott’s terrier, Scally, barked constantly when her owner was out because of her ‘separation anxiety’, prompting her neighbours to take both her and her mother Angela…