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  • EHL Conveyancing Team
    Equity Release – An Easy Retirement Option?
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    Equity Release – what is it?   An equity release scheme allows for individuals who may be at the point of retirement, or approaching the requisite age, to free up money from their property. Predominantly, an equity release will appeal to those who may be asset rich but cash poor. In simple terms, the process… Learn more

  • EHL Wills Team
    Foreign Property and the power to sell.
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    With increasing numbers of people purchasing foreign property it is important to remember what legal issues need addressing when buying the property over and above the usual matters relating to the purchase. Many buy property overseas for retirement purposes with the intention of returning to the UK. It is essential to take legal advice in… Learn more

  • Rebecca Gunn - Residential Conveyancing
    Is property the new pension?
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    Britons are turning their backs on pensions and investing for their retirement by renting out or selling their property. One in 20 intend to sell their home to fund their retirement. 5 million people across the UK plan to sell or rent out their property to fund their retirement, according to Barings. People are living… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    A Matter of Trust – Foreign Assets
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    Foreign Assets  the third in my brief sequence of Blogs, relating to Trusts. I start with the assumption that one spouse is a potential beneficiary under a discretionary trust and the other is not. How do they keep up some semblance of their lifestyle if they are cut off from the trust ? In a… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Businesses hit by cold weather at the beginning of 2013
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    B&Q owner Kingfisher has announced a first quarter (2013) profit drop of 30% against last year.  In particular B&Q saw an overall 5.6% profit drop with a 10% profit drop in outdoor sales. Kingfisher says the downturn in sales relates to the adverse weather earlier in the year.  Kingfisher’s concern is shared across the UK… Learn more

  • Leanne Hathaway - Tax and Trusts
    UNDISCLOSED OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS: the tax net is closing
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      HMRC is working closely with other jurisdictions to obtain details of offshore bank accounts held by UK citizens.  The most recent announcements have been in respect of accounts in the Isle of Man, Jersey & Guernsey.  There is also a key date looming in respect of accounts held in Switzerland which, if not disclosed… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Cold Weather Damages Small Businesses
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    The UK seems to be turning the corner away from recording breaking cold spring cold weather but there is a tangible effect of this extended cold snap on small to medium sized businesses across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Loughborough region.   The Federation of Small Businesses has presented estimated figures that around £174m has been… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Legal Aid Cuts Increase Demand on Student Advice
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        With more and more people finding themselves without recourse to public funds to help with their legal problems, universities are reporting increased demand on their advice clinics.   With the success of the student Pro Bono movement in the US, many UK universities are offering free legal advice clinics, supervised by qualified lawyers…. Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Increase in Employment Vacancies
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    The BBC is reporting a 19 month high in employment vacancies opening up in the UK and it is hoped these vacancies are a sign the economy will see a continued increase in activity that may drive the country out of a difficult economic climate. The 19 month high comes as a result of 3… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Does Greek yoghurt have to come from Greece?
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    The High Court passed judgment on whether yoghurt has to be made in Greece to be labelled as ‘Greek yoghurt’. Until 2012 market leaders Fage UK, who make Total yoghurt, accounted for over 95% of UK sales of products labelled as Greek yoghurt. In September 2012, New York company Chobani brought their range of ‘Greek’ yoghurt to… Learn more


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