201708.31

High Court Underlines Importance of Consistent Ministerial Decision-Making

Government ministers cannot be expected to know everything that civil servants are doing in their name. However, as one High Court ruling emphasised, it is vitally important that decisions that bear their signatures are reasonably consistent. The case concerned a planning permission that had been granted for 50 new homes in a rural village. The…

201708.25

Buying a Holiday Home Abroad? You Need Independent Legal Advice

When buying holiday homes abroad, it is absolutely vital to employ solicitors who are entirely independent of the vendors. One case that resoundingly proved the point concerned a development of luxury homes in Italy that was alleged to have been a money laundering front for the IRA and the mafia. Almost 200 UK and Irish…

201708.22

Debts? Going legal ? Read this first…

If you are in business, dealing with individuals who sometimes don’t pay, you may be thinking about “going legal“.  The County Court rules relating to debt claims are due to change in October 2017 and you must be aware of the new protocol to follow or the Court will impose sanctions. You can check out…

201708.22

Family Judges Must Give Clear Reasons for Life-Changing Decisions

Family judges make life-changing decisions for both children and adults on a daily basis, and it is fundamental that they give clear and intelligible reasons for their rulings. The Court of Appeal resoundingly made that point in a case concerning a mother who lost four of her children to adoption. The mother had eight children…

201708.22

Sick Pensioner Lacked Mental Capacity to Make a Valid Will

Those who delay making a professionally drafted will until they reach advanced old age are making a mistake for which their loved ones are likely to pay in the long run. In one case, a woman’s three children were left at loggerheads after she signed a new will bequeathing all that she had to just…