Month: November 2016

Firms & People

Solicitor firms join forces to offer national equity release advice

Following on from Key Retirement’s call for more conveyancing firms to provide specialist equity release services, six law firms have stepped into the ring to offer independent legal advice in this growth market. Midlands-based Martin Kaye Solicitors has joined forces with BPL, Shakespeare Martineau, Gordon Brown, Glanvilles and Cavendish Law to offer a nationwide equity […]Read More


Dates for your diary 2017

To help you arrange your diary for the remainder of the year, we are pleased to announce the following Training Courses for 2017: Countrywide Estate Planning Course Part One 2 Day Foundation Course, Will Writing, Estate Planning & LPA Drafting The essential guide to the basics of Will Writing, Estate Planning and LPA Drafting. Providing […]Read More


Dignity retained as trading update beats predictions

Delivering its third quarterly trading update of 2016 was Dignity plc (Dignity or the Group), the UK’s only listed funeral related service provider. The current figures have been driven by the increased number of deaths in the second and third quarters and are slightly ahead of the Board’s expectations. In the third quarter, the underlying […]Read More


Transferable nil-rate band shouldn’t be passed up

For tax-planning purposes, the development of the residence nil-rate band (RNRB) legislation has been of high significance. The main legislation is located is within the Finance (No.2) Act 2015 and the more recent 2016 Finance Act outlines the latest downsizing provisions. The new tax-free band is scheduled to come into force on April 2017 and […]Read More

Firms & People

Anderson Strathern enhance Private Client Team

As Scotland’s second largest private client practice with a team of over 50, Anderson Strathern has offices across Edinburgh, Glasgow and East Lothian. Highlighting its appetite for acquisitions, the firm states it will continue to invest “significantly” in its private client practice, as issues such as Scottish Independence and Brexit impact wealthy clients. The firm […]Read More

Firms & People

Tax and trust specialist relocates to strengthen expanding team

Nelsons Solicitors’ wills and probate team in Leicester has been strengthened by the addition of associate Helen Salisbury, who joins the team from the firm’s Derby office. Helen specialises in inheritance tax, trust creation and trust administration and has assisted partners in her team on multi-million pound estate administrations as well as conducting complicated discussions […]Read More


Rising demand to cash in final salary pensions

A clear demand to cash in defined benefit pension schemes has been observed, following the introduction of pension freedoms. The sudden spike in those seeking to bank their final salaries is at a time where the value of transfers is at an all-time high. Starting at age 65, a member of the defined benefit (DB) […]Read More