Sick of breakfast networking?

Chances are you started your business because you either love what you do, or you felt that you could make a difference to your prospective customers. Probably without considering the lure of cold bacon, warm orange juice and a room full of strangers at 8am. Networking is great, if only you can predict how many […]

‘Handsy’ colleagues and ‘boozy’ events: Where is the line?

The legal sector is changing. 100 years on from Carrie Morrison’s qualification as the first female solicitor, women now make up 53% of practising solicitors and 69% of applicants to law schools. The profession is made up of different races, religions, ages, genders, sexes; it welcomes the disabled and champions the neurodiverse. However, as is […]

Cross-border estates: Estate planning for European assets

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It’s crucial that European assets are accounted for during estate planning. However, there is often a great deal of confusion about incorporating these assets into a Will. To help answer your clients’ frequently asked questions on the topic, Kings Court Trust’s latest blog covers: Is a foreign Will required for European property and assets? Do […]

High Court upholds ‘ingenious’ witnessing of will via car window

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The England and Wales High Court has upheld the witnessing of a will through a car window in the early days of the pandemic. His Honour Judge Tindal found that Stanley, the 90-year-old testator, had the mental capacity to make the will and several other wills in the preceding years despite a diagnosis of dementia. […]

Inheritance tax receipts continue upwards trend into new financial year

Inheritance tax (IHT) receipts continued their record-breaking upwards trend into the new financial year, data released this week by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed. According to figures for April 2023, receipts during the month totalled £597 million– some £90 million higher than the same period only a year earlier. This follows a 2022/23 […]

British Wills and Probate Awards 2023: Entry deadline closing in

Friday 7th July – now just six weeks away – marks the deadline for entries to the British Wills and Probate Awards 2023, with final submissions due by Friday 14th July. The event is set to take place at a brand new venue, Manchester’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, on Wednesday 11th October 2023. The awards – now […]

Under a third of pension fraud reports investigated by police – study

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Following the announcement that the government has launched a fresh plan to tackle fraud, new figures show that just 29% of pension fraud reports are sent for police investigation on average. The figures, obtained by Quilter, the financial adviser and wealth manager, from a freedom of information request demonstrate that over the last eight years […]