Irwin Mitchell combines with Scottish law firm

Irwin Mitchell has announced it will combine with Scotland-based law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie in an effort to strengthen its presence north of the border. The two firms working in collaboration will provide a

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The coming week (11th – 17th September) marks the beginning of Remember A Charity Week which will see all things charitable legacies take centre stage. Taking place every September, Remember A Charity Week is described

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The public has been warned of the dangers of “cowboy” will writers by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) following the publication of its new report on the unregulated will writing sector. According

Financial gifts from family members are now supporting a third of property transactions, new research from Legal & General has found. This is expected to total some 318,400 transactions by the end of 2023, a

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The children of a “cruel and spiteful” property tycoon have failed in challenging their father’s £6 million will after the man, who once hired a hitman to kill his wife, cut them out of his

The government’s inheritance tax (IHT) take is “on course to break new records” as HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) receipts continue to soar, it has been suggested. New figures published by the government this week

SRA regulation of CILEX lawyers risks confusing consumers when trying to choose the right legal services, the Law Society of England and Wales has said. This comes in response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

An option for attendees to book seating at an alcohol-free table has seen a legal awards ceremony gain plaudits from thousands of users on LinkedIn. The British Wills and Probate Awards, hosted by Today’s Media,

Salaries for lawyers who moved firms last year increased by three times as much as those for lawyers who stayed loyal to their firms, according to new research by legal recruitment consultancy Realm Recruit. As

Probate application delays remained the order of the day in June with applications taking an average of nearly four months, new data has revealed. Specifically, the timeliness between submission and grant for all probate applications

National law firm Irwin Mitchell has announced that its Group Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Tucker, passed away last Wednesday following an “unexpected illness”. Tucker had been part of Irwin Mitchell for nearly 40 years, joining

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A London law firm has announced the integration of sign language and video relay into its provision of legal services, something it describes as “a first for law firms globally”. Culver Law specialises in tax

Aspiring solicitors should be paid £23,122 outside of London and £26,068 in London for qualifying work experience (QWE) for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) or during their training contract, the Law Society of England and

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Following the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) decision to launch an investigation into unregulated legal services, the feeling from within the industry is – somewhat predictably – mixed. One of the CMA’s focuses is will

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A “home loan” scheme designed to avoid inheritance tax (IHT) saw the executors of the estate narrowly miss incurring a double IHT charge following a recent challenge by HM Revenue & Customs. The deceased, Leslie

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The director of a now dissolved will writing firm described as a “serial scammer” is finally set to appear in court to face fraud charges. Alana Benson will be joined by six other defendants relating

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The government has issued a reminder to bereaved parents that those who lost their partner between 9th April 2001 and 8th February 2023 may be eligible for backdated government payments. This comes after Bereavement Support

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It is “unlikely” that lasting power of attorney (LPA) application timescales will return to eight weeks anytime soon, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has said. Speaking during a meeting with industry body the

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Will writing and pre-paid probate are the focus of a new review into unregulated legal services, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced. The review comes amidst concerns that not all providers are complying

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The number of UK deaths resulting in an inheritance tax (IHT) charge increased by 17% to 27,000 estates in the tax year 2020-21 from the previous period, new data released by HM Revenue & Customs

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