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Bellevue Law grows with new hire to private client offering

Bellevue Law has welcomed private client specialist Penelope Samuels, who will join Harriet Atkinson on the firm’s specialist wills, probate and estate administration team. Penelope joins from her previous role as a solicitor at SA

A pension specialist has urged the next government to scrap ineffective tax relief and NICs rebates on pension contributions, and replace it with savings-based bonuses paid independent of tax-paying status. A paper published, by the

The University of Exeter has published its report on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) into the causes of different levels of attainment for ethnic groups in legal professional assessments. Findings show that there

Gifts in wills and in-memory giving consultancy group Legacy Futures have announced that it has made the first financial investment from its new Innovation Fund into technology platform SenseCheck. Launched in early 2023, SenseCheck is

The Dispute Resolution team at a leading legal firm has been named as a finalist in the Northern Law Awards. The team from Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors has been shortlisted in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution

probate

The sudden announcement of the General Election abruptly halted the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the delays faced by users of the Probate Courts (HMCTS) in England and Wales. In a published letter, it was highlighted

CMA praises advancements in legal sector, but more can be done

The Society of Will Writers Professional Standards Board has submitted their response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s consultation on draft guidance for unregulated legal services providers and have said that they are “concerned” that

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The England and Wales High Court (EWHC) has upheld Masudur Rahman’s claim that his friend, Al-Hasib Al Mahmood, transferred all his UK assets to him shortly before his death during a COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

Kings Court Trust Offers Industry Professionals Financial Support

The Estate Registry has acquired Settld, the Sunderland-based death notification business designed to create a more consumer focused solution for those tasked with estate administration. The Estate Registry provides a range of technology services, including

Don’t Miss Out On Stamp Duty Savings With Inheritance Advance

Stamp duty should be eliminated for individuals over 75 to encourage downsizing and make more family homes available for younger buyers, according to Will Bax, CEO of Retirement Villages Group. England’s property transaction tax acts

National Paralegal Awards 2022

Now in its sixth year, the National Paralegal Awards, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) opens for entries today, celebrating the very best paralegals across the UK and the businesses that support

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A will made by 74-year-old Philip Price just three weeks before his death in 2019 has been upheld by the England and Wales High Court (EWHC), dismissing a challenge from Barbara Watts, a woman who

Are increasing probate applications affecting backlogs?

As the UK general election approaches, significant concerns have been raised about the persistent issues at the probate registry. Justice Committee Chair Sir Robert Neill KC MP acknowledged the consensus among witnesses that staff levels

Cyber scams on firms Increase by 31% during pandemic

As the general election approaches, cyber security specialist Craig Campbell has issued a warning about a surge in scams targeting the public. Historically, significant political events have been fertile ground for cybercriminals, and this year’s

The Law Society of England and Wales’ Money Laundering Task Force has taken on a new name as the Economic Crime Task Force, to reflect its current scope and role. The Economic Crime Task Force

HiveRisk and Legally Speaking Podcast are hosting The Great Big Legal Offsite (GBLO), an event designed to explore new opportunities for small to mid-sized law firms across the UK. Taking place at Ribby Hall Village

A partner at a leading Northumberland law firm is once again working for the company where he trained following a recent amalgamation. Simon Jewitt’s legal career began as a trainee solicitor at Cumbria-based law firm

Blackhurst Budd has announced that Suzanne Leonard will take on the role of Head of Private Client at the firm from 1st June. Suzanne has worked in private practice since 2003. She became a Chartered

The LSB write with regard to the LSB’s review of the SRA’s regulation of SSB Group Limited. They have engaged an independent firm of solicitors, Carson McDowell LLP, to carry out an independent review on

abolish Inheritance Tax

HM Revenue and Customs figures today revealed that Inheritance Tax receipts for April 2024 were £700million, which is £85million or 7.2% higher than the same month last year. Laura Hayward, Tax Partner at professional services

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