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01 Feb 2018

Rational and fair bequests are almost never overturned by the courts and that is one good reason why you should seek legal advice before making a will. In one case on point, a farmer’s...

31 Jan 2018

Are so called ‘casual’ staff entitled to the panoply of rights afforded to ‘workers’ by the ...

31 Jan 2018

In a case that stands as a warning to residential landlords that planning laws must be complied with, a man who subdivided a single family home into 10 self-contained flats without permission was...

30 Jan 2018

Companies that provide services to the public have a duty to look out for the safety of their customers. However, in an important decision concerning a railway accident, the Court of Appeal has...

30 Jan 2018

When buying a company, professional advice is always absolutely necessary so that you have a full understanding of exactly what you are taking on. In one case that proved the point, the purchaser...

29 Jan 2018

Estimates of how many new homes will be needed in particular areas over years to come are inevitably inexact and are a constant bone of contention between local authorities and housing developers...

26 Jan 2018

An art dealer has won a $10 million commission following the sale of a Paul Gaugain masterpiece – but had he taken legal advice at the outset and signed a written contract, he might well...

25 Jan 2018

There are tax and other advantages in using European, rather than domestic, law mechanisms when seeking approval for cross-border corporate mergers and, as one case showed, judges are alert to the...

24 Jan 2018

Judges do not flinch from enforcing contracts for the sale of land and that is a good reason why you should never sign on the dotted line before taking legal advice. In a cautionary tale that...

23 Jan 2018

In what will be viewed as a serious blow to the crowdfunding community, a tribunal has ruled that a company that obtained venture capital to finance a pioneering trip to the moon was liable to pay...

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