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What is a Part 36 offer? A lesson from Hugh Grant.

British actor Hugh Grant recently made headlines not for his on-screen performances, but for his privacy case against the Sun newspaper. Although Hugh fancied his chances in Court, he walked away from the matter and settled the claim for an ‘enormous’ amount – but why? Hugh took to X (formerly Twitter) to explain, but we […]

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My landlord hasn’t returned my deposit, what can I do?

If your deposit is protected by a scheme. Within 30 days of receiving your deposit, your landlord must put your deposit in a government-approved tenancy deposit scheme (“TPD”) if you rent your home on an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 April 2007. The three available TPD’s are: Your landlord should have informed you […]

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The extension to Agricultural Property Relief

Agricultural Property Relief (APR) is an important Inheritance Tax (IHT) relief which operates by reducing the agricultural value of agricultural property, either by 100% or 50%, provided certain criteria are met. APR can be applied to reduce the value of lifetime transfers, transfers on death and charges arising on discretionary trusts. Following a government consultation […]

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What can you do if a commercial tenant stops paying rent?

What can you do if a commercial tenant stops paying rent? Forfeiture for non-payment of rent can be the quickest, cheapest, and most effective means of securing payment of rent arrears or gaining possession of the property. That being said, forfeiture is complex and unless it is done correctly, it could lead to a claim […]

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Can I purchase a house without viewing?

A comprehensive guide to purchasing a house without viewing in the UK Owning a property is a significant milestone, and the process usually involves a great deal of planning and research. However, in some cases, you may find yourself considering purchasing a house without viewing it first. While this may seem daunting, it is a […]

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Can you dispute the terms of a Trust?

Should discriminatory wishes be honoured following a person’s death?  If you make a trust to benefit others, either in your Will or during your lifetime, you expect the trustees to carry out the terms of the trust or follow your wishes.   However, the case of Representation of Zedra Trust Company (Suisse) SA re C and […]

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Mercers Lifetime Lawyers

At Mercers we have a number of Private Client Solicitors who are accredited members of Solicitors For the Elderly (SFE), which this month became The Association of Lifetime Lawyers (TALL). Rebranding from SFE to TALL was thought important as advice previously considered pertinent to older clients, has become equally valuable to our younger clients.  Lifetime […]

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Will forgery – the case of Fraser v Khawaja

Forgery of signatures presents persistent challenges in the legal sector, particularly when they involve the authenticity of a will. The 2023 case, Fraser v Khawaja [2023] EWHC 3143, serves as a striking illustration of such challenges, showcasing the pivotal role of the court in navigating contentious probate disputes. The case highlights the seriousness of will […]

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed – Not just a gardener’s nightmare. Japanese Knotweed is classified as a highly invasive, fast-growing plant that poses a significant risk of property damage. If left untreated, it can exploit weaknesses in such things as brick, tarmac and metal piping. It has the capability to regrow from cuttings as small as 2mm and […]

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Mediation – What is it and why is it important?

What is mediation? Mediation is a facilitated negotiation process in which disputing parties seek the assistance of a neutral third party, referred to as the mediator, to resolve their conflict. The mediator is chosen by all parties involved and remains impartial throughout the process. Their responsibility is to steer discussions and facilitate a resolution that […]

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Common Myths about Inheritance Tax Planning : Busting the Misconceptions

Inheritance Tax planning is a crucial aspect of financial management, yet it is often shrouded in misconceptions and myths. As the New Year begins, it’s an opportune time to debunk these common misunderstandings and shed light on the realities of effective Inheritance Tax planning. In this article, we’ll address and dispel some of the prevalent […]

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