When talking the talk may mean walking the walk

Negotiating contracts looks set to be tougher in future, with the news that clauses that require any changes to be made in writing and agreed by all the parties may not hold water.  Anti-oral variation clauses often feature in both commercial agreements and employment contracts, but until now there have been conflicting decisions over enforcement.…

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When the wheel comes off a free-style holiday

When the sun shines at home, our thoughts often turn to holidays abroad.  And when it’s so easy to book online, the attraction is to create a trip that’s unique.  Certainly, the choice is huge, with Airbnb alone reporting over 2m listings on their peer-to-peer accommodation sharing network, in 34,000 cities across 191 countries, including…

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The devilish detail on Inheritance Tax

By inheritance tax specialist Nicholas Manning with Stephen Rimmer LLP When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer’s Budget speech, the move had been much anticipated. But rather than simply raising the tax-free threshold for everyone, he announced a new allowance specifically for those who own their home and want…

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Divorce – Do We Face Changing Times Ahead?

Currently the Court system in England and Wales does not recognise a non-fault based divorce system unless parties have been separated for a period of 2 years or more.  As it currently stands, a Petitioner must demonstrate to the Court that the marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down due to either the Respondent’s…

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The harsh reality of not getting on well with your ex

John Stebbing, partner of Stephen Rimmer LLP, conducted an interview with the Alternative Divorce Directory, on the difficulties of divorce when there is no cordial relationship between both parties in divorce. Particular reference was made to the children involved in the proceedings, and the desire for both parents to retain contact with their children.