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How to help your children buy their first home?

  In 2020 the Bank of Mum and Dad supported more than half of first-time buyers under the age of 35 to buy their first home. As the cost of borrowing remains low with mortgage rates at an all time low many parents are providing on average £20,000 to help their children get on the…

M&A activity in the UK remains strong in 2021

As restrictions ease it has continued to be a busy period for commercial transactions. Following a record breaking Q1, the team advised clients on over £30m of transactions during Q2 and Q3. Transaction volumes in IT, Financial Services and Online retail sectors remained strong while manufacturing and hospitality sectors have increased in activity. The volume…

Mind the Cap

  The £86,000 cap on care liabilities is the centrepiece of the government’s long-awaited reform of adult social care funding in England, due to come into force in October 2023. Alongside the cap, the capital limits for care funding will be relaxed. What this means is that anyone whose assets, including their home where applicable, do…

UK surrogacy is on the rise

The number of parents having a baby using a surrogate in England and Wales has almost quadrupled in the last 10 years and with celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Tom Daley and the Kardashians all starting families by way of surrogacy this figure is set to rise. Whilst surrogacy has historically been linked to…

Peace of mind is just one thing you’ll gain from registering a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Peace of mind is just one thing you’ll gain from registering a Lasting Power of Attorney. As the Office of the Public Guardian reports a drop in applications to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) in 2020-21 due to social distancing measures making it difficult for people to complete the application, Private Client Solicitor Anne-Marie…

All change with the Trust Registration Service?

All change with the Trust Registration Service?   As part of the continuing global effort to enhance tax transparency, the EU passed The Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) in 2015. The Directive set out a requirement for Member States to establish a central trust register. Under these regulations, trustees of certain trusts were required to…

What happens if parents disagree over the vaccination of their children?

As Covid vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds are set to start in weeks’ across UK,  it is likely that some children who are offered the vaccine may be faced with parental opposition who do not wish their children to be vaccinated. So, what happens when there is a disagreement on whether a child should be…

Debt Recovery after Covid

Businesses and landlords across the country are still feeling the financial pressure of unpaid invoices and rent following the coronavirus pandemic. As life slowly starts to return to normal action needs to be taken now to secure payment of these debts. Senior Dispute Solicitor, John Osman discusses the options available to both landlords and businesses…

Do you truly know you client?

Establishing that your client is who they say they are, is important for many reasons, not just Anti-Money Laundering. Identifying a client can deter identity fraudsters as well as criminals and protect your business from a fine or your people from imprisonment. When you are given the client’s original identification (ID) to certify, what should…

The responsibilities and duties of a company director

The Companies Act 2006 imposes certain general duties on a director of a UK limited company. The aim of this guide us to provide directors with an overview of these fundamental duties. What is my role as a director? A company acts through two bodies of people – its shareholders and its board of directors….