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  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Farming families welcome HMRC defeat

    On 21 May, HMRC was defeated in the long-running court case, HMRC v JN Hanson, concerning the charging of Inheritance Tax (IHT) on farmhouses where the farmhouse and farmland are not in common ownership. In the dispute, HMRC had argued that although the farmer, Mr Hanson, occupied both the house ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Gullands celebrates family team at Maidstone Museum

    Gullands held a spring drinks reception for more than 140 clients and friends of the firm at the Maidstone Museum on 8 May. Guests were given the opportunity to view the museum’s internationally acclaimed Japanese art collection and take an exclusive behind the scenes tour. The occasion ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Selling a farming business

    Deciding to sell a farming business may be a difficult decision for many farmers, but when no one in the family wants to take over running the farm there may be no other option. What is the best way, therefore, to approach selling your farm? If you have explored all the options and decided that ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Adverse Possession

    A successful claim for adverse possession will enable a person to acquire ownership of land or property, which did not formerly belong to them, without having to purchase that land or property. Instantly, one may think of squatters and the various high profile cases that have been reported in the ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Prest ruling a 'welcome relief'

    The eagerly awaited outcome in a landmark divorce case came for many family lawyers in June as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Mrs Yasmin Prest in the landmark Prest v Petrodel Resources divorce case. To the relief of many family law practitioners, the ruling, which reversed a Court of Appeal ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Revisiting Divorce Settlements

    There is often confusion over the difference between obtaining a divorce and a settlement resolving financial issues following the collapse of a marriage. Dale Vince, new aged traveller turned eco-millionaire and CEO of Ecotricity, quickly learnt this fact when, in December 2010, his ex-wife, ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Making a Thoroughly Modern Maidstone

    On Thursday 20 June, Gullands Solicitors hosted the "Thoroughly Modern Maidstone" Breakfast Seminar, at Maidstone United Football Club’s new Gallagher Stadium. Over 40 representatives from the local business community gathered to share ideas and discuss the rejuvenation and future ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    Gullands VP Lounge

    Fans of Maidstone United Football Club may be lucky enough to be invited to watch the game from the comfort of the box in the main stand - now named the Gullands VP Lounge. The Gullands VP Lounge has a fantastic view of the pitch and more importantly for those chilly winter games is fully enclosed ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    How to 'pop-up' in the High Street

    With Government efforts to reduce the number of vacant shops and to breathe new life into Britain’s high streets, the introduction of new rules concerning the use of high street premises has led to pop-up shops quickly becoming a retail trend. The new legislation means that current uses for ...

  • Friday 16th August 2013

    New heritage legislation to slash the red tape in making alterations to listed buildings

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, enacted by Parliament on 25 April 2013, has brought about new heritage legislation that will simplify the lengthy, and often tedious, process of making alterations to listed buildings. The key heritage changes, based upon ideas originally outlined in ...

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