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  • Saturday 23rd April 2011

    Income splitting - another HMRC attack

    A recent case involving a ‘multiple shares’ company, in which different classes of shares were created, with different rights and varying dividends paid to the shareholders over time, illustrates the baleful look that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) gives to such schemes. A husband and ...

  • Friday 22nd April 2011

    Loss of light - demolition ordered of commercial property

    Loss of light can be a major irritation and the law provides two remedies where it occurs. The usual remedy is for the developer of the structure responsible for the loss of light to make a payment to the person whose property’s light is impaired. The other, less commonly used, ...

  • Thursday 21st April 2011

    To lease or to buy

    One of the biggest overheads facing many businesses is the cost of their premises. Business owners whose lease is about to expire should take stock and consider their options. The value of commercial property has taken a big hit in recent months, with some valuers quoting a 20 to 30% drop in ...

  • Wednesday 20th April 2011

    Don't get caught out with student rentals

    If you have children going to university this year then the costs of renting student accommodation can be a large financial outlay. You may also be asked to stand as guarantors for your children’s obligations. It can also prove expensive to have to cover the share of other ...

  • Tuesday 19th April 2011

    Five minutes with...Melissa Markham

    When did you join Gullands? December 2006 Describe a typical day for you? My days vary greatly depending on how many clients I have coming into the office and whether I need to go to court or not. Most of my time is taken up dealing with incoming post, advising clients over the ...

  • Monday 18th April 2011

    Carer jailed for £10,000 theft

    There have recently been reported in the press a spate of incidents involving the exploitation of vulnerable elderly people. In one such case, Stevenage care worker Jo-ann Tharle has been jailed for the theft of savings of more than £10,000 from an elderly man in her care. Ted Tyler, ...

  • Sunday 17th April 2011

    Divorced husband ordered to pay up after hidden share deal

    The Court of Appeal has ordered a divorced husband to pay an additional £481,000 in ancillary relief to his former wife, five years after the original divorce was settled, because he hid information about a profitable share ...

  • Friday 15th April 2011

    Council worker wins appeal in cut finger compensation case

    A council worker’s claim that gloves issued by his employer were inadequate to protect him from injury has been upheld by the Court of Appeal. Steven Threlfall was working for Hull City Council back in May 2006 when he sustained a serious cut to his left hand while clearing debris from ...

  • Thursday 14th April 2011

    Listed property

    There are over 17,000 listed buildings in Kent and many potential buyers are drawn to the charm of owning and living in a historic building, but there can also be problems associated with buying a listed property. Alan Williams, head of the residential property team at Gullands explains the ...

  • Wednesday 13th April 2011

    Agency Worker Regulations

    The Coalition Government has confirmed that although they had earmarked the Agency Workers Regulations for review, they will now leave them as made by the previous Government and they will take effect on 1 October 2011. The regulations implement European legislation which gives temporary agency ...

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