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Woman removed as executor of her father’s will

A woman has lost her appeal against being removed as an executor of her father’s will following a dispute with her brother. The case involved a father who died in 2008. He was survived by his daughter and son who were the executors and beneficiaries of his will. There were difficulties between the two of them and by February 2013, there had been no grant of probate – the process …Read More

Government publishes set of measures to boost housing market

The government has published a set of measures designed to boost the housing market and increase the number of homes to buy or rent. It’s hoped the proposals will remove some of the obstacles faced by local authorities and developers that prevent housing projects going ahead. The reforms are set out in the Housing White Paper. These are some of the main areas covered: Getting the right homes built in …Read More

Several changes to employment law came into effect on 1 April.

Apprenticeship Levy Employers with payrolls of £3m and above now have to pay a levy of 0.5% of their pay bill to help fund 3 million additional apprenticeships over the next five years. The aim is to increase job opportunities for people aged between 16 and 24. The annual pay bill is defined as comprising of total payments to employees that are subject to Class 1 secondary National Insurance Contributions. …Read More

Starter homes to be sold to first-time buyers at 20% discount

The government has announced plans to build thousands of starter homes on brownfield sites across the country. They will be built exclusively for first-time buyers between 23 and 40 years old and sold at a discount of at least 20% below market value. The scheme will be run by the Homes and Communities agency in a series of partnerships with local authorities. The first wave of 30 partnerships – selected …Read More

Husband wins appeal against divorce payments to former wife

A husband has won his appeal against financial remedy orders involving payments to his former wife after the court proceedings were held to be unfair. The case involved a husband and wife who had been financially supported by the husband’s extended family. After their divorce they became estranged from the family. The husband moved to Pakistan and did not attend the financial remedy hearings in the divorce proceedings. His attendance …Read More

Plumber wins ‘worker’s rights’ claim against employer

A plumber who carried out jobs on behalf of a plumbing company should be classed as a “worker” under the Employment Rights Act, not a self-employed contractor. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a high profile case involving Pimlico Plumbers and one of its operatives, Gary Smith. Mr Smith carried out plumbing work for the company between August 2005 and April 2011. He complained that, following …Read More

Droit de la famille

Chez Bates Solicitors, nous savons que votre priorité est d’obtenir une solution rapide, pratique et viable. Mme Bataillard-Samuel est avocate senior spécialisée dans le droit de la famille et qualifiée dans le domaine du droit collaboratif. Elle est bilingue en français et en anglais.