More than 120,000 first-time home buyers have saved a total of £284m because of the cuts to stamp duty introduced last November, according to government figures. The first £300,000 of the price of a property is now exempt from tax for people entering the housing market for the first time. It means that the new stamp duty cost for first-time buyers is: • properties up £300k, no stamp duty • properties between …Read More
A wealthy businessman has left millions to the charity Oxfam after inserting a common tragedy clause into his will. Richard Cousins died along with his two sons, his fiancé and her daughter when their plane crashed in Australia on New Year’s Eve. Mr Cousins, who was the chief executive of the Compass Group, had made provision in his will for what should happened if all his immediate family died in …Read More
The quintessentially bucolic Cricket Green is once again the centre stage for the annual Hartley Wintney Pram Race 2018. Bates Solicitors are delighted to once again sponsor this popular village event.
The National Landlord’s Association (NLA) has criticised government proposals to introduce 3-year minimum tenancies. Ministers say 3-year tenancy terms, with a 6-month break clause
The High Court has settled a dispute between two brothers after one accused the other of using undue influence to persuade their mother to leave him her house in her will. The case involved an elderly woman who moved in with her son after her husband died. However, she later wanted to move back to her own home in Cornwall. The house needed significant repairs, so she decided to transfer …Read More
Barclays bank has been held liable for sexual assaults committed by a doctor it hired to carry out medical examinations on employees.
Landlords must consult tenants over service charges for work carried out on their homes but how far does that obligation go? The Court of Appeal provided a useful insight in a recent case involving property company Reedbase Ltd and some of its tenants. An asphalt roof needed to be repaired, which involved removing tiles. Some of the tiles were in poor condition and the landlord proposed to replace them all. …Read More
A woman who was dismissed amid confusion over whether two of her male colleagues had mistakenly drunk some of her cystitis medication has been awarded £19,000 compensation
An engineer who was dismissed after his employer monitored his emails has won his appeal that his right to privacy had been breached.
A woman who was told that she would be better off working for a more traditional firm has won her claim of age discrimination.