Key points to consider when negotiating your divorce settlement

March 27th 2019

By Julian Nelson Director and Head of Family Law One of the major tasks a couple face when they divorce is to decide on a fair financial settlement: how much should each partner get once their joint matrimonial assets are divided up? The courts will always try to ensure that both partners are treated fairly and will insist that they are honest about their finances and reasonable in their demands.…

Businesses learn from world champions M-Sport

March 22nd 2019

BUSINESS leaders from companies large and small were revved up when they attended a special event at the headquarters of World Rally Champions M-Sport. Experts shared best practice across a number of fields before delegates were given a tour of the company’s impressive headquarters. The event was the latest in a collaborative series organised by leading Cumbrian legal firm Cartmell Shepherd.  They partnered with insurance broker Jelf, as both companies…

Joanne Stronach considers recent case; 88-year-old becomes oldest person to win age discrimination claim

March 15th 2019

Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR considers the case of E Jolly, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.  An 88-year-old woman who was dismissed from her job with the NHS has become the oldest person in the UK to win an age discrimination claim. Eileen Jolly told the Employment Tribunal that she felt “humiliated and degraded” by the way she was treated by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Mrs…

New law caps tenancy deposits and regulates letting fees

March 11th 2019

By Laura Bright Solicitor  The Tenant Fees Act that caps tenancy deposits and protects against unfair practices has now received the Royal Assent and passes into law. The government introduced the new regulations because it believes that unexpected letting fees and high deposits can make properties harder for people to afford and are often not clearly explained upfront – leaving many prospective tenants unaware of the true costs of renting…

Court corrects costly tax error in family’s trust fund

March 8th 2019

By Claire Wilson Associate Solicitor The High Court has allowed a family to correct an error in a trust fund that would have had costly tax implications. The case arose out of financial arrangements outlined in the will of a man who died in 2015. He bequeathed £4.2m to be held on trust for the benefit of his widow and his children, with a class of discretionary beneficiaries comprising of…

Claire Wilson, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors

Probate fee increase

March 6th 2019

By Laura Wilson Following the death of an individual, in some circumstances it is necessary for the Personal Representatives (the people responsible for dealing with the Estate) to apply to the Court for a document known as a Grant of Probate (GoP) to allow them to obtain the deceased’s assets. Currently, the Court fee for obtaining the GoP is set at £155 if applying through a Solicitor or £215 for…

Laura Wilson, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors
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