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Court outlines the meaning of ‘deathbed gifts’ in inheritance cases

June 1st 2021

The High Court has provided some useful guidelines on what is required for a person’s statements to be legally classed as ‘deathbed gifts’ in inheritance cases. David Tew Associate Solicitor provides an update The court was asked to determine the proper distribution of the estate of a married couple. The wife died in January 2019 of cancer and the husband died of a heart attack shortly after in May 2019.…

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Law firm invests in its staff with raft of promotions to key positions

April 21st 2021

A LEADING legal firm has recognised the achievements of its team by promoting several members of staff to key positions. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors has made the appointments as part of its expansion plans which have continued throughout the pandemic. The 11 internal promotions include the appointment of Katherine Pretswell-Walker to the firm’s board of directors. Six new Senior Associates have also been created, along with four Associate Solicitors. Peter Stafford,…

Leading legal firm launches nationwide wills dispute service

October 20th 2020

A LEADING legal firm is maximising its expertise by branching out to offer a specialist wills dispute service nationwide. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, the only legal firm in Cumbria to be a member of the innovative UK200Group, has launched a wills dispute resolution website. Peter Stafford, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ managing director, explained why the firm, which has traditionally concentrated on mainly serving communities across Cumbria and Northumberland, has made the move…

Court resolves dispute between partners in restaurant business

October 19th 2020

The High Court has settled a dispute between two partners who had worked together for many years in a restaurant business. By David Tew Solicitor Tariq Mahmood Malik and Mahboob Hussain Junior had opened a restaurant known as the “Nawaab” in 2003. They were equal joint owners of the property in which it was situated and equal joint shareholders in the company through which it was run (the Stockport Road…

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Businessman ordered to repay more than £5m to former partner

August 4th 2020

By David Tew Solicitor in Dispute Resolution. A businessman who misappropriated large sums of money from his company has been ordered to refund more than £5 million to his former partner. The case involved Ashank Patel and Mohammad Babar Iqbal, who had been partners in a property development business. After some of the projects suffered delays due to cashflow problems, Patel discovered that Iqbal had been misappropriating funds from the…

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Corporate insolvency bill to ease pressure on businesses during Covid-19

June 11th 2020

The government has published its new bill designed to relieve the pressure on businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. David Tew Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Team provides an update. It’s hoped the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will ease some of the pressures posed by the threat of reduced trading and allow directors to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate. The Bill will: introduce temporary easements on…

Access to help for Businesses – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 19th 2020

Following on from the Budget and the announcement this week from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Government has announced a package of measures to help businesses deal with the coronavirus. The help available is in a number of forms: – Business rates reductions, and grants for businesses who have low rate bills – Extending statutory sick pay (SSP), and allowing employers to reclaim it. – More scope for deferring…

Business owners urged to take six steps to limit coronavirus risk to their operations

March 13th 2020

Amid all the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak business owners may feel their fate isn’t in their own hands – but in fact there’s lots that they can do to help them take control. “These are uncertain times. No-one knows exactly how this is going to play out. But there are certain things you can do to protect your business,” said David Tew, a dispute resolution specialist with Cartmell…

Footballers in tax avoidance scheme lose negligence claim

January 14th 2020

Wealthy professional footballers who took part in a failed tax avoidance scheme have lost their claims of breach of contract and professional negligence against two banks. The case centred on schemes advertised as vehicles through which taxpayers could contribute funds to limited liability partnerships for investing in films, offsetting their share of the partnership losses against other taxable income. The investors were professional footballers who became clients of an independent…

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Brothers fail to overturn their mother’s will leaving estate to sister

November 20th 2019

Three brothers have failed in their bid to overturn their mother’s will, which left nearly all her estate to their sister. The mother had originally made a will dividing her estate equally between her four children. However, her views changed after her health began to deteriorate in 2009 and her daughter came to live with her as her carer until she died in 2016. The brothers offered only limited help…

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