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    Safe from harm

    12 April 2018 By Robert Rutherford

    Law firms are an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals – and private client solicitors, who often hold data on high-net-worth clients, are obvious prey. Robert Rutherford explains how you can stay safe, and remain one step ahead of the scammers

  • Hawkins

    Doing your duty

    6 September 2017 By Holly Miéville-Hawkins

    The Office of the Public Guardian published new guidance in March for professionals who are appointed to act as an individual’s attorney under an LPA. But do you completely understand your duties? Holly Miéville-Hawkins remind us of the key responsibilities and considerations

  • Stephen Haggett

    At your discretion

    14 August 2017 By Stephen Haggett

    Some commentators have suggested people will not be able to benefit from the new residence nil-rate band allowance if they include discretionary trusts in their wills. But Stephen C Haggett argues that flexible will trusts are still an invaluable part of estate planning

  • Yasmin Metcalfe

    Standard fare

    8 August 2017 By Yasmin Metcalfe

    Over 100 countries have signed up for the Common Reporting Standard to automatically exchange tax information. But in a complex international tax regime, what is the solicitor’s role? Yasmin Metcalfe outlines the main principles of the standard

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    The final chapter

    8 August 2017 By Penelope Reed QC, Hugh Cumber

    The Court of Appeal’s decision to increase the inheritance awarded to the claimant in Ilott v Mitson has been overturned by the Supreme Court. Penelope Reed QC and Hugh Cumber, who acted for the defendant charities, assess the judgment’s implications for testators

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    Under control?

    8 August 2017 Updated: 10 August 2017 By Owen O’Rorke

    Do you know that your law firm is a data controller under the new General Data Protection Regulation, and you must comply with them, or face fines of up to €20m or four per cent of your annual global turnover? Owen O’Rorke provides a beginner’s guide to compliance

  • gary rycroft

    Good will out

    8 August 2017 Updated: 11 August 2017 By Gary Rycroft

    Gary Rycroft considers the Law Commission’s new consultation on wills

  • iceberg in the sea

    Hide away

    8 August 2017 By Heledd Wyn

    As the cost of residential care rises, more people are attempting to protect their home and other assets from local authorities to avoid paying for care. Heledd Wyn explains why such actions are doomed to fail, and how local authorities will approach a so-called deliberate deprivation of assets

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    Do it yourself

    8 August 2017 By Ian Bond

    Ian Bond provides an update on the Ministry of Justice’s plans for digitising applications for grants of representation

  • Henrietta Mason

    Where there’s a will

    8 August 2017 By Henrietta Mason

    A public consultation by the Law Commission is a welcome step towards updating our will-making laws to keep them fit for purpose in the 21st century, says Henrietta Mason. She reflects on two key areas of the consultation: formality and testamentary capacity

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