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Apology: John Howard

In this edition, we published ‘State of Mind’ by Elizabeth Barclay. The article contained material taken without permission or appropriate attribution from a lecture given by John Howard of the Official Solicitor’s Office in March 2018. We apologise to John Howard that this occurred.

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Kate Mahon


15 May 2018By

Kate Mahon rounds up the talking points from this year’s Private Client Section cross-border conference, held in March at the Law Society

Fiona Heald

Don't bank on itSubscription

15 May 2018By

Fiona Heald wonders whether the unstoppable rise of internet and mobile banking is leading to a generation ignorant of the basics of banking, and leaving many older people behind

Mental health

A sympathetic earSubscription

15 May 2018By ,

The services of private client solicitors are often called on at stressful and strained times in people’s lives, which can involve loss and pain. But what if clients come to you with thoughts of ending their own lives? Lesley Woolf and Sheree Green explain what you can do

Dr Julian Sheather

Handling the situation

15 May 2018By ,

There are increasing reports from legal professionals that GPs are either reluctant or declining to conduct mental capacity assessments. Dr Julian Sheather and Dr Peter Holden provide a GP’s perspective

Emma Burns

Fine timeSubscription

15 May 2018By

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect this month, and firms could face fines of up to €20m for non-compliance. Emma Burns explains how the new regime will work in practice, and what to do should a data breach happen

Clare van Overdijk

In whom we trustSubscription

15 May 2018By

Clare van Overdijk examines new guidance from the Court of Protection on the appointment of trust corporations as property and affairs deputies

Sheep farming at Coulaghailtro, Scotland

Back to basics: Working with farming accountantsSubscription

15 May 2018By ,

Julie Butler and Fred Butler offer advice on the farm ownership structure and providing for strong succession planning.

Trans gender identity

Trans facts

15 May 2018By ,

Despite greater awareness and public understanding of gender identity, many transgender people still face discrimination. Alison Craggs and Debra Gers examine the key legal rights of transgender people – from management of wills and inheritance rights to equality in the workplace

Stephen Kavanagh

Take my adviceSubscription

15 May 2018By

Huge changes are afoot in the financial advice industry; it is becoming more difficult to keep up with regulatory change and identify the right advice firm for your client. Stephen Kavanagh lists the issues you should consider to ensure you make the best choices

Artists' wills

Artistic legacySubscription

15 May 2018By ,

The estates of artists, writers and other creative people throw up many issues, from the division of rights to preserving their reputation after death. Helen Citron and Robert Craig describe how the will-drafter can play a crucial role in ensuring things go smoothly

Charlotte Pisuto

Cash backSubscription

15 May 2018By

Charlotte Pisuto addresses the practical implications of obtaining a refund for a registered enduring or lasting power of attorney from the Office of the Public Guardian

Fiona Heald

Under reviewSubscription

15 May 2018By

Private Client Section committee chair Fiona Heald reviews a new title on the financial abuse of the elderly

David Jones

My legal lifeSubscription

15 May 2018By

As part of our series of interviews with private client solicitors, David Jones of Hugh Jones Solicitors discusses his pro bono work and his theory on why fewer young people are attracted to a private client career

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The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • NRB Changes
  • LPA Changes
  • Digital Assets
  • Cross Border Tax
  • IPFDA Cases
  • Care Act
  • Elderly Client
  • HMRC Disputes
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Capital Gains Tax

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