Features

  • Stuart Adams
    Feature

    Under review

    2018-08-07T00:13:00Z

    Private Client Section committee member Stuart Adams reviews a new edition of an established title on trusts, which is packed with useful information

  • Nova Maxwell
    Feature

    Joining the DOTAS

    2018-08-07T00:12:00Z

    Stuart Adams and Nova Maxwell look at how the government has widened the disclosure of tax avoidance schemes regime with reference to inheritance tax

  • Artwork - gift in lieu of tax or sell?
    Feature

    State of the art

    2018-08-07T00:11:00Z

    Eleni Polycarpou and Giulia Trojano consider the tax and inheritance issues involved in handling estates rich in artworks, and look to the future and the rise of digital art 

  • Emma Gadsden
    Feature

    Simple as that

    2018-08-07T00:10:00Z

    The Office for Tax Simplification is currently undertaking a review of inheritance tax. While we can only guess at the final outcomes, solicitors need to be aware of the implications for any current or future tax planning arrangements, says Emma Gadsden

  • Justin Rourke
    Feature

    Opting out

    2018-08-07T00:08:00Z

    Demand to transfer out of defined benefit pensions is hitting new highs. While the reasons for this are clear, are clients truly aware of the risks involved, asks Justin Rourke

  • Mental capacity
    Feature

    Mental notes

    2018-08-07T00:07:00Z

    Stephanie David rounds up the key developments in mental capacity law, including the retrospective approval of gifts and choosing a litigation friend

  • Paul Saunders
    Feature

    Staking a claim

    2018-08-07T00:06:00Z

    We’ve all seen adverts urging us to claim for mis-sold payment protection insurance, and how easy the process is. But is it as simple once someone has died? Paul Saunders explains what options are open to those administering an estate

  • Angharad Lynn
    Feature

    Back to basics: Deeds of variation and disclaimers

    2018-08-07T00:06:00Z

    Deeds of variation and disclaimers can prove useful tools to redirect dispositions in a will. Angharad Lynn reviews the basics

  • David Burrowes 140x96
    Feature

    New release

    2018-08-07T00:05:00Z

    £3bn was released in equity by homeowners last year. While it’s becoming a more popular way to boost retirement income, some solicitors remain apprehensive. David Burrowes , chairman of the Equity Release Council, explains why the legal profession needs to have a rethink

  • Yasmin Metcalfe
    Feature

    Up to standard

    2018-08-07T00:04:00Z

    Trustees have completed their second year of reporting under the Common Reporting Standard, but issues remain. Yasmin Metcalfe details this, and other updates that trustees need to be aware of, including the interaction between the Standard and the General Data Protection Regulation

  • Raised voices complaints in balloons
    Feature

    Raised voices

    2018-08-07T00:03:00Z

    Communication is a critical factor in many complaints relating to legal services, according to a recent report by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Fiona du Feu examines 10 common communication areas that can make a difference

  • Charlotte Pollard
    Feature

    Producing the goods

    2018-08-07T00:02:00Z

    Charlotte Pollard of DKLM discusses her journey from TV production to private client law, and why she has never looked back 

  • Duncan Wood
    Feature

    It begins at home?

    2018-08-07T00:02:00Z

    Building trust with charity legacy professionals, better Law Society leadership and tackling will-making misconceptions are all needed to encourage solicitors to discuss charitable giving with clients, according to a roundtable led by the Private Client Section. Duncan Wood reports

  • Fiona Heald
    Opinion

    Practically speaking

    2018-08-07T00:01:00Z

    There is a plethora of training available for private client solicitors, but the practical detail is invariably lacking, says Fiona Heald . She explains how the Private Client Section is trying to do things differently