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Lewis Thompson – Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses Inheritance Tax: The Nil Rate Band, The Residential Nil Rate Band and Tax Changes in the New Financial Year 2020/2021

From the 6th April 2020, the Residential Nil Rate Band is set to increase to £175,000. Combined with the standard Nil Rate Band of £325,000 available upon death this will mean that an estate will have a potential of £500,000 inheritance tax free on the death of an individual. What is the Residential Nil Rate... Read the rest of this entry →

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Michael Ball – Conveyancing Assistant in our Property department – explains what information a seller should provide to their solicitor

A very common question received from a seller at the outset of the transaction is “what information/documentation should I provide to you, and do you require all of the title documents/deeds that I have in my possession?” Firstly, it is a good idea to send your solicitor all the paperwork that you hold with regards... Read the rest of this entry →

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Jake Hamilton – Paralegal in our Personal Injury department – explains fundamental dishonesty in a personal injury claim

You may have seen the news lately that a bodybuilder has been told to pay over £14,000 in legal fees after he was found to have been fundamentally dishonest in his personal injury claim. But what does it mean to be ‘fundamentally dishonest’? And should it put potential claimants off from bringing a claim? Mr... Read the rest of this entry →

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Valentine’s Day: 9 best places in Manchester for a romantic date

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while many might see the day as nothing but a commercial moneymaker, others take the opportunity for some romance with their partner. Whether it’s a quiet meal in or heading out for a romantic activity, Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to spend some quality time with your partner,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Karen Yates – Associate Solicitor and Head of Private Client – explains tomorrow’s change to the Intestacy Rules and what it means for you.

The government has confirmed an increase in the amount (the statutory legacy) that a surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to receive in England and Wales where a person dies leaving children but without a valid Will (intestate). The statutory legacy will be increased by £20,000 from £250,000 to £270,000 from 6 February 2020.... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family Law department – provides an update re. “No Fault” Divorce

On 9th April 2019, the Government announced that after years of campaigning and lobbying, that there was finally going to be reform of the divorce laws. The ground-breaking change announced, was that the Government intended to do away with the old style of divorce where you had to give a reason in support of the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Jake Hamilton – Paralegal in our Personal Injury department – asks: Why is work-related stress on the increase?

Pressure in work is common amongst many professions. The doctor feels pressure to save the life of a patient going into cardiac arrest; the construction foreman feels pressure to monitor the progress of a project and keep it on track; the call centre sales operative feels pressure to meet their monthly targets. This type of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Tom Knightley – Trainee Solicitor in our Property department – asks: Why do solicitors want to do property searches?

Property searches form a crucial part of the conveyancing process – whether in respect of commercial or residential properties – because they identify the significance of various common risks to the property that you propose to purchase or lease. Whilst these documents are not exactly what a (sane) reader would consider to be a thrilling... Read the rest of this entry →

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9 Manchester cultural events you shouldn’t miss in 2020

Although we’re only a few weeks into the new year, there’s already plenty lined up to keep Mancunians entertained until Christmas. There’s several events already in full swing, and some that have become an annual tradition in Manchester – we’ve listed nine key events for your diary, including art exhibitions, music festivals, and theatre. 1.... Read the rest of this entry →

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New Year, New Home? Jennifer Smith – Partner in our Residential Property department – provides some sound advice for those selling up and moving house

New year, new start!  January is often the time when people make decisions and plans for the year ahead.  Deciding to sell up and move on could be one of those big life decisions, but the process can be both an exciting time and a daunting prospect.  Whether you are full of enthusiasm of buying... Read the rest of this entry →

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