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    Overseas Surrogacy Can Be a Legal Quagmire - Always Seek Expert Advice

    Overseas surrogacy arrangements are an effective means of completing families. As a High Court ruling showed , however, they are notoriously replete with legal pitfalls and should never be entered into without first taking professional advice. The case...

    Christening a New Business? It's Madness Not to Seek Professional Advice

    When christening a new business it is madness not to take professional advice so as to ensure that you are not transgressing anyone else's intellectual property rights. A case on point concerned a modest Chinese takeaway that shared the same name as an...

    What are the Tax Implications of Settling an Employment Tribunal Claim?

    When paying money to settle Employment Tribunal (ET) proceedings, employers are not infrequently motivated by a desire to make what they perceive as a nuisance go away – but how should such payments be treated for tax purposes? The First-tier Tribunal...

    What is a Detriment? EAT Ruling Clearly Sets Out the Correct Legal Test

    The question of whether someone has suffered a 'detriment' is the central issue in a great many employment cases where discrimination or victimisation is alleged. In an important decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given authoritative guidance...

    Interpreting Wills That May Be Ambiguous - High Court Guidance

    Even with the most careful drafting, there is always a risk that a will may be capable of bearing more than one meaning. In resolving a family inheritance dispute, the High Court considered the extent to which extraneous evidence of a will-maker's...

    Overlooked Homeowners Fall Foul of Ambiguity in Planning Permission

    Finding your way around the intricacies of the planning system without professional advice is, for most people, a near impossibility. The point was powerfully made by the case of a couple whose intimate living space was overlooked by a skylight fitted to a...

    Incorporation of English Jurisdiction Clause Arguably 'Went Without Saying'

    In a novel decision of interest to the international trading community, the High Court ruled it arguable that an English jurisdiction clause was incorporated in a petroleum supply contract notwithstanding that the alleged deal was done informally over the...

    Rugby Club's Expansion Plans Not Inhibited by 1922 Restrictive Covenant

    Land is often sold subject to restrictive covenants that inhibit the use to which it can be put. As a guideline Court of Appeal ruling showed , however, the distinction between restrictions that provide a personal benefit to the vendor alone and those that...

    Wife Sees Off Bankruptcy Trustees' Attempt to Sell Off Her Home

    When people dispose of assets shortly before having themselves declared bankrupt, it is inevitable that eyebrows will often be raised. However, as a judge's ruling showed, it is one thing to allege an improper motive and quite another to prove it. The case...

    Judge Opens New Chapter in Woman's Life by Dispelling Dark Family Secret

    Dark secrets lurking in your family background are likely to cause you untold pain. As one case showed , however, bringing the truth to light in the safe environment of a family court can draw the sting and bring peace to you and future generations. The...
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