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Latest Articles

  • Survivorship Destinations – what are they and how do they impact on my Will?

    Survivorship Destinations – what are they and how do they impact on my Will?

    A survivorship destination means that on the death of either party, the deceased's share of the property will pass automatically to the survivor. This clause will override the terms of any Will put in place by the deceased. Survivorship destinations are common where the parties to the title are a couple, but they do have pros and cons that people should be aware of.

  • Will there be changes to employment law Post-Brexit? Watch this space

    Will there be changes to employment law Post-Brexit? Watch this space

    After the UK Government indicated the possibility of "scrapping" some EU labour laws that the UK has previously been bound by, the planned consultation attracted criticism. The UK Government has now said it is "not interested in watering down workers’ rights", although it is still possible that there will be a review undertaken at some future date.

  • Child contact cases involving domestic abuse – the laws protecting children from harm

    Child contact cases involving domestic abuse – the laws protecting children from harm

    Domestic abuse has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on children is well known. A recent court judgment provides clarity and guidance on the robust legal framework which exists in Scotland to govern decisions affecting children and protect them from the impact and harm of domestic abuse. It should reassure victims of domestic abuse that the family court cannot view historical abuse in isolation when making decisions about a child's residence and contact arrangements.

  • What happens if my tax return is submitted late?

    What happens if my tax return is submitted late?

    As we approach the 31 January deadline for submitting annual tax returns (for the 2019/20 tax year, for electronic submissions only) some of us might be struggling more than ever to stick to the deadline, particularly in light of the ongoing lockdown restrictions. HMRC have just announced that it will waive fines for tax returns that miss the 31 January deadline this year – as long as these are filed online by 28 February.