The cost of bad eviction advice

The average cost to a landlord of their tenant being advised to ignore an eviction notice stands at nearly £7,000, according to a recent survey of landlords. Private tenants are often advised by local councils and agencies to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords – and to wait until evicted by bailiffs – in...

Bungalow Couple Marooned Without Electricity or Water

A couple found out the hard way why land conveyancing is a job for professionals when they ended up marooned in their bungalow, without any right of access to water or electricity, following a dispute with their neighbours. The couple bought a plot of land, which had been carved out of the garden of an...

Home-Made Wills Save Money – Oh No They Don’t!

Home-made wills, executed without legal advice, are an exceedingly bad idea and if there was ever a case which proved the point it must be that of a woman who intended to leave her £1.8 million fortune to her best friend - but whose wishes were thwarted because her will was not properly witnessed. There...

IT Boss Resorted to £300,000 Tax Fraud to Save Her Business

Small businesses are often like families and directors feel a very personal obligation towards their employees. However, in one striking case, a woman's battle to keep her IT company afloat and her staff in work led to her imprisonment for tax fraud. The middle-aged woman told her employees that she was deducting Income Tax and...

High Court Bends Over Backwards to Resolve Family Will Dispute

Newspaper columns are full of legal cases with crushing costs of litigation and it is easy to lose sight of the fact that it is the role of judges to resolve disputes as efficiently and cheaply as possible. In a recent case (Seals and Another V Williams; CHD 15 MAY 2015) the High Court has...

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