MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th July 2018

The press are very much focusing upon the “meal ticket” headline but the case of Mills -v- Mills does show that a party paying maintenance (often the husband) is not expected to compensate for poor financial decisions by the recipient. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
16th July 2018

In 2017 new rules were introduced to allow home owners to a claim an additional allowance to reduce their Inheritance Tax (or IHT) liability.  This news came as a welcome relief to many homeowners wishing to pass their most prized ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th July 2018

Taylor Wimpey’s recent decision to set aside £130 million pounds to settle ground rent disputes has attracted a lot of media attention. So too have stories about exploitative ground rent provisions which have resulted in some home ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th July 2018

Further to our articles earlier this year, it is interesting that due to campaigns such as the #Me Too campaign, sexual harassment is still getting media attention. Recently there have been parliamentary debates where those in the ...

Main entrance of the Supreme Court in London
13th June 2018

Following our update for 2018, we now take a look at the The Pimlico Plumber case which has now been heard by the Supreme Court. In this case Mr Smith was a gas electrician carrying out work solely for Pimlico Plumbers from August ...

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10th May 2018

You will recall in January we highlighted how employers needed to get ready for changes to data protection law that comes into force on 25th May 2018. We have already, in our previous update, provided you with some helpful links and ...

Divorce definition text with gold wedding ring concept
9th May 2018

Online divorce is now available on the HM Courts and Tribunal Service website, which is a huge step forward. However, just making the application online does not change anything: ALWAYS get some advice first, even if you conduct the ...

25th April 2018

This case involves a 22 year old man was isolated from his family and friends and subject to frequent, horrendous physical and mental abuse. Fortunately the neighbours eventually called the authorities and the ambulance and A&E ...

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19th April 2018

This update follows our update in July last year regarding Mr Ali’s claim of sex discrimination because he was not paid enhanced pay whilst on Shared Parental Leave like those on maternity leave. Capita, the respondent and employer in ...

Typical English terraced houses in West Hampstead, London
19th April 2018

There are a number of differences between Freehold and Leasehold properties and whether a property is Freehold or Leasehold can be an important consideration when purchasing a property. With a freehold property, you own the building ...

Divorce definition text with gold wedding ring concept
16th April 2018

In 2012 Kim Waggott was awarded £9.76 Million and £175,000 per year maintenance for life. However she applied to increase the amount, and her former husband challenged the original award. The result was the court not only refused to ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
28th March 2018

It is the time of year which sees the statutory rates for payments such as maternity pay and sick pay increase, as well as the national minimum wage. See here for our pdf setting out these changes. Employers considering using ...