14 Jan 2019

Implications of Martin case on company valuations

Expert comment is appearing on the important matrimonial case of Martin v Martin (2018 EWCA Civ 2866), in which the England Wales Court of Appeal had to value shares in a private company founded by one of the spouses before they cohabited.
11 Jan 2019

Cashing in customer loyalty points after death

The Independent has done some research on various retailers' policies on dealing with loyalty points accrued by deceased customers. It notes that British consumers accumulate an average of GBP122 each year, making a potentially significant addition to their estate - if they can be realised, because not all retailers allow their customers to bequeath their points.
04 Jul 2018

Tax changes have triggered sell-off of private rentals

Research from the Residential Landlords Association suggests that 133,000 dwellings will be taken out of the English private rental sector during the coming year. The main cause is legislation restricting landlords' mortgage interest relief to the basic rate of income tax, and the 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of additional homes.
28 Jun 2018

Significantly more people now have a will

A report on the state of the British will-writing market has found that 45 per cent of adults have now executed a will. The proportion is well up on last year's 39 per cent, reflecting the increasing prevalence of property ownership, says estate administration specialist Kings Court Trust. The number of family disputes over wills has also increased year on year.