Manufacturing a good result
Posted by Michael Hiscock on December 19 2014 in Advanced manufacturing & engineering, Construction & engineering

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When you think of construction contracts being “JCT” or “bricks and mortar”, think again. The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (“HGCRA”) applies very particular payment structures, notice requirements and dispute procedures where the contract creates “construction operations”. That is very widely defined and if you are in the manufacturing sector, note that it covers “industrial plant” and “installation in any building of fittings forming part of the land” (although note it does not cover work on power stations, waste treatment plants, pharmaceuticals or food production, or delivery-only non-installation contracts).


Nil Rate Band Legacies
Posted by Katie Alsop on December 19 2014 in Contesting a will, Wills & tax planning

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The Court of Appeal has recently decided that the value of a Nil Rate Band legacy given by a Testatrix in her Will included the unused Nil Rate Band of the Deceased’s husband. This meant that the Nil Rate Band legacy given under the terms of the Deceased’s Will equated to a sum of £650,000.


Trust management – The payment of trustees
Posted by Anna Sutcliffe on December 8 2014 in Contesting a will, Wills & tax planning

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Administering a trust can be a complex and time consuming process. This is particularly true for lay trustees who may not appreciate the extent of the responsibility which comes with the role. Consideration should be given (prior to accepting the position) as to whether the trustee will be entitled to remuneration for their services. In this respect the approach taken towards professional trustees differs from that taken to a lay trustee.


Is a claim on a Directors and Officers policy made as a consumer or in business?
Posted by Susan Hopcraft on December 2 2014 in Commercial litigation & dispute resolution, Insurance disputes

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The Financial Ombudsmen Service (“FOS”) resolves disputes between consumers and businesses. So if you want to complain about a Directors & Officers policy, clearly a ‘business’ policy, even if you are claiming in what appears to be a personal capacity, does that fall within the jurisdiction? FOS thought yes, but the broker against whom the director complained in this case asked the Court to review FOS’s jurisdiction.

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