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High net worth – STEP guide

July/August 2021 | Wills, probate and administration

Private client practitioners will be interested to know about the publication of a new practitioner guide on the responsible stewardship of wealth. It has been launched by STEP and has an emphasis on holistic planning. The guide, Family Dialogues on the responsible stewardship of wealth, aims to ‘engender a discussion on responsible stewardship and what …

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HMLR – Form CNG

July/August 2021 | Conveyancing

HMLR has updated the guidance on section 3 of its Form CNG (change of gender). The form is to update the name of the registered owner in the register following a change of gender and can only be used if one of the following original documents can be lodged with the form: gender recognition certificate; …

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Knotweed – RICS guidance

July/August 2021 | Conveyancing

Conveyancers may be interested to note that the RICS has opened a consultation on advice for the assessment of Japanese knotweed in UK properties. The aim is to help affected homeowners and lenders get the expert assurance needed to proceed with sales. The RICS quotes an estimated 1.45m homes affected by Japanese knotweed so the …

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Sentencing – attempted murder

July/August 2021 | Crime

D was his victim’s attorney and had been convicted of her attempted murder and sentenced to 11 years 8 months’ imprisonment. He was also convicted and sentenced for fraud by abuse of his position. In short, D had defrauded V to the tune of six figures over a long period of time, then tried to …

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Sentencing – conspiracy

July/August 2021 | Crime

The total sentence passed on A was just and proportionate, the CA ruled, in an appeal following a conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He had admitted the full extent of his role in a drugs conspiracy but claimed the prosecution had overstated his role within it, particularly in relation to a related firearms conspiracy. …

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HMLR – PG 67 update

July/August 2021 | Conveyancing

PG 67 (evidence of identity; conveyancers) is an important practice guide given the challenges faced by conveyancers in the last 12 months. It relates to obtaining original identification documents and confirmation of parties to conveyancing transactions. The guide explains when evidence of identity is required and how it should be given. The guide has had …

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Offensive word – not unfair dismissal

July/August 2021 | Employment

The claimant worked for the London Borough of Redbridge from 1988 until his dismissal without notice in July 2020. The basis of the claim was that his dismissal was unfair within s98 ERA 1996 which the respondent contested. Its case was that the claimant was fairly dismissed for misconduct for saying the ‘N word’ during …

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Worker – status

July/August 2021 | Employment

Much has been written in recent times about the ‘gig economy’ and, in particular, the status of those working within it. Working in the gig economy means that instead of a regular wage, a worker is paid for the individual job (‘gig’) that they do. People working in delivery and taxi services in particular are …

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HMLR – signatures update

July/August 2021 | Conveyancing

We reported in our September 2020 edition (p5) on the news last summer that HMLR would accept witnessed electronic signatures for deeds. There are now four basic types of signatures that HMLR will accept: Wet ink signature – a traditional signature on a document using a pen. Mercury signature – essentially a scanned wet ink …

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Sentencing – common assault and murder attempts

July/August 2021 | Crime

The courts now have the power to impose more severe sentences in cases of assaults against emergency workers. Revised guidelines for the sentencing of common assault on emergency workers and attempted murder came into force on 1 July 2021. For the first time, magistrates and judges have specific guidance for sentencing in such cases. The …

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