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Relief from forfeiture – mercy killing

February 2024 | Wills, probate and administration

The court has broad discretion whether to grant relief from forfeiture. A recent ruling is likely the first in the context of a so-called mercy killing. The court granted full relief from forfeiture in a case in which the deceased (T) took his own life shortly after he assisted his terminally-ill wife’s (H) death in …

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HMLR – PG28

February 2024 | Conveyancing

HMLR has updated section 2.5 of PG9 (extension of leases). Section 2.5 relates to deeds of substituted security and has been updated to confirm that where the borrower is a company, HMLR will add a note to the register entry if evidence of registration at Companies House is not provided with the application. This brings …

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HMLR – PG9

February 2024 | Conveyancing

HMLR has updated PG9 (powers of attorney and registered land). Section 7 has been amended as a result of the Powers of Attorney Act 2023. HMLR will now accept a copy of a power of attorney if it has been certified by a chartered legal executive. Source: www.gov.uk.

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Acas – flexible working guidance

February 2024 | Employment

Practitioners advising employers should keep an eye on the progress of a Code of Practice on handling requests for a predictable working pattern. The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023 received royal assent on 18 September 2023. The new legislation will give employees and workers a right to request a predictable work pattern under …

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Workplace monitoring – ICO guidance

February 2024 | Employment

The ICO has issued guidance for employers on lawful monitoring in the workplace. The ICO states that research it commissioned reveals that 70% of the public would find it intrusive to be monitored by an employer. Aimed at employers across both the public and private sector, the new guidance provides clear direction on how monitoring …

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HMLR – tie up with lenders

February 2024 | Conveyancing

On 16 January 2024 HMLR announced that it is working with mortgage lenders to ensure they will no longer need to chase conveyancers for updates on the status of their HMLR applications. In a new pilot, HMLR will provide ten of the top mortgage lenders with data on the progress of their applications directly. The …

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Financial remedies – nuptial agreements

February 2024 | Family

The seminal SC ruling in Radmacher remains the measuring stick for family judges considering challenges to nuptial agreements. In this article, family remedies expert Andrew Newbury comments on the latest developments in the world of nuptial agreements. He notes the Radmacher principle that ‘it must be assumed that the parties will be held to the …

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Financial remedies – conduct

February 2024 | Family

Lower-value financial remedies cases don’t tend to get a mention here unless there are unusual factors at play. A recent case demanded a ‘radical departure’ from equality in favour of W in view of H’s prolific spending on another woman. The parties were married for 23 years and the family home was the main asset. …

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Sentencing – gravity of offence

February 2024 | Crime

A was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 28 years for murder, and nine years’ detention in a young offender institution for robbery (to be served concurrently). He was almost 19 when the robbery and gang-related ‘revenge’ killing took place. He appealed on the basis that the sentence was manifestly excessive for …

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Back pay – SC case

February 2024 | Employment

The SC has heard a case which needs careful consideration regarding back pay. The case involves police officers in NI, but is relevant for employers in England and Wales. Police and civilian staff of the NI police force brought claims to recover sums which they should have been paid since November 1998 as part of …

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