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22 Nov 2021 Divorce & the family business: The lessons that can be learnt from The Archers

As the divorce storyline in the country’s favourite radio soap opera, The Archers, unfolds Family Partner, Harriet Errington highlights that the best way to ensure that family business assets are protected in the event of a divorce is to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement, which ring-fences the shares and provides alternative ways of meeting the other party’s needs.

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22 Nov 2021 Largest number of HNW’s relocating to the UK last year came from China

In The Times, Private Wealth Partner, Kyra Motley highlights that despite all the uncertainties created by COVID and Brexit, more wealthy individuals from overseas are taking the opportunity to make their move to the UK, as it remains an attractive location to relocate to and expand their wealth.

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17 Nov 2021 People gifting property need to be careful not to fall into IHT trap

In the Daily Express, Private Wealth Partner, Geoffrey Todd highlights how hundreds of people are being unnecessarily caught out each year when passing assets along to the next generation, as the complexity of the Inheritance Tax regime means it’s very easy to make mistakes.

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15 Nov 2021 Call for legal reform after surrogacies fall

Prior to Covid, surrogacy had been steadily on the rise in recent years. Parental orders, which transfer the parentage of a baby born to a surrogate mother to the intended parent, rose 17% from 441 in 2015/16 to 520 in 2019/20. However, coronavirus-related restrictions, for example on travel, have led to the first drop since 2014/15.

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12 Nov 2021 What do the Government proposals for the new arbitration scheme to deal with rent arrears that accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic mean for landlords and tenants?

On 9 November 2021, the Government presented the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill to Parliament providing the detail of the proposed arbitration scheme to deal with rent arrears that accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst this is subject to change before it becomes law, it contains significant proposals that will affect both landlords and tenants. The Government also published a new Code of practice for commercial property relationships.

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11 Nov 2021 Digital lasting power of attorney pitfalls

In International Adviser, Senior Associate Anna Davies and Trainee, Annabella King reflect on the steps towards the modernisation and efficiency of LPAs and highlight how maintaining safeguards for donors must remain of paramount importance.

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05 Nov 2021 Boodle Hatfield acts on the sale of a prime Central London development site with a development value in excess of £1 billion

Boodle Hatfield LLP have advised on the sale of 18 Blackfriars Road, a development site in a prime Central London location which has planning consent for a mixed-use scheme with an estimated gross development value of in excess of £1 billion.

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03 Nov 2021 Can I claim a share of husband’s future earnings after we divorce?

In The Financial Times, Family Partner, Katie O’Callaghan reflects on how potential financial resources which may be available in the future are taken into account in a divorce.

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29 Oct 2021 The Autumn Budget: Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT)

A key announcement in the Autumn Budget speech was the confirmation that the new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT) will apply at a rate of 4% to affected companies.

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27 Oct 2021 Tusk Lion Auction, 2021

On Tuesday 9 November Bonhams will be hosting the culmination event for the global celebration of African lions, showcasing the magnificence of this iconic animal and raising vital funds to support Tusk’s ongoing conservation programmes across Africa.


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