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Our team of experts shine a spotlight on new legal developments, share their views on the impact of current affairs, and offer insights on issues that could impact you and your business.

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22 Mar 2024 Leasehold reform edges closer

It is perhaps not surprising that many have lost track of quite where we are in terms of leasehold reform.  In short, both the Freehold and Leasehold Reform Bill and the Renters (Reform) Bill are progressing

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19 Mar 2024 Testamentary capacity in the spotlight

A common ground for contesting a will is mental capacity and it is often deployed by disinherited family members to set aside a will. In Professional Adviser, Private Wealth Disputes Partner, Nicola Bushby explains what the test for mental capacity is, how it works in practice, and why contemporaneous medical assessments are important.

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18 Mar 2024 Companies House – Registered Email Address (REA) requirement coming into force

A new requirement for companies to supply a registered email address ("REA"), otherwise known as an "appropriate email address", is now applicable to newly formed companies (being effective from 4 March 2024) and all

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14 Mar 2024 Proposed UK Reforms to Non-Compete Restrictions

Employment Partner, Simon Gorham summarises the Government’s proposal on the reform to post-termination non-compete clauses in contracts of employment.

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14 Mar 2024 Marriage: What is it good for?

Yesterday evening, we were delighted to host a provocative panel discussion exploring what motivates people in the modern day to enter into the legal union of marriage and whether we should continue to award a

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21 Mar 2024 Boodle Hatfield Property Insights – Spring 2024 Edition

In this edition, our team of experts shine a spotlight on new legal developments and offer some insights on issues that are currently shaping the property market.

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08 Mar 2024 Boodle Hatfield advises Skyports Infrastructure as they unveil plans for UK’s vertiport testbed for air taxi industry

Boodle Hatfield has advised Skyports Infrastructure, the leading provider of infrastructure for the advanced air mobility industry, on an agreement with Bicester Motion to establish a passenger vertiport terminal, being the first in the UK.

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06 Mar 2024 How does the Spring Budget impact start-ups & entrepreneurs?

Earlier today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt took to his feet to unveil his “budget for long term growth”. In his opening of his Autumn statement in November – see

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06 Mar 2024 Spring Budget at a glance…

A few weeks ago I provided some speculation (here) on what might be on the horizon in the 2024 Spring Budget.

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22 Mar 2024 Mark Lindley speaks at the ConTrA and Informa Connect Trusts in Litigation 2024 Conference

Private Wealth Disputes Partner, Mark Lindley joins an expert panel for the ConTrA and Informa Connect conference in Budapest. His session will cover ‘How to win the unwinnable’, reflecting on what the process of litigation is about, what can go wrong, and how to run difficult litigation to achieve the best results for clients.

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26 Feb 2024 A new era of green lease clauses?

The concept of a "green lease" has been with us for some time now.  At its most basic, a green lease follows the form of a standard commercial lease but includes clauses to encourage engagement and co-operation

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22 Feb 2024 Divorce rates at lowest level in decades

Divorces granted in England and Wales reached their lowest level for 50 years, according to the latest statistics. There were 80,057 divorces granted in the two nations in 2022, according to the

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26 Feb 2024 Boodle Hatfield announces new gender-neutral parental leave policy

Boodle Hatfield, the leading private wealth and real estate law firm, has revealed a new equal opportunity parental leave policy. The new policy is available to all employees and Partners across the firm and is believed to be a market first for an independent London law firm.

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20 Feb 2024 Boodle Hatfield successfully succeeds on three grounds in a will validity claim

Partner, Nicola Bushby and Associate, Katherine Reed have secured a significant High Court victory in relation to the validity of a will, succeeding on three grounds.

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16 Feb 2024 A tale of two tests

In the STEP Journal, Partner, Nicola Bushby and Associate, Katherine Reed describe the tension between the Banks v Goodfellow and MCA 2005 tests when dealing with testamentary capacity cases and highlight that the only rational course is for the law to adopt one single test.

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19 Feb 2024 Leading leasehold enfranchisement lawyer, Naomi Heathcote joins Boodle Hatfield

Boodle Hatfield, a leading private wealth and real estate law firm, announces today that Naomi Heathcote has joined the firm as a Partner within its highly regarded Real Estate practice. Naomi joins from Charles Russell Speechlys.

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16 Feb 2024 The Lessons in Legacy Podcast, Philanthropy Edition, In Conversation with Jake Hayman

In the fifth and final episode of ‘The Philanthropy Edition’ Alberto Lidji and Clare Stirzaker are joined by Jake Hayman, a serial entrepreneur and experienced social sector consultant. Jake has been working with some of the most progressive wealth holders for the last 20 years and is currently writing a book on the topic. Together Alberto, Jake and Clare look at everything from taxes to misunderstandings around philanthropy and how wealth can be managed in a more equitable and just way

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15 Feb 2024 A decade of divorce proceedings: the war rages on

In Today’s Family Lawyer, Partner and Head of Family, Emily Brand reflects on the recent Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Potanina v Potanin – a case that centred on financial relief after an overseas divorce.

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14 Feb 2024 Private banks eye the Gulf’s transfer of family wealth – Kyra Motley comments

In a recent article in Euromoney looking at the growing focus on succession planning in the Middle East, Kyra Motley provides expert commentary in light of the new regulatory regime

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13 Feb 2024 It all ends in Tiers

In the STEP Journal, Immigration Partner, Zoe Jacob assesses UK HNW immigration options in a post-tier 1 (investor) visa landscape.