Families who leave court the losers after inheritance claims

Record numbers of inheritance disputes are going through the courts as modern family structures and rising house prices push more families to contest unfavourable outcomes.  Two recent cases which have seen families losing out after legal action include two brothers who have run up fees of more than their entire inheritance by disputing a stepmothers’ … Read more

Unmarried couples need to protect themselves

A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner’s pension, with commentators saying it’s likely to add impetus to the drive for greater rights for unmarried couples.  But, in the meantime, cohabitees should face up and formalise arrangements, rather than keeping their fingers crossed.  … Read more

Bosses receive frost alert to manage bad weather risks

Employers are on frost alert, following the news that a home care worker has won her claim for damages after slipping on ice and breaking her wrist when visiting a client. The ruling by the Supreme Court means that employers who expect staff to work outside in icy conditions will have to review risk management … Read more

Victory for property developers in sewage dispute

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A judgment of the Supreme Court will be welcomed by all property developers, particularly those involved in large scale sites. In Barratt Homes Ltd v Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) the Supreme Court held that a sewerage undertaker had no power to refuse to allow a property developer to choose where to connect his … Read more

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