• 31 JUL 15
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    Warning as Will is ignored in court

    Warning as Will is ignored in court

    A landmark Court of Appeal ruling could leave more Wills open to future challenges by relatives. A woman whose late mother left her entire estate to animal charities has recently been awarded a six-figure pay-out. Heather Ilott will get £164,000 after initially being left nothing by her mother Melita Jackson, who died in July 2004

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    • 27 JUL 15
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    How to deal with a fragmented boardroom

    How to deal with a fragmented boardroom

    Here, commercial law expert Michael Shroot shares his top tips for avoiding boardroom disputes. Summer is in full swing, and this year shareholder disputes are heating up alongside the weather, with Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall’s commercial law department seeing an influx of new dispute-related cases. While disagreements between people who own and run limited companies

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    • 22 JUL 15
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    Forfeiture of commercial property leases explained

    Forfeiture of commercial property leases explained

    Daniel Long, partner and head of commercial property dispute resolution at Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall, explores the self-help remedy of forfeiture available to many landlords and its limitations. Many commercial property leases contain a clause meaning that the landlord is able to forfeit the lease in the event of a covenant breach on the part

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    • 16 JUL 15
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    A Guide to Mergers and Acquisition

    A Guide to Mergers and Acquisition

    It’s great when things are going well with your business, the hard work starts to pay off. Your idea has blossomed and you are seeing growth. You now have the chance to take it to the next level either by acquiring someone else’s business, or being bought by a larger entity. Every acquisition is different,

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    • 09 JUL 15
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    What does the summer budget mean for business?

    What does the summer budget mean for business?

    The centrepiece of the summer budget 2015 – a fresh round of public sector spending cuts – was no surprise as the government aims to get unpopular measures out of the way early. Nonetheless, businesses will be buoyed by news that the UK had the fastest growth of the G7 major economies last year as

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    • 08 JUL 15
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    Budget overview: Individuals will see radical changes to their finances

    Budget overview: Individuals will see radical changes to their finances

    The summer budget 2015 contained measures that will have wide-ranging effects on individuals and families. Here, partner Stephen Parr summarises the key points. Major inheritance tax changes Among the most significant developments is the new £1million inheritance tax (IHT) threshold on family homes, which will be of great benefit to better-off families. The changes will allow

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    • 06 JUL 15
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    Cohabitation: what are my rights?

    Cohabitation: what are my rights?

    Married couples are protected by an array of specialist legislation to ensure fairness in the division of family property but living together as a couple (also called cohabiting) does not give you the same rights and responsibilities. When a relationship breaks down, cohabiting couples may well find that they have little or no financial obligations

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    • 03 JUL 15
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    How do I sell my business?

    How do I sell my business?

      Selling a business you may have spent years toiling in is not something to be approached lightly. WHN’s commercial partner, David Buskey highlights the six rules you can’t afford to ignore: 1      Know what the business is worth. Get advice and a valuation, don’t just rely on gut feeling as to what funds you

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