Is a movable shed a building?
What is defined as a building? A simple question, but the answer will change depending on the context in which you ask it. A recent appeal against a planning decision highlights that, at least within planning legislation, the definition of ‘building’ can be very wide. Mr Cooper received an enforcement notice on 14th January 2019 […]
Parental Alienation and the CAFCASS Child Impact Assessment Framework
What is parental alienation? You may have heard of the term ‘parental alienation’, but what does it really mean? Whilst there is no agreed definition, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) recognise it to mean: “when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result […]
Does your business need a shareholders’ agreement?
We often find that business owners overlook the importance of entering into a shareholders’ agreement. A shareholders’ agreement forms the basis of a legal contract between the shareholders of a company, and acts to regulate the procedures, rights and obligations of those shareholders. A common assumption is that the company’s Articles of Association and the […]
The Fundamentals of Proceeds of Crime, Confiscation Orders and Restraint Orders: When, why and what to do?
Proceeds of crime is a term given to money or assets which are said to have been gained during the course of criminal activity. Authorities, including the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO), have the power to confiscate these assets under the […]
An Update: Simultaneous Deaths – Who Inherits?
Our earlier article ‘Simultaneous Deaths – Who Inherits?’ explored the case of stepsisters disputing who should inherit the combined estates of their respective parents and the Commorientes Rule. The Commorientes Rule is not often applied in modern day cases, as advances in science and forensics have made it almost always possible to ascertain the time […]