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In the case of PM Project Services Ltd v Dairy Crest Ltd a High Court Judge has adjourned key parts of the application and penalised Solicitors for their preparation of Court bundles with a costs order.
The domestic abuse gateway to private law family legal aid now permits evidence of abuse within the last 5 years and includes a provision for the assessment of evidence concerning financial abuse - since 25/4/16
In the case of Randall v Randall, the Court of Appeal granted a divorced husband permission to challenge the validity of his former mother-in-law's Will which left him nothing from her estate. It centres on whether he had "sufficient interest" in the Will to allow him to bring a claim alleging that the Will had been forged to try to defeat his claim in divorce proceedings.
A Farmer's daughter has recently been awarded £1.3m from her parents after a successful claim that her parents had promised her that if she worked on the farm, it would be hers one day. Miss Davies relied on the principle of "proprietary estoppel" where promises are made and others rely on the promise to their detriment. If you have any concerns about such a promise or need advice on Wills or inheritance, please contact us.
As, the Cohabitation Rights Bill makes its way through Parliament aiming to provide some protection for cohabitees, the recent case of a bereaved woman, Joy Williams, who fought for a share in a property, has highlighted once more the importance of having up-to-date Wills.
An increase in the Petition issue fee is expected to come into effect shortly, with increases also in various court fees for civil proceedings. The current fee is £410. The proposed new fee will be £550. Clients may be eligible for a reduction to this fee and we can advise on this.
Government regulations for obtaining Legal Aid in cases of domestic abuse have been declared legally flawed by the Court of Appeal. This relates to the time limit of evidence being within 24 months. The Ministry of Justice will now consider the findings to ensure victims of domestic violence can get Legal Aid where needed.
Miss Steinfeld and Mr Keidan intend to appeal against Judge's dismissal of case claiming law discriminates against heterosexual couples who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage. They maintain that the government's position on civil partnerships is "incompatible with equality law".