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Mark Carlisle

Government publishes guidance on stopping harmful weeds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 3rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 20 May 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on stopping, disposing and reporting spreading harmful weeds on land that are used for grazing livestock or growing crops.

The guidance involves preventing ragwort (an injurious weed) by referring to the Code of Practice on...

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Mark Carlisle

Natural England revokes three general licences for control of wild birds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on April 26th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 25 April 2019, Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling 16 species of wild birds, following a challenge by a new environmental NGO, Wild Justice (see Natural England press release, General licences for bird control: major changes to licensing requirements, 23 April 2019 and Wild Justice: Projects).

General...

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Natalie Tonkin

Probate fee increase – a stealth tax?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

Labelled a “steal tax” by critics, the current flat fee of £215 (or £155 if applying through a solicitor) for probate is set to increase from April 2019 as follows:-

  • Estates worth £50,000 up to £300,000 will pay £250, a rise of £35

  • Estates worth from £300,000 up to £500,000 will pay...

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Natalie Tonkin

The Residence Nil Rate Band – Do you benefit?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

From 6 April 2017, the Residence Nil Rate Band (“RNRB”) is available for estates of people who leave the interest in the family home to direct descendants (children, grandchildren and other lineal descendants and also includes, a husband, wife or civil partner of a lineal descendant, stepchildren, adopted children and...

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Natalie Tonkin

GDPR – Does it apply to Executors and Trustees?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

The new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) were introduced on 25 May 2018 and is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The aim of GDPR is to protect individuals from breaches of privacy and data.

What many people do not know is that GDPR also applies...

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Mark Ollier

Interest Only Mortgages- Crunch Time!

Posted by Mark Ollier on April 17th 2019 in MOVING HOUSE .

Prior to the 2008 credit crunch interest-only mortgages were popular with borrowers who often failed to take fully into account the need to actually repay the mortgage at the end of its term. Payments of interest were made with no repayment of any part of the capital and presumably the...

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