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Government Issues Bailiff and Enforcement Officer Scam Warning

26th February, 2020 By

The Government is warning people to be on alert for fraudsters posing as court bailiffs and enforcement officers on the telephone. After claiming to be County Court bailiffs, High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) or Certificated Enforcement Agents (CEAs), the scammers go on to say that the person they are calling owes money, before demanding that the money be transferred into a bank account. HM Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that it will never telephone to ask for bank details or to demand a bank transfer using a sort code and...

Couple Subjected to Race Discrimination By Adoption Agency Win Damages

21st February, 2020 By

Race discrimination may not be intentional, but it can be deeply hurtful and, with the right legal advice, victims can both express their disgust and secure compensation. In a striking case on point, a Sikh couple who were rejected as potential adopters because of their ethnicity were awarded substantial damages. The high-earning professional couple were born and raised in England and considered themselves culturally British, whilst acknowledging their Indian heritage. After making numerous attempts to conceive by IVF, they realised that they were unlikely to have a child biologically their...

Lack of Legal Advice Leads to Dispute Over Property

18th February, 2020 By

Couples can sometimes be tempted to enter into property transactions together without taking legal advice, on the basis that the love and trust between them will last forever. However, a High Court ruling strikingly showed how misguided such assumptions can be. During the course of a relationship that lasted more than 30 years and yielded three children, a five-bedroom house was purchased for over £1.5 million and placed in the woman's sole name. The unmarried couple's finances had become heavily intermingled whilst they were together, but they had never asked...

Couple's Claim for CGT Loss on Holiday Home Succeeds

14th February, 2020 By

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may appear a very big battalion indeed but, with the right legal advice, individuals can succeed in overturning their decisions. Exactly that happened in a case concerning a couple who lost over £6 million in a disastrous attempt to buy a luxury holiday home overseas. The couple entered into a contract to purchase off plan, for $25.9 million, two neighbouring villas on the island of Barbados as a holiday home for their family. They paid a deposit of over $5 million, and stage payments as...