Inheritance tax in Spain for British expats: a post-Brexit guide

Estimates put the number of British expats across the world at approximately 5.5 million people, nearly 1 in 10 of the entire UK population. One of the biggest expat communities has formed in Spain, with an expected 400 000 permanent residents living in the country. Indeed, Spain has been an enticing location for Brits who […]

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How can business owners better manage work-related stress?

Managing the mental wellbeing of employees is a matter of growing concern for many business owners, as the stress of the last 18 months has taken its toll on the workforce. The number of working days lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety has steadily increased since 2017, rising to 5 per cent in the latest Health […]

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Menopause at work – are women legally protected?

People suffering from chronic illness or disability in the workplace are generally safeguarded under UK employment law, but what about those going through the menopause which can have an equally as detrimental impact on its sufferers? In recent years we have seen some menopause tribunal cases and employers becoming aware of their legal obligations to […]

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Companies should work with the SFO to stamp out corruption

It has recently been revealed that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) may be investigating the communications giant O2 on the basis of potential breaches to the Bribery Act 2010. Reports in the media reveal that former executives offered kickbacks to customers which suggests that this investigation may well reveal long-standing dark corners of corruption within […]

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Can a person with dementia make a valid will?

Research from the NHS has shown there are more than 850,000 people in the UK who have dementia, and this number is set to increase with people living longer. With this in mind, it is likely that many people who have dementia will be seeking to handle their legal affairs surrounding the making of their […]

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Why is the pandemic resulting in an increase in divorce and separation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on relationships. Citizens Advice reported that the pandemic has resulted in a 25% increase in views to its divorce page. Divorce enquiries and applications have been on the increase since the start of the pandemic and many divorce lawyers are predicting a continued upsurge in separations following […]

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The importance of client-facing technology for law firms

The global pandemic has shown that the way clients want to communicate with their law firm has changed. The pre-pandemic model of clients turning up at the office and accessing legal services via traditional means is largely a thing of the past. Clients are embracing the digital shift. They now expect a better service, often […]

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Agreeing a suitable break clause during a period of widespread flexible working

The commercial real estate landscape is currently undergoing a transformation as the UK establishes a new normal in the post-pandemic era.   The impact of previous lockdowns has been well-documented, with widespread remote working becoming increasingly popular due to strict social distancing guidelines. With the culture of flexible working now likely to continue, there will […]

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Brexit and pandemic present business owners with perfect selling opportunities

In the post-COVID world, many proprietors are seeking to diversify, whilst some are looking to sell their business to overseas investors that are keen to capitalise on the UK’s departure from the EU. Whatever the reason for wanting to move on, the process of actually making a sale is a lot more difficult than it […]

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How the LEAP Best Practice Standard helps conveyancers earn more money

The LEAP Best Practice Standard for conveyancers was set-up four years ago as an accreditation mark of excellence achieved by law firms using LEAP’s innovative technology. Through its use of independent, remote and specialist audits, achievement of the standard shows clients and stakeholders that law firms deliver a gold standard of legal work in conveyancing […]

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