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Former multi millionaire and ex-banker Jonathan Weal was accused of hiding valuable art works including a JMW Turner painting worth £20 million during a £290,000 bankruptcy hearing the Inner London Crown Court has heard. Mr Weal declared his assets were “worthless” in 2012 (he even listed his underpants). However the painting entitled “fishing boats in…

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The City of London Police recently considered asking the Bank of England and financial regulators to make individuals – rather than banks – liable for fraud losses, according to an article in the Telegraph. With the advent of online banking many banks now offer advice to their customers regarding online security. Much of this is…

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In response to Googles new algorithm Ralli have announced the launch of their newly optimised website www.ralli.co.uk. Ralli Solicitors LLP are based in Manchester and London. Founded in 1973 by Stephen Fox and Sam Betesh. In 1997 Betesh Fox rebranded to become Ralli, this coincided with a move into Manchester City Centre to accommodate the…

Frances Nash, Solicitor at Ralli, talks about zero hours contracts. Things are moving fast in the world of employment law, fast but perhaps not forwards. In the UK, small and medium sized businesses employ over 90% of workers in the private sector. It is not hard to understand why the majority of recent changes in…

Eimear McCartan – Solicitor Recent research by Standard Life has discovered that an astounding 25% of people over the age of 65 do not have a will, which means they risk dying leaving their property (or ‘estate’) subject to the intestacy rules. Without a valid will, the intestacy rules dictate how your estate is to…

Eimear McCartan – Trainee Solicitor – Corporate The topical issue of Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) came to the fore once again on the front page of this weeks issue of the Law Society Gazette. The chief of law firm DLA Piper, Sir Nigel Knowles, has voiced warnings about the potential consequences the upcoming introduction of…

I recently read in the Law Gazette that expert witnesses have lost their immunity from being sued over matters arising in the course of proceedings, following a landmark ruling. The full article can be read here. In my view this is a sensible Judgement. I guess those in favour of maintaining immunity would argue it…

It was widely reported last week that LG obtained a legal injunction against Sony which subsequently banned the importation of PS3 games consoles into Europe. Thousands of PS3 games consoles were seized by customs officials in The Netherlands, with the legal dispute centering around the ownership of Blu-Ray technology. Applications for interim injunctions in intellectual property, and…

The Daily Mail recently reported that a Solicitor had been suspended after “taking 19 years to settle spinsters estate”. Guy Choat was subsequently barred from the profession for three years for the delay in winding up the affairs of Miss Muriel McCarthy. The full article can be read here. This is a very unfortunate state…

Especially when two leading academic express their views in writing and that leads to the loser in a piece of litigation having to write cheques in relation to both parties’ costs. In 1991, Mr Robinson and his Wife agreed to buy a house which was being built from PE Jones (Contractors) Limited for £350,000.00 or…