Recent news that the ex-wife of an oil and gas trader has been awarded £453m in one of the biggest divorce settlements ever agreed by a UK court has certainly made the headlines.

Stories attached to incredible wealth make the media sit up and take notice, but the recent case has confirmed London’s status as the preferred location to bring divorce claims against super-rich spouses.

The couple in this case were not identified by the family court judge but both the man, 61, and woman, 44, herald from Eastern Europe and were raised in Russia Read More

Posted in Family Law

In this post Brexit world, as individuals and businesses, many of us find ourselves wondering what steps we need to take to adapt to a changing landscape.

For those new to the UK, for businesses setting up a workforce here, and many others, the questions are even more pressing.

After all, as the UK extrapolates itself from Europe there are many businesses and individuals having to make key changes, all decisions which need expert legal advice. Read More

Posted in Legal News

The importance of ensuring the legal work for property transactions is carried out to the highest quality has been illustrated recently with the prosecution of a law firm who didn’t take their responsibilities seriously enough.

The solicitor, who will not mention by name, had overlooked indicators of money laundering and accepted he had been ‘sloppy’ when he appeared at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, where he was fined £7,500.

This man has now had to deal with the shame amongst his fellow professionals as the news has been published in the legal media. It has been a sobering experience. Read More

Posted in Conveyancing

Confidence is a state of mind, which drives forward the wheels of industry.

The right words or wrong ones from the influential can have a huge bearing on all our lives, so with this in mind news that agreed property sales are at a peak not seen since 2007 is reason for optimism.

Being conveyancing experts in London and the South East we find ourselves very much at the hub of the property market, which is a key indicator of the nation’s health, and it’s good when we hear news to help keep the economy ticking along nicely. Read More

Posted in Property

News that the current Tory government has extinguished plans to massively increase probate fees before the upcoming election, has raised the possibility that the proposals could be completely scrapped.

Probate Solicitor in London and elsewhere were very vocal about the hugely controversial Ministry of Justice scheme to raise £300m a year extra by charging up to £20,000 for large estates was authorised by the justice secretary.

However, now that the Government has confirmed that the relevant form of legislation that allows a parliamentary act to be made or altered without a vote by MPs, will not now be completed before the election. Read More

Posted in Probate

The attitude towards cohabitation has changed substantially in the past generation, and we at Pindoria Solicitors have said before how frustrating it is that often the law is playing catch up on life’s changes and this is certainly the case in this instance.

It seems clear from a recent survey showing that the majority of people in the UK believe that civil partnerships should be open to all couples.

The survey organisation Populus’s findings said 57 per cent of people surveyed believed that all couples should be allowed the right to obtain a civil partnership. Read More

Posted in Family Law

Never in history has there ever been a time when the passing on of wealth been so important to people’s lifestyles.

It’s probably something most of us with maturity in life are aware of, but especially so for those of us who make our lives here in the South East of England and London, which is unquestionably one of the most exciting places in the world to live, but also one of the most expensive.

Illustrating this issue a recent BBC online feature has shown how those born into an affluent family have a greater advantage over those who don’t. Read More

Posted in Private Wealth

There was much publicity over the recent battle of a woman to get an increased sum of her mother’s estate, following a battle with three well-known animal charities.

As wills and trusts experts in London, we at Pindoria Solicitors had a special interest in the case of Heather Ilott who had been left out of her mother’s Will.

She had been awarded more than £160,000 by the Court of Appeal in 2015 after her mother, Melita Jackson, with whom she had nothing to do with, left most of her £486,000 fortune to charities. Read More

Posted in Private Wealth

Being the world city that London is, changes to inheritance tax, which have gone largely unnoticed by the media, are set to have a considerable effect on many of its inhabitants. The new rules effective from May mean that those inheriting estates over £2 million will pay hugely increased probate fees of up to £20,000 following a proposal from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

Now, with the new rules about to come upon us only estates with a value under £50,000 won’t incur a charge. The changes will see a sliding scale of charges for probate fees. It had cost just £215 or £155 if you were assisted by a solicitor. Now though, an estate worth between £500,000 and £1m will attract a £4,000 fee. Read More

Posted in Probate

In an era where imitation is rife, the requirement for companies to protect the uniqueness of their goods has never been so needed.

It’s been the case for many centuries – traders have put symbols or marks on their products to indicate their origin, and it was not until the Trade Marks Registration Act 1875 that it was possible to register trade marks for any type of goods.

With the changing face of the commercial landscape it was still over 111 years later in 1986, before it was possible to register marks for services. Read More

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