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By Imogen Jones In a recent case (Neocleous v Rees [2019] EWHC 2462 (Ch)), the Court held that a binding contract for the disposition of land could be formed by a string of emails signed with a solicitor’s email signature. A contract for the sale of land must include: offer, acceptance, consideration and intention to […]

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By Aidan Grant This research chimes with Collyer Bristow’s own findings announced in our Age of Apathy report. Many parents operate under the belief that a Will is not necessary. This may be due to a perception that they do not have substantial assets, or that a Will would only codify what would happen anyway in […]

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CEOs of more than 50 high street retailers have today written to the Chancellor calling for reform on the ‘broken business rates system’.  Business rates have, they say, increased by over 50% since the 1990s and are in part responsible for the collapse of some high street brands. Collyer Bristow, whose clients include many retailers […]

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By Aidan Grant The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published a number of recommendations for how inheritance tax (IHT) could be amended and simplified. While these amendments do not go so far as to shake the foundations of the tax itself, nevertheless the proposals would require all practitioners to come to terms with the […]

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By Gülenay Kavcar In the light of the decision of the Constitutional Court regarding the application of EROL KESGİN dated 2015/11192 and dated 30.05.2019, the members of the Board of Directors who are not represented have the responsibility of the liability of the Board of Directors.     I. BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE CONSEQUENT EVENT The provincial […]

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The impact of economic substance rules on family offices in the Channel Islands

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