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Cutting the red tape: the Deregulation Act 2015

The Deregulation Bill received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. Although it makes some fairly significant changes to the law, it received relatively little media coverage, perhaps because at that time so much attention was focussed on the run-up to the general election....

Woman’s will upheld in spite of her dementia

The High Court has upheld a 91-year-old woman’s will even though she was suffering from dementia at the time it was made. The law requires that when making a will, a person must have testamentary capacity – that is, they must fully understand what they are doing and...

Divorcee ordered to pay ex-husband £1.2m despite pre-nup

A woman has been ordered to pay her ex-husband £1.2m, even though the couple had a pre-nuptial agreement that her wealth would be protected in the event of a separation. The case involved the daughter of one of Britain’s wealthiest men. She received an annual...

Man wins victimisation claim over bad employment reference

A man who said his former employers gave him a bad reference because he had brought a discrimination case against them has won his victimisation claim. The man worked for a car sales and repair company but was dismissed because he was over 65 years old. He began...

Children will be ‘better protected’ in family disputes

Ministers say children will be better protected and family disputes will be less stressful following changes to legislation relating to divorce and separation. The main changes are that separating couples will be obliged to attend mediation sessions to try to reach...

Court rules a mother’s will was forged by her son

A woman’s will has been declared invalid after a court ruled that it had been forged by her son. The woman originally made a will in 1999, stating that she intended to split her estate equally between her two children. The son claimed the mother made a new will while...