Monthly Archives: November 2021

US/UK giving

Considering the UK tax rules on lifetime gifts can be complex, but having to marry these with the corresponding US rules if the donor and/or recipient are also US taxpayers can make the task yet more difficult. A donor can …

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Appeal begins over Meghan Markle privacy lawsuit

Steven Heffer, Partner and Head of Media and privacy comments: Meghan Markle‘s case was a strong one both on copyright and privacy grounds. So much so that the judge was willing to grant summary judgment for most of the claim. …

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We don’t need another Tina – Tina Turner sues tribute act

Tina Turner is suing a German tribute act because she looks too much like the real thing. The case is unlikely to keep tribute acts off the UK stage. Howard Ricklow, Partner comments. “Tina Turner has turned to her ‘private …

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Gifts and Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”)

Making gifts as an attorney acting under a registered LPA for property and financial affairs is fraught with difficulties and is an area which could give rise to criticism of the attorney and potentially an investigation by the Office of …

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How women can prepare for their greater exposure to IHT

Given that women on average live longer than men, it is more likely that women will inherit significant wealth from their spouses and other family members than their male counterparts. As a result, a recent study states that women have …

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Retrospective changes proposed to HMRC HICBC Discovery Assessment Powers

In the 2021 Budget, the Government published a little-noticed policy paper on Discovery Assessments in parallel with the Budget and Spending Review documents.  See the paper here.  The lack of attention was probably caused by the fact that the paper …

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Collyer Bristow Annotations on the discovery assessments policy paper

Policy paper Discovery assessments Published 27 October 2021 Who is likely to be affected Individuals who incur certain tax charges (the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC), those relating to Gift Aid Donations and a number of different pension charges) …

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Collyer Bristow IP team recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2022

Collyer Bristow has been ranked by The Times as one of the UK’s Best Law Firms, in its ‘Best Law Firms 2022’ guide recognising the firms most highly regarded by legal professionals. The list of Best Law Firms is collated …

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Family lawyers raise concerns about new transparency proposals

The long-awaited transparency in family courts review has been published resulting in “revolutionary and far reaching” proposals. First published on eprivateclient, you can view the full article here. You may need a subscription to access the full article.

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ESG and Data Protection

Investors and the wider public are increasingly gravitating towards businesses that prioritise Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) credentials. Discussions around ESG investing commonly focus on factors such as minimising carbon emissions and broadening the diversity of staff and board members. …

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