Author Archives: Molly Jones

Financial Services Winter update 2021

Private Equity disputes – Clawing their way back? The post-Covid economic recovery has seen high levels of M & A activity, with private equity firms eager to deploy funds following a muted 2020. Nichola Leach discussed whether this is likely to lead to an …

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What are the tax implications of being the Bank of Mum and Dad?

My husband has recently retired and we are ready to plan the next stage of our lives. Our first decision is to sell our historic but rambling country home and downsize to something more manageable. Once we have bought a …

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Cohabitee crisis – a long and winding road

Earlier this month the UK Parliamentary Committee on Women and Equalities took evidence on the seemingly intractable and perennial problem of cohabitees’ rights. Or, rather, the distinct lack of them. One in four families now consists of cohabiting couples. Shockingly, …

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US tax changes could be imminent

The US House Committee on Ways and Means has proposed a raft of US tax changes intended to help fund the new administration’s grand infrastructure programme. Contained within the proposals are significant changes to some key estate planning tools that …

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Lifetime giving: The Giving Pledge – what is it, and what should British philanthropists keep in mind?

Founded in 2010 by a group of ultra-wealthy individuals (including Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet), the Giving Pledge invites other wealthy people to publicly commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Initially a purely …

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Equal Pay Day 2021

18 November 2021 is Equal Pay Day. For the rest of this year (some 44 days) women are effectively working for free because of the Gender Pay Gap. The Fawcett Society recently reported that the Gender Pay Gap has increased …

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Lifetime giving: Can I give my home to my children (and still live in it)?

For many people, their home is on of their most valuable asset, if not the most valuable. It is therefore an obvious candidate for lifetime estate planning. The question therefore often comes us as to whether it is possible for …

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Residential Property Development and Construction – Legal update

Alex O’Connor, Partner and Head of Collyer Bristow’s House Building & Development group, discusses some methods for making overage agreements stick. Jonathan Pawlowski, Partner and Head of Construction discusses issues arising from delays and disruption to the construction programme. Aimee …

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Lifetime giving: how to efficiently gift business assets

For certain individuals, business assets can form a significant portion of their wealth and so considering how those assets might be passed to the next generation often forms a key part of their estate plan. Business assets can benefit from …

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Code of Practice for commercial property relationships following covid-19

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Government introduced a number of measures to protect commercial tenants. The measures include a moratorium preventing commercial landlords from (i) forfeiting leases for non-payment of rent; (ii) utilising Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (being …

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