7 06, 2018

House of Fraser Settlement Agreements

2018-06-07T11:04:55+00:00 June 7th, 2018|

The announcement today that House of Fraser will close 31 stores has sent shockwaves through not only the retail industry, but through the thousands of employees affected by potential job losses, not to mention their dependent families.  Here in Skipton the House of Fraser store [...]

3 06, 2018

Heads of terms – legally binding or not?

2018-06-03T08:07:11+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|

The question of whether heads of terms (also called letters of intent) are legally binding is one that often comes up. However, there is no set response, as it will depend on the details of the heads of terms, as well as what the intentions [...]

15 05, 2018

Dealing with late business payments

2018-05-15T10:47:56+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, one in three payments due to SMEs is paid late. Roughly £26bn in total is owed to UK small businesses and 50,000 are forced out of business each year as a result. So, late payments are not just [...]

4 05, 2018

Mewies Solicitors support National Pet Month

2018-05-04T14:14:21+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

At Mewies Solicitors we love our pets and our Family Law team have been organising some fun, animal themed activities for staff in support of National Pet Month. We are running a 'guess the number of animal sweets in the jar' competition, a 'match [...]

27 04, 2018

What is a Deputyship order?

2018-04-02T13:16:21+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

A Deputyship order is the instrument that appoints a person to be a Deputy for someone else.  You cannot legally become a Deputy for someone else without a Deputyship order. Why apply for a Deputyship order? Applying for a Deputyship order will give you the [...]

11 04, 2018

How can setting up a trust reduce inheritance tax?

2018-04-02T13:14:02+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

Inheritance tax can come as quite a shock. The current rate is 40% for anything above £325,000. And while this might sound like a lot of cash, with average house prices around £230,000 in the UK – going up to £500,000 in London – that [...]

28 03, 2018

Living Wills and Powers of Attorney

2018-02-07T09:14:26+00:00 March 28th, 2018|

As a nation we are increasingly aware of the problems of an ageing population. This is particularly so with respect to what happens to us if we’re not able to make decisions for ourselves. Living Wills and Powers of Attorney are two solutions to this [...]

7 03, 2018

Safeguarding the use of Lasting Power of Attorneys

2018-02-07T08:36:09+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

Comments by a retired senior judge have highlighted the need to make very careful decisions when it comes to setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The comments from Denzil Lush, who was the senior judge in the UK Court of Protection until last [...]

27 02, 2018

The Prenup – Necessary in the UK?

2018-01-11T09:37:43+00:00 February 27th, 2018|

The UK has traditionally had a confused and uncertain relationship with prenuptial agreements. However, cases such as Radmacher v. Granatino – which gave a prenuptial agreement heavy evidential weight – have indicated that the British courts are much more open to enforcing a prenup than [...]