When tweets go wrong . . .

Every business using social media should get to grips with publishing law and advertising regulations if they are to avoid reputation-damaging incidents.  The reminder follows the news that opinion columnist Katie Hopkins has been refused leave to appeal against a recent High Court libel verdict, where she was found to have published defamatory tweets, or what’s been coined ‘twibel’. Anyone using social media is a publisher, putting information out into the public domain, but unlike newspapers and book publishers, most businesses don’t have a good understanding of publishing law and…

Battle of the Landlords

Subject to satisfying the criteria of a qualifying tenant under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 a residential tenant of a long lease has the right to obtain an extension of 90 years on the term of their lease. However given the length of such extension this may mean that the qualifying tenant’s immediate landlord, and possibly some of the superior landlords to them are unable to grant such extended period as their own lease terms in the property are insufficient length. For the above reason the…

Courts cost rule sets precedents for family disputes over Wills

The High Court has handed down a costs judgement, setting a precedent that costs orders will be made by the court against claimants who pursue weak Will challenges, act obstructively, cause delay and increase costs without incurring costs themselves. Kenneth Jordan died in 2012 leaving his entire estate to his mistress Ms Elliot. Ms Simmonds, the illegitimate child of the self-made millionaire, claimed that his 2012 Will was invalid for lack of capacity, knowledge and approval and undue influence. Ms Simmonds further alleged a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for…

Disinherited daughter receives £164,000 inheritance

In the recent, and heavily publicised case of Ilott v Mitson a woman's disinherited daughter has received £164,000 from her estate. The case involved the estate of the late Melita Jackson and her daughter Heather. Heather had left home at 17 and had not been in contact with her mother for some 26 years and had been excluded from her late mother's will. Ms Jackson had left her entire £486,000 estate to various charities, however, her daughter applied under the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 stating that the will failed to…

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