The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has just released the most recent report relating to a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning event. On this occasion it relates to the death of a couple and their dog on board a small modern American Sports Cruiser at Roxham in 2016. The Report and Conclusions have been read against the context of a further fatality occurring to the owner of a cabin cruiser which occurred in similar circumstances at Cardiff Yacht Club some 5 months later.
Understanding of mental health issues is high on the agenda, thanks to the involvement of the younger members of the Royal family in the Heads Together awareness campaign which has seen the #oktosay hashtag trending.
For many business owners, preparing for unknown unknowns’ (also known as ‘Black Swans’) appears impossible. If a business owner cannot know the unidentified risks which face their business nor see these risks coming, the logical conclusion is that nothing can be done to safeguard their business. However, with sensible risk planning, the impact of a Black Swan event can be reduced, saving your business money, time, resources and preserving its reputation.
New regulations designed to help small businesses get paid on time came into force this month, with a requirement for larger companies to publish information about how long they take to pay suppliers.
The Health & Safety Executive has powers to prosecute companies and directors, in their personal capacity, for breaches of health and safety law. This can result in very substantial fines and potentially custodial sentences for directors.
Adultery. Desertion. Unreasonable behaviour. These are all grounds to grant a divorce if one party doesn’t agree. But what about unhappiness? Depression? Exhaustion? Head of Family Law at Verisona Law, Andrea Cox, asks if we are now in need of a ‘No Fault Divorce’?
This is a question that we are now frequently asked. With the possible introduction of significantly higher probate fees in May, it is likely that this will become an even more popular question.
To deal with a person’s estate it is usually necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate where the estate exceeds £50,000 in value and it may be required for smaller estates in some circumstances. The current fee payable to obtain the Grant of Probate is £155 if the application is made through a solicitor, or £215 if made personally.
An increasing number of families are unknowingly facing an inheritance tax liability, as the older generations have accumulated wealth and property values have increased.