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To Infinity – and it’s gone!

Rayshum Khan, a paralegal in the Litigation department, outlines the latest heist on Axie Infinity in what is believed to be the biggest cryptocurrency hack in the history of De-Fi.

Date: 21 April 2022

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Sink or Swim

The war in Ukraine has some interesting consequences for those live or making a living in social media, both in terms of content and commerce.

Date: 19 April 2022

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Can Cryptocurrency Be Held on Trust?

For what is believed to be the first time ever, a UK court has considered whether cryptocurrency can be held on trust. Here, Rayshum Khan, paralegal in the Criminal Litigation department, outlines the case in question and ponders its implications.

Date: 23 February 2022

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Can a Will cancel my previous agreements?

In most cases, making a Will means that your affairs are finally put in order. Zyginta Urbonaite, a solicitor in the Private Client department explains how two recent court decisions offer important reminders that your Will can impact trust arrangements made many years earlier.

Date: 18 February 2022

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Artist Beware NFTs and Breach of Copyright

This article is about the recent sale of the Artist Miltos Manetas’ NFT SuperMario Sleeping (with butterflies), 1997 on Artnet (we assume on or around the 21st December 2021) and the potential issues it can cause in regards to breach of copyright under English law.

Date: 22 December 2021

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My Landlord is Missing – Is there an Opportunity for Me?

Most tenants may say that the fact that their landlord is not around to demand ground rent and service charges may be a positive short-term outcome for them. However, if the landlord was to return, they may well demand historic ground rents leaving the tenant in a no better position or worse...

Date: 24 November 2021

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Sharia Wills

Muslims domiciled in England and Wales who would prefer their assets to pass under Sharia rules may need to consider making a Sharia compliant will.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme Fraud Investigations on the Rise

Among the financial lifelines thrown to businesses by the government in the first weeks of the coronavirus lockdown was the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

The scheme allows banks to lend small firms up to £50,000 which is backed by a 100% state guarantee. By early October it had provided loans of more than £38 billion.

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A Day At The Firm - Q&A with Safiyah Rahim

As part of our "A Day At The Firm" Series, we are holding Q&A sessions across the firm, showcasing the amazing talent at RFB. This week we talk to Safiyah Rahim, Paralegal in the Support Team, and a ‘future of the firm’ candidate!

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Divorce

Family Law Podcast Series - Adam Bowes answers your questions about Divorce

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CLP React & Protect Launch

RFB, CYFOR and Cassiopeia are pleased to announce we have entered a partnership to provide a one-stop service “CLP React & Protect” providing Cyber Forensics ,law and PR services.

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Furlough Scheme Online Update

Ahead of the Governments furlough scheme closing on 31 October 2020, our Employment Law Partner, Gerard Airey, considers the changes to the scheme that are planned on the road to closure of the scheme.

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The Forfeiture Rule Explained

The forfeiture rule is a longstanding legal maxim, later written into law by the Forfeiture Act 1982, precluding a person who has unlawfully killed another from benefiting as a result of the killing in certain circumstances. This would generally mean that someone who has been convicted of causing a death would not be able to benefit from the estate of the person who had died.

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Inheritance Act 1975 Claims by Adult Children

Although the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 permits adult children who are not financially dependent on a parent to make claims against the parent’s estate if they consider that the distribution of the estate does not make reasonable financial provision for them, historically these tended to succeed only where children could demonstrate that the parent had a moral obligation to provide support.

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Furlough Fraud

Fraud

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced by the Government as an extraordinary emergency measure to provide a lifeline to the millions of employees whose income would be affected by lockdown, particularly in the hospitality and retail sectors.

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The Residence Nil Rate Band

On 6 April 2020, the residence nil rate band increased to £175,000 marking the culmination of the Conservative Party’s 2015 manifesto pledge to remove a family home worth up to £1 million from the scope of inheritance tax by the time the next election was due to take place in May 2020. Devorah Ormonde, a partner in the Private Client department, explains how this works in practice.

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Living together agreements known as co-habitation agreements

According to the most recently gathered statistics of the Office for National Statistics there are approximately 4.5M unmarried couples living together.  I suspect that many of them will be unaware that they do not stand in the same position as married couples should they separate because their relationship has not lasted.  There is no legislation aimed at their specific situation.  The law that there is, is piecemeal rather than holistic.

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Deathbed gifts

A case which has been widely reported in the media in recent weeks has highlighted possibility of making deathbed gifts designed to take effect only after death which would override any will or distribution under intestacy. Kate Farkins from RFB’s Private Client department discusses.

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Landmark ruling from EWCA

1998 Islamic Ceremony did not create valid English marriage

Adam Bowes

Overturning a 2018 family court judgement, the England and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA) has ruled in Akhter v Khan [2020] EWCA Civ 122, that an Islamic Nikah marriage ceremony does not create a valid English marriage unless it is followed by a conventional English civil marriage ceremony.

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How do I protect my business idea – our step by step guide

protect your business image

The law surrounding the protection of distinctive business ideas (such as business names, materials, inventions, and product designs) is known as Intellectual Property law. It is relevant to every type of business – from a family owned manufacturer of jewellery to a global brand like Coca-Cola.

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City firm boosts property team with new partner appointment

Ronald Fletcher Baker has strengthened its property team by welcoming solicitor Tamara Manojlovic as a partner.
Tamara is rejoining the firm having been with the firm previously for three years before moving to Taylor Rose TTKW. Tamara re-joined Ronald Fletcher Baker as a property partner in November 2019 having been with the firm previously for over three years. She is a specialist property lawyer with extensive experience in commercial and residential transactions.

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Pet Arrangement Order – Paws For Thought

An interesting question continues to arise from divorcing couples in the UK – what happens to the family pet when the parties split up? Sometimes it is only one person who cares for the pet on a day-to-day basis, or it may be the case that a pet was bought specifically for the children of a marriage and it can be agreed that the pet will stay with the children. However, in a number of cases both parties may want to keep ownership of their beloved pet, which can cause disagreements even when financial arrangements have been agreed or damage those discussions.

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Gerard Airey joins Ronald Fletcher Baker as partner

Gerard Airey has joined London-based law firm Ronald Fletcher Baker as a partner in the employment law team.

The firm is growing and this appointment follows those of Devorah Ormonde and Tamara Manojlovic as partners in the private client and property teams and of Adam Bowes as solicitor in the family team in the last three months.

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A guide to Employment status and IR35 in the private sector

IR35 is legislation that specifically relates to the employment status of contractors, their relationship to clients, and taxation. From 6th April 2021, medium and large companies will be liable for determining the status of any contractors they engage with, this guide is intended to help distil the essential points of the legislation.

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City firm boosts family law team with new appointment

Ronald Fletcher Baker is delighted to announce that it is bolstering the firm's family law team by welcoming solicitor Adam Bowes this month.

Adam joins the City office from PCM Solicitors to undertake all aspects of family law work, including divorce, children matters, civil partnership, financial matters and domestic abuse.

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The complexities of transferring funds from Iran to the UK

A large number of Iranians live in the UK and many more continue to receive student visas and investment-related visas to move to the UK. These individuals often require transfer of their legitimate lawful funds from Iran to the UK. Unfortunately, however, Iranians in the UK continue to face bank account restrictions and bank account closures.

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Thinking of starting your own business?

For many people starting a business is a dream – a ticket to unlimited income and an opportunity to run the show. The idea of financial freedom and setting your own hours with no need to be accountable to anyone else but yourself sounds tempting, however it is important you think about the structure right from the start of your business which will help you avoid problems and increase your chances of success.

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Released under Investigation – but what next?

The police used to refer to it as “assisting us with our inquiries” but it has long been the case that being under investigation followed a formal process. Executing an arrest based on suspicion of an offence being committed was followed first by an interview under caution and then with a period on police bail.

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Deputyship fees refund scheme

Were you a client of the Office of the Public Guardian and paid fees relating to a deputyship between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2015?

If so then you could be due a refund. 

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Five reasons why you should have a co-habitation agreement

A survey carried out by Resolution in 2017 found two-thirds of cohabiting couples wrongly believe that "common-law marriage" laws exist when dividing up finances.

The reality for unmarried couples is that in fact there is no such thing as ‘common law wife or husband’ and whilst this may come as a surprise to many, it is all too familiar for solicitors who are faced with a warring couple who are not married.

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Have you acted in 'self-defence'?

The law surrounding self-defence is one that is easily misinterpreted given the fact that the phrase is commonly used outside a legal setting. Find out more about what to do if you find yourself in this situation here.

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LPA electronic signing - a real possibility?

Can I now sign my Lasting Powers of Attorney electronically? The Law Commission, the statutory independent body which reviews the law of England and Wales, has recently confirmed in its final report of a government-commissioned study that electronic signatures are legally valid ‘in most cases’ and that wet ink signatures are therefore no longer necessary.

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Tenant Fees Act 2019

The 1st June 2019 saw the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (‘the Act’), which aims to provide additional protection for private residential tenants by restricting payments that landlords and letting agents can charge, as well as limiting the amount which can be taken as a tenancy deposit and providing detailed obligations in respect of holding deposits. The provisions under the Act will apply immediately to all new tenancies, whilst there is a 1 year transitional period for tenancies already in existence.

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