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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Articles & Blogs Healthcare

A Healthy Balance - Debt Recovery and Mental Health

Friday, 03 June 2016

Recent reports record a worrying increase in mental health issues among the UK student population

A Healthy Balance - Debt Recovery and Mental Health

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Further Lessons for the Independent Sector on Effective Safeguarding

Friday, 03 June 2016

On 20 January 2016, the Local Safeguarding Children Board for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster published a Serious Case Review relating to Southbank International School.


Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Mind the Gap - the Implications of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations for Independent Schools

Friday, 03 June 2016

The gap between male and female pay remains stubbornly around 20% despite the existence of legislation introduced in the 1970's outlawing unequal pay as between the sexes


Articles & Blogs Higher Education

Freedom of Information - Considerations for University Management

Friday, 03 June 2016

At VWV, we are seeing increasing numbers of queries about universities' obligations in response to freedom of information requests


Articles & Blogs Property Litigation Real Estate

Steps that landowners can take to prevent others from acquiring rights over their land

Friday, 27 May 2016

The case concerned a private car park, which had been used since 1987 by visitors to the neighbouring fish and chip shop. In 2012 the owners of the car park blocked vehicular access


Articles & Blogs Private Client VWV approach

News in Brief - Probate Fees - all change?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

In February 2016, the Ministry of Justice published a consultation on proposals to reform the current fixed fee structure for personal representatives applying for a grant of probate or representation. At present, applications for grants, for estates


Articles & Blogs VWV approach

News in Brief - Charities Take Ilott v Mitson to the Supreme Court

Monday, 23 May 2016

In the most recent development of the widely reported case of Ilott v Mitson, the Supreme Court has granted the charity beneficiaries leave to appeal in their defence of the claim brought by Heather Ilott against her late mother's estate under the


Articles & Blogs VWV approach

Has the Golden Rule lost its gleam? Court of Appeal Upholds Finding that Testator Had Testamentary Capacity in Burns v Burns

Monday, 23 May 2016

Eva Burns died on 21 May 2010 and in accordance with her last Will, dated 26 July 2005 ('the 2005 Will'), left her house ('the Property') in equal proportions between her two sons, Colin and Anthony Burns.


Articles & Blogs VWV approach

What is reasonable financial provision? Widow Loses Her Claim under the Inheritance Act in Wooldridge v Wooldridge

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Central London County Court, in Wooldridge v Wooldridge (Case No: 3CL1022132) has dismissed a claim by widow Thandi Wooldridge ('Ms Wooldridge') for further financial provision under her late husband's estate.


Articles & Blogs Corporate

Notice of Claim for Breach of Warranty

Monday, 23 May 2016

In Teoco UK Ltd v Aircom Jersey 4 Ltd the court struck out claims for breach of warranty under a share purchase agreement on the basis that the claimant (the Purchaser) had failed to meet the requirements for notification of the claims to the defendants.


Articles & Blogs VWV approach

Removing Personal Representatives - a Reminder of the Factors to Consider

Friday, 20 May 2016

The recent case of Harris v Earwicker [2015] EWHC 1915 (CH) sets out a useful summary of the principles underlying applications to remove personal representatives ('PRs') under section 50 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985.


Articles & Blogs Corporate

Be Reasonable and Have a Little Faith - Contract Disputes

Friday, 20 May 2016

Bristol Rovers (1883) Limited v Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited


Articles & Blogs Private Client

Could your estate be at risk from a claim after your death?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Recently there has been a lot of publicity surrounding the case of Heather Ilott, who successfully claimed against her mother, Melita's estate after she died.


Articles & Blogs Employment

Mind the gap - the Implications of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The gap between male and female pay remains stubbornly around 20% despite the existence of legislation introduced in the 1970s outlawing unequal pay as between the sexes.


Articles & Blogs Real Estate

Court of Appeal Upholds Reduced Affordable Housing Contributions from Small Sites

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the Secretary of State and overturned the High Court judgment in West Berkshire & another v Secretary of State