Colin Glass’s article on the importance of making a Will

Why even “The Young Ones” should make a will Making a will has become even more important in the UK as the government seeks to increase its tax takings. Alarmingly, only approximately 63 per cent of British citizens have a will. The importance of making a will, and the disastrous financial consequences that might follow […]

Cross Border Debt Recovery Made Simple – The European Order for Payment Procedure

DWFM Beckman advises a fellow IPG member as to the procedure of enforcing an Austrian Judgment in the UK High Court.  This was the first European Enforcement Order for Payment claim in 2015. Prior to Regulation (EC) no. 1896/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council coming into force, cross-border enforcement claims were complex, […]

The importance of making a Will – Inheritance Tax and Deeds of Variation

The importance of making a Will was demonstrated again today. Unfortunately the late Rik Mayall died intestate (without a Will). As a result his family, and in particular his children, faced a large inheritance tax bill which otherwise could have been avoided had he made a Will leaving his estate to his spouse, as any […]

DWFM Beckman ranked for four practice areas in The UK Legal 500 2014

DWFM Beckman has been ranked for four practice areas in The UK Legal 500 2014: ‘London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms) within ‘Media and Entertainment’ ‘London: Private client’ within ‘Family’ ‘London: Real estate’ within ‘Commercial Property’ ‘London: ‘Dispute resolution’ within ‘Commercial Litigation’ In addition, Irving David and Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui have been acknowledged as ‘Recommended Solicitors’ in […]

Colin Glass explains the importance of making a Power of Attorney

The tragic accident that Michael Schumacher suffered a few months ago highlights the importance of making a Power of Attorney. Unfortunately it does not matter how fit or healthy a person is, an accident can occur at any time. It is always better, in the motto of the World Scout Movement, to “be prepared” rather […]

‘Returning’ a faulty new home – what rights does a property buyer have?

How to ‘return’ a faulty new home You’d take back a faulty toaster or a pizza with the wrong topping. Here’s what to do if you move into a new-build with problems 4th July 2014 by Felicity Hannah Buying a home is a challenging business at the best of times. You’ll need cash for a […]

DWFM Beckman advises Premier Gold over security dispute

Miner in £20m battle for gold 15th June 2014 by Matthew Goodman A GOLD mining company chaired by the Conservative MP Bob Stewart is threatening to sue Kyrgyzstan’s government for $35m (£20m) over security lapses that are preventing it from developing a mine in the region. Lawyers for the AIM-listed Premier Gold Resources have demanded […]

New landmark arbitration judgement

For the first time, the doctrine of issue estoppel has been applied to the enforcement of an arbitration award under the New York Convention following a landmark decision on 22nd May 2014, resulting in victory for the Czech Republic in the case of Diag Human S.E. v. Czech Republic – Ministry of Health. This doctrine […]

Irving David – Raising awareness of the legal rights of choreographers

Making the right moves December 2012 I recently attended a ballet masterclass presented by a leading UK ballet company. It featured the work in progress of an up-and-coming choreographer who had been commissioned to create a new work for a forthcoming triple bill. Over coffee afterwards, I chatted to the choreographer and was rather surprised […]

Sofia Moussaoui represents Michelle Young in long-running ancillary relief case

This case was covered in The Guardian (please see below) as well as Family Law Week. Property tycoon jailed by family court for hiding wealth from separated wife Owen Bowcott | The Guardian Scot Young, whose wealth is put at £400m, jailed for ‘flagrant and deliberate contempt’ as maintenance arrears nears £1m A property tycoon estimated […]