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Louise Butler
Just this morning the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss announced that the Discount Rate applied to Personal Injury cases will be reduced from 2.5% to minus 0.75% but what does this mean for Northern Ireland? What you need to know? The amendment to the Discount Rate in England and Wales comes into effect on 20th March 2017. It does not automatically apply to Northern Ireland; it is for the Department of Justice to implement a Statutory Rule to bring any amendment into effect. Given the current political situation in Northern Ireland and with the next election due to take place on Thursday 2nd March 2017, it is likely to be some time before the Discount Rate is top of the agenda and so the current rate will remain for now but watch this space.
Gary Patterson
Surprisingly, it remains the case that the majority of people in Northern Ireland do not have a Will or an Enduring Power of Attorney in place. Given the economic uncertainty of the past few years, it is now more important than ever to review your personal affairs and take steps to protect your family and dependents in the event of your death or mental incapacity. Reasons to make a Will You decide how your assets are shared out on your death.  If you do not have a will, the law with determine how your assets are distributed. This may not be consistent with your wishes.  It is particularly important to have a Will if you have a ...
Carol Scobbie
05/12/2016: P Walsh and H Lester v C Lester [2016] NICA 50 McBride J delivered the judgment of the Court of Appeal in this matter. The Court was asked to consider whether the appellants had unreasonably withheld consent to the respondent’s request to build a dwelling house, on the basis that it would obstruct the sea view from the appellant’s property, in breach of the lease under which the respondents held the land. The lease was created in the 1980s for a term of 9,000 years with a nominal rent. It related to a building site with outline planning permission, which was renewed on a number of occasions. Full planning permission was obtained in 2013 for a dwelling house different in design to that in the outline planning permission. One of the terms of the lease stated that the ...