In today’s Budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced an end to inheritance tax for couples whose estate is worth up to £1,000,000 – the threshold rising by over a third. Currently, inheritance tax allows for £325,000 of a person’s estate to be passed on to their spouse or civil partner upon their death, meaning the surviving…

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DBS Heart CIC launches in Birmingham

DBS Heart was launched as a community interest company at a Spotlight event in Birmingham, as it looks to connect businesses to the local communities in the Midlands. DBS Heart has committed to creating a bigger positive impact for the region’s younger generation, supporting The Brain Tumour Charity and KidsOut as well as expanding its road…

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Leading Midlands law firm, DBS Law, will continue their annual road safety campaign, Clock On To Safety, as part of Child Safety Week next week. Child Safety Week (1 June – 7 June) is the flagship community education campaign organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust. Through Child Safety Week, supporters of the cause raise…

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KidsOut: A Question of Sport

Tonight, DBS Law will attend the Question of Sport event hosted by KidsOut! Founded in 1990, KidsOut are a charity concerned with giving neglected children something to look forward to. Over the past 25 years, they have set up hundreds of fun days out for underprivileged kids, be it to theme parks or other such…

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E-Cigarettes and the Law

There have been rules in place regarding smoking in the workplace for almost a decade. However, the development of technology has outpaced legislation with the introduction of e-cigarettes causing potential difficulties for employers. In Employment Law, the recent case of Insley v Accent Catering dealt with this issue in the context of a claim for…

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Is Obesity a Disability?

How may obesity need to be considered an employee relations issue in the office? A recent European Court of Justice case addressed whether obesity can be considered a disability following a Danish court hearing in the case of Karsten Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund. Kaltoft was a childminder for the Municipality for 14 years, caring…

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Urgent Appeal for the Nepal Earthquake

As we’re sure you’re aware, Nepal was recently devastated by a giant earthquake. The death toll is in the thousands, and with many remote areas still unreachable, that number is expected to rise. The earthquake has destroyed lives, buildings, and the general infrastructure of Nepal. The country is in need of urgent aid. And you can…

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In addition to the economic upturn, European immigration and Digital Natives are the two other drivers responsible for the upsurge and current demand for City Centre apartment living in Birmingham. Our European neighbours have a rental culture, and tend to migrate straight to the main cities and towns in the UK where they want to…

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Why Are Law TV Shows So Popular

Right now, two of the biggest shows in the world are about lawyers. Better Call Saul is about “Slippin” Jimmy McGill, a somewhat unorthodox yet brilliant lawyer, trying to get his law firm off the ground in New Mexico. It’s a prequel series to the unbelievably popular Breaking Bad, chronicling Jimmy’s rise and fall before…

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