Islamic faith marriages invalid under English law, court rules

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Islamic faith marriages are invalid under English law. The judgement overturns an earlier…

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Tax change prompts landlords to dump rental properties

  Around a quarter of Britain’s two million landlords are considering selling a property as the government removes tax relief…

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House clearance reveals £80,000 collection of gold coins

A Gloucestershire auctioneer has made a remarkable discovery while exploring a vacant cottage near Stroud. John Rolfe had not expected…

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Ministry hits probate target in less than 10 per cent of cases

Less than 10 per cent of probate applications have been issued within the government’s target of 10 working days since…

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Admiral Bertram Ramsay: museum for Dunkirk mastermind given green light

Plans have been approved to create a museum at the family home of Vice-Admiral Bertram Home Ramsay, the man who…

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Mass closure of probate sub-registries in England and Wales

Almost 20 regional probate offices closed their doors for the final time last week as the government continues with plans…

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French village receives €14m in businessman’s will

A small village in southern France is €14m better off thanks to the will of a man who used to…

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Thomas Cook’s archive finds a new home

The huge archive of defunct travel company Thomas Cook is to be preserved at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester…

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Italian city to sell historic houses for €1

An Italian city has announced it intends to sell off vacant properties for the nominal sum of €1 (85p) each….

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Tax return record fuelled by rise in self-employment

The number of people required to fill out a tax return in the UK has hit a record high, as…

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Famous “crooked house” goes on sale for £500,000

One of England’s most extraordinary houses has gone on the market with a price tag of more than £500,000. The…

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Unfair inheritance tax needs radical adjustments

The debate about the unfairness of inheritance tax is intensifying, and not only in the UK. Writing in The Times…

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HMCTS unveils longer opening hours for service centres

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced plans to trial longer opening hours at its service centres. The centres,…

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Merchant Navy memorial to 1,400 restored in Liverpool

A “once-in-a-generation” restoration project has helped preserve the stories of 1,400 Merchant Navy personnel who lost their lives during the…

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Government to donate £1m to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

The government has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with the announcement it will be giving £1m to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. The…

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UK house prices surge following general election

Since December’s general election UK house prices have risen at the fastest rate on record for the time of year,…

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