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UK: Successful business women – how can you protect your assets on marriage?

20th March 2017

International women’s day was a chance to reflect on the drastic social change that has taken place over recent years. In relatively recent memory, women were expected to stay at home and bring up the children. The thought of women running a successful business or reaching the upper echelons of a multinational corporation was almost unheard of. Thankfully, times have now changed with many women being the main earner in households across the country. MSI's UK South Coast law member Lester Aldridge explains further.

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UK: Ilott v Mitson Supreme Court decision

15th March 2017

The Judgement of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others [2017] UKSC 17 [also known as Ilott v Mitson] was given this morning. The decision of the S.C. unanimously overturned that of the Court of Appeal which allowed an adult child to claim against the estate of her late mother even though she excluded her from inheriting under the terms of her Will. MSI's Northern UK law member Myerson provides further information on the case.

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USA: She's your employee, not mine! Why are we in this lawsuit?

3rd April 2017

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a new and important ruling on the concept of "joint employers"- when an employee can sue two different companies as if both are his employer. The court adopted an especially broad test that will expand potential liability for companies that might not think of themselves as employers. MSI's Georgia & South Carolina member Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP provides further information.

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South Africa: 2017/2018 Tax Guide

3rd March 2017

On 22 February 2017 South Africa’s Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, delivered his 2017 Budget speech which managed to ease tensions slightly. Transformation was a strong theme, however, many people's minds were on tax since the government’s aim to raise R28bn from higher taxes. MSI’s South African accounting member Newtons Chartered Accountants provides a useful 2017/2018 tax guide.

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