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When talking the talk may mean walking the walk

Negotiating contracts looks set to be tougher in future, with the news that clauses that require any changes to be made in writing and agreed by all the parties may not hold water.  Anti-oral variation clauses often feature in both commercial agreements...

When the wheel comes off a free-style holiday

When the sun shines at home, our thoughts often turn to holidays abroad.  And when it’s so easy to book online, the attraction is to create a trip that’s unique.  Certainly, the choice is huge, with Airbnb alone reporting over 2m...

The devilish detail on inheritance tax

When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer’s Budget speech, the move had been much anticipated. But rather than simply raising the tax-free threshold for everyone, he announced a new...

Panama Papers fall-out will impact every business

Media reporting on the so-called Panama Papers has focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and international organisations, but the hacking of client files at Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has implications for every business.    ...

Sugar tax hits drinks but there's a sweetener for investors and companies in Osborne's budget

The unexpected introduction of a ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks in George Osborne’s Spring 2016 Budget drew headlines, but investors and companies have found a range of sweeteners in the Chancellor’s statement. In the run-up to the...

Employers must gear up for April living wage deadline

The National Living Wage has been catching headlines since Chancellor George Osborne announced it last summer, but the Government’s target of £9 per hour by 2020 has overshadowed the detail, and many businesses remain unaware of the transitional...

Companies countdown to new transparency regulations

Companies are on a countdown to comply with new regulations around transparency of ownership.  As part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, unlisted UK companies and LLPs will have to identify those people with significant control...

Divorce down as pre nups rise

The first working day in January is commonly known as Divorce Day, when family lawyers receive more enquiries than at any other time of the year, but they are more likely to be faced with ‘silver splitters’ than young couples these days. The...

Christmas caution on sharing personal information

Christmas Day has been the biggest day of the year for online and app downloads in recent years, as users set up the new devices they’ve received as presents, and 2015 is expected to maintain the tradition.  Apple announced the billionth download...

When to unravel the web of deceit in divorce

Unhappy ex-spouses hoping to get their divorce settlements reviewed following a landmark judgment last month are being urged to check their facts first. It was predicted that the Supreme Court rulings in the cases of Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil would...

Courts move towards higher tariffs on health and safety breaches

Two high profile health and safety court rulings have caught the headlines this month, but the penalties imposed reflect the expected shift towards higher tariffs and businesses need to sit up and take notice say experts.   First, fashion...

Countdown to new consumer laws

Businesses have until 1 st October to get ready for new consumer rights and dispute resolution procedures Consumers have new rights from October, including a 30-day period to claim a full refund on faulty goods and, for the first time, protections on...

Landlords must act to avoid ending up in hot water over heating supplies

Landlords must comply with the introduction of individual metering and charging on communal heating and other forms of heat networks Landlords operating a communal heat supply have until December 31 st to comply with regulations which introduce new...

Property owners win and lose in Osborne's first Tory budget

Action towards a new living wage caught the headlines as Chancellor George Osborne delivered his first Budget statement under a Tory majority, alongside good news for families who want to pass on their property wealth to future generations.  The...

Employers need fit practices to match new Fit for Work service

Employers should review their procedures and contracts of employment to match the new Government-funded initiative ‘Fit for Work’ . A work-related health advice service designed to help employees stay in or return to work, the Fit for Work...

When comments are advertisements...

Accusation that drinks group encouraged irresponsible alcohol consumption in a tweet highlights social media challenge for business Businesses must make sure they are not breaching advertising regulations when they update their social media feeds. The...

Taking stock of UK and overseas property

Property valuations and holiday logs are top of the list for expats and owners of overseas holiday homes under new rules  British expats and people with foreign holiday homes must take stock to deal with the new tax regime that came into force this...

Nailing down agreements on divorce

A Supreme Court ruling will allow a former wife to make a claim for a share of the fortune amassed by her husband 30 years after they parted, as no binding consent order was made when they divorced. Kathleen Wyatt has been granted permission to lodge a...

Abusive email puts employer on the spot

An abusive rejection letter sent by email to a jobseeker has landed a company director in hot water .  The email was sent to 48 year old James Allen, a former serviceman from Devon, who was described in the letter as ‘an old, aesthetically...

Battle of forms highlights a hard truth for company contracts

Two companies who went to court in an argument over whose terms and conditions applied to a contract between them, have both lost out .   The ruling from the High Court has said that neither company made enough efforts to deliver up their terms...

Osborne puts inheritance tax under the spotlight

The matter of inheritance is top of the agenda for Chancellor George Osborne in the countdown to the general election and the subject was also a hot topic in his Spring budget statement . The Chancellor announced that the UK economy grew 2.6% in 2014,...

More parents can ask for time off from next month

New rules for parents wanting time off to look after their children will come into force in April, including the much debated option for parents of new babies to share 50 weeks of leave. And as the deadline looms, businesses are being warned to make sure...

Secrets in Switzerland lead to big penalty bill

Failing to declare gifts given whilst his father was alive has landed a son with an £87,000 penalty from HMRC Failure to report a cash gift from his late father has landed a carpenter with an £87,000 penalty from HM Revenue and Customs.  ...

Setting the boundaries for when staff are tweeting

Businesses need to sharpen up on terms of employment if they are to tackle bad behaviour on private Twitter...

Talking it out can save the children

Statistics show that more children than ever celebrated Christmas with only one of their parents, following a relationship break-up.   According to the research, published by the Marriage Foundation, one in three children under the age of 15...
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