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The Pitfalls of Gifting Your Property to Family Members

August 30, 2016 | Private Client

Belinda Harvey from our Private Client team discusses the pitfalls of gifting property to family members in a blog written for the Solicitors for the Elderly website.  Solicitors for the Elderly is an independent national organisation whose members provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. more)

Shareholders Agreements: The Background and Benefits

August 22, 2016 | Business Services

Background Historically, it has always been the case that the so called “constitution” of a company (of which the articles of association are most important) forms a contract between all the shareholders of the company. Section 33(1) of Companies Act 2006 enshrines this in statute and, in effect, creates contractual relationships with powers of enforcement(Read more)

Are You Carrying Out the Correct Employee Checks?

August 18, 2016 | Employment

From 12 July 2016, new regulations (The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2016), which were made on 23 May 2016, brought in provisions relating to illegal working and earnings of illegal workers. A new post was created, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement. The holder of this post will be tasked with overseeing(Read more)

Health and Safety – The Fines That Employers Can Face

August 04, 2016 | Employment

A synopsis of several recent Crown Court cases has been published by the on-line resource, Practical Law.  The round-up below illustrates the potential consequences for businesses of breaching health and safety legislation: 1) An employee at a fish processing company suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him while(Read more)

Inspiring the Next Generation

July 28, 2016 | Practice News

Our Practice Manager, Kirsten Phipps Get, recently gave a talk to 80 students and staff at the Oxford Media & Business School .  The students were due to graduate later that week, having studied an Executive PA Diploma course which includes Business Communications, Marketing, Office Skills (including shorthand) and IT.  Kirsten was able to provide(Read more)

Tribunal Cancels Late Payment Penalty Because HMRC Owed the Taxpayer a Repayment

July 22, 2016 | Private Client

Both the taxpayer and H M Revenue & Customs accepted that a VAT return was received on time on 6 November 2015 but when HMRC originated a direct debit on 11 November 2015 it was returned unpaid because the amount of £27,000.71 exceeded the balance of cleared funds available in the account by £1,784.61 and(Read more)

Careless Inaccuracy - Steady v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 0473 (TC)

July 21, 2016 | Private Client

In Cambridge County Court in June 2016, the First Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber sat to give their verdict on the fate of Mr Steady. Mr Steady filed annual tax returns under the self-assessment regime each year. At the end of each tax year, he would contact the various banks and building societies with which he(Read more)

H M Revenue & Customs Issue Revised Charter

July 20, 2016 | Private Client

H M Revenue & Customs have published an updated Charter which explains what taxpayers can expect from H M Revenue & Customs and what they expect from tax payers.  The charter is set out below:  1. Your rights - what you can expect from us 1.1 Respect you and treat you as honest We’ll treat(Read more)

Dispensing With Service

July 15, 2016 | Private Client

Senior Judge Lush heard an appeal in June against an order allowing a statutory Will to be executed without an affected party being notified. A statutory Will can be applied for when someone has lost capacity to make a Will themselves. The Court will consider the submissions of parties as to what should be in(Read more)

Post ‘BREXIT’: The Only Certainty is…Uncertainty?

July 12, 2016 | Residential Property, Commercial Property, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Business Services, Private Client, Family Services, Motoring and Road Transport, The Arts

Although there has been huge political fallout in the last fortnight as a result of the BREXIT vote, the long-term effect on British jobs, business and individuals is unclear. From an economic perspective, after an initial plummet from 6338 to under 6000, the stock market appears to have recovered to near pre-vote levels (FTSE 100(Read more)