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Planning for your future with assets in England and Spain - Wills and Powers of Attorney

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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The importance of making a Will should never be under-estimated. It is a legal document that provides peace of mind and the assurance that the affairs of the person making the Will are dealt with by trusted individuals when they die. The certainty that an...

Non resident individuals in Spain: a guide to taxes

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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If you have a property in Spain but are classified as a non-resident, understanding how the Spanish tax system applies to you can prove difficult. Basically, non-residents in Spain are subject to non-residents income tax and a local property tax, as well as...

'Good Work Plan' provides blueprint for enforcing workers' rights

Giles Betts
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A series of legislative changes have been announced by the government to bolster workers’ rights. The raft of measures, set out in the ‘Good Work Plan’, aim to increase protection for agency employees, those on zero-hours contracts and gig...

Payslip processes set to change

Ewan Carr
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New payslip requirements requiring itemised calculations for variable rates of pay and hours worked are to be introduced in April 2019.  The two amendments to the 1996 Employment Rights Act will come into force from April, requiring that employees...

Shareholder rights in Spain

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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Spanish law dictates that share capital is at least €60000 for a public company and €3000 for a limited company. Capital that companies can issue ordinary shares, privileged shares or stock. Ordinary shares provide general rights and obligations to...

Important changes to trade mark law in the UK

Stephen Oliver
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Significant changes to the law relating to registered trade marks in the United Kingdom will take effect on 14 January 2019. Based on an EU Directive which comes into force through the Trade Mark Regulations 2018, they will apply irrespective of Brexit...

French Capital Gains Tax and social contributions

Hubert Watin-Augouard
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When selling a property in France, you may be liable to French Capital Gains Tax regardless of whether you are a resident or non-resident. However, if you are resident in France, you will be liable to pay Capital Gains Tax on any property you sell, be it in...

Tax litigation in Spain

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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In recent years, the attention of Spanish tax authorities has been focused on a number of issues, including business restructuring, non-resident entities obtaining Spanish-sourced income, foreign-related company acquisition, and share buy-backs involving a...

Addison Lee drivers have worker status, EAT holds

Giles Betts
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Private hire drivers at the company Addison Lee were ‘workers’, a status entitling them to the national minimum wage and paid annual leave, the EAT has confirmed. Despite the fact that neither the drivers in question were contractually obliged to...

Brexit: Planning for after a 'Black Swan' event

Robin Johnston
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Some dreamed of it and others dreaded it, but nobody actually expected the Brexit referendum result. As such, politicians and business leaders seemed unprepared for the negotiations and practicalities of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Nassim...

5 reasons for having a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

Stephen Duffy
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A Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that enables a person (known as the Donor) to appoint another person (known as the Attorney) to make decisions on their behalf in relation to health and welfare matters. The LPA takes...

Flexible working and the importance of a work-life balance

Ewan Carr
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Today, employees have competing responsibilities. Maintaining a work-life balance and good mental health is important, not least from the point of view of their employers. Achieving this can help avoid stress, high absenteeism and low productivity, and...

Crackdown on Inheritance Tax underpayment

Beverley Diamond
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is targeting the undervaluation of estates, particularly in relation to residential properties passed on to beneficiaries. And whilst revenue generated by Inheritance Tax (IHT) and the percentage of estates that are subject...

Shares - varying class rights

Katy Poole
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Many of us practicing in company law are asked to vary share rights. Frequently, this is permitted subject to checking the articles of association for authority or prohibition, any existing shareholders’ agreement and obtaining the requisite...

Recognising the gender agenda for trans staff

Giles Betts
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Trans campaigners are hoping for a simpler path to legal recognition of gender change following the government’s announcement that it is reviewing the process.  Elsewhere, the High Court has set an important precedent on the right to respect for...

Personal Injury Trusts - a quick guide

Suzanne Evans
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A structured solution to ensure a recipient can manage their inheritance properly is to put it into a trust. They are commonly used for larger sums that are passed down to younger recipients, this method can distribute money in such a way to avoid it being...

Volunteer Directors of not for profit community company held personally liable for VAT losses

James Maxey
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The High Court ruling in Situl Devji Raithatha (as liquidator of Halal Monitoring Committee Limited) and Mira Nazeer Ahmed Baig and others 2017 underlines the duties incumbent upon Directors and their responsibility to grasp an understanding of them,...

Trade Secrets Regulations 2018 - what are the implications?

James Munn
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The Trade Secrets Regulations 2018 came into force in June. Their purpose is the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information from being unlawfully acquired, used and disclosed. It is also intended to standardise national laws and remedies...

Electronic signatures can be used to sign formal legal contracts under English law, the Law Commission confirms

James Munn
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The way business is conducted constantly changes. Technological developments provide more efficient, convenient and immediate methods for entering into binding transactions. However, issues surrounding the electronic execution of documents, including...

The Residence Nil Rate Band - assumptions could cost £140,000 in tax

Stephen Duffy
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Not considering the finer detail of the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) rules could cost £140,000 in Inheritance Tax (IHT)! Under the RNRB rules, introduced in 2017, individuals can claim an additional allowance of £125,000 to reduce IHT due on...

Estate planning - Business Relief keeps you in control

Stephen Duffy
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Estate planning – that is, putting in place measures to ensure that our assets pass to the right people, and with the payment of as little tax as possible – is often put off. Sometimes this is due to the misconception that estate planning is too...

Surfing the waves of disruption

Robin Johnston
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Think of the word ‘disruption’ and it will likely conjure up negative connotations – something that holds you back or creates a barrier. However, disruption can often be a force for good. Through the ages, innovators have improved or...

Supreme Court ruling upholds agreed withdrawal of end-of-life treatment

Karl Dembicki
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The Supreme Court has upheld that clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) can be withdrawn from patients in a long-term permanent vegetative state without the approval of the Court of Protection when  both   family and doctors agree...

Evicting squatters from your Spanish property

Dennis Phillips
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Squatting is when someone deliberately enters property without permission and lives there or intends to live there. Under any circumstances, this is an extremely difficult situation for the owner but, when the property in question is fifteen hundred miles...

World Cup 2018 - Employers must keep their eye on the ball

Alison Banerjee
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So, England has qualified into the knockout round of the 2018 Fifa World Cup and fans are buoyant. With several games taking place during working hours, some have planned their holidays to be in Russia to support their team whilst most are following on...

5 top tips to make sure your planning application is granted permission

Brendon Lee
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Understanding exactly what is expected of you and what requirements you need to meet is vital when seeking planning permission to develop your property. Such criteria will differ from council to council, so it is important to maintain communication with your...

Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Pimlico Plumbers case

Giles Betts
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The Supreme Court, which is of course the UK’s highest court, has dismissed an appeal against an original ruling that a plumber who operated as an independent contractor was entitled to workers’ rights. In Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and anor v Smith...

Immigration and Employment law - the rock and the hard place for employers

Alison Banerjee
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In the wake of the Windrush immigration scandal, employers find themselves between a rock and a hard place when implementing checks on the rights of individuals to work in the UK.  Many who believed they were legitimately living and working in the UK...

Software supplied as a download is not a sale of goods

Stephen Oliver
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A recent judgment in the Court of Appeal has finally clarified the legal status of software provided in the form of a download. The decision in Computer Associates UK Limited v The Software Incubator Limited held that software provided in the form of a...

The right to work and dismissal

Alison Banerjee
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The terms of the Immigration Act 2016 require that every employee’s right to work in the UK must be checked before employment commences and repeat checks undertaken where the right to work is time limited.  It is only by carrying out these...

Seven good reasons to use Buckles Solicitors to prepare your Will

Matthew Porter
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A Will is one of the most important legal documents that you will prepare during your lifetime. An incorrectly prepared Will can cause severe and long-lasting difficulties on death. After all, it is not possible to have a second attempt at getting it right! ...

This is not a rubbish dump - the fly tipping blight

Brendon Lee
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At a time when correctly disposing of waste (especially industrial waste) is becoming more expensive, many unscrupulous traders and private individuals are choosing to fly tip rather than take their rubbish to a designated disposal site. That means the...

Five things we know about Inheritance Tax... but is it all set to change?

Karl Dembicki
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Here’s some current facts regarding Inheritance Tax: 1. Each individual can leave £325,000 (the “Nil Rate Band”) to their chosen beneficiaries on death without paying any Inheritance Tax, but above that figure assets may be taxed at...

Arranging Spanish NIEs quickly and easily from anywhere in the UK

Dennis Phillips
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As a non-Spanish national with any formal dealings with Spain you are going to need an NIE. That may sound like a tongue-twister. To add to the confusion, you will hear NIEs phonetically referred to by Brits as ‘En-eye-ees’, ‘Knees’...

Shareholder decisions and the Duomatic principle

Stephen Oliver
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The frequently informal nature of small private limited companies often means that major decisions are agreed about the company’s business or its constitution without being recorded in minutes or writing. This, in turn, can lead to validity issues...

The value of confidential information

Stephen Oliver
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Every business holds and develops a body of confidential information which is viewed as a key asset in establishing a commercial edge in its market.  Many will take care to identify and label information as confidential and contractually restrict...

How to delist a listed cottage or building

Brendon Lee
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Listed buildings, whilst often attractive and brimming with character, may not always be seen as desirable purchases. They cause potential headaches for the new owners given the statutory limitations, and resultant additional costs, in carrying out...

Tree Hugging: What is the law surrounding protected trees and conservation areas?

Brendon Lee
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Barely a month goes by without a local newspaper recording the infringement of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). These are often accompanied by protestations from the accused claiming they had no idea that a TPO was in place and, more frequently, detailing...

Environmental Impact Assessments - what is involved?

Brendon Lee
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The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (“the 2017 Regulations”), in compliance with EU Directives, govern the legal requirements for EIAs in the context of developments granted planning permission under...

Annual NHS charges rise to £195m for successful PI claimants

Martin Herson
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New figures, detailing increases to fixed amount charges on accident victims who make legitimate Personal Injury claims, help to explode the myth that they are a drain on NHS resources. The rates, which are due to rise by an average of 1.5 % on 1 st April,...

Brownfield land - is it the answer to tackling the housing crisis?

Brendon Lee
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Between 2011 and 2031, it is estimated that 245,000 new homes need to be built to meet current demand, according to figures released by The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). This has opened a debate about the importance of regenerating brownfield...

Granting a Spanish Power of Attorney safely, quickly and easily from the UK

Dennis Phillips
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If you are based in the UK, it may not be practical to fly out to Spain to deal effectively with your Spanish property affairs. It’s often more efficient to appoint someone to act on your behalf locally and, to do so, you will need to grant a valid...

GDPR - the impact on businesses

Thomas Birkett
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to take effect in the UK from 25 May 2018. In line with this, businesses are advised to prepare for compliance with the GDPR, and to be aware of further potential changes to data protection law once...

When mini-breaks just don't cut it

Alison Banerjee
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The mini-break may have made the perfect date for Bridget Jones but, when it comes to employee rights, companies need to make sure they do everything to enable workers to take a full and uninterrupted 20-minute rest break. The warning comes after Network...

Cyber-crime - managing the legal issues for victims

Nadine Duncan
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Government statistics show that nearly 70% of larger firms in the UK have been hit by a cyber attack or a breach in the last year and almost half of all UK businesses reporting at least one attack or breach. Over 4 million individuals found themselves the...

Statistics on employers' attitudes towards pregnancy raises concerns

Ewan Carr
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published statistics following a YouGov survey of 1,106 senior decision makers relating to the recruitment of women. Sadly, it appears that many businesses have not kept up with developments in UK...

Spain - Inheritance and donation tax changes benefit non-residents

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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In recent years, two significant developments have greatly benefited non-residents owning property in several autonomous regions of Spain. A change in Spanish law, made in November 2014 on European Commission recommendations, ended years of tax...

Time's Up

Paul Branch
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With most claims, the law imposes a time limit in which they must be brought or they will be time-barred. Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 are slightly different in that the Act states that an application shall not...

Immigration law - what to expect in 2018

Alison Banerjee
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With the UK in the midst of negotiations with the EU, the future of employment regulations and immigration rules following Brexit remain unclear. The outcome could seriously impact on many individuals and businesses in the UK. There have been many...

Spain - Non-resident tax declaration deadline

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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Amid all the recent New Year celebrations, you could be forgiven if you missed the deadline for the compulsory non-resident annual tax declaration in Spain, which passed on 31 st December 2017. Whilst you may incur a small fine for late submission, it is...

Corporate gifts and The Bribery Act

Nigel Moore
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Whilst the Bribery Act 2010 takes a tough stance on corruption, it is not intended to stop all forms of corporate hospitality or prevent businesses from giving gifts. So where is the line drawn between an innocent gift and a potential bribe? And how can you...

Government responds to Taylor review

Ewan Carr
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The government has issued a press release containing details of how it intends to respond to the independent review into modern working practices, concluded last year by Matthew Taylor. Whilst there is little in the way of legislative change proposed,...

Can a pre-nuptial agreement help to save your marriage?

Lyn Brisley
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The 2018 wedding season is just around the corner and has an extra buzz with the prospect of two royal ceremonies. If you are tying the knot this year, then you probably have most plans in place already. But have you considered adding a pre-nuptial agreement...

Debt collection: How can you protect your business?

James Maxey
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Disputes between businesses and customers are common. If you cannot agree a settlement, your business may be called to the Small Claims Court or a higher court. If the judge rules against you, and your ex-customer is awarded their money back or receives...

Power of Attorney fee refund scheme launched

Stephen Duffy
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Anyone who has registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, and who may have been over-charged in the process, could be entitled to a partial refund, on request , of the registration fee under a new scheme...

'Baby boomers' predicted to give 'millennials' an inheritance boost

Stephen Duffy
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A report published by the Resolution Foundation predicts that leaving an inheritance will become commonplace during the next 20 years, with ‘millennials’ born between 1981 and 2000 identified as the main beneficiaries. Historically, living...

Auto-Enrolment Pensions - employers' responsibilities

Alison Banerjee
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As an avid quizzer, I found myself somewhat perplexed when recently asked: “Who is Workie?”  Clue 1: he first appeared on our TV screens in 2015 Clue 2: despite being huge and multi-coloured he is ignored by all around him Clue 3: he was...

Businesses face bigger penalties on data leaks

Nadine Duncan
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The final countdown to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 has begun for businesses. It will tighten rules for data processing and impose greater penalties for non-compliance. The outcome of a landmark High Court...

Mutual Wills

Paul Branch
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It is possible for two people to leave Wills where, on the first death, the survivor is not free to unilaterally alter their Will and make a new one inconsistent with the mutual Will. If that person does so, their representatives would hold that estate on...

Sign of the times - do you need planning consent for a sign?

Brendon Lee
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Everyone knows that planning permission may be needed for a house extension, adding a new building to a business complex, or even putting up a large wall. But did you know that you may also need planning consent for an advertisement sign? It all depends on...

Law Commission - Wills - A Brave New World

Paul Branch
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Only 180 years after the Wills Act was introduced, there is a suggestion that the law around making Wills may need updating to reflect “changes in society, technology and medical understanding”.  When one considers that Queen Victoria had...

The inside track on compulsory purchases

Brendon Lee
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The completion of the controversial HS2 train link project may seem a long way down the track. However, for the many people whose homes will potentially be swallowed up by the new routes, the impact of HS2 is very real and pressing. Given the green light...

Christmas gifts that keep on giving

Stephen Duffy
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Christmas shopping usually means a visit to the high street or browsing online retailers, but the season of giving can be a good time to make sure you are maximising your opportunities to reduce your potential inheritance tax liability. Anyone can make...

Lasting Power of Attorney and Advance Decision - planning for your health care

Paul Belliere-Wilson
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We all want our wishes to be respected when it comes to decisions regarding our medical care. This is particularly important if our state of health means that we no longer have the mental capacity to make those decisions independently. Therefore, it is a...

Estate planning - it's good to talk

Karl Dembicki
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Recent research has revealed that nearly half of all adults in the UK have not had a conversation with loved ones about what would happen to their estate after they die. Naturally, whilst we are all aware of the importance of inheritance planning, the...

Inheritance hit as Government shelves care home fees cap policy

Paul Belliere-Wilson
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A proposal to limit the costs of social care, per person, to £72,000 by 2020 has been formally dropped by the government, with no intention to pursue the policy until after the next election. The plan, originally put forward by David Cameron, promised...

Can the food you eat make you test positive for drugs?

Alison Banerjee
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So, you are faced with an employee who swears blind they don’t take drugs, but they have failed a drugs test.  Do you trust your employee over the test results?  Particularly when that employee claims that the positive result was due to their...

Tier 2 - is the UK's immigration system ready for Brexit?

Alison Banerjee
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Trying to get a Tier 2 work permit in the UK often results in a tangle of red tape and hoops to jump through. Tier 2 has been described as a logistical ‘fortress’, designed to disincentivise employers and reduce the number of migrant workers...

The importance of having a social media policy

Nicola Cockerill
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I was interested to read an article in the news last week about an employee who lost her job as a manager at a residential care home for posting pictures and videos on her Facebook page depicting a music night that was regularly held at the care home....

Mediation - how can it be useful to an employer?

Nicola Cockerill
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In any situation, it can be stressful when a dispute arises. This is particularly true when it happens in the workplace between colleagues as, ultimately, it can have a significant impact on individual livelihoods and personal well-being, as well as...

Walking in your digital footsteps

Karl Dembicki
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In a world increasingly connected through social media, we are all aware of leaving a ‘digital footprint’. We make the decisions on what information we share via these channels and who can access them. But who takes on this responsibility when we...

Selfie shots signal end to informal financial management

Karl Dembicki
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International payment processor, Visa, is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate biometric security that will use selfies, fingerprints or voice records to approve purchases in the drive against fraud. Police figures show that, in the first six...

Commercial Contracts - B2B

Nadine Duncan
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Robust commercial contracts are essential for all businesses. Contracts can take many forms – some are formal signed agreements, some are terms and conditions, some by way of a letter, and others by email. Contracts can even be made orally or as a...

Valuation of Spanish property for UK Inheritance Tax purposes

Dennis Phillips
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If you are dealing with the transfer of a deceased UK resident’s Spanish assets into the name of those inheriting the assets, the process may involve the completion of inheritance tax returns in the UK as well as in Spain. Both returns require property...

Commercial acquisitions - share purchases

Thomas Birkett
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In the final instalment of our series of articles on mergers  and acquisitions , Buckles’ Company Commercial lawyer, Tom Birkett, examines issues around share purchases. Acquisitions involve an entity applying its resources to obtain ownership,...

Australian court accepts dead man's unsent text message as his Will

Karl Dembicki
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An Australian court has ruled that a draft text message is the official Will of man who then committed suicide without sending it. The message, found in the drafts folder of the 55-year-old’s phone and intended for his brother, stated that he wished...

Commercial acquisitions - asset purchases

Thomas Birkett
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Last week, Buckles’ Company Commercial lawyer, Tom Birkett, wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of growing a business through a merger . In the next two articles, Tom turns his attention to acquisitions as an alternative method of achieving...

Lessons to be learned from leaseback losses

Paul Belliere-Wilson
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The plight of UK investors faced with significant costs after purchasing leaseback properties in France has highlighted the need for potential buyers to take legal advice before signing on the dotted line. French property leaseback schemes have been...

Mergers - the benefits and risks involved

Thomas Birkett
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A big question for any business is ‘How can we grow?’ In this series of articles, Buckles’ Company Commercial lawyer, Tom Birkett, takes a look at how businesses can grow through a merger or acquisition. Here, Tom examines the issues...

Financial information to be shared with tax authorities across jurisdictions

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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New rules allowing tax authorities and financial institutions to share information about individuals’ assets with their country of residence are being rolled out in September 2017. 54 ‘early adopter’ jurisdictions, including Spain, will...

Landmark High Court ruling on end of life care

Karl Dembicki
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The High Court has handed down a landmark judgement in a case concerning the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) from a woman reaching the end stages of Huntington’s disease - an inherited neurological condition that is progressive, incurable and ultimately fatal.

Converting commercial property into residential housing

Michael Rabbett
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Converting commercial property into residential units is big business. An old factory bought for £250,000 and converted into 10 residential units, each valued at £150,000, could net a massive profit for the developer willing to make the...

Employment tribunal fees dropped after Court ruling

Giles Betts
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The government recently faced a policy U-turn after the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were ‘inconsistent with access to justice’, and therefore unlawful. The decision has financial as well as legal implications, with potentially up to £32million of repayments to be made to workers intent on getting justice.

Lasting Powers of Attorney: are they the right thing to do?

Stephen Duffy
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Denzil Lush, who was a senior Judge in the Court of Protection for 20 years prior to his retirement, has recently criticised the system of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).  He said that an LPA can have a devastating effect on family relationships, and...

Gender pay likely to stay in the spotlight

Nicola Cockerill
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The gender pay gap is likely to continue drawing attention, given that larger employers are now obliged to publish their gender pay gap information. The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations came into force on 6 April and some organisations are already publishing their results. 

Breast cancer sufferer awarded nearly 50,000 pounds by Employment Tribunal

Nicola Cockerill
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A recent decision by the Central London Employment Tribunal serves as a reminder to employers of the importance of ensuring an employee with a disability is treated in a fair and consistent manner to minimise the risk of a successful claim for disability...

Have you registered a Power of Attorney in the last four years?

Sara-Rose Welch
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If you have registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney in the last four years you could be entitled to a partial refund of the registration fee. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has recently released its 2016/17 annual report and announced...

Pension flexibility - the legal implications

Matthew Porter
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Given that more than two years have passed since the introduction of “pension flexibility”, it is worthwhile having a reminder of the potential legal difficulties that may arise from choosing a drawdown scheme instead of an annuity. An annuity...

How to survive a heatwave in the workplace - keep cool and carry on

Alison Banerjee
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A sweltering British summer, whilst a rare and welcome event, can leave employers and employees alike feeling hot under the collar. The BBC reported that a hospital porter, who had rolled his polyester trousers to ¾ length in an effort to cool down...

Queen's Speech Wednesday 21 June 2017

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Wednesday’s Queen Speech was dominated by Brexit with more than one quarter of the 27 bills announced relating to its impact on immigration, business sectors and industries. The Great Repeal Bill, a key component, is central to the UK exiting the EU...

Complex wage regulations give employers sleepless nights

Giles Betts
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National Minimum Wage Regulations continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging their complexity, saying each case should be considered on its own merits. Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have...

Potential for discrimination associated with political beliefs

Nicola Cockerill
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In light of the recent General Election and Brexit, and given the heated discussions that have erupted within the media and across social media sites, it seems an appropriate time to remind employers of the legal position with regard to discrimination and...

Proposed social care reforms: when is a "clarification" a U-turn?

Stephen Duffy
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"Nothing has changed, nothing has changed!" This was the cry from Teresa May who has clarified her plans for reforms to social care, which were set out in the Conservative Party manifesto last week. Our previous blog post covers the proposed...

Conservative Party Manifesto: a triumph or a tragedy for social care?

Stephen Duffy
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On 18 May 2017, the Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 was launched ahead of the upcoming election. One of the topics covered in the manifesto is the problem of our “ageing society”. The manifesto says: “as our society ages, the costs of...

Final decision for daughter excluded from mum's Will

Alex Burch
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Final decision for daughter excluded from mum’s Will: Ilott v Mitson finally decided For background information see my previous post , dated 28 July 2015. This is the first time the provisions of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and...

Maintaining the status quo?

Alex Burch
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After a year of high profile, and often unexpected, celebrity deaths, Rick Parfitt of Status Quo died on Christmas Eve 2016. In the short time since his death, national media has reported that Rick’s wife apparently told newspapers that Rick changed...

Housing White Paper: Government's vision for reforming the planning system

Brendon Lee
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On 7 February 2017 the Government published its Housing White Paper - Fixing Our Broken Housing Market - which sets out its vision and programme for reforming the perceived long standing problems in the housing market and ensuring more homes are built in the...

Data Protection overhaul for UK businesses

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A huge piece of EU legislation that will replace the UK’s 1998 Data Protection Act as from May 2018, was confirmed in May last year. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been a long time coming with various drafts having been published...

Changes to rateable value and the impact on statutory compensation

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The rateable value of a property is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency based on the annual open market rent for the property. The last revaluation took place in 2010 which used 2008 valuations. As we are well aware, the property market has changed...

The new Resolution Code of Conduct

Nikki Aston
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Our family law team are members of Resolution, an organisation of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Resolution membership is about the approach we take to our work. This means that...