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Labour proposes employment law shake-up in manifesto

Giles Betts
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Labour has launched its manifesto for the forthcoming general election, pitching it with the tagline ‘It’s time for real change’. And as part of its intended shake-up, the document includes a raft of proposals covering employment law. ...

Citizens erased? - search engines and the right to be forgotten

Ben Hills
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Increasingly, we live our lives ‘online’, creating digital footprints as we explore and create content. But how indelible are those footprints and what are the implications for our personal privacy? On 24 September 2019, the Court of Justice of...

Ruling clarifies holiday pay situation for part-year workers

Giles Betts
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Holiday pay for those who work only part of the year and have no contractually set hours should not be calculated on a pro rata basis, following a Court of Appeal judgement.  In  The Harpur Trust v Brazel,  the Court ruled that part-year...

Couples shun shared parental leave - but why?

Sophie Georgiou
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Shared parental leave (“SPL”) was introduced in 2015 as a progressive policy allowing eligible parents to split maternity leave between them and thereby share the joys and challenges of having a new-born child. Purported advantages include a...

Owning a property in Spain through a company

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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When purchasing a property in Spain, choosing the appropriate ownership structure is an important and often overlooked decision. There are some key differences between the UK and Spanish tax systems to consider. Any person domiciled in England and Wales...

Social care funding under the spotlight again

Stephen Duffy
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The issue of adult social care caused controversy in the 2017 general election campaign with Theresa May being forced to row back on plans to overhaul the system and its funding. As another national poll looms, the policies put forward by the main parties...

The life events that influence legacy making

Sara-Rose Welch
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Record property values and increasingly complex family structures make inheritance planning a growing issue. However, the percentage of UK adults without a Will remains stubbornly high. And of those who have laid down their wishes in black and white, many...

Out of hours work emails...a good thing?!

Ewan Carr
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If you find yourself inundated with work emails outside office hours, the title of this article may come as a surprise. For many, the days of the 9 to 5 work regime are gone and the lines between the office and home are increasingly blurred, with a negative...

Massage harassment appeal rejected by EAT

Giles Betts
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A female manager who massaged the shoulders of a male employee in the workplace has been ruled as unwanted conduct but, crucially, ‘not related to sex’ regarding a claim of harassment brought by the employee. An employment tribunal’s...

Share Buybacks: part 2 - Procedure and financing

Ben Hills
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In part one of my article on share buybacks, I focused on the potential advantages of them for companies. I will now turn my attention to the procedure involved and the issue of financing them. Procedure   Share buybacks are governed by Part...

Share Buybacks: part 1 - Potential advantages and legal requirements

Ben Hills
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Share buybacks, historically a feature of American business finance, have become increasingly popular in the UK since their introduction in 1981 - to the point where they now seem to be a permanent feature of our corporate landscape. Big names like Diageo,...

Resealing a foreign grant of probate to secure assets in England or Wales

Sallyann Short
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It is not always the case that a grant of probate (or letters of administration) obtained outside the UK will be recognised in the UK following the death of a person with assets in England or Wales.   In such situations, the English Probate Registry...

Inward investment into the UK

Nigel Moore
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If your business is seeking to explore opportunities within the UK as an inward investor, a vital first step is to plan ahead so that you can hit the ground running. In doing so, it’s important to be aware of UK commercial and employment law whilst...

New report on non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases

Nicola Cockerill
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A recent report entitled ‘The Use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in Discrimination Cases’ has been published been published by a House of Commons committee. It finds that pursuing claims through the employment tribunals system can be challenging,...

Allegations of misconduct in the workplace and unfair dismissal

Ewan Carr
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Most employers will have faced a situation where they have to investigate and potentially take disciplinary action in relation to allegations of misconduct against an employee. If the nature of the misconduct may warrant a dismissal, what questions should...

Court of Appeal dismisses discrimination claims concerning shared parental leave

Nicola Cockerill
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Two recent Court of Appeal cases have held that the respective employers of two male claimants had not discriminated against them by failing to pay enhanced shared parental leave pay. Such a payment would have been equivalent to that received by a woman on...

ECJ ruling requires employers to record daily working time

Giles Betts
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A recent ruling made by the European Court of Justice has confirmed that employers must record the daily working time of individual workers to meet the terms of the EU Working Time Directive. The Directive lays down maximum limits on weekly working time and...

Further delays to probate applications

Beverley Diamond
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The roll-out of new software across UK probate registries continues to be beset by difficulty and delay. In some cases, solicitors have experienced a hold up of 13 weeks from the point of making a probate application on behalf of clients before the matter...

Interest, Royalties and Dividends: what a "no-deal" Brexit could mean for your business

Ben Hills
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As you may be aware, current European law allows EU companies to make certain interest, royalty and dividend payments to associated companies within the EU without requiring a tax deduction. The only requirements are that your company must be: subject to...

Bloodline Trusts and protecting your children's inheritance

Sara-Rose Welch
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Protecting future generations of your family is a natural priority when drafting a Will. However, a false assumption often made is that a standard Will alone guarantees that your blood relatives will be the sole beneficiaries of your estate. This is not the...

Widow wins legal battle to access family photos taken by late husband

Sara-Rose Welch
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A widow has fought a lengthy, expensive but ultimately successful legal battle with Apple to access family photos taken by her late husband on his iPhone. Under UK law, friends and relatives of a person who has died have no automatic legal right to access...

Keeping in contact with an employee who is absent from work due to illness

Nicola Cockerill
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I recently read an article about a worker who had sadly committed suicide after repeatedly being contacted by his employer whilst he was signed off work with work-related stress. This reminded me of conversations that I’ve had with employer clients...

New RICS Professional Statement for Commercial Service Charges

Michael Blank
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Service charges in commercial property , a new Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) professional statement which applies to the whole UK, has come into effect for all service charge periods. Compared with its predecessor, the Service Charge Code,...

Brexit: maddening but not frustrating when it comes to contracts

Michael Blank
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Brexit may be maddening for businesses, amid all the uncertainty that surrounds it, but the High Court has ruled that it does not constitute grounds for frustration of contract.   In passing judgement in Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency ...

Post termination restrictive covenants - what are they and how far can they go?

Ewan Carr
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When an employment relationship ends, employers can sometimes have legitimate concerns that the departing employee will attempt to take clients and other employees with them, especially if they are moving to a competitor.  To mitigate this risk as far...

Directors held personally liable for breach of contract in relation to exploited workers

Giles Betts
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A group of former employees of DJ Houghton Catching Services, a ‘chicken-catching’ business, has brought a successful claim in the High Court following serious contractual and statutory breaches committed by the company. The breaches included the...

Caution urged over directors declaring dividends following Court of Appeal decision

Nick Porter
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The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision which has practical implications for directors declaring dividends in companies. In BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana, the Court of Appeal confirmed that a dividend payment, which strips money out of a company and...

What do Articles 11 and 13 of the EU Copyright Directive mean for your business?

Ben Hills
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On the 26 March 2019, the European Parliament voted for the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, otherwise known as the EU Copyright Directive, a new law that makes sweeping changes to how copyright-protected content is dealt with on the...

Do I need a disaster clause in my Will?

Sara-Rose Welch
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When drafting or amending a Will, it’s important to consider all eventualities. However, one unlikely scenario which is often, and perhaps understandably, overlooked is the inclusion of a disaster clause . A disaster or ‘common tragedy’...

Mind the gap - gender pay inequality continues

Giles Betts
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Fewer than half of the UK's biggest employers have reduced their pay gap between male and female employees. In fact, according to the latest figures, the disparity increased in favour of men across 45% of firms, and there was no change to the pay gap in...

Pilot Disclosure Scheme set to revolutionise commercial litigation?

Nick Porter
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Disclosure, the process used by parties involved in commercial litigation to identify and disclose documents relevant to their dispute, often requires the exchange of thousands of documents for scrutiny. This often proves to be a complex procedure which can...

Government consultation launched on misuse of workplace confidentiality clauses

Giles Betts
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In a bid to remove barriers to the reporting of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, the government is considering measures to prevent the misuse of confidentiality agreements and has published a consultation document on the matter. At the...

Informal grievances - dealing with workplace problems before they escalate

Ewan Carr
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Naturally, nobody is happy when a grievance is submitted - the employer would rather not have unhappy employees and the employees would rather not be in a position where they feel aggrieved. And, after all, it generally follows that a harmonious workforce is...

What next for retail? Three keys to a successful turnaround

Robin Johnston
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If you believe the media, retail is doomed. Exorbitant business rates payable by retailers, high rents, difficult landlords, the cost of goods, Brexit, consumer debt, consumer behaviour, online retailers, the list of apparent threats to retailers is endless....

Prime Minister offers workers' rights vote pledge in exchange for Brexit deal support

Giles Betts
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As we wait to see if there will be a third attempt to get the Withdrawal Agreement through parliament, the government has suggested that MPs would be allowed a vote on whether to adopt future EU legislation on employment rights after Brexit. The proposals...

Expired warnings - how should they be handled?

Ewan Carr
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Many employers will have faced a scenario whereby an employee was issued a time-limited warning following a disciplinary hearing, perhaps for an act of misconduct, which subsequently expired. But what should happen, in light of the initial warning, if the...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - the importance of not leaving it too late

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We’re all aware that where there’s a Will, there’s a way to ensure our final wishes are followed. However, what happens if we are unable to make decisions for ourselves about our health and finances, possibly as a result of dementia or a...

The mutual benefits of a sabbatical for employees and employers

Giles Betts
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For many, the thought of giving up the day job on a temporary basis to pursue other interests – be they personal or professional – can be tempting but often not followed up because of concerns over job security. However, the opportunity to take...

Singapore Convention heralds new era for international mediation - or is it a false dawn?

James Maxey
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7 August 2019 will herald a new era in international mediation with the introduction of a new global enforcement scheme for mediated settlements. The signing of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation,...

Tackling SAD in the workplace

Giles Betts
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Most of us will identify with the dampening effect that dark and dreary winter days can have on our mood. However, for as many as one in three people, this is more than just a temporary feeling and is a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder...

Leasing property in Spain

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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Generally, contractual lease provisions can be freely negotiated but some terms are required by law, including a minimum lease period and guarantees for the owner. If a party involved requires the lease to be registered with the Land Registry, it must be...

Investing in Spain - the tax system

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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A corporate entity is the main vehicle for structuring an investment in Spain. Limited liability companies and joint stock companies have their own legal and tax status. Taxation and the applicable regime are determined by the existence of a tax residence in...

Divorce Transfers of Spanish property - what could possibly go wrong?

Dennis Phillips
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Property implications tend to feature highly on the agenda during a divorce. You may jointly own property in both the UK and Spain and need to transfer your share of the family home in the UK and your second property in Spain under the terms of a UK Court...

Northampton Town FC and 'the missing millions' - Directors personally liable

James Maxey
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A judgment has been obtained by Northampton Borough Council against two directors of Northampton Town Football Club, Anthony and David Cardoza. It is a stark reminder to company directors of their personal liability should they be found in breach of their...

Share Agreements in Spain

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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There are two types of company acquisition models used in Spain – share acquisitions and asset and liability acquisitions. Share acquisitions are generally considered to be the more straightforward option as, unlike asset and liability acquisitions, no...

Purchasing commercial real estate in Spain - an overview

Alejandro Verdu de Haro
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With the Spanish economy improving and uncertainty over possible restrictions to the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU, this could be a golden opportunity to invest in commercial property in Spain. Depending on the type of investment...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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...