Blogs

22 September 2017

Social Media and instant messaging is blurring the boundary between work and home. With communication just a click away, it is becoming the norm for us to send work related emails from home and increasingly tempting to send a personal message or two, or flick through Facebook for a quick distraction at the office. But […]

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15 September 2017

The publication of the Government’s second Finance Bill last week confirmed that the changes previously announced this year regarding the definition and tax treatment of non-doms will now take place and be back dated to the 6th April 2017. We set out below the new tests to see whether you are still in fact a […]

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08 September 2017

Many golfers will be familiar with the feeling – all you need to push yourself to the next level is to replace that one dodgy club.  Well, snapping up a bargain online may have just become a little easier, following the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to fine PING for anti-competitive practices. Last month, the […]

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01 September 2017

Don’t we all? Well, before you start thinking of immediately quitting your 9-5 to live the dream, you should look at the following checklist and consider the risks involved and often not considered by those wishing to gain an extra income stream from letting property. 1. Finding and Funding Despite the agent trying to convince […]

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25 August 2017

A Lasting Power of Attorney is an important legal document that enables you (the Donor) to appoint someone (your Attorney) to act on your behalf in relation to your property and financial affairs and health and welfare matters, should you not be able to deal with such matters yourself at some point in the future.  […]

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18 August 2017

In a High Court trial last month, much of the evidence focused on a night at the pub, back in 2013, attended by (among others) the businessman Mike Ashley and one of his then associates, Jeffrey Blue. The pints, we are assured, kept coming ‘like machine guns’. At one point during the evening, Mr Ashley […]

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11 August 2017

Directors will often be required to give a personal guarantee as security for a loan provided by a lender to their company. This means that the lender will have direct recourse to that director personally if the company defaults on its debts. Often these guarantees are drafted heavily in favour of the lender and designed […]

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04 August 2017

Last week’s shockwave ruling by the Supreme Court means that: It is now free for employees to bring a claim to the Employment Tribunal – prior to last week it could have cost up to £1200 Any fees paid to bring a claim since 29 July 2013 (totalling £27million) will now be refunded There will […]

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03 August 2017

The Grenfell Fire was a disaster that struck a chord with everyone, including those within the leasehold property sector who are managing or have dealings with blocks of flats on a day to day basis and assume at least some responsibility for fire safety. Whilst the police have recently announced that they have “reasonable grounds” […]

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28 July 2017

The Government this week announced a consultation on “Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market”. Press coverage on leasehold property has been steadily growing over the last few months and following lobbying and various protests it seems the government is taking action. In the consultation paper they are proposing changes to the law about which […]

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21 July 2017

A recent court case decided that the court will not consider the landlord’s motive for redevelopment but only their intention when deciding whether a landlord can successfully oppose an extension of a new lease. Certain tenancies allow tenants the right to renew their lease.  Landlords can however, provided they can establish one of several specified […]

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14 July 2017

The RSA Chief Executive and former advisor to Tony Blair, Matthew Taylor, has now published his recommendations for modern working practices. This report is central to the Government’s agenda for change on employment status and its efforts to ensure that the UK is fit for the flexible demands of modern work. What might be the […]

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07 July 2017

Two recent court cases serve as a warning to trustees that they must properly account to their beneficiaries and that they must do so for many years. In the first case the beneficiaries were charities including the RNLI.  The trustee had persistently failed to provide accounting information to the beneficiaries of a trust created in […]

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30 June 2017

On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) will become effective in the United Kingdom. Their purpose is to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union. In this, the first article of several between now and next May, we set out some of the key points that you […]

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23 June 2017

Generally it is the shareholders that hold the power in the company with the directors being responsible for its day to day running. In most successful companies the directors and shareholders work closely together and are open and transparent about the actions and direction the company will take. This is not always the case and […]

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23 June 2017

A recent High Court case provides a useful reminder of the circumstances when a party should not issue winding-up proceedings. RBK were Breyer’s sub-contractor in respect of a building project. RBK issued a winding-up petition against Breyer for non-payment of £258,729.16 in respect of goods supplied and services rendered at Breyer’s request under a written […]

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16 June 2017

Many people think that if their money is kept in a joint bank account held with their spouse, partner or child then the funds can continue to be accessed and used if they were to have a stroke or develop Alzheimer’s and lose mental capacity. Unfortunately this is not the case and is one of […]

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09 June 2017

The Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards recognise excellence from across all sectors of the industry.  The awards, held annually seek to recognise the very best practitioners at a national level.  We are therefore delighted to announce that our very own Tornike Purcell was awarded the Young Professional of the Year award at last nights […]

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09 June 2017

Theresa May’s now infamous view that being ‘bloody difficult’ is the best way to get a good deal, may today sound a little hollow, and it is not an approach that is to be recommended when trying to secure a business deal. When it comes to business negotiations, it is usually helpful for both sides […]

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02 June 2017

Income Tax The Conservative Party has reiterated their commitment to raising the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020 and the threshold for the 40% tax to £50,000. UKIP have been even more generous in this regard, suggesting a raise in the personal allowance threshold to £13,500 and increasing the 40% income tax threshold to £55,000. […]

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26 May 2017

With another general election fast approaching we have compared and contrasted the mainstream English political parties’ manifestos in relation to their tax plans and see how these have changed since the last election in 2015. Given the surprise nature of the ‘snap’ election, there is not as much detail on tax policy as in the […]

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25 May 2017

When a flat owner decides to extend their lease or to join together with other flat owners in the building to collectively purchase the freehold, paying off any outstanding service charge on completion is a task that may not cross their minds when they initially instruct a solicitor. Moreover, constantly rising and unfair service charges in […]

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19 May 2017

We regularly advise businesses on securing investment and negotiate the associated contractual documentation. When an investor comes on board, the terms of investment should be made clear from the outset and a well drafted investment agreement can achieve this and provide a solid framework for the relationship between the parties. The subscription and shareholders’ agreement, […]

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19 May 2017

Our solicitors have just returned from The Business Show at London’s Excel. During the two days of the show 100 businesses took the Bolt Burdon Fit test designed to assess their business health and exposure to risk. The score papers are now being marked and the results will then be sent to the businesses together […]

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15 May 2017

We are pleased to be exhibiting at our first Business Show on 17 & 18 May and Excel London, stand 6086, where we will launch our Legal Fit Test. Our commercially savvy solicitors will be asking businesses at the show 12 simple questions designed to assess their business health and exposure to risk.  We will […]

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12 May 2017

With the number of people in London involved in the “gig economy” now sitting at 65,000 and the Government having commissioned a report into workers’ rights and practices, now is a good time to take another look at the issues. The phrase gig economy was coined at the height of the financial crisis in 2009, […]

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05 May 2017

The Court of Appeal has provided a useful reminder that there will be adverse costs consequences for the party to a dispute if they drag their heels on mediation.  It has long been accepted that parties in court proceedings must actively seek to resolve disputes using mediation or another form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  […]

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03 May 2017

The Insolvency Rules 2016 came into force on 6 April 2017. It is hoped that their implementation save time and costs in the insolvency process, with the end goal of increasing returns to creditors. This note provides details of the key changes to the rules. Statutory forms no longer required The new rules remove the requirement […]

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21 April 2017

As you may remember from our recent blog (10th March), the Ministry of Justice was planning to substantially increase the existing probate fees from May this year, in some cases by as much as 12,903%, causing many critics to describe them as a ‘death tax’.  The Government has, however, announced today that it will be […]

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