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The Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the High Court that a firm of accountants had acted negligently when it failed to point out tax saving opportunities to a client when he sold his company. The accountants had failed to bring to the...
A stay-at-home husband who claims that he sacrificed his own career on the altar of his investment banker wife's ambition has triumphed in a crucial round of their £11 million divorce battle, after the Court of Appeal accepted that he was 'habitually...
When a couple engaged a firm of architects to manage the refurbishment of their house, the architects inserted a 'net contribution clause' into the contract. The intention of the clause was to limit the liability of the architects to the extent to which any...
Getting divorced is never a pleasant experience and couples going through the process have a lot to think about. Whilst management of the tax consequences of the split is not normally at the top of their priority list, these can be considerable, even where...
A whistleblowing ex-policeman was sacked not because of his protected disclosures but due to his pursuit of complaints in a way that was 'sufficient to try and to exhaust the patience of any organisation', the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled ( ...
A whistleblowing ex-policeman was sacked not because of his protected disclosures but due to his pursuit of complaints in a way that was 'sufficient to try and to exhaust the patience of any organisation', the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled ( ...
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a new guide to protecting personal data, 'Protecting personal data in online services: learning from the mistakes of others' , which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow...
A study published recently by the Association of Accounting Technicians ( AAT ) suggests that "relationships with colleagues, self-worth and nature of the job" mean more to UK workers than the size of their take-home pay. Of the 2,000 employees...
A mother who decided to change her will at a birthday party attended by all her children except the one disadvantaged by the change had the mental capacity to do so, despite suffering from mild dementia, the Court of Appeal has ruled . The woman had, over...
When a publisher and the firm managing its subscription database fell out over the database manager's quality of service, the publisher gave the database manager a month's notice to terminate the contract. In response, the database manager refused to release...
A study carried out by security software provider Kaspersky Lab suggests that cyber attacks are more common than many small-business owners believe, with many of them "woefully unprepared" for an IT security breach, despite growing reliance on...
Sometimes, the fact that legal issues can take a long time to reach court means that the circumstances which gave rise to the proceedings have changed significantly by the time the dispute is heard. That was the case when a city council sought repossession...
Funded Unapproved Retirement Benefit Schemes (FURBS) were a popular tax-planning device for higher-paid employees until legislation in 2006 made them ineffective by making contributions to a FURBS no longer qualify for tax relief. One of the advantages of...
A case recently heard by the Court of Protection has illustrated that the courts are willing to uphold the right of patients to refuse medical treatment, even where treatment would reduce the likelihood of the patient dying. A woman who had been a...
The Equality Act 2010 contains measures that protect employees from victimisation for having made a complaint of unlawful discrimination, but does that protection extend to events that take place after the employment relationship has ended? In Rowstock...
An 'extraordinary saga' that began in a seaside hotel more than 50 years ago – and ended with a bitter dispute between elderly ladies over a £2 million architectural gem on the Cornish Riviera – has been finally brought to an end by a...
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which is currently before Parliament, contains provisions enabling the Secretary of State to require prescribed persons to report annually on any action taken as a result of a protected disclosure. The...
The importance for owners of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) of keeping them in good condition is highlighted by a recent case in which the owners of a house that had 24 residents were fined for a number of failures. The house was found to have...
In a landmark decision , a lesbian has won a High Court ruling that, whilst bereft of legal rights over a child conceived by her ex-partner during their relationship, she is the child's 'psychological parent'. During the couple's turbulent 18-month...
When intellectual property rights are not the subject of proper agreements, the likelihood of a dispute arising is increased. When the responsibilities and rights of employees are not precisely stipulated, there is also possibility for disagreement. A ...

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The Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the High Court that a firm of accountants had acted negligently when it failed to point out tax saving opportunities to a client when he sold his company. The accountants had failed to bring to the...
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When a couple engaged a firm of architects to manage the refurbishment of their house, the architects inserted a 'net contribution clause' into the contract. The intention of the clause was to limit the liability of the architects to the extent to which any...
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A whistleblowing ex-policeman was sacked not because of his protected disclosures but due to his pursuit of complaints in a way that was 'sufficient to try and to exhaust the patience of any organisation', the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled ( ...
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A whistleblowing ex-policeman was sacked not because of his protected disclosures but due to his pursuit of complaints in a way that was 'sufficient to try and to exhaust the patience of any organisation', the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled ( ...
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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a new guide to protecting personal data, 'Protecting personal data in online services: learning from the mistakes of others' , which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow...
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A study published recently by the Association of Accounting Technicians ( AAT ) suggests that "relationships with colleagues, self-worth and nature of the job" mean more to UK workers than the size of their take-home pay. Of the 2,000 employees...
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When a publisher and the firm managing its subscription database fell out over the database manager's quality of service, the publisher gave the database manager a month's notice to terminate the contract. In response, the database manager refused to release...
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A study carried out by security software provider Kaspersky Lab suggests that cyber attacks are more common than many small-business owners believe, with many of them "woefully unprepared" for an IT security breach, despite growing reliance on...
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Funded Unapproved Retirement Benefit Schemes (FURBS) were a popular tax-planning device for higher-paid employees until legislation in 2006 made them ineffective by making contributions to a FURBS no longer qualify for tax relief. One of the advantages of...
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The Equality Act 2010 contains measures that protect employees from victimisation for having made a complaint of unlawful discrimination, but does that protection extend to events that take place after the employment relationship has ended? In Rowstock...
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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which is currently before Parliament, contains provisions enabling the Secretary of State to require prescribed persons to report annually on any action taken as a result of a protected disclosure. The...
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The importance for owners of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) of keeping them in good condition is highlighted by a recent case in which the owners of a house that had 24 residents were fined for a number of failures. The house was found to have...
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When intellectual property rights are not the subject of proper agreements, the likelihood of a dispute arising is increased. When the responsibilities and rights of employees are not precisely stipulated, there is also possibility for disagreement. A ...
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Following the introduction of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 , the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has now published updated statutory guidance intended primarily for use by businesses, public and...
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The Forum of Private Business ( FPB ) says that despite repeated government promises to reduce red tape and the time and money required to keep track of regulatory changes, the average UK SME annual compliance bill in 2014 rose to £713 , ahead of...
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A nursery manager has failed in her attempt to persuade the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that she had been subjected to unlawful discrimination because of her religion when she was dismissed from her post at a nursery in Islington ( Grace v Places for...
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Under proposals outlined in the recent Budget, from 2015 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are to be given new powers to access the bank accounts of 'tax debtors' in order to remove sums needed to satisfy tax debts due. The right will only be exercised...
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One of the less well reported changes contained in the Intellectual Property Act 2014 is that the commercial exploitation of a registered design without the design owner’s permission will become a criminal offence, with a maximum term of five...
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Businesses that suffered consequential losses in the London riots in 2011 (and their insurers) will welcome the Court of Appeal's decision that where loss is due to riot, the amount of compensation that can be claimed under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 ...
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From 30 June 2014, all employees have the right to ask their employer for a change to their contractual terms and conditions of employment so that they can work flexibly, provided they have worked for their employer for 26 weeks continuously by the date on...
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The Government's decision to abolish, with effect from 6 April 2014, the statutory sick pay (SSP) percentage threshold scheme, whereby employers could, in certain circumstances, reclaim SSP paid to employees absent through ill health, will have a particular...
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A report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) has found that more people than ever before are starting a business beyond the age of 50. The UK Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report measures entrepreneurial activity, attitudes and aspirations...
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Despite the fact that UK SMEs are owed billions in late payments, new research from Satago has found that 32% of small businesses are reluctant to chase bad debt. Four in five (81%) of these firms are reluctant to chase debtors because they find the...
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Under the old law relating to cartels, it was necessary to prove dishonest intent in order to obtain a criminal conviction when companies engaged in price fixing, market manipulation, bid rigging and so on. The civil law provides that breaches of competition...
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If you supply electronic products (telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services) to non-business customers through online sales, you should start thinking about how you will comply with the new VAT 'place of supply' rules that will come into force on 1...