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Equine Industry Issues

The Equine industry is an area of numerous different relationships, for example between an employer/employee/working pupil/groom or a yard owner/horse owner or a seller/purchaser. Accordingly, there are stringent laws that apply in such different circumstances. The...

Risks associated with employing workers within the “Gig economy”

What is the “gig economy”? The term “gig economy” predominantly refers to areas of the employment market with the defining characteristic of offering short-term contracts/freelance work in place of more permanent jobs. Depending on the perspective of the onlooker this...

GDPR

What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulations replace the Data Protection Act 1998 on the 25th May 2018. GDPR gives people more control over how organisations use their data and consequently imposes a burden on all organisations who control and process data....

INCREASE IN PROBATE REGISTRY FEES – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

UPDATE - The MOJ have on the 21st April 2017, scrapped the proposed increase in probate fees. Whether this remains the case after the election is still to  be decided.  The MOJ have recently announced a proposed increase in probate fees, despite strong objections from...

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR AIM COMPANIES

“Inside AIM” have published a recent article that examines the interaction of social media with disclosure obligations under the AIM rules.  An AIM company must have in place procedures, resources and controls to ensure it complies with the AIM rules (Rule 31).   The...

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ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT SCHEME RELIEF REQUIREMENTS

The case of Abingdon Health Limited v HMRC involved the First-tier Tribunal considering the requirements for qualifying for relief under the enterprise investment scheme (EIS).   EIS is essentially in place to encourage investment in smaller or high risk companies by...

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PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTROL

The ‘People with Significant Control’ (PSC) register was introduced on 6 April 2016 and imposes obligations on most companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Societas Europaea to identify and record details of persons who ultimately own and exercise control over...

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WARRANTIES IN SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENTS

The case of  Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd v Sumitomo Co Corp was decided by way of summary judgement.  It held that when a party produced a Share Purchase Agreement in which it is expressly stated that the party is only giving a warranty, this party does not, by concluding...

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TRADEMARKS POST BREXIT

Following the Brexit vote it is uncertain what arrangements are to be made to ensure that EU trademarks continue to provide protection in the UK.  One potential issue is the validity of a challenge over non-use of a trade mark in the EU. Trade marks can be challenged...

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UBER RIDES INTO WORKER TERRITORY

An Employment Tribunal panel has held that Uber drivers fell within the definition of a ‘worker’ and were entitled to the national minimum wage, holiday pay, and protection of whistle-blower rights.  Uber argued that it merely ran a technology platform connecting...

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EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES – AUTUMN 2016

Apprenticeships From April 2017, all large employers will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy set at 0.5% of the employer’s paybill. The money gathered will be distributed to fund the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment. The term “apprenticeship” will...

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BUSTING THE EU EMPLOYMENT LAW MYTHS

Myth: leaving the EU after 43 years will bring an end to statutory holiday and sick pay Entitlement to annual leave is set out in the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR") which are derived directly from EU law. Entitlement to annual leave is set out also in the...

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REASONS TO MAKE OR REVIEW YOUR WILL.

Careful preparation for end of life is required to provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones, that your wishes will be respected after you have gone. A Will clarifies what happens to your assets after you die, who will receive what, when they will get it...

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ECJ clarifies workers’ rights to untaken holiday pay

The European Court of Justice has sided with a worker and his right to be compensated for untaken annual leave. The case of King v The Sash Window Workshop Limited and another C-214/16 clarified that in circumstances where an employer has refused to recognise a...

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Stamp Duty Land Tax – Scrapped for first-time buyers

Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, announced on the 22nd November that stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000 with immediate effect. The cut will permanently raise the price at which a property becomes liable for stamp duty to...

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PILOT SCHEME TO CAP COSTS AT £80K

Pilot scheme to cap costs at £80k Civil claims costs have always been scrutinised and measured on the proportionality principle and now there is a proposed scheme of levelling fixed costs for civil claims. Lord Justice Jackson is finalising his report on the capping...

IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATE

A number of changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect on 24 November 2016, with further changes coming into force in April 2017.  Some of the key changes which took effect in November 2016 are as follows: The Tier 2 (General) minimum salary threshold for...

ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT SCHEME RELIEF REQUIREMENTS

The case of Abingdon Health Limited v HMRC involved the First-tier Tribunal considering the requirements for qualifying for relief under the enterprise investment scheme (EIS).   EIS is essentially in place to encourage investment in smaller or high risk companies by...

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