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Increase in probate fees to begin in April 2019

The Government announced in 2018 plans to introduce a new six-band probate fee structure which is set to replace the existing flat fee of £215 (or £155 when paid through a solicitor) to take effect in April 2019. Probate fees are payable when the executors of an...

Court of Appeal uphold Employment Tribunal decision that Uber drivers are workers.

In our article on “Risks associated with employing workers within the Gig economy” written in August 2018 reference was made to the case of Uber BV and others v Aslam and others and its effect on the classification of individuals as being self-employed or being...

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We are a Guildford based corporate and commercial law firm.   An opportunity has arisen for a Paralegal within our Guildford office.   Applicants who have successfully passed the LPC should apply with a CV and covering letter to legal@cheyneygoulding.co.uk or by post...

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...

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...

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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...

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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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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....

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Care required when purchasing a horse

Horses are classified as goods and when it comes to selling and purchasing them (when horses can range in price from thousands to hundreds of thousands and more), care must be taken in accurate advertisement and also asking the right questions when buying. It may seem...

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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...

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...

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