Tax Demands from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs – What Do I Do?
Nothing has the power to ruin a morning like seeing the manila envelope of the taxman on your doormat. Recent years have seen the Government crack down on what it considers to be ‘tax avoidance schemes’ – investment vehicles which are designed to produce tax advantages which are not intended by the law. Under the… Read more »
Retail chain director hit with six year ban
The former director of a Liverpool-headquartered fabric and furniture retail chain which collapsed into administration in 2013 has been banned from acting as a director for six years for failing to maintain adequate accounting records. The Bankrupt Shop, a retailer of fabric and furniture, traded from seven locations across the UK. It went into administration… Read more »
More children are seeking help after sex abuse
Barnardo’s is a leading charity who work tirelessly to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people. They believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected – they support them and stand up for them to bring out the best in each and every child. In 2015, Barnardo’s helped 3,200… Read more »
Division of financial assets on divorce – what to expect
The breakdown of any relationship is stressful and at times traumatic; none more so than when financial issues need to be resolved. Dealing with finances at such times can be tough and make the divorce process even more challenging. The key is to negotiate and ensure there is a fair and equal division between the… Read more »
Can employers read their employees’ private messages at work?
The answer is yes. Due to a recent decision in the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) which has held that a firm that read a workers Yahoo messenger chats sent whilst he was at work was within its rights. The Judge ruled that employers can read workers private messages sent via chat, software and… Read more »
Change in burden of proof to help abuse victims
Poppi Worthington collapsed with serious injuries at her home in Barrow, Cumbria in December 2012 and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was 13 months old. The case received widespread media attention last week when a Family Court Judge ruled that the father of Poppi had sexually assaulted his daughter before… Read more »
Child sex abuse victims failed by mental health services
The NSPCC have today released some startling figures which reveal that 95% of professionals working with the victims of child sex abuse believe that the mental health services available to help them overcome the effects of the abuse are inadequate. Child sex abuse can lead to long term psychiatric problems if not addressed immediately. In… Read more »
Top tips to protect against shareholder disputes
There can often be a huge amount of work and thought that goes into starting a new business. However, a key area which people often fail to consider is what would happen if there was a falling out between the founders of the business. There is often the mentality of “it won’t happen to us”…. Read more »
New PSC Register to be implemented by all Companies
On 26 March 2015, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 received royal assent. One of the new measures which will affect all companies will be the requirement to keep available for inspection a ‘PSC register’. This new register will be a record of ‘people with significant control’ in the company. With this provision… Read more »
Top tips on looking after your business during divorce
Getting divorced is never easy but when coupled with trying to continue to run a business, it can be particularly stressful. Having helped a number of business owners through their divorce, I would advise that sitting down and taking expert legal advice at the outset is vital – helping to clarify your position and trying… Read more »
Succession planning – don’t leave things to chance
If you have set up a business in the recent past the likelihood is that thoughts of what will happen to it once you are no longer around will not have crossed your mind. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. A recent survey suggests that only 10 % of family businesses in… Read more »
Should you review your Will in light of forthcoming Inheritance Tax changes?
When was the last time you looked at your Will? People often make their Will and then forget all about it. By the time it is needed, however, their circumstances may have changed dramatically and their Will may no longer reflect their wishes. What happened in your life last year? Did you get married, or… Read more »
Increase in small claims limit for personal injury claims – a further infringement of access to justice?
Insurance companies must be rubbing their hands with glee in the light of proposed changes to whiplash-type car accident injury claims. Government proposals, if implemented, will see the small claims limit for these types of claim increased from £1000 to £5000, essentially removing the assistance personal injury solicitors can provide to car accident injury claimants… Read more »
Is reform of the NHS complaints investigation procedure needed?
Attending hospital for treatment can be a daunting prospect for many. Patients should feel assured that the treatment they will receive on the NHS will be efficient and most of the time this is the case. There are occasions, however, when patients may feel that the treatment they have received was inadequate, or even negligent…. Read more »
Proposed personal injury reforms – what will changes mean for claims?
Late last year, as part of his Autumn Spending Review, the Chancellor made some surprise announcements in relation to personal injury claims that will see big changes for solicitors and claimants alike. In a continued attempt to reform this area law, under the guise of tackling ‘bogus’ claims and therefore reducing the cost of car… Read more »