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When a business is growing, it is quite common for it to be transferred into a limited company, and a company structure may often be more appropriate for larger businesses. There are tax elections available which make such a transfer relatively easy to do...
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The Intellectual Property Office has published a guide to changes in the law relating to designs . These were introduced by the Intellectual Property Act 2014 , which received the Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and comes into effect on 1 October 2014. The...
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A mother and father who refused to pay their sons' private school fees – claiming that staff had failed to protect the three boys from bullying and racial abuse – have been ordered to pay up after their complaints were comprehensively dismissed...
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When a tenant causes a nuisance to other tenants or to people nearby, the tenant is obviously the person responsible for the nuisance. However, can the landlord also be held liable since the landlord allowed the tenant to be in the position to create a...
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In a ruling which powerfully confirmed the extra-territorial reach of the English courts , the Court of Appeal has opened the way for civil proceedings for contempt of court to be brought against the managing director of two overseas companies despite the...
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If you employ agency workers, you should be aware that HM Revenue and Customs have issued new guidance on how workers supplied through agencies should be taxed. This reflects changes to the relevant legislation that apply to anyone who is employed through...
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When an unsatisfactory tenant applied to extend the lease on the shop and house premises she rented, the landlord wished to terminate it instead and seek a new tenant. The landlord opposed the renewal of the tenancy on the grounds that: the tenant had...
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The Court of Appeal has confirmed that immigration rules which prevent a married person being 'sponsored' unless the sponsor's income exceeds a minimum level are not a breach of the human rights of the applicant. The rules provide that where a person...
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A case that made headlines recently, when a sender of spam emails was fined £300,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office, has come back to court. The somewhat surprising result is that the Upper Tribunal (UT) decided that the actions of the...
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From 22 July 2014, the scope of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive has been extended to include a range of new electrical devices. The additions include most medical devices and control instruments, including thermostats and smoke detectors,...
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In an important decision for corporate sponsors and those who benefit from their financial help, a fishing company which stumped up £1.2 million in support of its cash-strapped local rugby club has suffered defeat in its legal campaign to deduct that...
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At this time of year, many people will be looking forward to attending firework displays to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. For those organising such events, it is important to ensure they are planned carefully. Fortunately, guidance on this topic is available...
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When work done by a contractor is deficient, the standard JCT form of contract allows an 'appropriate deduction' to be made from payment where the work is not to be made good by the contractor. Arguments over deductions made in these circumstances are...
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All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger. In order to reduce these negative aspects, Mr Justice Mostyn has released a statement outlining procedures designed...
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In June, the '.uk' top-level domain was launched. The .uk extension indicates an organisation in the UK, as opposed to the '.co.uk' one, which has been used for many years to indicate a commercial organisation in the UK. Most countries have domain suffixes...
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A revised Shareholder Rights Directive has recently been published that will give shareholders greater rights in the determination of executive pay. The proposed measures will apply to listed companies and, among many changes, will allow shareholders to...
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The relaxation of permitted development rights will mean that many holders of agricultural land will be able to develop buildings on their properties for residential purposes. In many cases the gains on such developments will be exempt from Capital Gains...
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Just because a new software product produces the same results, operates in a similar fashion or looks similar to pre-existing software does not mean that the copyright in the original software has been infringed. When the owner of a sophisticated business...
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The High Court has lamented the expenditure of almost £1 million in legal costs by a warring ex-couple whose acrimonious divorce had descended into a murky world of lies, private detectives, hidden assets and mutual accusations of skulduggery and...
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In a test case that entailed a lengthy analysis of the law of nuisance , a water company whose sewer was blocked by concrete in a freak accident has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that it is entitled to compensation for its loss. A construction...
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In a case which revealed that alternative dispute resolution is not always a panacea , the Court of Appeal has lamented the 'melancholy fact' that the parties to an apparently commonplace commercial dispute were still engaged in costly litigation more than...
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When the Australian Tax Office (ATO) made a request to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for information about a number of UK companies, HMRC was happy to comply with the request, despite the fact that the companies claimed to have received no notice that...
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In an important victory for developers, which also represents a serious blow to those committed to preserving open spaces for public recreation, a campaigner has failed to convince the Supreme Court that a playing field which had been used by local people...
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When cohabitants with children break up, the legal responsibilities of the parents as regards the children are governed by the Children Act 1989 . If amicable arrangements as regards the children cannot be made, the Family Court will rule on matters such...
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The Court of Appeal has concluded that a product description which contains a geographical term can constitute 'passing off' if the product does not in fact come from the place named. The description of a product as 'Greek' (in this case Greek yoghurt)...