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Land Transaction Tax replaces Stamp Duty in Wales

From April 1 the Welsh Assembly Government introduced its own Land Transaction Tax (LTT) replacing Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). This means that England, Scotland and Wales each have their own separate regime for taxing the acquisition of land.  LTT is the first tax introduced by a Welsh Government in almost 800 years. What is Land Transaction Tax (LTT)? Like SDLT, LTT will be payable […]

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The Taylor Review – Government Response

This month, the UK Goverrnment published its long awaited response to Good Work, the Taylor Review’s independent report into modern working practices. That report, published in July 2017, made numerous proposals with the aim of securing fair and decent work for all. It covers many kinds of modern work – agencies, zero hours, contractors and the online gig economy. The government have set an intention […]

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Employment rights when it snows

If snow affects your ability to get to work, it can raise a number of questions! So, if you’re an employee, what are your rights? Will I be in trouble if I can’t make it in? If you cannot attend work, you are not automatically entitled to be paid. Your employer might be able to make you take unpaid leave, holiday days or work flexible […]

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The problem with leasehold properties

Recently we have dealt with a number of clients who have purchased the freehold title to their property. The problem with leasehold properties is that every year the cost of the freehold will increase and as the term of the lease diminishes even further, the price will escalate quite dramatically. The only way to combat this is to purchase the freehold as soon as possible, […]

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Cohabitation – don’t come a cropper!

Moving in with your partner or buying a house together, when you are not yet married needs a little extra thought before proceeding. From a legal point of view, there are a few things to consider. Living together as a couple before marriage is now quite common, but unmarried couples must appreciate that they are not protected by the law in the same way as […]

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The GDPR – Part 2

Accountability The GDPR introduces the concept of accountability.  Governance under the GDPR must be transparent. Data controllers and processors must put in place comprehensive but proportionate systems of governance. Good practice tools such as privacy impact assessments and privacy by design are mandatory in some circumstances. Applying these methods helps to minimise the risk of data breaches. This is likely to mean more policies and […]

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A Guide to the GDPR

The GDPR comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. It replaces the Data Protection Act 1998. It applies to data processors within the EU and also to organisations outside the EU who sell goods and services into the EU. There are two types of people and organisations to which it applies: Controllers – they say how and why personal data is processed; […]

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Consumer Regulations and building contracts – are you complying?

On two occasions in the past couple of weeks we have received phone calls from builders who have been contacted by their local Trading Standards department. The scenario has been the same in both cases, which is that they have carried out work for a householder who has then decided that they are not happy with some point or other. The householder has contacted Trading […]

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Key employment law changes for 2018

Here is a brief summary of some of the key employment law changes to look out for this year. 1 April 2018 – the national minimum wage increases. From 1 April 2018, all workers aged 25 and over are legally entitled to at least £7.83 per hour. Full minimum wage rates from 1 April 2018: 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under […]

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Connected toys and gadgets

All children know that, at this time of year, Santa has a network of Elves who keep an eye out for naughty children and report back to Santa. What children, and more to the point, their parents, may not know is that some of the gifts Santa might deliver to the good children may have more features than they bargained for, possibly leading to Elf […]

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