November 2016 Archive

Making gifts under a Power of Attorney

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Making gifts under a Power of Attorney

As an attorney acting under a Power of Attorney, you may have the ability to make gifts to others on the donor's behalf, but what are the issues to consider and how much are you allowed to give? More …

The power of social media – how it can be used effectively for planning and developers

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While social media has been a topic in planning circles since at least 2012, a recent release of data has reinvigorated interest in the subject. More …

High Court's decision on nightclub manager's personal liability for copyright infringement

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copyright infringement - music played at nightclub

In October this year the High Court found the designated premises supervisor of a nightclub in Essex personally liable for authorising and procuring acts infringing copyright as a result of the unlicensed playing of sound recordings at the nightclub she managed. More …

Autumn Statement: Planning for Productivity

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'Productivity' was the key word for Chancellor Phillip Hammond whose Autumn Statement announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund worth £23 billion up to 2021. More …

STPs: More engagement, less speed - the inconvenient truth(s)

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STP plans being leaked

The recent stories of STP plans being leaked by disgruntled local authorities almost makes me feel sorry for the impossible task facing the band of reluctant STP leaders. More …

Has Brexit driven an increase in divorces?

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Nigel Shepherd, chair of family law association Resolution, has recently commented that Brexit is causing some couples to divorce. More …

HMRC makes £670m in SDLT surcharge but are changes on the horizon?

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Figures out recently show that HMRC has made £670m from the SDLT 3% surcharge since it came in on 1 April 2016. Although some have called on the new Chancellor to scrap the surcharge, it seems unlikely he will do this. More …

Autumn Statement 2016: Will our wishes come true for private clients?

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In Philip Hammond's first Autumn Statement, we await to see how he plans to shape the economy and tax system, whilst balancing the government's spending. Will this be a light touch statement or are we in for a raft of further changes? How will the changes impact individual taxpayers? More …

How to avoid the legal pitfalls when rebranding your company

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The Head of Marketing at a leading plc in the transport industry was telling me about her business' re-branding strategy over dinner recently. She is new in post and clearly impressed that the company was committing significant investment of money and time to the project. More …

Can I stop my ex-partner applying for the decree absolute?

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Usually the person who applies for the divorce, the petitioner, will want to apply for the decree absolute to bring the marriage to an end. There may be some rare occasions, however, when this will not be the case. More …