December 2016 Archive

Planning for an autonomous world?

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If the Autumn Statement disclosed anything about the Chancellor's life at 11 Downing Street, it's that traffic on Whitehall is getting worse and Mr Hammond hasn't the time to drive himself to work. Well, that is one take on the commitment in the Autumn Statement to spend £390 million to support development of low emission and autonomous vehicles. More …

What are the consequences for an ex-spouse if he or she does not pay following a court order?

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Last week the Law Commission released new proposals suggesting that ex-spouses who refuse to pay sums due following their divorce should be banned from travelling abroad. More …

All 44 STPs published – but what do we know?

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I am surprised that health commentators are surprised at the lack of detail in the STP proposals that have been published this week, what did we really expect? More …

When is a million pounds not a million pounds? The new residence nil rate band

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The new residence nil rate band (RNRB) has been reported in the press in a number of different ways, some saying that inheritance tax (IHT) will be scrapped on homes worth up to £1million. More …

Night club owner faces prison sentence due to ongoing Copyright Infringement

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A night club owner has been sentenced to three months imprisonment on a suspended sentence, in addition to payment of £5,177 damages to the claimant and £17,000 in costs, for playing sound recordings in public without a licence in contempt of court. More …

The use of Escrow accounts as building works enablers

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The redevelopment of one part of a building poses obvious construction risk to the remaining parts. For example, basement excavations in expensive London enclaves or fancy penthouse conversions to the top of a block. More …

Do I have the right to contest a loved one's Will?

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Have you recently been left upset and disappointed by a loved one's Will following their death? More …

ICO fines charities for fundraising data breaches

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On 6 December the ICO announced that it had issued monetary penalties of £25,000 and £18,000 to two of the UK's best known charities, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Heart Foundation. More …

HMRC releases revised guidance on the 3% SDLT surcharge

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On 29 November 2016, HMRC published a revised Guidance Note on the 3% SDLT surcharge to replace the Guidance Note issued with the Budget on 16 March 2016. More …