March 2016 Archive

Licensing team resolve crisis for Bristol Tandoor Restaurant

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The Licensing Team recently represented the Urban Tandoor Restaurant in Bristol to resolve a crisis, after it was discovered that the premises did not have a valid premises licence. More …

Using 'will', 'shall' and 'must' in commercial contracts

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Winston Churchill declared that, "We shall fight on the beaches" - not 'must' or 'will' – but 'shall'. 'Shall', 'must' and 'will' are all modal verbs (verbs used to express an obligation). In a commercial contract setting, you want to be sure that the strength of obligation agreed by the parties is reflected in the agreement. More …

No relief for developers, the 3% SDLT surcharge

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As promised by the Chancellor, the stamp duty land tax 3% surcharge on "additional" residential properties acquired will come into force on April 1 2016, but disappointingly residential developers have not been given a relief from this extra cost More …

Sweet measures from Chancellor in the Sugar Tax Budget

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer may have grabbed headlines by declaring war on sugar in his Spring Budget – but there were also several sweeteners for businesses and individuals alike. More …

From slab to slice – commercial property SDLT changes

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Following today's Budget, and from midnight tonight, purchasers of non-residential property will be subject to a revised structure of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). More …

Budget 2016: Academy conversion for schools in England

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Measures announced today by the chancellor in this year's budget include the plan for all maintained schools in England to convert to academy status by 2020 or be committed to converting by 2022. More …

Budget 2016 – implications for employers

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Key changes to the taxation of termination payments are on the horizon following today's budget. More …

Charity Commission statutory inquiry into Kids Company – learning points

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On 21 August 2015, the Charity Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity Kids Company (registered as Keeping Kids Company). More …

Professional Regulatory people news February 2016

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We review the movers and promotions within the professional regulatory bodies we work with. More …

Construction Newsletter March 2016

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Liquidated Damages Clauses – when is a damages clause considered a penalty? Damages for breach of contract should be compensatory, not punitive. More …