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Government to consider tougher action against late payers

The government is looking at ways to ensure that large businesses pay their suppliers on time. The government is looking at ways to ensure that large businesses pay their suppliers on time. The Prompt Payment Code (PPC) was set up in 2008 to encourage companies to pay invoices within the agree....

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Accountant must pay nearly £1m after giving negligent advice

An accountant must pay £943,000 damages to a client after giving him negligent advice about saving tax during the sale of a business. An accountant must pay £943,000 damages to a client after giving him negligent advice about saving tax during the sale of a business. The case involved ....

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Register will show who really owns and controls UK companies

The government is to press ahead with plans for greater business transparency by creating a public register of who really owns and controls UK companies. The government is to press ahead with plans for greater business transparency by creating a public register of who really owns and controls UK ....

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Director didn’t breach duties when pursuing personal gain

Directors have a legal duty to act in their company’s best interests. When their work as a director alerts them to a business opportunity that would benefit the company, they should not exploit that opportunity for personal gain and to the company’s detriment. Directors have a legal duty to ....

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Company fails to prevent competition from former employees

A pharmaceutical company has failed to prevent two former employees setting up their own firm and competing for business from one of its main customers, the NHS. A pharmaceutical company has failed to prevent two former employees setting up their own firm and competing for business from one of it....

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Banker who complained about pay wins unfair dismissal claim

A banker who was made redundant following complaints that he wasn’t being paid enough has won his claim of unfair dismissal. A banker who was made redundant following complaints that he wasn’t being paid enough has won his claim of unfair dismissal. Benjamin Price said that he had “signe....

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Inheritance tax payments to soar to £21billion as house prices rise

The amount families will have to pay in inheritance tax is set to increase by £3billion to £21billion over the next five years. The amount families will have to pay in inheritance tax is set to increase by £3billion to £21billion over the next five years. The rise is due to the revival of ....

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Wife waited too long to seek better deal from husband’s will

People who feel they have not been properly provided for in a relative’s will can ask the courts to step in and grant them a larger share of the deceased person’s estate. People who feel they have not been properly provided for in a relative’s will can ask the courts to step in and grant th....

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Employment law and SMEs

Manufacturing, engineering and services sector businesses of all sizes are subject to wide-ranging employment law. Compliance is a challenge for all, but particularly for smaller and medium-sized businesses that do not have specialist in-house resources to deal with all the issues and duties i....

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Recognition by the Law Society

Essex and Hertfordshire law firm Attwaters Jameson Hill is celebrating after being re-accredited to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme by the Law Society.  This is a rare achievement and is in recognition of the hard work, the high standards and service that the residential property team provide to th....

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Trust period amended to reduce inheritance tax burden

Discretionary trusts are a great way to reduce the burden of inheritance tax but they must be drawn up properly to be effective. Discretionary trusts are a great way to reduce the burden of inheritance tax but they must be drawn up properly to be effective. A recent case before the High Court ....

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Court rules a mother’s will was forged by her son

A woman’s will has been declared invalid after a court ruled that it had been forged by her son. The woman originally made a will in 1999, stating that she intended to split her estate equally between her two children. The son claimed the mother made a new will while she was dying from cance....

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