Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Interest Rates Likely to Remain on Hold Despite Rising Inflation

A recent survey of business owners and managers conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales indicates that inflationary pressures are building in the economy. However… Read More

HMRC Lose Another IR35 Case

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have suffered another defeat in a case concerning IR35, the legislation that in effect makes PAYE rules apply when a limited company is artificially imposed in an… Read More

Data Trading – Straw Calls for Clampdown

Following a recent case in which two former employees of mobile phone operator T-Mobile were fined for selling the company’s customer data, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham described the… Read More

Tenants Warned Over Compliance With Lease Terms

When you are required to transfer a property once sold or at the end of the lease, you are required to give the new occupant vacant possession. This is a strict requirement, meaning that the… Read More

Protection of Patent and Design Rights Eased by Rule Change

Changes to the law have been made with the effect that the limit on claims brought before the Patents County Court (PCC) to protect patent and design rights has been raised to £500,000, which means… Read More

Insuring Your Key People

Taking out insurance on the life and/or health of a person key to your company’s business is often a very sensible precaution. The premiums for such insurance can be set against the business tax… Read More

Time Limits Prevent Flooding and Damp Claim

A couple who had large-scale alterations to their house done, including the creation of a substantial basement room, found that the basement suffered from substantial water penetration, which… Read More

Pesticides – Are You Ready?

Farmers are reminded that new regulations regarding the use of pesticides and record keeping relating to their use have now been introduced and failure to comply can be met with substantial fines… Read More

Animals and the Law

Damage by animals is not common, in spite of the lurid headlines one sees in the popular press. However, if your animal does cause damage or injury to someone else, what is the extent of your… Read More

If You Need to Get Plastered – Ask Your Landlord

When it comes to repair obligations under a lease, most of the respective obligations of landlord and tenant are clear. Occasionally, however, something crops up for which responsibility isn’t… Read More

Prosecution HIghlights Need for Risk Assessment and Control

A plant hire company has been fined £7,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000 following an accident on a building site in which an excavator bucket filled with concrete fell off the arm of the… Read More

Prosecution Highlights Need for Risk Assessment and Control

A plant hire company has been fined £7,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000 following an accident on a building site in which an excavator bucket filled with concrete fell off the arm of the… Read More

Scaffold Fall Brings Compensation

A maintenance operative who carried on working after suffering a fall was found to have ruptured a tendon in his knee after seeing his doctor the next day. The 45 year-old man was carrying… Read More

Belgium Authorities to Release Account Details

15,000 Britons with bank accounts in Belgium will have their details opened up to HM Revenue and Customs by 1 July according to an announcement made today. The move is the latest in a series of… Read More

Home on the Farm Policy to Tackle Rural Housing

The availability of affordable housing in rural areas has been a problem for many years, with young people often having to move away in order to find employment that will enable them to get on the… Read More

Half a Million Face Offshore Cash Probes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) claim that they have been informed of half a million people who hold cash in offshore tax havens…indicating that the stashing of cash in low-tax areas is a pastime of… Read More

Prize Scam Resurfaces

We recently ran a news item dealing with the successful prosecution of firms running bogus ‘prize draws’ which promised prizes to people. The catch being that the procedure which had to be followed… Read More

English Language Requirement for Tier 4 Sponsors and Students

Following the recent announcement of changes to the English language requirements for students sponsored under Tier 4 of the points-based system of immigration, the UK Border Agency has produced… Read More

Expert Report Disclosable, Says Court of Appeal

Sometimes, people tell you things you don’t want to hear. When the person doing the telling is an expert witness you have instructed, problems can result. In court proceedings in which an expert… Read More

Land Scam Firms Closed Down

A scam which traded on the greed of the gullible has been closed down by the the Financial Services Authority (FSA) after nearly £4 million was ‘invested’ by people seeking returns promised to be… Read More

Business Confidence Up

After four consecutive quarters of decline in business confidence, the latest ICAEW/GrantThornton UK Business Confidence Monitor shows businessconfidence rose in the second quarter of 2011. The… Read More

Custody Officer Bitten by Asylum Seeker Wins Compensation

A former custody officer who was attacked by an HIV positive asylum seeker has won more than £100,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement. Barbara-Ann Ennis, who had previously served… Read More

Torex Three Face Trial

Three former directors of software company Torex will face criminal charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office. The company’s former chairman, accountant and legal director will have to answer to… Read More

Government Consults on Further Changes to Employment Law

As part of its comprehensive review of employment law, the Government has launched a consultation on plans to introduce a new system of flexible parental leave from 2015. Under the proposals… Read More

DNA and Fingerprint Retention Unlawful

Following a Supreme Court ruling, moves are afoot to change the guidelines operated by the police for the retention of fingerprints and DNA samples. Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act… Read More

Claim on Wrong Basis Prevents Compensation for Loss

However, what is the position when, instead of claiming for loss of profits, the claimant seeks damages for the loss of value to the company that resulted from the breach? The franchisee claimed… Read More

Firms Fined for Illegal Workers

A blitz by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has led to fifteen South West businesses being fined more than £100,000 when 28 illegal workers were found. The fines followed 114 raids in Devon and Cornwall… Read More

Who is a Member of a Company?

Keeping company records up to date is not always a top priority for the directors of smaller companies. However, failing to keep the shareholders’ register up to date can have a downside if a share… Read More

Computer Patent Applications to be Open to Scrutiny

The complexity of computer patent applications has made the whole process of discerning what is and what is not innovative about the designs increasingly difficult. In order for a design or process… Read More

Will Your Insurers Pay Out?

Increasing numbers of people are spending substantial periods of time away from their homes on account of working away, having a second home or for any of a number of other reasons. Houses can also… Read More

Meeting Long-Term Care Costs

One of the often forgotten issues in retirement planning is the possibility of having to fund long-term care at some future time. Such care is means-tested and most care home residents of means will… Read More

When Hot Food Is Not Hot (for VAT Purposes)

The VAT regulations provide that where food is supplied hot, it is subject to VAT at the standard rate. The legislation defines this as food that is ‘heated for the purposes of enabling it to be… Read More

No-Shows – ECJ Rules No VAT Due

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice will come as good news for hard-pressed hoteliers and has led to HM Revenue and Customs issuing new guidance on deposits. The decision confirms… Read More

Cookie Law – Are You Compliant?

New laws affecting the operators of websites came into effect on 26 May. The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 are now in effect. These require a… Read More

£5 Million for Loss of Profits of Business Still on the Drawing Board

When a claim for damages is made on the basis of ‘loss of a chance’, having good quality expert evidence is essential. Most people know that it is possible to claim damages, where appropriate, for… Read More

The Sacking of Sharon Shoesmith – ‘Accountability’ is Not ‘Heads Must Roll'

The victory in the Court of Appeal of Ms Sharon Shoesmith, who was the Director of Children’s Services for Haringey Council at the time of the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly, has been widely… Read More

Building Woes Confirmed

A recent report on business confidence, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, whilst gener ally positive, contains the finding that confidence in the construction sector… Read More

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