James Skellorn, Barker Gotelee

Business Law: James Skellorn on how the reform of Stamp Duty Land Tax will affect farmers

The major reform of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) may help to revive a flagging housing market just in time for the election, but a key point for farmers is that new high rates of Stamp Duty (10% on value between £925,001.00 and £1.5m and value in excess of £1.5m taxed at 12%) apply only to residential properties.

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Peter Harrup of BDO

Business Finance: Peter Harrup on how the Autumn Statement will help R&D

The manufacturing sector is set to start 2015 on solid ground, with strong outputs and orders during 2014 continuing to feed through to increased investment for the next 12 months.

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Andrew West of Gotelee Solicitors.

Business Law: Andrew West on how Santa could find himself on the wrong side of the law

There’s nothing we like more than a bit of festive cheer. However, whilst many children’s thoughts may be turning to Santa Claus, and his troupe of toy-making elves and reindeer distribution team, we want to highlight a slightly darker side, when you consider his working practices and his blatant disregard of our laws.

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Sam Vanags, Tax Partner at KPMG in East Anglia .

Business Finance: Access a key issue in business support, says Sam Vanags of KPMG

In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced further measures to support and promote small businesses.

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Joel Furniss of Ashton KCJ.

Business Law: Joel Furniss on the protection of ‘orphan’ creative works

Copyright holders of creative works are being urged to make their mark and claim their intellectual property rights, following the launch of a new licensing scheme that will enable reproduction of so-called “orphan” creative works and performances.

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