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Living together or planning to get married - why wouldn’t you talk about money?

Charles Sylvester of Charles Stanley & Co looks back at a better-than-expected 2017 – but says recent events have seen the euphoria fade.

Many areas are designated as “conservation areas”, meaning that there are additional planning controls which need to be observed if one wishes to make external alterations to a property.

In a bid to promote a culture of transparency in the workplace, and to encourage organisations to tackle the underlying causes of the gender pay gap, regulations came into force last year requiring organisations in Great Britain with 250 or more employees to publish data on the pay of their male and female employees.

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 grants an automatic right of renewal to tenants of business premises, known as “security of tenure”, unless the landlord and tenant agree, before the lease is granted, to exclude the statutory right to renew.

Brexit could bring an additional cash flow burden for businesses buying goods from the European Union and there will be further changes in 2019.

If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution, why not decide to carry out an employment status review?

Any employer with at least 250 employees must report under the Gender Pay Reporting (GPR) regulations by April 4, 2018 (for the private and voluntary sectors) or by March 30 (for the public sector).

Welcome news came in the Budget for first time buyers of residential properties when the Government announced that there would be no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable by those who purchased a residential property for £300,000 or less.

In his first Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced welcome changes to venture capital tax reliefs for knowledge-intensive companies (KICs).

Allegations of sexual misconduct have dominated the news agenda in recent weeks. The behaviour of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and a dossier of British MPs has highlighted the dangers that follow when a culture of harassment is allowed to develop in the workplace.

A recent judgment from the EAT (Employment Appeals Tribunal) has somewhat surprisingly slipped under the radar.

Despite some recent signs of “progress”, the Brexit negotiations have a long way to go yet.

We are told a Great Repeal Bill is in the offing following Brexit.

As the use of drones is increasing, Rebecca Palmer, senior associate at Prettys Solicitors explores the legal landscape around their use.

New Corporate Criminal Offences (CCO) legislation took effect on September 30, designed to overcome the difficulties in attributing criminal liability to companies and partnerships when their employees, contractors and other “associated persons” are seen to be facilitating tax evasion.

Advertising is crucial to the lifeblood of any business but if you fail to play by the rules the punishments can be severe.

In recent months, there has been a spate of cyber-crime stemming from ransomware infiltrating large businesses on a global scale.

HMRC has adopted EU proposals to extend distance selling rules to online or mail order sellers of goods who promote a separate delivery service to their customers.

There is a sea change coming for all businesses operating in e-commerce fulfilment, and ignoring the effect of this new scheme is not an option for any business that wants to trade within the law.

If you are a business owner, there will almost certainly come a time when you want to exit from the business. A sale often results in the best financial return.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

How do you build loyalty in your customers, and keep them coming back to you, asks Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact programme.

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