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James Tarling of Ashtons Legal.


When a new collaboration starts it is an exciting time. All parties are keen to explore the potential that the relationship holds and start enthusiastically sharing and developing their ideas.

Phil Hall of BDO LLP.

One of the Chancellor’s first major announcements in 2016 was the launch of the updated National Cyber Security Strategy, setting out “the Government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace” up to 2021.

Andrew Nicholson, Barker Gotelee.

Stage 2 of the SZC consultation began in November 2016 and is open for comment until February 3, 2017, see their website www.sizewellc.co.uk.

Rob Thomson, director at Grant Thornton’s Ipswich office.

2016 was a year that defied predictions and, as 2017 begins to unfold, it looks as if change will once again be the only constant.

Nigel Maguire of Ashtons Legal.

The National Fraud Authority reports that property fraud is worth £1bn each year. In 2015 the Land Registry reported a three year high in property fraud cases.

Lloyd Clarke of Attwells.

There are a number of changes afoot in the world of employment law, and HR departments will take the brunt of preparing the paperwork.

Clare Richards of Barker Gotelee.

We are often asked to advise business owners about how to bring younger members of their family into the business.

Stephen Brown of Gotelee Solicitors.

The logistics chain is being targeted and this will have a huge effect on the way that warehouse and transport & logistics operators do business with their overseas clients. Since September 15 2016 HMRC has acquired new powers under s.48 Value Added Tax Act to seek to combat what it sees as abuse of the system of declaring import VAT and duty by e-commerce traders who are located outside of the EU and who sell goods online to British consumers.

Nigel Maguire of Ashtons Legal.

The National Fraud Authority reports that property fraud is worth £1bn each year and in 2015 the Land Registry reported a three-year high in cases.

Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton in Ipswich.

Gender diversity has been on the boardroom agenda for many years now but, with more than half of Suffolk’s largest companies, and 36% of all UK businesses, still without any women at senior management level, something clearly isn’t working.

Petra Sharp of Gotelee Solicitors.

The process of negotiation and give-and-take involved in finalising contracts can be demanding and time-consuming.

Phil Hall of BDO LLP in Ipswich.

Philip Hammond will today deliver his first ever Autumn Statement but, with the economy ticking along smoothly and Brexit negotiations around the corner, we believe the Chancellor is unlikely to make any dramatic announcements in his speech this afternoon.

Lloyd Clarke of Attwells.

An Employment Tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers will now be entitled to holiday pay, rest breaks and the National Minimum Wage (NMW)/National Living Wage (NLW).

Rob Thomson of Grant Thornton.

When news of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy first broke, it was seen by many as just another burdensome tax on business, but the new system could give firms a much-needed chance to create valuable, industry-led training opportunities to help plug the skills gap.

Sophie Hearle of Ashtons Legal.

One of the major concerns that people who own assets in the EU have is whether their wills will remain valid once we have left the EU.

Julian Outen, head of employment and HR at Ellisons.

With the festive season fast approaching, employers often use this time of year to undertake a review of business performance and plan for the future, which can include reducing business expenditure.

Phil Hall, East Anglia tax partner at BDO LLP.

The Government has now published its response to the initial consultation on simplification of the termination payment tax rules.

Victoria Spellman of Gotelee Solicitors.

A GP surgery has been fined £40,000 for the unauthorised disclosure of a patient’s personal data.

Lloyd Clarke of Attwells Solicitors

The number of women suffering from pregnancy discrimination in the workplace has almost doubled in the last decade.

Dermott Thomas of Barker Gotelee.

The Brexit vote has left many questions, with the making and application of law being a major imponderable.

Phil Hall, East Anglia tax partner at BDO LLP

The impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union remains the subject of much discussion. But while Brexit may in future affect companies doing business in the UK and the EU, changes are already under way which are potentially more significant for the international tax landscape, resulting from the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative.

Andrew West of Gotelee Solicitors

It is unlawful to subject someone to discrimination on the ground of their philosophical belief – but how wide can the interpretation of a philosophical belief stretch?

Colin Makin, an associate at Ashtons Legal.

Termination payments on the termination of employment, most often contained in settlement agreements, usually consist of a compensation payment and a payment in lieu of notice.

Joe Brightman of Ellisons.

Joe Brightman of Ellisons’ property litigation team recently and successfully aided a local company in removing a group of travellers from its retail park.

Wayne Neale, head of VAT in East Anglia at BDO LLP.

As part of the 2015 Summer Budget, legislation was introduced which prevents HM Revenue & Customs from reducing the scope of the UK’s many zero rates of VAT, for example on children’s clothing.

Lloyd Clarke, an employment law specialist at Attwells Solicitors.

Recently released figures show that the number of police officers taking days off sick with stress-related illnesses has rocketed by an astonishing 58% in the last two years, with one in every 15 police officers in Britain affected.

Clare Richards, partner at Barker Gotelee

Companies no longer need to file an annual return for filing dates after the June 29, 2016 – instead, a confirmation statement will be required.

Sarah Elms, a partner at BDO LLP.

The Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs), Partnerships and Groups Regulations 2016 have now come into force.

Lee Pearce, head of disputer esolution at Ellisons.

With the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union almost on us, local firms which trade with EU partners should consider the impact a vote to leave might have on their business.

Peter Harrup, BDO LLP.

The Government has issued draft legislation and is consulting on the Apprenticeship Levy to be introduced in 2017. Now is the time to assess how it may affect your organisation.

Andrew West of Gotelee Solicitors.

If you employ senior staff in key senior positions where they have the ability to form influential relationships with your customers and suppliers, the likelihood is that you will try to protect your business by making sure their contract of employment contains restrictions to protect your goodwill and client base.

Alexandra Pilc of Ashtons Legal.

Landlords often find themselves under pressure to allow a tenant of commercial premises into occupation prior to or without incurring the time and expense formally documenting this.

Julian Outen of Ellisons Solicitors.

A large proportion of the UK’s employment laws come from the European Union.

Business feature on MARILYN MARTIN, regional director of BDO LLP (accountants and financial advisors), Ipswich.

Pictured is team member Peter Harrup.

The European Commission has published a VAT Action Plan presenting a selection of measures to modernise VAT in the EU . This includes a proposal for a complete redesign of the VAT treatment of goods supplied between businesses in different EU member states.

Victoria Spellman of Gotelee Solicitors.

A sole director and shareholder of a company has been found to be jointly liable with his company for trade mark infringement and passing off.

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