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Paul Whittingham of Ashton KCJ.

Gordon Ramsay will be amongst those who are able to confirm that the law now recognises “signatures” on contracts as having moved on from the days when nothing but a hand written one would suffice.

Harriet Brice of Elllisons Solicitors.

From yesterday, the Government’s extension of the “Right to Rent Scheme” came into force across England.

Peter Harrup of BDO.

Employers face a wide range of changes and new challenges from April 6, 2016, and preparing your systems and staff well in advance is the best way to limit the impact and cost.

Andrew West of Gotelee Solicitors.

Two employees became involved in some sort of kneeing, face-licking, punchy, text message-threatening exchange that began at their employer’s 20th anniversary bash at the races – but what started as fun or banter, as onlookers saw it, escalated and led to one of the men losing his job.

Mark Prince of KPMG.

Access to funding is vital for start up businesses looking to move their enterprises to the next level. An ideal way of funding your business would be through your own cashflow – ploughing the profits back in to fund growth but as many business leaders recognise – you can grow faster if you access external funding as well.

Rob Adam, a partner at Ashton KCJ.

The Consumer Rights Act which came into force on October 1, 2015, was heralded as a great innovation, providing much-needed clarity for consumers, and attempted to tackle head-on some of the failings of previous consumer legislation.

Holly Sadler, Gotelee Solicitors

Last autumn brought new laws set to challenge residential landlords, and many are understandably unimpressed.

Clare Richards, solicitor and specialist in corporate law at Barker Gotelee.

The participants in a profitable owner-managed company are usually rewarded in at least two ways – through salary and dividends.

Mark Prince of KPMG.

As 2016 fast approaches, here are some key issues that SMEs should have on their radar in moving their business to the next level.

Jessica Piper of Ashton KCJ.

Before the first bottle has even been popped, this time of year always brings headaches for employers and HR managers about the impending office Christmas party.

Julian Outen of Ellisons Solicitors.

Business will welcome helpful guidelines from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) on how much involvement and influence HR should have in disciplinary investigations.

Mark Prince of KPMG.

There’s a really good test on whether or not an economy is competitive on the world stage which is basically whether or not it can earn enough money from exporting to buy the goods that consumers want to import.

Louise Cardwell of Ashton KCJ.

None of us like to think that one day we may not be capable of dealing with our affairs. However, mental incapacity is something that can affect any of us and whilst for some it may be as a result of a degenerative illness, it could affect you without warning, perhaps as the result of an accident.

Peter Harrup of BDO

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has recently published a consultation document entitled “Improving Large Business Tax Compliance”.

Lloyd Clarke of Attwells Solicitors.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that, in circumstances where workers do not have a fixed place of work, the time spent by those workers travelling each day between their homes and the premises of their first and last appointments will now constitute “working time”.

Victoria Spellman of Gotelee Solicitors.

Online content has the potential to reach a global audience and what is posted online can have far reaching consequences for the reputation of a business.

Mark Prince of KPMG.

This newspaper recently reported that 23% of jobs outside London pay less than the living wage, as opposed to just 19% in the capital.

Joel Furniss of Ashton KCJ.

I recently acted for the sellers of a company and a question arose regarding the use of virtual data rooms.

Peter Harrup of BDO LLP.

Let residential property is currently treated as a “property business” for tax purposes, and interest paid on a loan used to purchase such property can be deducted from the rental income received.

Andrew West, Gotelee Solicitors.

Where a worker has been on long-term sick leave and hasn’t used their holiday entitlement, they may be able to carry it forward to the next holiday year.

Mark Prince, KPMG

The recent news that over 100 businesses in East Anglia have been given grants totalling £10.7million from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Business Fund demonstrates a real appetite for growth in the region.

Alexandra Pilc of Ashton KCJ.

Landlords must act to avoid ending up in hot water over heating supplies – they must comply with the introduction of individual metering and charging on communal heating and other forms of heat networks.

Lloyd Clarke of Attwells Solicitors.

Each October brings about a swathe of new employment law legislation and this year is no different.

Peter Harrup of BDO LLP.

The growth of self-employment (including personal service companies) is a phenomenon of the economic recovery: the Office for National Statistics estimates that 15% of the total UK workforce (4.5million people) now work for themselves.

Clare Richards of Barker Gotelee.

A potential buyer of a business or company usually carries out an investigation into the target before buying.

Mark Prince of KPMG.

Fraud, whether personal or business, can cause irreparable damage and often takes considerable time and money to resolve. Yet despite warnings about the dangers of failing to put protective measures in place, individuals and organisations continue to fall victim to fraudsters.

Andrew West of Gotelee Solicitors.

For most people, using social media has become part of the daily routine, whether at work or at home.

Peter Harrup of BDO LLP.

For most company owners, the biggest news from the summer Budget was the increase in the rates of tax on dividends.

Nick Palmer, a partner at Barker Gotelee

If you run a business, what would happen if you became ill and unable to sign a contract or authorise a bank transfer?

Mark Prince  of KPMG.

We usually associate the living wage with campaigns for the rights of employees, but the announcement in the Summer Budget that a National Living Wage is to be made compulsory isn’t just good news for the two million people who will get a significant pay rise.

Kate Williamson, an associate at Ashton KCJ.

The franchising sector has evidenced considerable growth where many other sectors have struggled during the recent downturn.

Matthew Cameron of Ashton KCJ

We often receive enquiries from owners of private companies who tell us that they are interested in buying a property in France, with cash from their company.

Peter Harrup of BDO LLP.

All employers that reward employees using share schemes must file annual returns and, for 2014-15 onwards, they must be filed online.

Marie Allen, employment partner at Gotelee Solicitors.

Employers must consult collectively when 20 or more redundancies are proposed at any one establishment within a 90-day period – but what is an “establishment”?

Mark Prince of KPMG.

We all have to deal with some form of red tape, whether signing up to a new GP, applying for a student loan or getting a mortgage.

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