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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.

Kelly Dunn of KPMG.

The issues around getting more senior business women into the boardrooms of our biggest companies are well documented and the results of the first national Think Future Study from the 30% Club and KPMG found that female students are significantly more likely than their male peers to believe that gender will influence pay and career progression.

Richard Langrick, franchise consultant at Ashtons Legal.

Franchising is a sector on the up. A recent British Franchising Association/Natwest survey found that the contribution of franchising to the UK economy has grown by 46% over the last 10 years to £15.1billion, with more than 600,000 people now employed in franchising.

Lloyd Clarke of Attwells Solicitors.

Former Newcastle United FC footballer Jonas Gutierrez has won a disability discrimination case against the club.

Andrew Nicholson of Barker Gotelee.

After a record-breaking year in 2015, which saw commercial property investment in the UK reach a figure just shy of £65billion (a 4% increase on 2014), George Osborne indicated that he would be imposing a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) increase on the commercial property sector.

Peter Harrup of BDO LLP.

Now that the dust has settled from Budget 2016, there are a number of key changes which employers across the board should consider when making future plans.

Marie Allen, employment partner at Gotelee Solicitors.

A topical area of discussion for employers just now is the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) from April 1, 2016.

Mark Prince of KPMG

Many businesses in this region are involved in research and development (R&D) on a daily basis and yet many are leaving money on the table by not claiming valuable R&D incentives.

Jennifer Howard-Dobson of Ellisons Solicitors.

Since March 26, 2015, various stages of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA) have been implemented and the latest key change is imminent.

Peter Harrup of BDO

Managing payroll tax risks has always been a challenge and this is set to reach a new high in April.

John Bradshaw of Barker Gotelee.

Other people’s cash-flow problems can quickly become your problem too. If a customer becomes insolvent when owing you a significant debt, non-payment and/or the loss of a key customer could create cash-flow difficulties or, at worst, lead to the failure of your business.

Mark Prince of KPMG.

What a difference a year makes. When the Chancellor stood up to deliver his Budget this time last year, businesses were feeling more confident about the economy and Brexit was not at the forefront of business leaders’ minds.

Michael Wangermann of Ashton KCJ.

The families of fatal accident victims will benefit from a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Lloyd Clarke of Attwells Solicitors.

The threat of trial by public opinion is often enough for high-profile figures to settle out of court.

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

The Supreme Court has recently given a judgment about the exercise of directors’ powers, in Eclairs Group Limited v JKX Oil & Gas plc (JKX).

Peter Harrup of BDO

In the summer Budget it was announced that the Government will introduce a new levy on large employers to help it meet a national target of creating 3million apprenticeships.

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.

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