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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.

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.

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