Category: Corporate & Commercial

Julian Harvey Jul 2022

The Register of Overseas Entities

The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act (‘the Act’) became law on 15 March 2022.  Its primary purpose is to crack down on tax fraud and money laundering that involves UK property by making it harder for criminals to hide behind shell companies and to make it easier to seize properties that have been purchased illegally. 

Richard Clapham May 2022

The Queen’s Speech – at a glance

Today was the day of the Queen's Speech - an event that forms part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony and sets out new laws. Usually, the speech is delivered by the Queen herself, but for the first time since 1963, she did not attend due to health reasons. Instead, the speech was delivered by Prince Charles, who highlighted some of the 38 laws ministers intend to pass in the coming year.

Richard Clapham Mar 2022

The Spring Statement 2022: At a glance

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has just delivered his long-awaited Spring Statement, with many holding out hopes for a brighter future as the cost of living continues to increase.

Richard Clapham Mar 2022

Spring Statement is the chance for Sunak to step up

The country really is in quite a predicament. The cost of living is skyrocketing, taxes have been raised to their highest point in 70 years, thousands of pounds are being added to heating bills and more people than ever are facing the choice between eating and heating.

Heather Love Feb 2022

What does “Living With Covid” mean for employers?

The Government has now released plans as to how society needs to move forward from the Covid-19 pandemic, including the relaxation of isolation rules and charging for covid testing. But what will it mean for employers?

Keith Potter Feb 2022

Company Directors: The Problems caused by Informality and Lack of Records

A recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal illustrates the type of dispute that is so often seen within small companies, frequently but not always family-owned ones. Such disputes occur where there is a complete lack of documentation recording the nature of the relationship between the directors and the company.

Charmaine Dudman Feb 2022

Meet our Corporate Team - Charmaine Dudman

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Heather Love Jan 2022

Vaccination status controversy reaches new levels after JLP says it will pay staff regardless

As Plan B restrictions lift in the UK once again, there’s been a few headlines surfacing about how employers are treating unvaccinated staff - and it’s a bit of a legal minefield.

Heather Love Jan 2022

Holiday Entitlement and Holiday Pay – Key points for Employers

Holiday entitlement and pay is a notoriously difficult area for HR practitioners. Typical challenges include calculating holiday entitlement for casual or zero hours workers, accounting for bank holidays for part-time staff and trying to keep up with the constantly evolving case law regarding what aspects of employee remuneration are deemed “normal pay” and therefore must be included in holiday pay. We summarise the main questions and answers below. However, legal advice should always be taken on a specific scenario. The below should only be treated as guidance.

Heather Love Jan 2022

IKEA cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are self-isolating due to Covid exposure

A significant social media backlash followed the announcement by IKEA that only staff fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or those who have mitigating circumstances, will receive enhanced company sick pay in the future when self-isolating due to Covid-19 exposure. Self-isolating workers who are unvaccinated and do not have any mitigating circumstances will only receive Statutory Sick Pay ("SSP"). Unvaccinated workers are still required to isolate for a period of 10 days following exposure. In contrast, fully vaccinated staff are not.