New year, new (professional) you?

New year, new (professional) you?

A new year and a fresh start are often just what we need to kick start our plans for the coming months.Many of us use this time to reflect on our personal lives, looking at what we achieved the previous year or possibly missed out on to highlight the changes we think we should make in our lives. Wh…

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No Veganuary blues for Jordi

In an interesting recent employment tribunal decision, Jordi Casamitjana’s ethical veganism was held to be a philosophical belief protected by discrimination law. Whilst whether or not the dismissal from his place of work was unfair is yet to be decided, this first decision could prove to be an impo…

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SRA crackdown on AML compliance

On 29 October 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced that it will be writing to all 7,000 firms falling under the scope of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 to investigate whether they have a firm risk assessment in place, and supplementing this information request with an ext…

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Co-owning conundrums

The recent decision in Margaret Vincent v HMRC provides food for thought for those advising clients who co-own property with other family members. In this case, a married couple co-owned their home with the wife’s brother but, of course, co-ownership can be among any type of relationship, familial o…

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IR35 – are you ready to take the baton?

From 6 April 2020, changes to tax legislation regulating off-payroll working (commonly known as IR35) will come into effect. The new rules require larger private sector businesses to deduct income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) via payroll from fees for services paid to an “intermed…

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End of life… or not?

Fans of Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific’ may well have heard neuroscientist Adrian Owen recently discussing his research on patients in vegetative states and the impact this may have on end of life issues. Through technology such as MRI scans, Adrian has found that, contrary to popular belief, a prop…

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