Commercial Client News

Court of Appeal Guidance on Use of Pay Less NoticesFebruary 18, 2019

When a construction dispute arises and a pay less notice is issued, the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 requires that the notice should...

Trade Marks and the Territorial Limits on the High Court’s JurisdictionFebruary 15, 2019

UK and EU trade marks are a highly effective means of protecting your brand – but they are subject to territorial limits. The High Court...

Gold Visas Scheme Relaunch With Vetting ProposedFebruary 12, 2019

The Government has taken steps to halt the 'Tier 1 Investor' visa scheme after it became clear that it was being used to launder the...

What is a ‘New Building’ in Planning Terms? Court of Appeal GuidanceFebruary 7, 2019

Can a building which incorporates parts of structures previously on the same site be described as 'new'? In upholding an enforcement notice that required total...

Tenancy or Licence? Security Company Wins Possession OrderJanuary 23, 2019

The distinction between tenancies and licences to occupy premises is crucial but not always easy to draw. A High Court case where this proved central...

Employee Copyright Agreement Achieved Legitimate AimJanuary 18, 2019

Many employers require their staff to sign copyright agreements by which they give up their intellectual property rights to designs or other works created in...

All Change for VAT on VouchersJanuary 15, 2019

If your business issues vouchers, you should be aware that the VAT regime will change significantly on 1 January 2019. From that time, the VAT treatment...

Late Appeal is Void Appeal for Property OwnerJanuary 10, 2019

When the owner of a property that had been designated as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) by his local council in 2001 chose to...

Job Interviews and the Risks of Asking Off the Cuff Discriminatory QuestionsDecember 28, 2018

Questions asked of job applicants at interview should be carefully considered in advance and formulated with the benefit of legal advice. In one case where...

Typhoon Disruption is Reasonable Excuse for Late Tax PaymentDecember 21, 2018

It is fair to say that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) take a hard line when it comes to non-payment or late payment of taxes...

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