Commercial Client News

Get it Right First Time or Face Tax ConsequencesJanuary 31, 2018

When managing taxes, there can be few errors as expensive as failing to register for VAT if you should have done so, as a recent...

Act When You Think You May Have a Claim, Not When You Know For CertainJanuary 22, 2018

The time to seek legal advice when you think something may be wrong is when you first have a concern, not later on when you...

Recruitment Vetting Must Be Reasonable and Respect Human RightsJanuary 19, 2018

The police and other public authorities have recruitment vetting policies in place that are designed to ensure that staff taken on are people of integrity....

Follow Proper Planning Procedures or ElseJanuary 16, 2018

An argument over a planning permission for a small rural development has necessitated the intervention of the Court of Appeal, which confirmed that a council...

If You Help Fund a Claim You May Be Liable if it FailsJanuary 10, 2018

It is not unusual for the cost of litigation – especially where a group of companies is involved – to be paid for in whole...

Council’s Drafting Error Opens Way for Change of UseDecember 14, 2017

Planning permissions mean what they say and judges are very reluctant to imply terms into them, even in order to correct flawed drafting. That point...

Legal Costs of Defending Director Not Tax DeductibleDecember 11, 2017

To what extent are the costs of professional advice given to a director tax deductible by the company that he or she serves? A tribunal...

National Minimum Wage RatesDecember 4, 2017

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission's recommended rates for the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that will...

Economic Reality Telling Factor in Planning AppealNovember 27, 2017

Aesthetic opinions differ dramatically and, in planning disputes, one property owner's dream is very often anathema to another. That was certainly so in one case...

HMRC Slammed for Unreasonable Behaviour As Costs Awarded to TaxpayerNovember 24, 2017

The increasing aggressiveness of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in dealing with taxpayers was recently given short shrift by the First-tier Tribunal (FTT), which criticised...