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Latest Articles

  • Checking an employee's right to work – getting ready for post-lockdown recruitment

    Checking an employee's right to work – getting ready for post-lockdown recruitment

    At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Home Office implemented temporary adjustments allowing for different means to confirm an employee's right to work in the UK. These are due to end this summer, and with Brexit, where the employment of an individual takes place and that person does not have permission to work in the UK, fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker can easily occur.

  • Turnover Leases: a flexible alternative to open market rents

    Turnover Leases: a flexible alternative to open market rents

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused huge disruption in the retail and hospitality sectors and with businesses often unable to trade at previous levels and cover their costs, landlords and tenants are increasingly looking at ways of restructuring existing lease arrangements to deal with the unprecedented market conditions which now exist.

  • Pinch point - insurance and liability in the Suez Canal

    Pinch point - insurance and liability in the Suez Canal

    We often hear the words "pinch point" in business. It is the coming together of many moving parts in a machine or project or transport route that can hold up progress or, in manufacturing, cause operator injury. Pinch points can rarely be avoided. They need to be identified and handled with care and they do not come any bigger than the Suez Canal.

  • What are the inheritance tax exemptions?

    What are the inheritance tax exemptions?

    IHT is charged on estates which exceed the Nil Rate Band (NRB) which is currently £325,000. Estates which are excess of this threshold are taxed at 40%. There are however a number of reliefs and exemptions, a couple of which are highlighted in this article.

  • What is the Recovery Loan Scheme?

    What is the Recovery Loan Scheme?

    The Recovery Loan Scheme ("RLS") launched on 6th April 2021 and replaced the preceding government-backed loan schemes (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CBILS"), the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CLBILS") and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme ("BBLS"))