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OTS publishes its first report into review of Inheritance Tax

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The Office of Tax Simplification recently published the first part of a long awaited report on its review of the administrative and broader technical aspects of Inheritance Tax.

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‘Stealth tax’ on estates announced by the Government

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At the start of November, the Government signalled its intent to revisit the controversial increase to probate court fees, looking to link them with the value of the estate (before Inheritance Tax) as opposed to the flat fee currently charged.

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The fascinating truth about the rise of the CVA and what this means for the high street’s struggles

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Contributing authors: Bharat Nahar

CVAs on the high street

As retail and restaurant brands struggle to adapt to an increasingly uncertain economic environment, Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) have become more common, and more prominent in the news. But what does this even mean for retailers and landlords? Are they a vital lifeline, or are they just adding pressure to a sector that is already showing concerning signs?

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Are medical devices compromising patient safety?

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Medical devices have dominated the news this week, following the release of a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Ali Cloak takes a look into ‘The Implant Files’ investigation.

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Private Schools facilitate illicit transactions?

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As part of stepping up the enforcement of anti-money laundering legislation the Agency has notified private schools that they should file more Suspicious Activity Reports (“SAR”), flagging suspicions over the payment of fees.

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Is physics sexist?

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Is Physics sexist?

Gender diversity is a systemic problem and needs solutions which address the problems at its root. Otherwise, debates will become cyclical – as we can see from claims that responses to female inequality are discriminating towards men.

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Universities surviving on short-term loans?

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Matt Robb, from EY Parthenon, was recently reported as saying that three or four UK universities are close to insolvency and currently surviving on ‘bridging loans.’ But, the number facing severe financial instability could be much higher.

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HMO – new regulations

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Contributing authors: Sorcha McGillycuddy

HMO

The Housing Act 2004 introduced mandatory licensing for certain HMO properties. However, new legislation is now in force – from 1st October 2018 – amending the rules relating to when a licence is required for an HMO (house of multiple occupation) property.

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Am I allowed to represent myself in the Family Court?

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The simple answer is: Yes

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Can patient confidentiality be a bad thing for the health of others? A recent case suggests: yes

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If a family member was diagnosed with, or died as a result of, a genetic disease, you would want to know. A recent case between a woman and St. George’s Hospital in London throws into question whether doctors have a responsibility to inform families of a patient’s health.

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A Big Week for CRPS

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November is a big month for CRPS. At the beginning of the month it was Colour the World Orange day, an annual event where people all over the world dress in orange to try and help raise awareness of CRPS. This week is even bigger, with two events in London taking place. Our CRPS specialist, Louise Hart, is attending one of the events to help raise awareness of this condition herself.

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EU Settlement Scheme pilot for staff working in the social care sector and higher education

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EU citizens working in social care, health and the education sectors are being given the opportunity to confirm their lawful status in the UK ahead of Brexit which is less than four months away.

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