Posted by James Worrall, Partner
When drones are used to spy on the sets of Game of Thrones, or to disrupt airports and our holidays’, we could be forgiven for thinking that no good can come of this emerging technology. So with all the negative press coverage they have had in the last year or so, we ask are there any positive uses for drones?
Philip Hammond’s budget speech this week confirmed proposals announced by the Prime Minister last month to introduce an additional stamp duty land tax (SDLT) surcharge on UK residential property bought by foreign buyers.
The long-awaited Supreme Court judgement in the ‘gay cake’ case has today been announced, the Supreme Court in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others has held that it is not direct discrimination for a Christian bakery to refuse to bake a cake containing a message supporting gay marriage.
New legislation came into effect on the 1st October 2018 which will impact over 170,000 landlords. The legislation widens the definition of large HMOs and is designed to limit overcrowding in house shares. Non-compliance can result in unlimited penalties and therefore it is vital that landlords are aware of whether these changes are relevant to their properties.
Owning a leasehold property can be a very complex and daunting venture both for the inexperienced and the most experienced of property owners. Failure to comply with any restrictive covenants contained within a lease can lead to avoidable and unfortunate repercussions due to the leaseholder not fulfilling their obligations.
Most businesses have a clear picture of their assets. For example, the value of property, equipment and stock is integrally linked to a business’s ability to remain profitable and raise finance to grow and expand. However it is not just physical assets that have a value. Businesses also have intangible assets that can add significant value to the balance sheet.
Employers have been warned of a deepening crisis in the social care sector which will affect hundreds of thousands of elderly and disabled people in the UK. A new report by the think tank Global Future predicts a bleak future for social care in the UK – unless the Government takes action, and strikes a deal to guarantee free movement of EU staff to help care for the booming elderly population.
The deadline of September 30, to resolve any issues with UK tax filings in relation to offshore matters or transfers, is fast approaching. A failure to correct any non-compliance may result in stringent new penalties.
We were instructed by our client, Mr S, to pursue a claim for compensation after he received the devastating news that he had mesothelioma.
Blockchain has been hailed the second generation of the internet and is better known for being the technology behind cryptocurrencies. The use of blockchain however, goes beyond cryptocurrencies and can be applied to a number of industries. A recent example being, Microsoft and Ernest & Young’s joint project which looks to find a more efficient way of managing royalty payments in the gaming industry. Blockchain is likely to transform a number of industries and property is no exception.