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The devilish detail on inheritance tax

In last summer’s Budget speech, significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) were announced. This related to a new allowance for those who own their home…

Posted in Private

As many as 30% of fathers could be taking up shared parental leav...

A year on from the introduction of shared parental leave in April 2015, take-up is looking higher than initially expected. However, conflicting news reports around…

Posted in Employment

Relaxed planning rules to be made permanent

The process for converting commercial property to residential has become easier, now that temporary planning rules removing the need for planning applications to convert certain…

Posted in Residential

How companies get caught in the slave trade

The recent conviction of a UK business owner for a human trafficking offence has been a wake-up call to big businesses to carefully monitor their…

Posted in Employment

A fifth of London tenants paying over asking price

Countrywide, the UK’s largest property services group, announced that 1 in 5 tenants based in London pay over the asking price to secure their homes,…

Posted in Litigation

Pulling a Sickie

In a recent Employment Appeals Tribunal case of Metroline West v Ajaj 2015 the tribunal held that an employee who “pulls a sickie” in order…

Posted in Employment