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Estate Agents Forum A Success

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As part of our initiative to work closer with estate agents, our Estate Agents Forum has proved a huge success with local agents. The 2 hour session covers topics such as searches and money laundering and also includes a walkthrough of a conveyancing transaction from start to finish. “The session has proved immensely popular with the local Bridgnorth agents” says Director, Jonathan Ritson. “The aim was for us to provide…

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Budget 2017

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Chancellor, Philip Hammond delivered his first budget speech today. Key measures include: Business Rates – £1,000.00 discount for pubs with rateable value of less than £100,000.00. £50.00 per month cap on increases for small businesses no longer eligible for small business relief. £300 million discretionary fund. National Insurance – Class 4 contributions to increase to 10% in April 2018 and 11% in 2019. Class 2 contributions to be abolished in…

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Article 50 Brexit Appeal

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On 24th January the Supreme Court issued a judgement, by a majority of 8 to 3 to the effect that an Act of Parliament is required to authorise ministers to give notice to the European Union of the UK’s decision to withdraw from it. The decision was given on appeal by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union against a decision of the High Court in proceedings brought…

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Breakfast Seminar A Huge Success

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The latest instalment of our Director’s Breakfast Briefings, held on 1st December proved a huge success. Business owners from across the region were in attendance to listen to advice provided by our employment solicitor Anna Bunning on a wide range of topics including the National Living Wage, Sick Leave and Zero Hours Contracts. “The aim was to provide employers with an update on some key changes to employment law” said Anna….

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andrews ritson reveals Summer Signings!

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With the start of the football season nearly upon us, transfer window deadlines looming and the memories of ’66 still lingering, we’ve got some Summer signings of our own to unveil! Abbie Mascord has joined the Commercial Team, having impressed the dugout during the second half of the interview process.  She joined the rest of the squad for pre-season training in June and has since managed a 2:1 victory over her…

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New Rules for Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships

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Calling all Company directors and LLP members – Companies House requirements have changed and you need to get up to speed or risk the consequences… With effect from 6th April 2016, a new requirement was introduced which means most UK companies and LLPs now have to keep a register of people with ‘significant control’ of their Company/LLP. This register is to be known as the PSC Register. From 30th June 2016 it…

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Stamp Duty Changes From 1st April 2016

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The Chancellor, George Osborne today announced the introduction of new higher rates of stamp duty on the purchase of additional residential properties with effect from 1st April 2016. The new rates will apply to purchases of additional residential properties with chargeable consideration of £40,000.00 or more and will apply a 3% surcharge to the existing rates. The following rates will apply: £0.00 – £125,000.00              3% £125,001.00 – £250,000.00  5% £250,001.00 –…

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Right to Rent: New Regime A Headache For Private Landlords

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With effect from 1st February 2016, private landlords must now carry out checks to see if prospective tenants have a “right to rent”. The checks are aimed at assessing the tenant’s immigration status and place an onerous burden on the landlord or letting agent with a maximum fine of £3,000.00 if you get it wrong. Landlords should now carry out the following checks: Check which adults will live at your…

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I’m Married: I Don’t Need A Will

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I’m married: I don’t need a will. Yes you do Why? If I die everything I own will go to my husband/wife, right? Wrong! But I thought it was just automatic if you were married? No. If you die without leaving a will the Rules of Intestacy apply to all your property. That sounds a bit complicated. What does it mean? It means that your husband or wife will get…

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Congratulations to Charlotte Wood!

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We’d like to say how proud we are of our very own Charlotte Wood who qualifies as a solicitor today! Charlotte has been with us for a number of years now and has worked hard to complete the Legal Practise Course and her training contract and is now a fully fledged solicitor. She will be working alongside Rob Andrews in the firms’ Company and Commercial Department and we wish her every…

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