Small Business Rate Relief Extended

The many small business owners in Brighton and Hove have welcomed the extension of the temporary increase in the level of small business rate relief in England until 31st March 2015.

The increased relief was initially introduced for one year from October 2010. It provides 100% relief for eligible businesses…

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Conveyancing Problems with SDLT

HMRC pay close attention to transactions valued around the ‎Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) thresholds and can investigate up to nine months after a transaction has been declared. This can be longer if there is evidence of fraud.

The HMRC deal very harshly through prosecutions and/or fines for people who…

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Get a Will or risk leaving all to the Tax Man

The Law Society has completed some disturbing research revealing that a 73% of 16-54 year olds have not made a will. Matters improve somewhat for the over 55's of whom 64% have made clear their final wishes in a will, but the sad truth is that last year the tax…

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Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST's) - What’s New?

Changes have been made that Landlords need to be aware of - action must be taken to ensure compliance.

Under the Deregulation Act 2015 for ASTs starting from 01.10.15 a landlord must at the start of each fixed term of the tenancy:

  1. Provided the tenant with an energy…

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Affordable Home Ownership Schemes

There are various government schemes available to help potential and existing home owners. It can be very confusing choosing which option may suit you, so we are giving you an overview of the different options. 

Fitzhugh Gates solicitors can refer you to Independent Financial Advisors who will help you…

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Employment Tribunal Claims Decline

Statistics relating to the Employment Tribunal Service show that there has been steep decline in claims since the introduction of fees for claimants.

Figures obtained from the Ministry of Justice show the number of claims accepted by the Employment Tribunal Service fell by 55% in August 2013 to 7,448, showing…

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Refuse dispute mediation at your peril!

In the case of PGF II SA –v- OMFS Co 1 Limited, the Judge decided that the failure by the Defendant to agree mediation was so serious that he made the Defendant pay its own costs for a very significant period of the case amounting to £250,000 in costs on…

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