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Why should I register my land?

The amount of unclaimed or unregistered land (this refers to land, buildings or both) in the UK has rapidly decreased, and according to HM Land Registry more than 85% is now registered. Our commercial property specialist Ian Naylor looks at why it is important to register your home and property.

Ian says: “One of the key reasons to register your land is so that everyone can see who owns it which is key when someone is looking to buy it…

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How to report a data breach at your business

Following recent reports of one of the biggest data breaches to date involving a UK company, Dixons Carphone, which is now thought to affect 10 million records, our disputes and employment specialist Tim Wolley looks at what is classed as a breach and what you should do if your business discovers a breach.

What is classed as personal data?

 Any information relating to a person or data subject, that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person is…

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Worker, self-employed or employee? And why it’s important for employers

How does the law define being self-employed?

A self-employed person will run their own business and take responsibility for the success of the business. Self-employed people are more likely to be contracted to provide a service for a client and will not be paid through PAYE.

Ultimately only a court or employment tribunal can make a final decision on someone’s employment status. Someone can still be classed as an ’employee’ or ‘worker’ even when they are…

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A summer of county shows for B&P

A sunny county show, bustling with people, livestock, trailers, trade stands and show rings is a quintessential English summer scene for many.

The county show season is well underway and B&P are proud to be on board as sponsors, attending some fantastic rural events on the horizon…

B&P are thrilled to be sponsors at Shropshire’s best one-day show when it returns on Saturday, 14th July. The Newport Show brings together the best in the…

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How to buy a house at auction – top tips

When it comes to buying a house at auction it is a case of buyer beware.

But with interest rates remaining largely unchanged, more and more people are turning to property as a long term investment and source of a future pension, rather than putting their money into a bank or building society.

This, coupled with a rise in the rental market due to the difficulty for young buyers to secure a mortgage, is making snapping up a ‘bargain’ at…

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Dress codes and sex discrimination – why is dress code significant?

Why is dress code significant? It can present the professional image of a business, or provide consistency, or can be important for health and safety. But it’s also a minefield in terms of discrimination.

In 2016 receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home on her first day of work at a corporate finance company in the City of London because she refused to wear shoes with two to four inch high heels. She launched an online petition calling for the…

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Is the writing on the wall for zero hours contracts?

With unemployment at its lowest levels since the mid-1970s, is the writing on the wall for zero hours contracts? Here our employment specialist Tim Wolley looks at this contentious issue.

On 23 April the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures showing that in November 2017 there were 1.8 million zero hours contracts, being six per cent of all employment contracts. This is an increase of about six per cent over the previous November, and at the same…

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How far can employers go in monitoring their employees?

With news of Chinese workers wearing wristbands and helmets to monitor their brainwaves for fatigue, our employment and disputes specialist Tim Wolley, guides you through the law relating to the monitoring of employees.

In 2017, Three Square Market, a vending machine company in Wisconsin, started to microchip its employees. The device, the size of a grain of rice, was placed in the hand, and did away with computer logins and security door passwords.

But how far can employers go in…

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Are agricultural and business property reliefs at threat?

The publication of a HMRC report into inheritance tax reliefs and exemptions, followed by a request to the Office of Tax Simplification by chancellor Philip Hammond to review the IHT regime, show that the government clearly has the tax regime in their sights. Here our tax planning specialist Ian Naylor explains why agricultural and business property reliefs are under threat and why there’s never been a better time to review your tax situation.

“HMRC has published a paper on…

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Look before you leap into home improvements

 

Thinking of tackling those large home improvement jobs during the holidays? You’re not alone.

Nearly a third of UK homeowners will carry out work on their home in the next three years with up to £6 billion in projected works planned over the next three years.

According to a study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) over a million homeowners (1,050,000) are looking to build extra space to accommodate grown up children who can’t…

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