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Wills In The Digital Age

When you make your will there are a number of formal requirements that must be complied with to ensure its validity. A will must be in writing, signed by the testator and witnessed by two independent individuals. It may surprise people to learn that these...

New guidance on misleading retailer pricing tactics published

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has published new guidance aimed at stopping misleading and confusing pricing tactics used by some retailers. The publication of the guidance follows a Which? investigation, several complaints from disgruntled...

ICO fines company for sending spam texts

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined a company £100,000 for sending unsolicited spam texts attempting to solicit leads for financial services institutions. The ICO found that between May to December 2015, the company sent 1,132,149...

First disqualification of a company director for infringing competition law

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has used its powers for the first time to disqualify a director of a company that infringed competition law. The company breached competition law by agreeing with one of its competing online sellers to not undercut...

Automatic pension enrolment update published

The Department for Work and Pensions has published an updated analysis of the impact of auto-enrolment. The analysis highlights, among other things, that annual saving in workplace pensions is estimated to increase by £17 billion by 2019/20 as a result...

Personal liability for directors for nuisance calls

The government has announced that it will introduce personal liability for directors for nuisance call fines in spring 2017. This amendment will allow the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to issue fines of up to £500,000 to each company...

Discrimination in the provision of goods and services

A recent case in Northern Ireland illustrates the issues that a business in England, Scotland and Wales might face under the Equality Act 2010. It also highlights the potential tension between the protected rights and anti-discrimination provisions under the...

Discretionary Will Trusts

Providing for children in your Will Most parents tell us that ideally they would like to leave their estate to be shared equally among their children. However, there are often circumstances when such a straightforward share may not be possible. For...

European Citizens in the United Kingdom

Current Position Until the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union, citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) continue to have a right to visit and to reside in the UK. We will have to wait to see what routes to residency or citizenship that...

Entrepreneurs' Relief: Shareholding Requirements

Companies that have shares with no dividend rights in issue may need to review their impact on the shareholdings of employees and directors and, if necessary, consider either their cancellation or conversion in the light of two recent decisions. In the...
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