Personal Law

Following on from our first blog in our three part series on the residence nil rate band (RNRB), we will now examine the interesting questions raised for those who are considering downsizing. Recent research shows that seven in ten people over the age of 50 would consider downsizing their property. These provisions may affect you,… Read more »


From 6 April 2017 changes apply to the operation of the intermediaries legislation (IR35) for public sector bodies. From that date a public authority (as defined in the Freedom of Information Act) is obliged to carry out an assessment of the status of their contractors under IR35. If they are hiring direct and the contractor is within… Read more »


Companies House has introduced a free “Follow” service, giving any person (whether involved with a company or not) the ability to follow a company and receive instant email notifications when any changes are made to that company’s filing history. For those of us familiar with Facebook, etc., this concept is much the same. The email… Read more »


The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee recently published its report on corporate governance. This BEIS report is not to be confused with the Green Paper that the Government published on Corporate Governance in November 2016. There is though some overlap between the BEIS report and the Government’s Green Paper especially with respect to… Read more »

Planning & Environment

Two very different planning decisions made the headlines recently, but they share a common factor – the decision was made by politicians, who did not follow the recommendation from the planners. In Glasgow, the planning committee decided 12-6 to refuse permission for a student housing development adjoining Glasgow School of Art. The officer’s report commented… Read more »

Oil & Gas

In our previous blog we focused on Frustration and Force Majeure – the first of four topics covered in the 2017 Contracting Compass series. The Contracting Compass initiative provides insight on issues of English law relevant to oil and gas contracts and comprises a series of seminars, each accompanied by a dedicated white paper. Recognising… Read more »

Public Law

In what has so far been a significant and tumultuous year of political events, the Prime Minister has ensured yet more drama by announcing her intention to seek a UK general election on Thursday 8 June 2017. It used to be that Prime Ministers simply required to go to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen… Read more »

Banking & Finance

The FCA has launched a consultation on persistent credit card debt and earlier intervention remedies. All firms providing credit card facilities to consumers, as well as other interested parties, have been invited to respond with their views by the deadline of 3 July 2017. Persistent debt The FCA’s definition of persistent debt is an account… Read more »