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  • Online
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Brexit

  • Brexit
  • Effect on contracts
  • Government guidance

Business management

  • Crisis planning
  • Key performance indicator (KPI)
  • Trade disruption

Buying/selling a business

  • Due diligence
  • Miscellaneous
  • Start up costs
  • Tax avoidance
  • TUPE
  • Valuation
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Cars and vans

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  • Compensation for damage
  • Environment friendly
  • Family use
  • Finance
  • Fuel charges
  • Insurance
  • Mileage allowances
  • Parking tickets
  • Road traffic law
  • Running costs
  • Second cars
  • Tax
  • VAT

Commercial law

  • Advertising
  • Bidding for work
  • Commercial law
  • Consumer law
  • Intellectual property
  • Miscellaneous
  • New legislation

Company law

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  • Accounts
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  • Articles of association
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  • Community interest companies (CICs)
  • Companies act
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  • Company registration
  • Company secretary
  • Confidentiality
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  • Directors' duties
  • Directors loans
  • Dismissing a director
  • Dividends
  • Forming a company
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non executive directors
  • Qualifying as a director
  • Resolutions
  • Shadow directors
  • Shareholders
  • Shareholders' agreements
  • Shareholders meetings
  • Share valuations
  • Website requirements
  • Winding up a company
  • Wrongful trading

Contracts

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  • Damages
  • Delivery
  • Exclusion/limitation clauses
  • Force majeure
  • Heads of agreement
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mistake
  • Phones
  • Price rises
  • Retention of title
  • Signing
  • Terms and conditions
  • Variation
  • Without prejudice

Corporate social responsibility

  • Implementation

Cost cutting

  • Cost cutting
  • Lease vs purchase
  • Miscellaneous
  • Office space
  • Productivity
  • Professional fees
  • Saving costs
  • Stock control
  • Utilities

Data protection

  • Data protection
  • Data subject access reviews
  • Documents
  • GDPR
  • ID theft
  • Information commissioner
  • IT equipment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Personal data
  • Personnel files
  • Registration
  • Sensitive information

Debt recovery

  • Court action
  • Debtor's status
  • Debt recovery
  • Debt recovery letters
  • Insolvency proceedings
  • Interest
  • Litigation
  • Miscellaneous
  • payment terms
  • Prompt payment code
  • Suing online

Directors' investments

  • Alternative investments
  • Gold
  • Miscellaneous
  • Pensions
  • Property
  • Scams

Directors liability

  • Accidents
  • Annual returns
  • Contracts
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Debt recovery
  • Directors liability
  • Driving
  • Electronic communications
  • Environment
  • Fire safety
  • Health and safety
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Legal duties
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupiers liability
  • Personal advice
  • Personal guarantees
  • Personnel
  • Shadow directors
  • Tax
  • Working time

Directors pay and benefits

  • Bonuses
  • Directors benefits
  • Directors expenses
  • Directors pay
  • Directors' tax
  • Dividends
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Paying a family member
  • Paying a spouse
  • Pensions
  • Share issue

Directors personal finances

  • Divorce

Directors status

  • Contractor
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-executive director
  • Self-employed
  • Shadow directors
  • Shareholder
  • Status

Discrimination

  • Age discrimination
  • Bullying
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Personnel
  • Race discrimination
  • Sex discrimination
  • Victimisation

E-commerce

  • Data protection
  • Domain names
  • E-commerce
  • Electronic communications
  • Email
  • Internet
  • Miscellaneous
  • Website testing

Environment

  • Directors liability
  • Environment agency
  • Environmental protection
  • Green energy
  • Green initiatives
  • Miscellaneous
  • Reducing waste
  • Vehicles
  • Waste

Family companies

  • Employing family members
  • Husband and wife companies
  • Income shifting
  • Shareholdings
  • Tax avoidance

Finance

  • Accounting
  • Accounts
  • Accounts payable
  • Audits
  • Budgeting
  • Business angels
  • Business grants
  • Business valuation
  • Buying
  • Cash or credit
  • Cost management
  • Credit cards
  • Credit management
  • Dealing with the bank
  • Debt and invoice factoring
  • Government finance
  • Interest rates
  • Investors
  • Invoicing
  • Leasing
  • Making a complaint
  • Miscellaneous
  • Raising finance
  • Share selling
  • Trade references
  • Venture capital

Health & safety

  • Accident investigation
  • Accident management
  • Consultants
  • Directors liability
  • DSE
  • Employers liability
  • Enforcement action
  • Fire safety
  • First aid
  • Health & safety
  • Insurance
  • Meetings
  • Miscellaneous
  • noise
  • Portable appliance testing (PAT)
  • PPE
  • Property
  • Risk assessment
  • Safety notices and warnings
  • Self-employed contractors
  • Sickness prevention
  • Staff canteens and food
  • Stress
  • Temperature
  • Toilet facilities
  • Violence against staff

HMRC

  • Budget announcements

Insurance

  • Buildings cover
  • Business interruption
  • Cars
  • Contingency planning
  • Cover for homeworking
  • D&O
  • Employers liability
  • Income protection
  • Keyman
  • Liability
  • Life assurance
  • Making a claim
  • Medical insurance
  • Miscellaneous
  • Premiums
  • Professional indemnity
  • Warranties

Intellectual property

  • Enforcement
  • Ownership

IT

  • Broadband options
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber security
  • Data protection
  • Domain names
  • Emails
  • IT requirements
  • Meetings online
  • Miscellaneous
  • Phones
  • Tax and VAT issues
  • Virtual assistants
  • Viruses and hacking
  • Web browsing
  • Websites
  • Wi-Fi provision

Landlord and tenant

  • Bailiffs
  • Dilapidations
  • Directors guarantees
  • Forfeiture
  • Lease or licence
  • Miscellaneous
  • Protected lease
  • Rent arrears
  • Rent review
  • Repairs
  • Respossession
  • Service charges
  • Tenant fees and charges

Legal compliance

  • Bailiffs
  • Bribery
  • Companies act
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Electronic communications
  • Enforcement action
  • Intellectual property
  • Legal costs
  • Licensing
  • Miscellaneous
  • Modern Slavery Act
  • Money laundering
  • New legislation
  • Parking
  • Red tape
  • Training
  • Wrongful trading

Marketing

  • Advertising material
  • Advertising standards
  • Business awards
  • Business purposes
  • Naming a business
  • online marketing
  • Price setting
  • PR management
  • Social media
  • Trade shows
  • Trends

Miscellaneous

  • Family law
  • Franchising
  • Hire cars
  • Insolvency
  • Invoices
  • IT
  • Jury service
  • Litigation
  • Miscellaneous
  • Money laundering
  • Professional services
  • Scams
  • Stock control
  • Travel
  • Vans

News

  • Banking, finance and insurance
  • Cars, vans and fuel
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Consumer law
  • Coronavirus
  • Health, safety and environment
  • New legislation
  • News
  • Personnel
  • Property
  • Tax
  • VAT

Overseas trade

  • Contract terms
  • Currency issues
  • Customs declarations
  • Enforcement
  • International trade
  • Jurisdiction issues
  • Letter of credit
  • Liability issues
  • Miscellaneous
  • VAT on overseas deals

Payroll

  • End of year procedures
  • Foreign workers
  • RTI
  • Student loans

Pensions

  • Auto-enrolment
  • State pension
  • Tax relief

Personnel management

  • Annual leave
  • Appraisals
  • Attendance
  • Bonuses
  • company driving policy
  • Company driving policy
  • Compensation
  • Contracts
  • Cutting costs
  • Delegation
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Discrimination
  • Dismissal
  • Disputes
  • Employee costs
  • Employment status
  • Equal pay
  • Expenses payments
  • Fit notes
  • Flexible working
  • Freelance workers
  • Grievances
  • Harassment
  • Maternity
  • Mediation
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Misconduct
  • New employee statements
  • Notice periods
  • Part-time employees
  • Part-time workers
  • Pay reviews
  • Payroll
  • Pensions
  • Performance management
  • Probationary period
  • Recruitment
  • Redundancy
  • References
  • Resignations
  • Rest breaks
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Retirement
  • Right to work
  • Service agreements
  • Sickness
  • Smoking
  • Staff productivity
  • Staff surveillance
  • Statutory rates
  • Telephone, e-mail, internet use
  • Training
  • TUPE
  • Varying employment terms
  • Working conditions
  • Working time
  • Workplace internet use
  • Workplace meetings
  • Zero hours contracts

Professional services

  • Accountants
  • Freelance workers

Profit extraction

  • Benefits and expenses
  • Buying a property
  • Company cars
  • Directors loans
  • Family salary
  • Miscellaneous
  • Profit extraction methods
  • Remuneration
  • Tax avoidance

Property

  • Business rates
  • Buy to let
  • Environment
  • Health and safety
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupiers Liability
  • Office space
  • Planning permission
  • Tax

Scams

  • Company hijacking
  • Grants
  • Scams
  • Social media
  • Telephone and broadband scams

Succession planning

  • Capital gains tax
  • Inheritance tax
  • Miscellaneous
  • Passing on the family company
  • Selling the family business
  • Tax avoidance
  • Tax planning

Tax and VAT

  • Accountancy fees
  • Agency rules
  • Assessments
  • Benefits in kind
  • Capital allowances
  • Capital gains tax
  • Cash accounting
  • Charity related issues
  • Code numbers
  • Company cars
  • Corporation Tax
  • Dealing with the taxman
  • Digital supplies
  • Director's loan accounts
  • Director's transactions with company
  • Employer loans
  • Entertaining
  • Entrepreneurs' relief
  • Equipment used by employees
  • Exempt income
  • Expenses
  • Family employees
  • Gifts
  • Home to work travel
  • Homeworking
  • Imports and exports
  • Inheritance tax
  • Investment income
  • IR35
  • Landfill tax
  • Loan interest
  • Loss relief
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • MOSS
  • National Insurance
  • Offshore investments
  • Online filing
  • Optional remuneration arrangements
  • Option to tax property
  • P11D
  • PAYE
  • Penalties
  • Pension contributions
  • Personal allowances
  • Raising finance
  • Rate bands
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Salary vs dividends
  • Sponsorship
  • Staff tips and gratuities
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Tax avoidance
  • Tax codes
  • Tax credits
  • Tax deductions
  • Tax-free benefits
  • Tax-free childcare
  • Tax incentive scheme investments
  • Tax investigations/enquiries
  • Tax payments
  • Tax records
  • Tax returns
  • Termination payments
  • Training costs
  • Training expenses
  • VAT
  • VAT bad debt relief
  • VAT recovery
  • VAT registration
  • VAT returns

Travel

  • Compensation
  • Delay compensation
  • Miscellaneous
  • National Insurance
  • Tax

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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 21 - issue 13 - 01.04.2020

CONTRACTS

Is coronavirus a “force majeure” event?

Most commercial contracts include a “force majeure” clause. They allow one or both parties to escape contractual liabilities where events outside of their control arise. Is coronavirus a force majeure event?

IT

A safe digital safe with OneDrive

Storing your files in the cloud is a good idea because it allows you to access all your files wherever you are. Microsoft OneDrive now offers a way to do this in an especially secure way. How can you access it and is it worth using?

TAX

Budget measures for businesses and their owners

The delayed Budget finally happened on 11 March 2020. It confirmed some anticipated changes and included one or two surprises. Generally, the measures were well received but they weren’t all good news. Will you and your business be better or worse off?

PERSONAL FINANCE

Personal loans: payment holiday downsides

Many lenders are offering small business owners payment holidays on their personal mortgages and loans to help ease the financial pressures associated with coronavirus. What are the downsides to these arrangements?

FRAUD

SFO catches up with fraudster after seven years

A former stockbroker was convicted in 2012 of conning investors out of millions, but the proceeds of crime could not be recovered because he was bankrupt. However, the confiscation of his assets was resurrected seven years on. What lessons can you learn?

IT

Do you need a talking robot?

Four in five businesses will soon be using chatbots, according to a recent report. What are they, are they essential and what steps can you take to ensure customer experience improves as a result?

TAX/PERSONNEL

An extra pair of hands

Your business is approaching a busy period and you could do with an extra pair of hands to share the load. Can you employ family members and if so what are the tax and employment law consequences?

TAX - IR35

Off-payroll tax changes postponed

PROFIT EXTRACTION

Too late to pay a dividend?

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