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Excise Duties: 2020 State Budget (SB) Proposal

Alcohol and alcoholic beverages – Rates applicable in the Autonomous Region of Madeira The SB Proposal changes the tax rate applicable to spirits declared for consumption in the Autonomous Region of Madeira from EUR 1, 237.58/hl to EUR 1,241.29/hl. Soft Drinks – Rates The SB Proposal increases the rates applicable to soft drinks, excluding drinks […]

Brexit and other tax implications

By Samuel Fernandes de Almeida The United Kingdom ceased to be a Member State of the Union as of 30 January 2020, so the question arises as to the applicability of many other provisions contained in Portuguese domestic law. On the 30th of January, the United Kingdom ceased to be a member state of the […]

Coronavirus – A bug coming to your workplace soon?

By Kevin McCavish The inevitable has happened. Coronavirus has arrived in London with the first patient being diagnosed yesterday. This brings the total number of those infected in the UK by Covid-19, the official name given to the coronavirus by the World Health Organisation, to 9. In Brighton, where two GP surgeries have already closed […]

Natasha’s Law – New rules on food labelling

By Joanne Sear, CJ Ntsiu We look at the new rules on food labelling coming into force next year, and when additional information will have to be provided, particularly in relation to allergens. Background In 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating sesame seeds in a baguette purchased from a high street […]

Warning for Insolvency Practitioners dealing with personal data

By Lynsey Robinson The FCA, ICO and FSCS have released a statement warning licensed Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) and FCA-authorised firms to be responsible when dealing with personal data. The statement highlights concerns about IPs/ authorised firms unlawfully selling personal client data to claims management companies (CMC) when acting on administrations. Under Data Protection legislation, consideration […]

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Change of style

Lively times are predicted for the pensions scene. The new pensions ombudsman Julian Farrand QC made this quite clear when talking to the Association of Pensions Lawyers last week. In a matter of months, he has given 50 determinations, compared with his predecessor’s 160 over a period of years. And the style will be different. […]

Government's U-turn on part-time workers 'no surprise' say lawyers

EMPLOYMENT lawyers have responded with astonishment to press coverage of the Government’s climb down over the House of Lords judgement on part-time workers rights, saying reports have “made a mountain out of a molehill”. They claim Employment Secretary Michael Portillo’s acceptance of the ruling was “inevitable” and tribunals had already begun adapting the law to […]

Lawyers have say on legal aid for the rich

LAWYERS have until the end of next month to respond to the Lord Chancellor’s package of measures designed to prevent rich people milking the legal aid fund. The Bar Council and the Law Society have broadly welcomed the plans but could object to individual proposals. Society president Charles Elly says that turning legal aid into […]

Reorganisation cash

Reorganised local authorities will be able to apply for supplementary credit approvals to provide additional funds to cover the costs of implementing reorganisation, the Government has announced. The first authorities invited to apply for the funding will be the Isle of Wight and councils in Cleveland, Avon, North Yorkshire and Humberside.

Food for thought

Just as the Northern Ireland framework document is supposedly not a blueprint, Labour’s ‘Access to justice’ consultation paper is labelled ‘not a statement of party policy’. It is a rummage through the legal system and ‘you tell us what should be on the shopping list’ approach. Legal issues at all levels are on the political […]

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