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What does the Budget 2021 mean for residential property?

As anticipated, the Chancellor in his 2021 Budget has extended the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday and has also introduced additional measures in the hope of boosting the property market. Our Residential Property team provide an overview.

How voice-based document production helps your firm win more business

Throughout the lifecycle management of a client, a great deal of correspondence and documentation is produced. This briefing explains how a speech-to-text document production process can transform client responsiveness and help the firm win more business.

The advantages of Freeports examined following Budget 2021

Businesses operating Freeports will benefit from more generous tax reliefs, customs benefits and wider government support, bringing investment, trade and jobs, but what exactly are the advantages businesses can expect to gain from operating in a Freeport?

Budget 2021: The employment implications

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. Outlined below are the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.



FFW reports £2.4m rise in members’ capital as debt levels increase

Lateral hires and promotions led to a £2.4m increase in members’ capital at Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) in the 2012/13 financial year, the firm’s LLP accounts have shown. Members paid in a total of £4.4m during the year, offset by £1.8m repaid to retiring and leaving partners. The firm said the capital introduced came from […]

Employment Matters — February 2014: zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts have been the subject of considerable political and social debate in recent times. Although not legally defined, they are widely recognised as contracts under which a worker has no set minimum hours and is paid only in relation to the hours worked. Businesses are not obliged to offer any work to zero-hours workers […]

Harrison, PPI and unfair relationship revisited

The Court of Appeal has revisited the issue of unfair relationship in payment protection insurance (PPI) claims where the payment of commission was not disclosed. The two conjoined appeals were Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd and Conlon v Black Horse Ltd. Conlon argued that her claim could be distinguished from Harrison as the court had accepted that […]

DLA Piper pulls out of Heenan Blaikie Canada deal

DLA Piper’s plans to enter the Canadian market have been put on hold after its talks with a group of lawyers from collapsed firm Heenan Blaikie collapsed yesterday. DLA Piper had been looking to hire up to 70 lawyers from Heenan Blaikie (7 February 2014) and make its first steps into the Canadian legal market, […]

Health and safety: FAQs

Shoosmiths partner and regulatory specialist Ron Reid recently took part in a health and safety legal update webinar. Here, he answers post-webinar questions received from more than 1,200 viewers. Are no-win, no-fee claims going to be impossible now that referral fees are banned? ‘No, they can still be undertaken. Whether or not anybody is going […]

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