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COVID-19 has put many businesses in a difficult financial situation

Although the Government recognised this by pushing the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 through Parliament to try and stem the inevitable wave of insolvencies, directors and owners cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball for a second.

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Cash calls loom with HMRC NIC changes

The spectre of lengthy lines of salaried partners going cap in hand to the banks early next year was raised last week by changes to the partnership tax regime. The changes are aimed at dealing with the so-called ‘disguised salary’ of LLP members. The background to this lies in one of the incidental benefits of […]

Privacy top 10: things you think you know about privacy — but don’t

By Alec Christie Whether a start-up or a listed ASX company, your business opportunities are increasingly online and/or overseas. At last count, more than 80 countries have adopted data privacy laws and Australia’s new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) come into effect from 12 March 2014. The new APPs, overseas laws and attitudes toward data privacy […]

New Public Procurement Thresholds for 1 January 2014 published

The European Commission has published the revised euro thresholds for the application of the procedures for the award of contracts under the EU public procurement directives (Directive 2004/17 [utilities], Directive 2004/18 [public sector contracts] and Directive 2009/81 [defence and security contracts]), which are to apply from 1 January 2014. We note that although EU thresholds have […]

Employment law 2013 review: age discrimination

This year the Court of Appeal confirmed in Lockwood v Department for Work & Pensions that differences in severance payments on voluntary redundancy between older and younger workers could be objectively justified and was not unlawful age discrimination. The enhanced payment to older workers was found to be a legitimate way of providing a financial […]

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