• Pension Auto-Enrolment Exclusions

    One of the key duties for UK employers under the new regime under the Pensions Act 2008 (“PA 2008”) is auto-enrolment of its jobholders. Implementation of the auto-enrolment employer duties is being phased in over a period of more than five years that started on 1 October 2012 and runs until 01 February 2018. 

  • Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulation

    Who, what, when?

    Honda and Flybe are some of the most recent culprits to be hit with significant fines from the ICO for breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulation (“PECR”).

  • Removing defamatory posts on social media

    In today’s world, social media and blogs are widely used to communicate facts, opinions and opinions masquerading as facts. However, when people post content that is defamatory, it can be hard to get it removed. This post explains how.

  • Autumn Statement: startups & the Northern Powerhouse

    Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has just delivered the Autumn Statement. The statement is by and large good news for the startup sector and excellent news for the Northern Powerhouse.

  • Fintech startups and passporting rights post Brexit

    There has been a lot of concern amongst fintech startups in respect of whether they will be able to access European markets under their existing UK regulatory permits. This article looks at the potential models for Brexit and what the status of financial services would be in each.

  • The model of Brexit

    The Prime Minister has declared that “Brexit means Brexit” and has promised that Article 50 Treaty on European Union will be triggered by the end of March 2017. This should mean that the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union by the spring of 2019. But what will the relationship of the UK with the EU actually look like?

  • What is next for the Northern Powerhouse?

    The oft-mentioned “Northern Powerhouse” was a key plank of George Osborne’s economic plans for the North. However, there are signs that the current administration may be less keen on the concept and that it may be diluted or dropped entirely. This briefing looks at what is in store for the Northern Powerhouse over the next few years.

  • Brexit for startups

    The U.K. has voted to leave the European Union (so called “Brexit”). This is likely to have a significant effect on the economy, policy and politics. This note addresses the impact on startups in the near term.

  • Changes to entrepreneurs relief

    In the Budget 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to taxes relevant to startups and investors in them. This note summarises the key changes announced to capital gains tax (entrepreneurs relief), corporation tax and employee shareholder status.

  • NEW – PSC Register

    From April 2016 all UK companies will be required by law to maintain a register of persons with significant control over the company. This is called the “PSC Register”. From June 2016 an additional return will have to be made at Companies House disclosing the contents of the PSC Register.