6 May 2019

Increased SDLT for non-UK residents purchasing residential property

The Government’s consultation on its proposals to increase the amount of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) paid by non-UK residents on the purchase of residential property in England and Northern Ireland closed today (6 May 2019).

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20 February 2019

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) – are you up to date?

From 1 March 2019 the time period for filing and paying SDLT in England and Northern Ireland will change from 30 calendar days to 14 calendar days following the effective date of the real estate transaction. Interest and penalties may be applied if the deadline is not met.

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21 December 2018

Combustible Cladding Regulations – the New Rules

The Government has been under increasing pressure to revise the building regulations permitting the use of combustible materials in cladding systems after the incident with Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017 which resulted in the death of 72 people.
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30 November 2018

Prohibition of the assignment of receivables

Regulations on the prohibition of an assignment of receivables have been under consideration since the Government published a discussion paper in 2013 …

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1 November 2018

Are you ready for the new streamlined energy and carbon reporting framework?

Businesses are generally now used to the CRC scheme and are coming to grips with ESOS (the Energy Savings and Opportunity Scheme) but from 1 April 2019 a new regime will apply, which to a certain extent replaces the reporting elements of the CRC scheme.

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16 July 2018

Capital Gains Tax –removal of exemption for non residents holding UK real estate from 6 April 2019

The Government announced in its Autumn budget last November that it was proposing to remove a unique benefit in relation to the rest of Europe and the US by applying capital gains tax (“CGT”) to non residents’ gains in UK commercial property.

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8 July 2018

EMIR Clearing Obligation for Pension Scheme Arrangements: an update

ESMA has now clarified its position with respect to the status of the temporary clearing exemption for Pension Scheme Arrangements from 16 August 2018.

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20 February 2018

IPF: Sustainability breakfast: Regulations & valuations update

This popular regular update will address the sustainability regulatory and valuation issues that are of key concern to property investors and their professional advisers.

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1 February 2018

Stamp duty land tax in Wales – all change!

Are you acquiring property in Wales and are you aware that stamp duty land tax (“SDLT”) in Wales is changing with effect from 1 April 2018? From this date property transactions will be subject to a new land transaction tax (“LTT”) operated by the Welsh Revenue Authority instead of SDLT.

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16 April 2017

The Brownfield Land Register is open: will it help deliver houses?

Following consultation between February and April 2016 the Government has now passed regulations introducing from 16 April 2017 a duty on local planning authorities to prepare and maintain a register of ‘previously developed land’ as defined in Annex 21 of the NPPF…

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13 April 2017

Have your say but be quick – proposal for register of overseas entities owning UK property

The Government is proposing setting up a public register showing the beneficial owners of property in the UK which are controlled by overseas entities.

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28 February 2017

MEES – one year to go

With just over a year to go before the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations come into force for the grant of new commercial leases the Government has published guidance for the commercial sector.

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7 February 2017

Housing White Paper 2017

On February 7th 2017 the Government published, as promised in the 2016 Autumn Statement, its White Paper Fixing our broken housing market.

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5 December 2016

Digital Economy Act 2017

The Digital Economy Bill was introduced in Parliament on 5 July 2016 and has now been through all readings in the House of Commons and the 2nd reading took place in the House of Lords on 13 December 2016.

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3 October 2016

Modern Slavery Act 2015

This Act requires large organisations that carry on business in the UK to publicly state each year the action they have taken to ensure that their business and supply chains are slavery free.

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3 June 2016

Insolvency Act 1986 – recent case

In the recent case of Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Castle Investment Fund Ltd, which concerned whether a transaction that could be potentially be set aside under the Insolvency Act 1986

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3 June 2016

Bribery Act 2010

Do you have a compliance policy for this Act as the Serious Fraud Office have commented they are going to be more aggressive in pursuing breaches and taking action…

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30 May 2016

Companies House – change in information requirements

Are you aware that as from 6 April 2016 you need to be keeping a record of the individuals who ultimately control your company…

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