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What is business property relief?

Currently, Inheritance Tax is paid at 40% (if you leave 10% of your estate to charity, then Inheritance Tax will be paid at 36%) on a deceased’s estate which exceeds the Tax allowances. There are various Tax allowances which can be claimed such as...

Demergers - an option to pass your business to your children

As a business owner, it can often be difficult to decide how best to hand over the running of the company to future generations.  Not only is timing critical, the perception amongst suppliers, customers and employees, has to be taken into account....

Managing conflict in family businesses

Directors are concerned with the running of a business day to day. Shareholders are owners of a business who make important decisions in relation to the company. How those decisions are made can all be outlined within a confidential document called a...

Divorce and the family-owned business

Getting divorced can be a difficult process, but it can become even more complicated when there is a family business involved. The family business can often be the most valuable asset a couple owns, and so what will happen to the business is a troubling...

Succession and protecting the farm

It has been suggested that around 60% of farming families do not have written succession plans! Land values, Brexit and the post-covid world in which we now live, make succession planning more important now than ever. Historically, older generations...

Employment in a family owned business

Over the years I have come across all manner of employment issues in family owned businesses.  They range from a fallout between family members which might leave the business in complete limbo as no one person can make a decision, to non-family...

The Agricultural Act 2020 - The End of the Basic Payment Scheme for Farmers

The need for replacement domestic legislation following Brexit provided an opportunity for transformation of domestic agricultural policy, and the Agricultural Act 2020 was born. Heralded by many as a move away from the bureaucratic EU legislation that has...

Health and safety law(s) in construction

Health and safety is an obvious concern across all industries. It’s of particular importance within the construction sector, given the scope of work and nature of activities undertaken, and, in particular, the associated risks that naturally...

Health and safety offence sentencing guidelines

In the event the HSE elects to proceed with enforcement action by way of prosecution against the company (and/or directors) for alleged breaches then the charge(s) are usually by virtue of:  failing to comply with the general overarching duties...

How to avoid common pitfalls in your construction project

The judgment Cartwright Pond Ltd v Wild [2021] EWHC 1600 (TCC)   highlights key issues that a building contractor and a homeowner should consider at the procurement stage, including: 1.   Appoint independent professionals You should appoint...
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