• 26th June 2014

    Distressed at the loss of ‘distress’

    As from 6th April commercial landlords are no longer unable to use bailiffs to collect rent arrears from their tenants, by "turning up" and removing goods to the value of the outstanding rent without notice.

  • 18th June 2014

    Financial Focus On…A Flipping Nuisance

    “The Art of Taxation is to pluck the Goose so as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing” - and the converse can also be said of any tax relief. No matter what the actual benefit of the tax relief, provided it is claimed unobtrusively, HMRC will generally allow the relief to continue – partly due to bureaucratic inertia – but normally without a lot of hissing being aimed in your direction. Sauce for the Gander, you might say.

  • 21st May 2014

    Financial Focus On…ISAs just got NISA

    The Individual Savings Accounts (ISA) regime received a something of a shake-up in the Chancellor’s March 2014 Budget.

  • 7th May 2014

    Work place pension reform – Automatic Enrolment fast approaching…

    The date by which businesses that employ less than 90 employees will be required to automatically enrol eligible employees into a Workplace Pension is rapidly approaching. The Pensions Regulator will ensure employers comply and there are staging dates for enrolment depending on the size of the company.

  • 23rd April 2014

    Financial Focus On…A Lesson from The Sopranos

    The late, great, James Gandolfini died suddenly last year in Rome, aged 51. The Sopranos star suffered a unexpected heart attack and was clearly taken at far too young an age.

  • 17th April 2014

    ISAs just got NISA

    One of the biggest shake-ups of the Individual Savings Accounts (ISA) regime in recent years was announced in the Chancellor's March 2014 budget, with overall limits increased and the option to save in cash, stocks and shares or any combination of the two.

  • 19th March 2014

    A ‘good news’ Budget

    Listening to the Chancellor’s speech there seemed to be very little for the opposition to take issue with – it appears Ed Milliband thought much the same.

  • 25th February 2014

    Tax legislation changes – taking stock

    As we approach the end of another tax year now is a good time to take stock and remind ourselves of some of the key factors that will affect businesses and individuals in 2014/15.

  • 12th February 2014

    Financial Focus On…Flying the Nest

    With the combination of higher house prices and costs of living, and increasing levels of student debt, parents, grandparents and other relatives are now donating more and more towards the cost of the fledgling’s first home, with the average donation allegedly being in excess of £20,000.

  • 23rd January 2014

    So what does 2014 have in store for us?

    To make some sporting comparisons with the economic environment, in the year of the Winter Olympics are we going to continue to struggle on the slippery slopes or fan the flame of recovery?