Becky Ames, Senior Manager, reflects on the recent Essex Festival of Food & Drink and her findings on this specialist sector across the region.
I was proud to be part of the team representing Larking Gowen at the fifth annual Essex Festival of Food & Drink which took place on 18-19 July as sponsor of the Tastes of Anglia marquee – one of the dedicated local-producer hosted Food & Drink areas within the show.
There are always winners and losers from every Budget, and in my opinion landlords definitely fall into the latter category with the recent Summer Budget.
There were three announcements which all landlords should be aware of, two of which could be seen as positive, and one which could be a real hammer blow.
As previously mentioned in our legal blogs, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has reopened the vexed debate about minimum cover for professional indemnity insurance (PII) and is even mulling over an idea of ditching a minimum altogether.
Readers may remember that last year the regulator’s proposal to cut compulsory cover to £500,000 from £2 million was blocked by the Legal Services Board amid concerns about client protection.
I pass these words as graffiti on a building on my walk from the car park to the office. They make me smile every morning and I’m by nature an optimist so I appreciate the sentiment.
And for over a week I have come into work full of hope that “today” will be the day that I get to file that final employment-related securities (ERS) return.
A summary of key changes in the Academies Accounts Direction
2014 to 2015 (SORP 2005)
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) published the Academies Accounts Direction 2014 to 2015 (“The Accounts Direction”) at the end of June 2015. This document guides Academy Trusts and their auditors in the production of their financial statements for the period ending 31 August 2015.
As Larking Gowen continues to grow as a firm so does our Expert Witness team, and it gives me great pleasure to provide our first Expert Witness update, including recent cases.
Our team has grown with the addition of two members of staff. They will be assisting our current team who have over 40 years’ combined experience in civil, criminal and family cases, and are conversant with the relevant Procedure Rules.
In what is seen as a surprise Budget announcement investors who receive more than £5,000 from company dividends held outside tax-efficient plans such as ISAs will pay more tax from April 2016.
At present, dividends paid to basic-rate taxpayers are regarded as taxed already within the corporate tax system so there is no further tax to pay.
We are just about getting our breath back after taking in the vast tax changes announced in the Summer Budget on 8 July 2015.
This was the first unhindered Conservative-only Budget in nearly two decades and George Osborne certainly did not hold back in implementing his party tax policies.
We will be blogging on some of the changes in more detail in the near future but for now, here is a summary of what we think are the key tax changes you need to know about:
- The personal allowance will increase to £11,000, and the higher-rate tax threshold to £43,000 in April 2016.
Testimonials are a great way to increase work, sales and, ultimately, profit. So much business is done by recommendation or a referral. After all, most of us would prefer to engage someone based on a recommendation rather than a sales pitch alone.
I am sure we would all want to know that the service actually works before we commit to buy, and a glowing testimonial, perhaps on your website, will reassure your potential client that you are worth their trust.