Hot on the heels of the Budget, I’m sure the questions being asked by many partners at solicitor practices across the country are, “Should we consider incorporation to obtain limitation to liability or not?” and, “What are the consequences now?”
The majority of the legal practices that we see are predominantly partnerships and partners are looking at how to structure the practice in order to attract and obtain potential future partners.
Much has changed since last year’s Budget, when we were anticipating the EU Referendum and very few people would have predicted that Donald Trump would become US President. We might also have anticipated that George Osborne would still be controlling the purse strings, and that ‘Remain’ had won the day in the Referendum.
There has been a significant change in the focus of the Charity Commission’s guidance on reserves (CC19 – revised in 2016). The new key messages include underlying steer towards keeping reserves to address risks of ‘unplanned closures’ and to plan for the maintenance of essential services. This is a turnaround from having to justify why reserves are being retained, to requiring an explanation as to why they are adequate.