Penalties to increase for employing illegal workers

A draft order has been laid before Parliament which would see the maximum civil penalty increase for illegally employing an immigrant worker, from £10,000 to £20,000.

Changes to recovery of commercial rent arrears

Businesses that rent their commercial premises should be aware that the landlord’s right to implement the common law self-help remedy of distress for arrears of rent was abolished on 6th April.

Know your limits for Category B machines

Operators of newer Adult Gaming Centres (AGC) and bingo premises need to be aware of the changes to regulations which came into effect on 1st April.

Changes to EPC regulations

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into force on 6th April 2014. These amend and correct the regulations from 2012.

Ban on cheap alcohol is introduced

The government’s legislation which will ban the sale of very cheap alcohol, is to come into force on 6th April.

Fraser Brown helps to re-open iconic hotel

The commercial property and insolvency departments at Nottingham based law firm Fraser Brown have worked with liquidators to re-open the iconic Izaak Walton hotel in Derbyshire.

Beer, Bingo and the Budget

Among the many measures and policies announced in the Budget 2014, there are several that will have an impact on the leisure sector as well as the general public.

High percentage of commercial court cases involve foreign litigants

Figures recently published by the Justice Minister show that, since records started in 2008, there has been a year on year increase in the number of cases in the Commercial Court involving at least one party from abroad.

Home Office announce outcome of World Cup consultation

On 13th March, the Home Office launched a two week consultation on the proposal to relax licensing hours nationally for England matches during this summer’s World Cup. Today it has been announced that this has been granted.


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Inheritance Tax Planning

David Cameron has announced that the Conservatives would like to cut inheritance tax suggesting that the party may go into the next election reviving its pledge to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m.

Fee increase for bankruptcy and winding up orders

The Insolvency Service has published the Insolvency Proceedings Order 2014 which details the fee increases for deposits payable on a bankruptcy petition and a petition for the winding up of a company. These will come into force from 6 April 2014.

Differences between separation and divorce

A frequently asked question and topic that can cause confusion is the legal differences between a separation and a divorce.

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