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December 2014

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    News From Scotland

    As the Scots Prepare to usher in a New Year, there has been a review of three areas of Law which can affect not just those living in Scotland but people born there and people with assets there.

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    Legal Services For Fe Colleges

    Further Education Colleges are facing a changing and challenging environment. Hewitsons’ Charities & Education Group advises Colleges on a wide range of matters.

  • 19

    2014 Autumn Statement - Changes To Trusts

    Background

    Relevant Property Trusts are also known as Discretionary Trusts or Family Trusts.

  • 05

    Leaving A Bad Review: Don’t Trip Up

    Before the advent of the internet, hotel guests could comment on their stay in a visitors’ book which had limited readership, and a hotel proprietor could simply tear out the page if a comment was unflattering. Nowadays, hotel guests can leave reviews electronically through a number of mediums, reaching a far wider readership, and creating a permanent footprint (subject to Take Down procedures).

  • 04

    Autumn Statement 2014

    The Autumn Statement has introduced a number of changes affecting individuals’ tax affairs and Inheritance Tax and key points are summarised below.

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    Environmental Offences Sentencing Guidelines

    A Brief Guide for Companies

    Key features 

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    You Can't Sack Me Because I'm Overweight

    Someone is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Obesity is not of itself a protected characteristic for the purposes of the legislation.

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    Charity Finance Group Publishes Its ‘Pensions Manifesto’

    The chief executive of the Charity Finance Group has said that charity pension issues need to be addressed before the “pension time bomb explodes and undermines the sector’s ability to raise funds.”

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    Hewitsons Supports Digital Artwork Celebration

    Hewitsons is delighted to support a joint community initiative between the City Council and Bidwells.

  • 09

    Hewitsons Act For Proquest In The Acquisition Of Pi2 Solutions

    Hewitsons corporate team has recently acted for the Michingan-headquarted firm ProQuest in the acquisition of Hertfordshire based company Pi2 Solutions Ltd and its US subsidiary Pi2 Solutions LLC - an industry leader in product literature databases, workflow tools and related outsourcing services for global pharmaceutical companies.

  • 07

    Dying Matters Coalition Call For More Wills To Be Made

    A recent survey by D M C reports that only 36% of those surveyed have made a Will, although 80% believed all adults should have one – to avoid future disputes. They are right, it is a practical step that we all need to take to help those we will leave behind. If you haven’t “got round” to making ( or updating) your Will, please contact the following:

  • 07

    Safeguarding Pupils And The School

    On 3 April 2014, the Department for Education published new statutory guidance for schools - including those in the independent sector - on safeguarding, entitled Keeping Children Safe in Education. It replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (December 2006). Schools will have to check that their practices and policies comply with the new guidance.

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    Intellectual Property Act 2014

    Overview

    The Intellectual Property Act 2014 ("the Act"), which received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014, is intended to introduce improvements in design and patent protection in the UK and to protect patents and design rights which between them are estimated to be worth £31 billion per annum to the UK economy. In addition, the Act also provides for ratification by the UK of a European wide United Patent Court ("UPC").

June 2014

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April 2014

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    Who Knew? Purchasing Assets Of Community Value

    For some time now, community groups have been able to purchase ‘Assets of Community Value’ when these come onto the market. The intention behind this is that communities should have an opportunity to acquire such assets for community use rather than see them sold into the private sector.

  • 24

    Litigation As A Reason Not To Renew Lease?

    A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has provided useful clarification on the circumstances in which a landlord can refuse to grant a new tenancy to a tenant under ground (c) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

  • 15

    Budget 2014 - Pensions Flexibility

    A number of changes to pensions were announced in the Budget. Some of the Budget changes in relation to pensions will take effect on and from 27 March 2014 and others may, subject to consultation, take effect in April 2015.Details of the changes are summarised below.

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    Weight To Be Given To Heritage Assets In Considering Planning Applications

    In a recent case, Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v East Northamptonshire District Council and others, the Court of Appeal decided that a planning inspector’s approval of a wind turbine development should be overturned.

March 2014

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