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Companies must identify ‘People with Significant Control’

Companies House has issued new guidance to help directors comply with regulations relating to identifying and recording who owns or controls the business. The owner or the person who makes the key decisions is known as a Person with Significant Control (PSC) or the ‘beneficial owner’. Companies must identify their PSC’s when registering with Companies House. If they believe they don’t have one, they must explain why. Most PSC’s are likely to be people who hold: ·         more than 25% […]

Bereaved woman wins landmark ruling for unmarried couples

An unmarried woman has won the right to receive compensation after her long-term partner died due to medical negligence. Jacqueline Smith lived with her partner John Bulloch for 16 years until he died in 2011. His doctors had failed to diagnose that he was suffering from an infection. If he had been married, his wife would have received compensation of £11,800 following a medical negligence claim. However, under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, this right did not extend to his […]

Chancellor cuts stamp duty for first-time buyers

Chancellor Philip Hammond has abolished stamp duty for most first-time home buyers in England and Wales. In his autumn budget, he announced that the first £300,000 of the price of a property will be exempt from tax for people entering the housing market for the first time. The change came into effect immediately. He said the change means 95% of first-time buyers will now pay no stamp duty at all, providing them with a saving of up to £5,000, depending […]

Uber drivers ‘are workers – even while waiting for fares’

Uber drivers should be classified as workers even when they are waiting to accept new fares. That was the ruling of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the highly publicised case involving Uber London Ltd and several of its drivers. The tribunal heard that Uber paid drivers weekly, based on the fares charged for trips undertaken, less a service fee for the use of its booking app. Uber argued that it was merely acting as an agent and that drivers entered […]

William Hill manager ‘unfairly dismissed’ for refusing pay cut

A betting shop manager has won her unfair dismissal claim after she was sacked for refusing to accept a new contract on a lower pay grade. Nicola Dinham had worked as a manager for William Hill for 18 years. The company restructured its employment model, merging the roles of shop manager and deputy manager into one new position. The new contract offered to Miss Dinham meant her annual salary would have fallen from £25,549 to £20,721. She would also have […]

Transgender father wins right for contact with her children

The Court of Appeal has ruled that it was wrong to deny a transgender father direct contact with her children. The case involved a father who had been shunned by her ultra-orthodox Jewish community because she had started living as a transgender person. The court heard that the children would face ostracism if there was direct contact. The judge ruled that the potential harm to the children from such ostracism meant there could be no direct contact, even though that […]

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