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Hauled before the Commissioner

A recent news release from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC) has highlighted the need for haulage firms to ensure they have the right working relationship with their drivers. A haulier based in Southampton was given an ultimatum by the OTC to demonstrate...

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SRA Accounts Rules – Changes on the Horizon

The SRA recently announced their response to the Accounts Rules review and consultation. In this article, we will be looking at what these changes are and what they potentially mean for you and your legal practice. Client money Originally, the very definition of...

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Rules on where solicitors can practice relaxed by SRA

In a major shake-up of regulation announced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), solicitors will now be permitted to practice from unauthorised businesses. According to research by the Legal Services Board, the unauthorised market represents 5.5% of cases in...

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Tony Nickson joins Hawsons as VAT Consultant

Hawsons are pleased to announce that Tony Nickson has joined the firm as a VAT Consultant. Tony was formerly a VAT Officer in Customs and Excise and then Higher Officer in HMRC. After 20 years of working in the VAT office, Tony has gained a wealth of knowledge of VAT...

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Staff from Hawsons Endeavour to help!

On Friday 16 June, Hawsons staff enjoyed a day out helping the Sheffield based charity, Endeavour, by carrying out various tasks such as gardening, cleaning, stripping paint and even dismantling a canoe rack. Endeavour have been working with some of England's...

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What charities need to know about the new GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force from in May 2018. It will replace the current Data Protection Act and is the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years. GDPR will change the way organisations process...

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Farmers’ Averaging: It pays to spread

The tax relief known as farmers' averaging is designed to provide tax relief for farmers who can be affected by fluctuating profits. Averaging rules were first introduced to the UK tax system in 1997. Two consecutive years can be added together and half assessed in...

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MFH Group dispose of subsidiary

June 2017 The Hawsons Corporate Finance team have worked closely with the MFH Group to successfully advise on the disposal of one of their subsidiary companies YouCan Hire. YouCan is a catering equipment and furniture hire company operating across Yorkshire and...

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The Election result: What are the tax implications?

The general election has ended in a hung parliament – the Conservative party have the most seats but do not have an overall majority. Theresa May has announced that she will form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). What does this...

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Brexit: Returning pensioners could cost NHS £500m

According to a health think tank, Brexit could cost the NHS a whopping £500m a year as British pensioners could return to the country if their right to free healthcare across Europe is withdrawn. In a report outlining the impact that leaving the EU could have on the...

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Leaving the EU could hit funding, charity leaders warn

According to a new study, over half of charity leaders believe that leaving the EU will have a negative impact on their funding opportunities, with a large number of UK charities and not-for-profit organisations having received substantial EU funding over the last...

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Agriculture General Election Special

The General Election is just around the corner, so we take a look at what some of the parties are promising in this Agriculture Election Special. The Conservative manifesto has pledged to maintain support payments at their current level until 2022, which is an extra...

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Agriculture update for UK farmers – May 2017

With Britain's agriculture sector watching Brexit closely following the triggering of Article 50, the UK also announced a snap General Election due to take place on the 8 June. The sector will be closely monitoring each parties manifesto to determine which is best for...

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Railfreight – Where are we going next?

April saw the publication of Network Rail's Freight Network Study which looked at the current state of the sector, the value of railfreight to the wider economy and identified key priorities for the future. The study recognised both the 70% increase in railfreight...

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What your law firm can do in the event of a cyber attack

One of the biggest threats to a law firm is undoubtedly a cyber attack. Not only can it disrupt your systems and prevent you from carrying out chargeable work, it is also a reputation killer. If you mention the words "cyber attack" to any law firm, its enough to...

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Leisure & Hospitality 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

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10 ways Brexit may affect tourism

Wednesday 29 March was the date when Article 50 was officially triggered, and with that marks the two-year process in which the UK leaves the EU. However, the implications for British travellers are yet to be resolved. In this article, we look at 10 things that could...

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Study finds two in five GPs set to quit in next five years

40% of GPs in South West England have stated they would quit in the next five years, GP leaders have warned. It has also been found that 70% of GPs in the region intend to reduce their patient contact time. In the findings, it was found that low morale was a common...

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Five ways technology could improve a small business

For small businesses, keeping up with all the latest technology can be a difficult task with the speed it moves at. From embracing augmented reality; to making use of 3D printing, we take a look at five ways different technologies could benefit your business. 3D...

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Care home 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

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Business rates increase 2017/18

As of 1st April 2017 business rates have increased. In this article we will discuss what business rates are, what has changed, what the government announced in the Budget in order to ease the strain of the increase and whether you can appeal the business rates...

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Changes to inheritance tax could impact charity legacies

According to the legacy consortium Remember a Charity, over 1,000 fewer individuals could donate to charities as part of their wills as a result of changes to inheritance tax allowances. In the 2015 summer Budget, a new inheritance tax framework was announced which...

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