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Government Rapped Over Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Station

The UK government has received a stern rap over the knuckles from the European Court of Justice after failing in its obligation to limit nitrogen oxide emissions from one of the country’s largest coal-fired power stations. The European Commission had launched proceedings against the UK in respect of the operation of the Aberthaw power station in South Wales....

Law Enforcers Relentless in Pursuit of Nightclub Boss’s Unpaid Tax

UK law enforcers are relentless in their efforts to ensure that criminals do not profit from their misdeeds. In one case, a man who pocketed door receipts from a nightclub where drug dealing was rife was hit with a bill for over £1 million in respect of unpaid tax and penalties 20 years after the venue was raided by police. The man was arrested following the...

Draft Business Rates Announced

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has published the draft rateable values for commercial properties that will be used by local authorities to set business rates from April 2017. The VOA has provided an online tool so that business ratepayers can review their draft rateable value and get an estimate of their 2017/2018 bill. You can also: request changes to...

Self-Employed IFAs Sued for Alleged Breaches of Restrictive Covenants

Companies are entitled to protect their trading position by insisting that their former workers desist from joining competitors for a reasonable period after their departure. However, balancing such contractual rights against the liberty of workers to earn a living and plan their careers can be a tricky legal exercise. The issue arose in the case of a group of...

Ethereal Internet Businesses as Hard to Pin Down as the Cheshire Cat

Internet businesses operate in the ether and many of them call no country home. In one case involving an alleged online gambling fraud, a High Court judge observed that tracking down their centre of operations can have something of the grin of Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat about it. A betting agency had launched proceedings in England against 12 individuals who...

New Enquiry Into Corporate Governance

The focus on corporate governance, always a matter of considerable public interest, has been amplified by events leading up to the recent collapse of retailer BHS and what many see as excessive executive pay. The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee of the House of Commons has commenced an enquiry into corporate governance in the UK which seeks views on on...