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Taxman Issues Final Warning for Second Property Owners

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have issued a reminder that people who have sold properties, either in the UK or abroad, that were not their main residence have one week (until 9 August)  to disclose any capital gains on which Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is due. Any tax due as a result of a disclosure must be paid by 9 September. Those who...

Employment Judge’s ‘Florid’ Language Deprecated

In a warning to eloquent judges tempted to express themselves in overly robust terms, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has deprecated a tribunal judge’s use of ‘florid’ language and ‘inappropriate hyperbole’ in upholding an employee’s unfair dismissal claim – but has nevertheless accepted that his conclusion was justified. A...

‘Bedroom Tax’ Upheld by High Court

The legal challenge to the ‘bedroom tax’, under which benefit claimants are faced with cuts to housing benefits if their properties are ‘too big’, has failed in the High Court today. The challenge was brought on behalf of ten families who all face housing benefit cuts for ‘under occupancy’ or require additional space because needs of...

Court Saves Meat Company Threatened by EU Ban

A meat company that faced being put out of business – with a loss of 40 jobs and £5 million of investment – by Food Standards Agency (FSA) restrictions on the sale of its innovative products has been saved after the High Court granted it urgent interim relief pending consideration of the case by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Newby...

Court has Jurisdiction to Rule of Foreign Land Dispute

In a ruling which helps to define the dividing line between the concepts of domicile and habitual residence, the Court of Appeal has dismissed a dual nationality businessman’s plea that the English courts have no jurisdiction to resolve a dispute concerning the abortive purchase of a holiday home in Egypt. The purchaser had paid the businessman...