2023

21 December 2023

Busting myths when it comes to gifts!

The US and the UK are separated by the vast and tumultuous waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Those with connections to both countries will often find themselves rowing against the tide between two very different and complex regimes.

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13 December 2023

Tech Term Sheet Explainer

Your term sheet sets out the fundamental terms of the commercial deal you have struck with your investor(s). Getting it in a shape that everyone is happy with will make for a much smoother execution of your funding round, allowing it to take less time so that you can get back to growing your business.

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5 December 2023

Lifecycle of a Business - Demystifyng the Term Sheet

Setting up and running your own business is an amazing achievement. It requires vision, creativity, motivation and stamina. On occasion, it can even bring you fame, riches and fortune. But it can also result in reams of paperwork and cause sleepless nights.

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30 November 2023

Ready to Raise Funds?

Being ready to raise funds is a position that every business should seek to be in even where fundraising is not an imminent objective. From a legal point of view, being ready to raise funds really just means knowing where everything is, and being able to demonstrate everything you know about your business to somebody who is taking a look at it.

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23 November 2023

Moving to the UK: key considerations for US citizens

The US and the UK are separated by the vast and tumultuous waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Those with connections to both countries will often find themselves rowing against the tide between two very different and complex regimes. With the right specialist advice, they can navigate the cross-border challenges safely and make the best use of planning opportunities.

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21 November 2023

Lifecycle of a Business - Are You Ready to Raise Funds?

Setting up and running your own business is an amazing achievement. It requires vision, creativity, motivation and stamina. On occasion, it can even bring you fame, riches and fortune. But it can also result in reams of paperwork and cause sleepless nights.

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7 November 2023

The King’s Speech: Leasehold Reform

The Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities estimates that there are around 4.98 million leasehold homes in England, making up a significant proportion of all residential housing. Impacting on the lives of so many, leasehold ownership has therefore been the subject of much debate over the years.

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11 October 2023

Webinar - Developing and delivering UK Life Science and Innovation projects now and in the future

On Friday 6 October 2023, Construction News in partnership with Property Week hosted a webinar with some of the industry-leading experts in the field, who are currently working on developments across London, Cambridge and Oxford.

The key message is that demand is outstripping supply and providing space that is adaptable for tenants is crucial. The main takeaways were as follows:

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3 October 2023

A Guide to Employing Domestic Staff

The maze of UK law requirements for new employers (including those employing domestic staff such as housekeepers, nannies and gardeners) can feel daunting to navigate. However, it is important to consider the legal fundamentals as this will reduce the risk of any claim and help ensure that the new relationship works for both parties.

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22 August 2023

Update on the Charities Act 2022 - Part 2

In April 2022, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport set out a plan for phased implementation of the Charities Act 2022 (the “2022 Act”) commencing in Autumn 2022 and continuing in Spring and Autumn 2023.

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16 August 2023

#FORStudentAccommodation

Student accommodation has proven to be a resilient sector in recent years even as other investment markets have struggled.

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31 July 2023

Cuxton Winery Appeal

Case law has established that wineries are agricultural uses for the purposes of planning. However, many vineyard owners and operators include ancillary uses such as visitor centres for wine tasting and restaurants. In a recent appeal decision it was these ancillary uses that caused adverse impacts and harm meaning the appeal was dismissed and planning permission was not granted.

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13 June 2023

Care Home in the green belt approved

The battle over development in the greenbelt continues to rage with the Prime Minister restating the Tory party pledge to protect the greenbelt following Kier Starmer’s comment that it should be built on “where appropriate”.

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17 May 2023

Student Housing Conference - 5 Key Takeaways

On Tuesday 9 May, LD Events organised an in-depth review of the current student housing market with panel discussions from a wide range of industry experts.

Here are my five takeaway points from the Conference:

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11 May 2023

Divorce-proofing trusts

Structures crave stability. You wouldn’t choose to build in an earthquake zone. If you had no choice but to do so, you would ensure your structure had sufficient flexibility to withstand a powerful shock.

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12 April 2023

What is the future for non-competes?

Restrictions preventing an employee from joining a competitor or setting up in competition for a period (typically between 6 – 12 months) after their employment has ended (a “non-compete”) is a common, albeit at times controversial, feature of UK employment contracts.

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14 March 2023

Hotels Group – Budget

It is a challenging time for hotels, research from CGA and AlixPartners, notes that in the UK there were 197 less hotels in December 2022 than in December 2021. Across all of hospitality, there were 1,611 less outlets by year end.

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8 February 2023

Sotheby’s and Forsters - An Owner's Guide to Art - Part 5

There are a wide range of philanthropic schemes in the UK that incentivise owners of art to support museums and galleries. In some cases, the tax benefits associated with the schemes are such that owners can end up in a better financial position than they would have been had they sold their works on the open market. Offers in lieu of inheritance tax and Private Treaty Sales to certain UK institutions offer some of the most significant incentives and enrich owners and the UK national heritage alike!

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19 January 2023

Family Mediation: carrot or stick?

Non-court dispute resolution offers alternatives to separating couples that can reduce the financial, time and emotional burdens often associated with going to court.

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18 January 2023

Sotheby’s and Forsters - An Owner's Guide to Art - Part 4

It is important that art is not seen as a “static” asset, even if a work or collection is a long-term hold. You should ensure that you have discussions with your family about the future of your collection. It is important to know whether your family wishes to keep specific artworks or a collection within the family or not. If your intention is to pass artwork to the next generation, make sure you do so in the most tax efficient way possible.

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