Uber drivers are workers – so what next?

In February, Uber drivers celebrated as the UK’s highest court handed down a judgment that had been years in the making: Uber drivers are workers under employment legislation, and not independent contractors. The landmark Supreme Court ruling means that Uber drivers are entitled to at least the national minimum wage and paid annual leave, in […]

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New trust registration rules: a guide

On 6 October 2020, the government introduced new rules to extend the scope of its trust register to all UK and some non-UK trusts – irrespective of whether they pay tax. Previously, a trust only had to be registered with the Trust Registration Service (TRS) if it paid any of the following taxes: Income tax […]

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New permitted development rights for commercial property

From 1 August 2021 there will be a change to permitted development rights whereby if certain conditions are met, unused commercial buildings can be converted into residential dwellings. This will be referred as the new business use class MA and the conditions that need to be met will include: The building must have remained unoccupied […]

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SDLT surcharge increases for non-UK residents

1 April 2021 saw a significant change to the way non-UK residents are taxed for residential property purchases. Originally proposed in the 2018 Budget, a new surcharge for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) now applies for non-UK resident buyers of residential property in England and Northern Ireland. Essentially, they will pay an additional 2% on […]

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First came Nightingale hospitals…

When the COVID-19 pandemic came to England and began to rapidly spread across the country, the government set up a series of ‘Nightingale’ hospitals to cope with the influx of seriously ill patients it was feared would soon overwhelm the NHS. As the pandemic went on, however, it wasn’t just the health system that was […]

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Woodfines Promotions 2021

It is great to see that in the same month we supported International Womens Day 2021, we can now celebrate the achievements of the ‘Woodfines Women’ promoted below. Well done on all your hard work during a particularly tough year. Promoted to Senior Associate Reena Mistry – Commercial Property  Reena is a Commercial Property solicitor, […]

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