Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Bribery Act 2010 at Christmas

The Bribery Act 2010 (“the Bribery Act”) became UK law on 1 July 2011. The Act contains two general offences of the giving/promising of a bribe and the receiving/requesting of a bribe (sections 1 and 2 respectively); and two further … Continue reading

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Changes to Council Tax?

On 31 October 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a consultation document on reforms of the current council tax system. The consultation is seeking views on: Extending the discretion over second homes discount. This would allow … Continue reading

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) exemption

On 25th March 2012 first time buyers will no longer benefit from the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) exemption whereby, provided both buyers have never owned a property before, no SDLT is payable up to the property value of £250,000. … Continue reading

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New Child Maintenance Proposals Published

The government hopes that most separated couples will in future be able to agree child maintenance directly between them but there will always be cases when that is not possible. Proposals for the new statutory child maintenance scheme have therefore … Continue reading

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2012: A Vintage Year for Employment Law?

The legislative weather forecast for 2012 augers well for a vintage harvest! Successive governments, including the current coalition government, have promised to ease the burden of changes in employment law by minimising the number of changes and by making legislative … Continue reading

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