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2019: a quieter year for employers?

2018 has been a busy year in employment law, from gender pay gap reporting to claims of workplace sexual harassment. Employers might be hoping for a quieter 2019 but there will be a number of issues dominating the headlines throughout the year, not to mention the uncertainty of Brexit.

So what should... Read More


Workplace reforms to protect the modern workforce

Employment law proposals announced by the Government in response to the ‘Taylor Report’ have been hailed as the biggest shake-up for a generation in order to meet the changing demands in the workplace.

Under new rules employers will need to give workers details of their rights from the first day in a job,... Read More


Conveyancing: Shared ownership property purchase

First-time buyers who bought a shared ownership property in the last twelve months should check if they are due a refund on any stamp duty paid.  

That’s because when Chancellor Hammond extended the stamp duty relief available to first-time buyers of shared ownership property in his Autumn 2018 budget,... Read More


Soaring fees set deadline for executors and estate planning

Ben Cooper

Controversial court fees which have been branded a stealth tax on bereaved families are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before the hike hits.  The new banded fee structure will see the cost of probate soar by thousands of pounds for higher value estates.  

The current... Read More


Olympus Technologies Ltd Awarded Business of the Month

Deborah Melluish

Olympus Technologies Ltd is the latest winner of Eaton Smith’s Business of the Month Award. The Huddersfield-based company specialises in Industrial and Collaborative Robotics, Automation and Welding Technologies. Olympus Technologies believe in providing bespoke high-quality technical solutions for their... Read More


Budget 2018: Contractors – Tax consequences and employment status

Lewis Holroyd

Chancellor Philip Hammond welcomely said that “austerity is coming to an end” in the October 2018 budget however self-employed persons may not welcome the proposed tax changes under the IR35 rules.

The IR35 rules are designed to target those who are disguising themselves as self-employed when they are... Read More


Cosmetic Products & the Possible Impacts of Brexit

Anna Hay

Anyone who has a business selling and/or making “cosmetic products” (as defined) must be aware of, and comply with, the EU Cosmetic Regulations (EC) (No 1223/2009) (“Regulations”), which came into force in the UK in July 2013.

The Regulations govern matters such as the labelling and safety... Read More


Chancellor’s anti-austerity spending spree has few surprises

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper, tax law expert and Partner at Eaton Smith discusses the highlights of yesterday's budget. 

An anti-austerity package of £30 billion of government spending was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, drawing on improved public finance projections to support a range of new... Read More


Data Installation & Supplies (Northern) Ltd receive Business of the Month Award

Andrew Pedley

Cleckheaton based cabling infrastructure and technology company are the latest winners of Eaton Smith’s Business of the Month Award. Managing Director Mick Foster began the company in 1983 from his home. Over 35 years later, with the help of his two sons the company is thriving. DIS takes pride in consistently... Read More


Eaton Smith Family Business Forum

Eleanor Cummings

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Eaton Smith Family Business Forum.

Our first event will be Tuesday 20th November at 5.30pm at our offices. Refreshments will be available from 5pm and the forum will begin shortly after.

The Family Business Dynamics

At this first... Read More


GDPR actually reduces administrative burden (in a really limited way!)

Chris Taylor

If you ever carry out prize promotions, you will know that the CAP Code (that is the Committee of Advertising Practice’s UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotions and Direct Marketing) needs to be considered for non-broadcast promotions so that your promotion remains legal and above board.

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What happens when a parent wants to move away and take the children with them?

These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they are overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country or just taking a long trip.

There are plenty of reasons a parent might want to take their child abroad for an extended period, or even indefinitely. However, if... Read More