Helping the homeless

In each edition of 4 Business, we will be choosing a local charity to support, with a feature and a donation of £1000. Our chosen charity for spring edition is HARP, Southend’s leading homeless charity, which helps local people overcome homelessness for good. HARP has recently opened White Heather House, a

Covert surveillance

In a recent case, it was held that the covert surveillance of employees by their employer, who set up CCTV cameras to monitor suspected thefts, was an infringement of those employee’s rights to privacy. Employers looking to monitor the conduct of their employees - particularly those using covert recording -

Lower Thames Crossing update

The latest design update on plans for a new Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent – which will be the largest road scheme in the UK – have been praised by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). A new design for the proposed junction with the M25 between junctions

Letting Fees Ban

The government has introduced a draft Tenant Fees Bill, with the aim of making residential letting more fair and affordable for tenants by reducing costs at the outset of a tenancy. It is an attempt to make renting a fairer and less expensive matter for tenants. The Bill will introduce a

And Finally…

Could a shorter working week solve employment ills? British economist John Maynard Keynes famously predicted back in 1930 that thanks to the progress of technology, his grandchildren would only have to work 15-hour weeks. So was Keynes right? Not even close. The average British employee puts in 45 hours a

Which path for my child’s education?

Being a parent who has been through the education process with my two children who are now in employment, selecting schools can be extremely stressful. The potential high costs and commitment associated with private education, it soon becomes clear that this form of financial planning and decision making will require

A quick guide to buying property in France

" Unless you are fully confident that you know what is being said, it is advisable to get some assistance with translation. " The process of buying property in France is fairly straightforward and the land registration system is secure. However, as a general rule, it proceeds without the appointment of a

HMRC are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit

For those taxpayers selling or gifting a whole or part of their business, HMRC offer a valuable capital gains tax relief for qualifying disposals. This is under the guise of entrepreneur’s relief (formerly retirement relief), up to the current lifetime threshold of £10 million. The regime is available to the following:

Enforcement Options

Given the 33% increase in CCJs, it’s now more important than ever to know your enforcement options. The number of county court judgments increased dramatically in 2017. Whilst the November to December 2017 statistics are yet to the released, the statistics for the rest of the year show an average increase

Abolition of tribunal fees

The Ministry of Justice has published the first tribunal quarterly statistics since the abolition of tribunal fees for the period July-September 2017. Employment Tribunal (ET) fees were held to be unlawful by the Supreme Court on 26 July 2017, as previously reported. The latest statistics show: An increase of 64% in