HMRC announces revised policy on collecting VAT on deposits

HMRC has confirmed a change in guidelines, which came into effect from 1 March 2019, that VAT remains due on a deposit, even if the customer ultimately does not use the goods or services for which they paid. Previously, if non-refundable deposit money was taken for a VATable supply and the purchaser or customer did…

Plant based discrimination?

While Veganuary has come to an end, we are fast approaching a landmark hearing in March that will decide if veganism should be regarded as a philosophical belief that is protected under the Equality Act 2010. The employment tribunal hearing will centre around the dismissal of Mr Casamitjana by the animal welfare charity League Against…

Strong support for no fault divorce set to bring an end to the blame game

It’s been a long time coming, but no-fault divorce legislation is set to be introduced in the next session of parliament. With an end to the fault-based system in sight, Rebecca Silcock, Partner and Head of Family, looks at the reasons why it would reduce conflict and stress. Couples don’t enter into marriage expecting it…

Google fined for data misuse, are you GDPR compliant?

Jennie Alger, Trainee solicitor, Corporate Commercial Further to our article on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was introduced in the UK by the European Union on 25th May 2018, we wanted to share with you an example of how the new rules work in practice as a warning of the consequences of non…

Congratulations to the England netball team as they claim historic Commonwealth Games victory

Mogers Drewett trainee solicitor Eboni Beckford-Chambers helps the team bring home the gold We’re incredibly proud of the England netball team for scooping gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  Congratulations to all the players, including Mogers Drewett trainee solicitor Eboni Beckford-Chambers, for an incredible performance which saw them beat host nation Australia. The Roses etched…

Carillion collapse: the fallout

By Maeve England – Partner – Construction & Dispute Resolution News that the UK’s second biggest construction company had entered liquidation broke this week, as it collapsed under its £1.5bn debt. But with the company now under Official Receiver control – due to the company’s high number of Government contracts – what does the fallout…

Reforming the law on wills

This article was written by Luke Watson and published in The Law Society Gazette on 5 January 2018 It must have seemed cutting edge at the time, but the law that governs the making of wills in England and Wales is now 180 years old, dating from 1837. High time for a review then –…

Charitable giving in your Will

Charities across the UK rely on billions of pounds of donations to continue their work. Many people consider making donations in their Wills and this is known as a “charitable legacy.” These legacies can have an enormous impact on charities as well as helping out the local community or giving back to organisation which have…

Preparing to sell your property

As we approach the Christmas period there are encouraging signs that a good number of people are gearing up for a move at the beginning of the New Year. If you are one of them here are are a number of things you can start doing in preparation: 1. Decide on the Estate Agent you…

The Right to Roam

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, commonly known as the CRoW Act, was introduced to implement a ‘right to roam’ that had been demanded by ramblers for many years. The history and background to the Act is interesting. In 1932 a mass trespass by hundreds of ramblers across the mountains and moorlands of…