Is the government actually listening for once?

The government has put plans forward in parliament to add on an extra £23million for criminal defence advocacy fees. The Ministry of Justice has also announced that it will launch a wide-ranging review of criminal legal aid payments, too. The news has been welcomed by The Law Society, and by the legal profession in general,…

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Failure to Prevent – the new rules explained

In April 2017, the Criminal Finances Act was given Royal Assent. It was primarily introduced to bring online the two new corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent criminal facilitation of tax evasion and has been designed to tighten up several existing loopholes in the current legislation. Here is a quick guide to the law…

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A bonus for first time buyers

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, he also applied the extension…