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Skipping a generation for a landowning farmer

Orlando Bridgeman
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As a landowning farmer, what should you do if your adult children do not want to farm but you want to keep the opportunity open for your young or even unborn grandchildren? Inevitably, some form of trust arrangement is required. The suitable trust depends...

Is your Biomass Boiler still compliant?

Amy Clarkson
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Many owners of biomass boilers are unaware that there are ongoing obligations that must be complied with in order to continue to receive RHI payments. Even if the biomass boiler was installed correctly and you received confirmation of accreditation, you must...

The Family Business

Isobel Willoughby
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We see a significant number of clients who are farming in partnership with their family members and, of course, such arrangements frequently run perfectly smoothly. Any reluctance to formalise the family partnership in a written agreement is therefore...

Residential Landlords; beware of planned changes

Adele Holliday
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The government is consulting on planned changes to the way residential tenancy agreements can be terminated by landlords, which would end ‘no fault’ evictions, and could effectively make open ended tenancies a reality. Agricultural Holdings Act...

Contract Checking Service for NFU Members

Ian Barnard
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As the weather improves, with Summer not far around the corner, the time pressures on agricultural businesses are becoming greater and you can be forgiven for not reading the small print when purchasing goods and equipment or providing services or products....

Proposals for Reform of Agricultural Tenancies

Amy Clarkson
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The Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) has published a report with recommendations on a reform of agricultural tenancies. Following this report, Defra has launched a consultation on the proposed changes, which will run until 2 July 2019. The plans put...

Sheep Worrying and your rights

Kajal  Patel
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Sheep worrying seems to be becoming increasingly more widespread and somewhat more controversial given the sensitivity to both farmers and dog owners.   According to Sheep Watch UK about 15,000 sheep are killed each year by pet dogs, when dogs...

News update for Landlords on MEES Regulation

Ben Simpson
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Landlords need to be aware of environmental legislation requirements before letting their properties. This is called the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulation. The main aim behind this is to prevent Landlords from renting out residential and...

Personal and self-employed taxation updates

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The new tax year starts on 6th April when the following changes will come into effect: General and employee tax and NI changes for 2019/20 •           The personal allowance (the amount that someone...

What am I entitled to if I separate from my spouse?

Mark Robinson
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There are very few hard and fast rules and the Courts have ultimate discretion to make whatever order is ‘fair’ on the particular facts of your case. The starting position is an equal division of assets, which can include property, savings,...

Congratulations to our 2018 GEM Award winners

Charlotte Mountain
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"Going the Extra Mile" GEM Awards We believe that recognising some of the fantastic things our staff do throughout the year is essential. Therefore to continue such recognition we have decided to celebrate individual contributions by awarding GEM...

From Managing Director to Musical Director

Duncan Morter
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York law firm MD directs local musical to communicate World War One 100 th Anniversary As the nation, including many towns and cities in our region of Yorkshire, fell silent and held commemorative services and events to mark the 100 year anniversary of...

Multi-generational living arrangements

Jessica Appleby
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 As we regularly hear of our ageing population, multi-generational living appears to be making a comeback and more frequently a serious consideration of families trying to avoid need for residential care. Residential care homes can provide social...

Our fundraising activities for charity

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Each year we choose a charity at each of our offices to support and raise funds for for a 12 month period. Our staff were asked to nominate charities they would like to be considered and these were voted on to pick a chosen charity for each office. The four...

York Business Week 13-19 November 2018

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York Business Week is back and shaping up to be the ‘biggest and best yet’ according to organisers Make It York. York Business Week 2018 will take place from 13-19 November, with a wide range of events running across the city. Based around four...

16th year of Lexcel accreditation

Duncan Morter
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Following a recent annual independent assessment, local law firm Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, with offices in Pickering, Malton, Selby and York, is delighted to confirm their continued accreditation with Lexcel, the Law Society quality standard. They now...

Reminder to Landlords EPC changes came in from 1 April 2018

Joseph McCullough
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Landlords need to ensure that their properties meet minimum energy performance standards before letting out property. On 29 January 2018, Duncan Morter published an article warning landlords that changes to EPC ratings are coming and you can read this...

Exciting Times in Food and Drink

Joseph McCullough
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It is an exciting time to be in the food and drink sector in Yorkshire. An interesting article from Bdaily.com can be found here showing excellent growth over the last 12 months for Yorkshire and Humber food and drink exports. There has been an 11%...

Landlords: Changes to EPC ratings are coming, are you prepared?

Duncan Morter
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What are the new Regulations? The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations (MEES) set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for properties in England and Wales. From 1 April 2018, it will be unlawful for landlords of non-domestic private...

We are working with Yorkshire Powerhouse

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We have recently become a sponsor of Yorkshire Powerhouse. Yorkshire Powerhouse mission is to boost small businesses and start ups in Yorkshire and it is ours too – because we can! Together with Yorkshire Powerhouse we can provide high quality, advice...

Take a closer look at diversification - is it for your farm?

Jessica Appleby
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Most farmers understand the basic concept of diversification e.g. utilising your land for commercial ventures other than agricultural matters, such as renewable energy, farm shops or office development of redundant buildings. Economic changes particularly...

Acquiring a Dental Practice: Important CQC Considerations

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independent regulator of health and social care, including the dental profession. It became a legal requirement for dentists to register with the CQC from 1st April 2011. As a result, individuals looking to acquire a...

Why trademark your brand?

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If you were asked why it is important to protect your brand, I’m sure you could supply an endless list of motives. However, the common misconception lies in how to do this effectively. Simply registering your business name at Companies House or...

BYOD Policies

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has highlighted the increasing use of personal devices (such as smartphones, tablets and laptops) for work purposes. The ICO suggests that businesses should update data protection policies and provide staff...

Agricultural News

Ian Barnard
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New Contract Checking Service for NFU Members Before you sign any contract, you need to understand what you’re getting yourself into. That is why the NFU is offering a Contract Checking Service to all their farmer and grower members, in conjunction...

Buying a small business?

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Many people decide to purchase a small business as a going concern, be it a pub, bed and breakfast, cafe, or something a little more unique.  You might already have a lot of experience in how to run the particular business (or, at the very least, bags...

Read this if you let out property.

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Property Owners who let out their property for short-term holiday or business lettings could be in breach of User Covenant. In a recent case appealed by the Tenant from the decision of the First-Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) considered...

Selling or buying a dental practice?

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Buying or selling a dental practice should be an exciting time for any dentist but all too often this excitement is overshadowed by delays in the transactional process.  While unexpected delays can arise in any deal, which are out of all parties’...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...

Why pre-nuptial agreements are more common on the farm

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The pre-nuptial agreement sets out how a couple wish their assets to be divided, or in some cases wholly retained by one party, if they later separate or divorce. It is generally entered into in order to protect individual livelihoods or to maintain an...

Landlord and tenant news

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A recent Supreme Court decision is likely to be met with relief by buy-to-let owners of leasehold properties. The court had been asked to consider whether an intermediate landlord was in breach of the statutory covenant to keep the structure and exterior of...

News for Employers

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Employers should be aware that the new illegal working offence is now in force.  The new offence will enable the earnings of illegal workers to be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The existing criminal offence of knowingly employing an...

Update for Commercial Tenants

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A High Court decision provides a helpful reminder for commercial tenants of the need to fully comply with any conditions for exercising a right to break the lease. Otherwise, as in this case, the lease will continue to exist and the tenant may have lost...