Coronavirus Delays IR35 Changes for One Year

IR35 is a set of tax rules introduced in April 2000 designed to tax people working in “disguised employment” through a personal service company as though they are employees.  The concern was that under the then-popular “contractor” model, many people were claiming to be self-employed so that they and the hiring company were not paying […]

Making a Will while you are Self-Isolating

With the current COVID-19 outbreak an increasing number of our clients are self-isolating or following the Government guidelines and restricting their public contact. Here at Backhouse Solicitors we have put measures in place so that we can continue to provide you with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration services in this difficult time. […]

Coronavirus: The UK Government announces further support for struggling businesses

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has just announced the second stage of the UK Government’s financial support for both businesses and individuals .  This extends the support first announced in last week’s Budget. Here are the key measures relevant to businesses across the UK:- Confirmation that the guarantees the Government previously proposed on […]

Government Abandons Plans for Probate Fee Hike

We have previously written regarding plans for a substantial Probate fees increase in 2020.  The plans were roundly condemned by the Law Society and charities and described as a “Grief Tax” by the Daily Mail.  We are delighted to announce that the planned increase has this week been axed by the Ministry of Justice Robert […]

Lasting Powers Of Attorney are gaining in popularity

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) are slowly becoming more popular in the UK, but there is still a long way to go.  Figures for the year to April 2018 show a record-breaking figure of 759,976 applications for LPAs.  This is a huge improvement over the […]

UK National Minimum Wage Rates for 2019

The UK National Minimum Wage rates for 2019 have now been introduced together with increases in other statutory rates of pay.  Employers are advised to ensure their payroll systems are updated from 1st April. National Minimum Wage Rates from 1 April 2019: Workers aged 25 and over – £8.21 (up from £7.83) Workers aged 21 to […]