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Mayor opens new office in Beaconsfield

Mayor Cllr Anita Cranmer welcomed family law specialists Rayden Solicitors to Beaconsfield on Thursday evening when she officially opened their new office on Penn Road. In a speech at the ribbon cutting, the Mayor welcomed the opening of Beaconsfield’s first specialist family law firm quoting their core values of clarity, confidence and commitment. She added, […]

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Have you considered IP for your new markets?

Recent research commissioned by the St Albans City of Expertise Group (which may be found here) shows that numerous local businesses are intending to enter new markets over the next 2 years – great news for the local economy. Expanding into new markets does, however, carry risks that companies may inadvertently end up infringing intellectual property […]

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UK, EU and beyond – St Albans is going global

The 2018 ‘Barriers to Growth’ research commissioned by the members of The City of Expertise, reported that 80% of the businesses in and around St. Albans are planning to grow, either dramatically or moderately, over the next two years. And, undeterred by the complexities of the current economic and political climate, 54% plan to do […]

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Cyber Security – Protecting your Business

Places remain on this free seminar 19 September 2018 09:00 – 13:00hrs Cheshunt Marriott Hotel EN10 6NG Find out more about: • Tools you can use to bolster cyber security in your business • Steps you can take to demonstrate that your business is cyber-secure • How cyber and data liability insurance can assist in […]

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St Albans City and District Food and Drink Festival

This Council organised two-week festival runs from Wednesday 26 September to Monday 8 October. Music, cooking demonstrations, foodie film nights, children’s activities, afternoon teas and wine tastings and lots more. Includes CAMRA’s Beer and Cider Festival – Wednesday 26 September until Saturday 29 September at the Alban Arena. Click for Festival events taking place www.enjoystalbans.com/foodanddrink

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Rayden Solicitors are taking part in the St Albans Legal Walk 2018

On 10 September 2018, a team from Rayden Solicitors will be donning their walking boots to take part in the St Albans Legal Walk 2018 in support of the Eastern Legal Support Trust. The St Albans Legal Walk is an 8km sponsored walk around St Albans to raise money for local advice services.  The need […]

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The cost of growing a business

Champagne corks may be popping in the knowledge that, in the recent City of Expertise – ‘Barriers to Growth’ survey, over 80% of the businesses in St Albans and surrounding area are anticipating growth within the next 2 years. 60% are expecting up to or over 10% growth in productivity. But growth comes at a […]

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Bank of England chief economist warns on AI jobs threat

The chief economist of the Bank of England has warned that the UK will need a skills revolution to avoid “large swathes” of people becoming “technologically unemployed” as artificial intelligence makes many jobs obsolete. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45240758

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Professional Services amongst key sectors in Government Industrial Strategy

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/364455/industrial-strategy-booklet-3.pdf

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Barriers to Growth Podcast now available

Businesses facing barriers to growth may not be aware of the vast wealth of professional advisory services located in the St Albans District, which have collaborated to form The City of Expertise. Listen here http://www.radioverulam.com/podcast/st-albans-city-of-expertise/  

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New Corporate Tax Director for WMT

Victoria Nicoll has joined WMT Chartered Accountants as Corporate Tax Director. She will work with companies and owner-managers to achieve the best tax outcomes available for their business and their personal wealth. Bringing a wealth of experience gained from working with a Big 4 practice and notable regional firm, Price Bailey, Victoria tackles corporate tax […]

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Just knowing what you don’t know is half the battle…

One of the biggest challenges to growing a business is recognising where knowledge gaps exist and figuring out how best to plug them. The ‘Barriers to Growth’ research commissioned by the members of The City of Expertise, asked local businesses where they had the most skill shortages and IT, sales & marketing and regulatory issues […]

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Helping businesses to improve the way they use energy

This call for evidence sets out approaches to improving energy efficiency in business and industry by 20% by 2030. It also seeks views on the actions businesses and government could take to improve energy. Helping businesses to improve the way they use energy: call for evidence Response deadline: 11:45pm 26 September 2018

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Volunteer as an Honorary Legal Adviser with Citizens Advice St Albans

Can you offer advice on housing (landlord & tenant not property) and immigration? Citizens Advice St Albans are seeking lawyers to serve on their Thursday evening rota giving free one-off legal advice to people in need and without means. Volunteer lawyers usually offer one evening per month on a rota agreed quarterly in advance, typically […]

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Promote your business

Roundabout, city entrance signs, flowerbed and event sponsorship opportunities in the City and District of St Albans Prices vary between £500 and £5000 per annum Contact the Parks and Green Spaces team http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/business/Business-in-St-Albans/StAlbans-Council-Services-for-Businesses/sponsorship/  

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Recruitment & Retention – todays greatest challenge

According to the recent ‘Barriers to Growth Report’ commissioned by the members of the City of Expertise, 80% of our businesses are expecting dramatic or moderate growth over the next two years and their biggest problem is finding and retaining skilled staff. To add to the challenge, St Albans is an area that has high […]

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Support for Electric Vehicles

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) support the up-front costs of electric vehicle chargepoints https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/workplace-charging-scheme-guidance-for-applicants-installers-and-manufacturers Government wants to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-road-to-zero-strategy-to-lead-the-world-in-zero-emission-vehicle-technology

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Sherrards launches specialist Immigration Consultancy Practice

Anticipating the needs of its business clients and recognising the opportunities posed by Brexit and the continued investment of high net worth individuals, particularly from China, Russia and the Middle East into the UK, Sherrards has recently set up a dedicated immigration consultancy in a bold move to be at the forefront of this rapidly […]

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City of Expertise launch results of Business Growth Survey

Ian Taylor, Director at Barclays Bank. “We see a lot of growth in the businesses of St Albans and, like all good research, this report confirms what we are seeing. We should be proud of the productivity & growth plans and excited by the expansion plans, both to new domestic markets as well as EU & […]

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Time for a fresh look at tax efficient profit extraction?

For owner managed businesses (OMBs) operating as a limited company, taking dividends has long been a popular method of extracting business profits. On 6 April 2018, the annual tax-free dividend allowance reduced from £5,000 to £2,000. This change could tip the balance on existing profit extraction plans, creating the need for a new strategy. What’s […]

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Legends of Las Vegas Gala Raises £4,895 for Local Hospice

Rayden Solicitors were proud to host a Las Vegas themed evening of dining and entertainment at The Gatsby in Berkhamsted on Wednesday 6 June, raising nearly £5,000 for The Hospice of St Francis. Gary Williams, star of the West End’s Rat Pack, entertained the audience with his Las Vegas show covering artists from Nat King […]

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Intellectual property law specialists bring music to ears of local people as they open Hatfield office

A firm of intellectual property law specialists is to bring music to the ears of local people by sponsoring the Hatfield Music Festival, just weeks before it opens an office in the town. Cleveland Scott York will be sponsoring the festival, which takes place on 16 June 2018 in Birchwood Playing Fields, just two weeks […]

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SA Law invites local businesses to their Frisbee fundraiser

30 members of staff from SA Law are running the St Albans 5K or half marathon on 10th June as part of the SA Law Corporate Challenge. This is in aid of Small Acts of Kindness, a local charity based in Hertfordshire that distributes gifts to the isolated elderly in Hertfordshire. To help raise money, […]

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Business productivity review: call for evidence

Contribute to the Government review of actions to improve the productivity and growth of SMEs.    Closing date changed to 6 July 2018 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/712342/Business_Productivity_Review_call_for_evidence_.pdf Email responses: businessproductivityreview@beis.gov.uk

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WMT helps combat social exclusion with donation to Emmaus St Albans

After a busy year of fundraising activity WMT are delighted to present local homeless charity, Emmaus St Albans, with a cheque for £1,661. Emmaus St Albans were nominated by the team at WMT as their ‘charity of the year’ at the beginning of the 2017-18 financial year. A worthy cause, the charity aims to provide […]

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WMT are moving!

After five happy years at 45 Grosvenor Road, we’re moving to new premises in St Albans, to accommodate our ever-expanding team. Our new offices are fantastically well situated, right next to St Albans City railway station, at Verulam Point. This makes it easy for anyone who regularly travels in and out of the City by […]

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Business confidence on the rise

Business confidence is at its highest level for two years, according to the latest ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) report. What’s more, the positivity is widespread with 10 out of 11 regions and most sectors showing an improvement. Companies who export are significantly more confident than those who rely on the domestic market. Here, we […]

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What employers need to know for the new tax year

As an employer, you will have filed your year-end payroll returns for the tax year to 5 April 2018. Now, as we move into the new tax year, there are a number of other deadlines approaching, filing obligations and key tax changes that you should be aware of. To make things simple, we have highlighted […]

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Industry struggling to recruit sufficiently skilled scientists and engineers 

A study by STEM Learning shows that current skills shortages are costing businesses in the sector a total of £1.5bn per year . https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-skills-indicator

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Major progress made on plans to rejuvenate key City Centre site

Major progress made on plans to rejuvenate key St Albans City Centre site Two land purchases have been completed to progress plans for the regeneration of a seven-acre site in the heart of St Albans. St Albans City and District Council has been working to transform a run-down area surrounding the Alban Arena entertainment venue. […]

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St Albans artists benefit from intellectual property specialist’s copyright briefing

A group of artists have benefited from an intellectual property specialist’s copyright briefing at an event this week. Andrew Mackenzie, a Partner at Cleveland Scott York, spoke to the St Albans Arts Society’s AGM on 2D copyright, how to stay within the law, control use of their artistic works, and deal with others who may […]

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Council retains Gold standard in people management

St Albans City and District Council has retained its highly-prized Gold Investors in People (IIP) award for the way it leads, supports and manages staff. The IIP process assesses how organisations manage, develop and lead their people giving staff the opportunity to express their views and shape their workplace along the way. Accreditation against the […]

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Men’s weight management programme

“Shape Up: men’s weight management programmes” in London Colney. The courses are FREE if you meet the following criteria: St Albans City & District resident Aged 18-65 Body Mass Index of 30+ (28+ for BME participants) Contact  Andrew.garlick@watfordfc.com Starts 1 May 2018

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Increasing Transparency in the Labour Market Consultation

Views are sought from businesses, unions, employer associations, workers and other interested organisations and individuals on proposals in the Taylor review of modern working practices. Consultation closes at 11:45pm on 23 May 2018. Find out more. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/increasing-transparency-in-the-labour-market

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Full steam ahead for Making Tax Digital

After some delay, HMRC has confirmed that Making Tax Digital (MTD) will officially launch on the 1 April 2019. The roll out will start with VAT and it has a mandate to include other taxes from 2020. Although the initial change is not as dramatic as first expected, the new reporting guidelines are still a […]

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Unchaining Modern Slavery in your Business Seminar

Organised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership. Free to attend for any Hertfordshire business who would like to understand the crucial role they can play in the fight against Modern Slavery. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unchaining-modern-slavery-in-your-business-seminar-tickets-44913291865

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St Albans Museum + Gallery opening to public on Friday 8 June

The new £7.75 million St Albans Museum + Gallery will open its doors to the public on Friday 8 June following a two-year restoration of the City’s Georgian Town Hall. Visitors will be invited to enjoy a dynamic programme of events to celebrate the opening of this arts, heritage and cultural attraction in the newly-transformed […]

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WMT joins forces with CTB specialist hospitality accountants

We are delighted to announce that WMT and specialist hospitality accountants, CTB, are combining forces with effect from 10 April 2018. WMT and CTB already share a number of clients in the sector, so merging our resources was a natural next step. Lauren Kaswell of CTB is highly regarded in the industry and may already […]

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Rayden Solicitors raise nearly £8,500 for local charity

Rayden Solicitors presented local charity, The Hospice of St Francis, with a cheque for nearly £8,500 on Friday – raised by the team at various fundraising events held throughout the year. The Hospice of St Francis was the firm’s Charity of the Year for 2017 as voted for by their team across their offices in […]

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Disabled employees to benefit from Access to Work grants

From April 2018, people will be able to claim up to £57,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace – approximately £15,000 more than the current cap of £42,100. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/grant-to-support-disabled-people-in-the-workplace-rises-by-over-a-third

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Rayden Solicitors opens new office in Beaconsfield

Multi-award winning family law firm, Rayden Solicitors, has opened a new office on Penn Road in the centre of Beaconsfield New Town. This is a third office for Rayden Solicitors who last year won Family Law Firm of the Year, South, at the national Jordans Family Law Awards. It is headed up by partner, Julian Bremner, […]

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Business Survey

The deadline to complete the City of Expertise business questionnaire on Survey Monkey has been extended. Businesses in the District are being encouraged to complete an online survey. The results will help to identify key issues of concern to businesses and highlight ways to support business growth. A report will be produced for the professional […]

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SA Law merges with London boutique firm Leigh Davis

On 3 April 2018, Hertfordshire and London based SA Law merged with London boutique law firm Leigh Davis to create a 45 fee-earner strong firm. This is a merger of strengths, both firms being successful and their businesses both having bright outlooks. The combination of the two firms is about capitalising on and expanding business […]

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‘Check before you travel’ campaign for train timetable change

‘Check before you travel’ campaign for May 2018 train timetable  New timetables will be introduced at Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern & Gatwick Express. Passengers who use these services to get to work, school, or anywhere else may be affected as their journey time or pattern is likely to change. It is part of the biggest […]

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Intellectual property law specialists back the UK’s top businesswomen for the third year running

A firm of intellectual property law specialists has lent its backing to the UK’s top businesswomen for the third year running, as it confirmed that it will once again be sponsoring the Best Customer Service category at the Best Business Women Awards this year. Cathy Ayers, a Partner and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at Cleveland […]

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St Albans joins national Refill water bottle network

Visitors to St Albans can now refill their water bottles with tap water for free at a growing network of friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses. St Albans City and District Council has written to local businesses inviting them to join Refill St Albans. If businesses have a water cooler, a drinking water tap or […]

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Rayden Solicitors raises over £4,000 for local charity

Rayden Solicitors raised over £4,000 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge on Thursday night at their annual quiz night at Old Albanians Rugby Club in St Albans. Over 100 local and London based professionals had their knowledge put to the test by the entertaining drag queen, Rosie Glow, who hosted the firm’s seventh […]

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Calling all businesses in the St Albans and Harpenden area!

Please can you spare a few minutes and follow the link below to complete a short survey to help St Albans City of Expertise with an important research study? Your help would be greatly appreciated. With many thanks! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CityofExpertiseBarriersToGrowthSurvey

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National Minimum Wage: Time for action as HMRC moves the goalposts

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC’s) change of policy and automatic naming and shaming means it’s time to review procedures for any business with employees paid at National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. HMRC have today released their latest list of businesses found to be in breach of the National Minimum Wage Regulations. Each of them has […]

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Gender pay gap reporting – what’s involved?

The gender pay gap has attracted much attention from the press in recent months. As the deadline for the first gender pay gap report fast approaches, are you aware of your reporting requirements and do you have the right information to hand? The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 sets out requirements for […]

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ICAEW Confidence Monitor – improvements in business confidence

Business confidence has improved since the release of the last ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor in November 2017, but remains in negative territory. The Confidence Index has been negative for 6 of the last 7 quarters, but there are signs that it may be turning a corner. Significant challenges Two particular concerns seems to be holding back […]

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2018 Spring Statement highlights

Chancellor Philip Hammond began his Spring Statement with positive projections for growth, inflation, debt and borrowing. Sticking to his promise of a speech free of tax changes, he focused on the economy, progress since the Autumn Budget and new tax consultations. Five consecutive years of growth, year on year reductions in borrowing since 2010, and […]

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Herts Big Weekend 

At the end of  English Tourism Week, 17th to 25th March in 2018, Hertfordshire residents get the chance to enjoy an amazing day out in their county for FREE during Herts Big Weekend. There are thousands of free tickets to a whole host of attractions up for grabs, all for use on 24th and 25th […]

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Half Marathon Corporate Challenge

Sponsored by SA Law. The task is simple gather a team of at least 3 colleagues to take on either the Half Marathon or 5k event for your chance to win a £250 donation to a charity of your choice. The Corporate Team with the fastest overall time of their first 3 finishers in each […]

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Julian Bremner features on BBC 1 Inside Out programme

Partner Julian Bremner was recently featured on the BBC Inside Out programme which discussed the pros and cons of hiring a professional McKenzie friend to help litigants in person at court. Julian pointed out that McKenzie Friends have no legal training and are not regulated by the Law Society. They offer to assist parties with […]

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Paralegal Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships

Introduced in September 2016 the Paralegal Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships in Legal Services. On this two-year scheme you’ll get an introduction to law and practice, legal research and client care skills. Upon completion you can work towards the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services – equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. […]

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Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network (HLCIN)

The Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network project (Herts LCIN) aims to boost the opportunities for low carbon innovation in the built environment. The project is run by BRE in partnership with the Green Triangle and Synoptica, and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. We are bringing together networks of potential buyers who are actively […]

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St Albans intellectual property solicitors named as finalists for pair of prestigious awards

A leading intellectual property solicitors firm with a presence in St Albans is in contention for a pair of prestigious awards. Cleveland Scott York has been named as a finalist in the Best International Trade and the Best Legal and Financial Services Provider categories at the Biz4Biz Awards 2018. The awards recognise the very best […]

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Increase in minimum contributions for auto enrolment pensions

By the end of March 2017 more than 7 million workers had successful auto enrolment pensions. But from April 2018 the minimum auto enrolment pensions contributions are set to increase. As an employer, what do you need to know to be ready for the change? The current employer minimum contribution rate for auto enrolment pensions […]

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HMRC accepted payment methods are changing

From January, individual taxpayers will not be able to use personal credit cards to settle tax bills with HMRC. HMRC accepted payment methods will have to be made by direct debit, debit card or electronic payments – Faster Payments, BACS or CHAPS. Corporate, business and commercial cards are not affected by the new legislation. HMRC […]

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Recycling performance soars

St Albans City and District Council is on track to becoming one of the top ten recycling local authorities in England. Government figures show that the Council’s performance for the year to the end of March 2017 saw it soar from 56th to 26th in a table of 350 local authorities. Its annual recycling rate […]

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New St Albans Museum and Art Gallery plans

Three headline-grabbing exhibitions of national importance will be held every year at the new St Albans Museum and Art Gallery. There will also be a permanent display featuring the history of St Albans called The City That Went Up The Hill. It will tell the story of the City’s development from before the Roman era […]

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Cleveland Scott York help engineers protect cutting-edge technologies from copycats

A firm of intellectual property law specialists, Cleveland Scott York, which has a major presence in St Albans, is to help engineers recognise how a range of cutting-edge technologies, including robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI), can be protected from copycats at a conference next month. Attorneys from Cleveland Scott York will be attending the Southern […]

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St Albans City and District Council – Help shape the future 

People who live or work in the St Albans District are urged to have their say about future housing, business and infrastructure developments. St Albans City and District Council has begun a six-week consultation on its Local Plan for the years 2020 to 2036. The consultation runs from Tuesday 9 January to Wednesday 21 February. […]

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Enter the Active Workplace Challenge 2018

Active Workplace Challenge Make every minute count! Busy, modern lifestyles are making it hard to fit in exercise into our daily routine. Shockingly we are 20% less active now than we were in the 1960s and it’s time to make a change! With many of us spending 60% of our waking hours at work there’s […]

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How to ensure christmas business gifts aren’t ‘taxing’ for your business

For many, the Christmas period marks the end of a busy year and offers the perfect opportunity to reward staff for their hard work with Christmas business gifts or a Christmas party.  But business owners need to ensure they are keeping the taxman as happy as their employees to avoid unforeseen charges. Exemptions on staff […]

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Businesses and Cyber Strategy

Hertfordshire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have initiated  a project to tackle cyber-enabled fraud against SMEs in Hertfordshire.  They have created a brief survey to help tell them how (or if) cybercrime has affected your business.  Please take five minutes to complete it. Closing date 15 January 2018 https://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/cyberstrategy/

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Property Specialists ask: A Budget for Housing?

Alastair Woodgate of Property Specialists Rumball Sedgwick asks whether the Chancellor’s recent proposals will bring any real change in the housing market. The UK is facing a major housing affordability crisis with a whole generation finding itself priced out of the market: average house prices in the UK are now eight times that of average […]

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The St Albans Christmas Market starts Saturday 25 November

Saturday 25 November – at 10am. Come down to the Vintry Garden for The St Albans Christmas Market! The only Santa’s grotto in the City Centre – this year featuring a giant snow globe for all your festive photo fun. A fantastic entertainment space with the Tinseltown Tipi, music, ghost stories, craft workshops, DJ sets, […]

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2017 Autumn Budget highlights

Philip Hammond heralded the 2017 Autumn Budget as a forward looking budget to embrace change, meet challenges head on and seize the opportunities for Britain.  The Government is committed to low tax economy, with longer consultation in advance of change and with taxes changing less frequently, and hence little change to the main rates and […]

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Digital Tax – when will you be affected

Digital Tax is HM Revenue & Custom’s (HMRC’s) approach to modernising the tax system. There are two strands to the initiative – one aimed at individuals and the other at businesses. Digital Tax is being introduced in phases to ensure HMRC have put in place and tested the necessary systems. Here, we provide an overview […]

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ICAEW Confidence Monitor shows business profits set to grow

Capturing the mood of UK senior business professionals, the latest ICAEW Confidence Monitor shows some encouraging trends as we head into the Autumn Budget. Encouraging signs from ICAEW Confidence Monitor Profit growth rose from 3.4% to 4.1% between Q3 and Q4 which, whilst hardly meteoric, is heading in the right direction. Rising sales, a slowdown […]

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Community Central is the new name for St Albans CVS

Known for 41 years as The Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) the name no longer reflects the broad scope of their work. Research suggested that a new name should reflect their position at the heart of the local community – Community Central. Community Central will still provide the core services for which St Albans City […]

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Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Open Call for £12.5m Capital Funding

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has issued a call for capital grant funding to deliver economic development projects in Herts. The funding comes from the Government Growth Deal. What are we proposing? Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is holding an open call for economic development projects in the county with £12.5m capital grant funding available. An open […]

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Businesses and Employer Supported Policing

Businesses and Employer Supported Policing What is Employer Supported Policing? Employer Supported Policing (ESP) has been highlighted by the Police and Crime and Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, in his Community Safety and Criminal Justice plan as a scheme to work closer with local businesses to bring vital skills to the policing and community safety […]

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Research and Development tax credit – are you missing out?

A 22% increase in Research and Development tax credit claims made by SMEs over the past year shows businesses are waking up to this valuable relief. If you have never made an Research and Development tax credit claim before, you could be missing out. R&D tax relief can deliver up to £230 of tax credit on […]

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Rumball Sedgwick Chartered Surveyors getting to the root of the problem…

Alastair Woodgate, Director of Watford and St Albans based Rumball Sedgwick Chartered Surveyors, considers the impact of trees on buildings. My colleague took a call yesterday, typical of many enquiries to the office: “A crack has appeared in the external wall of our house. Could the roots of the nearby oak tree be to blame?” […]

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Work Experience Placements for City of Expertise Students

The City of Expertise has been approached by Oaklands College.  They are looking to match their A level students with professional services employers with Work Experience Placements for a week from 13 November (30 – 40hrs).  The experiences are designed to complement their studies.  The majority of students are seeking specific roles in accountancy, legal, […]

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Charity Commission Public consultation on charity annual returns

The Charity Commission has opened a consultation on changes to the content and structure of charity annual returns which will apply to financial years starting on or after 1 January 2018. All charities with annual income over £10,000 must complete an annual return to enable the charity commission to keep an accurate register of charities and regulate […]

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Unauthorized selling of trade mark goods is a criminal offence, says Supreme Court

English law has long enabled registered trade mark owners to bring criminal prosecutions against anyone trading in fake or “counterfeit” goods, but in a recent ruling, the Supreme Court has now confirmed that the criminal provisions of the Trade Mark Act enables such prosecutions in relation to grey goods, ie. goods originally produced with the brand […]

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IP Attorneys Cleveland Scott York in recent merger

IP Attorneys Cleveland Scott York are pleased to have been featured in the September/October edition of the Hertfordshire Business Independent in an article on the recent merger of Cleveland IP and Scott & York IP Law to form Cleveland Scott York. St Albans-based Cleveland Scott York is celebrating its recent merger, which saw two of […]

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St Albans Intellectual Property specialists back UK’s best business women

Cleveland Scott York, intellectual property specialists, which has an office in St Albans, has lent its backing to some of the UK’s best business women by sponsoring a category at a prestigious awards. Intellectual Property specialists Cleveland Scott York sponsored the best Customer Service Category at the Best Business Women Awards 2017. At the ceremony […]

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Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership skills survey seeks views

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership skills survey want your views on a number of issues around the skills agenda in Hertfordshire. All responses will be considered and results from the survey will be available from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) later this year. https://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/hertfordshireskillssummit2017/      

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Divorce and your Pension

It is easy to see how getting a divorce can have a negative impact on an individual’s finances, whether it be those of the wife or the husband. Having two houses and cars to pay for and run, where once there may have only been one, additional childcare payments, holidays and the countless other extra […]

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What are the characteristics of a good landlord?

Alastair Woodgate of leading St Albans and Watford based Chartered Surveyors, Rumball Sedgwick, says there’s more to being a good landlord than meets the eye. We’re often hearing about the qualities of a good tenant – with paying the rent promptly, respecting the property and its contents and being clean and tidy topping the list […]

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Can Infill Development Solve the Housing Shortage?

The debate continues over how best to meet Britain`s housing shortage and can Infill Development solve this issue for St Albans City of Expertise. Large-scale developments on the edge of towns and villages are popular with house-builders on the basis of cost and practicality, but less so from environmentalists who see them as encroaching on […]

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SA Law win double gold at Hertfordshire Digital Awards

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards recognise the best digital marketing in the county and last week honoured SA Law with gold awards for their use of social media and for their ground-breaking Reluctant Divorcee blog. This years Hertfordshire Digital Awards presentation was held at Knebworth House, and once again shone a light onto the huge pool […]

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Office redevelopment – where have all the offices gone?

In May 2013 the Government brought in changes to the planning laws in England which made it much easier to convert commercial buildings for residential use – office redevelopment. When the national housing shortage was combined with depressed office rents and an excess of empty office buildings it was an obvious “quick fix” to allow […]

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Landlord tax errors – don’t fall foul

A recent survey on landlord tax carried out by a local authority indicated that almost half of landlords had not registered for self-assessment. At a time when local authorities are experiencing severe cuts, unpaid tax on this scale, whether intentional or accidental, is attracting attention and calls have been made to the government to tackle […]

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Finalists in National Family Law Awards

Rayden Solicitors are delighted to be announced as finalists in not one but two categories in the national Family Law Awards 2017. The firm has been shortlisted for Family Law Regional Firm of the Year and, founder, Katherine Rayden has been shortlisted for Family Law Partner of the Year. The FL Awards were launched to […]

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Property Price Forecasts

Alastair Woodgate, Director of St Albans and Watford based Chartered Surveyors, Rumball Sedgwick, responds to one of the latest property price forecasts. Here is what he had to say; “An article in the national press last week caused me to take a sharp intake of breath: in this article, one of the major high street […]

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Heritage Open Days

Explore the hidden history of St Albans as buildings normally closed to the public are opened for a special Heritage Open Days weekend. You can also visit many of the City’s museums and attractions for free or a reduced cost during the annual Heritage Open Days event from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September. This […]

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Sign up to Push it for the Peace and join us at the starting line.

SA Law have thrown down the challenge inviting local companies to master the mud, water, and outrageous obstacles in Push it for the Peace 2017. The annual endurance fundraiser for the Peace Hospice is being held in Cassiobury Park, Watford, on Saturday, September 23, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. […]

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Berkhamsted Food Festival

Rayden Solicitors’ Berkhamsted office is excited to be one of the key sponsors at this year’s Berkhamsted Food Festival. The Food Festival will be bringing the best that Berkhamsted and surrounding villages finest independent eateries, producers and food suppliers have to offer, whilst supporting local charities DENS and The Hospice of St Francis. Rayden Solicitors […]

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Looking to join the rental market?

Alistair Woodgate of leading St Albans and Watford based chartered surveyors, Rumball Sedgwick, offer a few pointers to the would-be rental market. Are you thinking about renting this year? If so you’ll be joining a growing sector of the population. Nearly 40% of households are now renting rather than owning their property. The trend towards […]

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Vote for Food and Drink Festival awards

Voting has opened for the St Albans Food and Drink Festival awards with almost 350 nominations on the menu. Residents have barely two weeks left to vote for their favourites among the 350 nominations for the St Albans Food and Drink Festival awards. Thirteen titles are on the menu in the annual contest including best […]

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No Slump in St Albans House Prices

Isobel Doherty, a Licensed Conveyancer from Bretherton Law has made some observations about St Albans house prices. Nationally the property market may be stuttering over the last six months but according to a recent Daily Telegraph report St Albans House Prices sits behind only Richmond-upon-Thames in the rankings of UK property investment hotspots. It also […]

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Rayner Essex Launches Free App

Rayner Essex, Chartered Accountants, are delighted to announce the launch of our free app, available to download on the App Store and Google Play. It’s packed full of useful resources for you to access wherever you are, on your smartphone or tablet. What does the Rayner Essex app do? We have worked closely with the […]

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Chartered Accountants Celebrate 50th Anniversary

2017 is a landmark year for Rayner Essex, Chartered Accountants marking 50 years since the formation of the company.  The past 50 years has seen the company grow from a small office in the Strand, to two large offices in London and St Albans and over 70 staff. The company is holding a series of […]

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Bretherton Law introduce Commercial Property Solicitor Kamal Mustapha

Bretherton Law are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the team Kamal Mustapha, Commercial Property Solicitor. Kamal has been recruited to expand the commercial property service provided by Bretherton Law. Located in the heart of St Albans busy commercial hub, just a short walk away from the Cathedral and the Town Hall, Bretherton Law […]

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Court Proceedings under the Children’s Act

One of the issues that most concerns parents and very much concerns solicitors like me, is the impact that court proceedings under the Childrens Act may have on the children themselves.  In some respects this is even more the case with older children who have, perhaps, the intellectual capacity to understand the proceedings that are […]

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New childcare laws are coming into force in September – here`s what you need to know.

Family Law Solicitor, Heidi Fleming, explains the new childcare laws which are coming into force on 1st September – an essential read for any one with children under four years of age. At present parents of 3 and 4 year olds receive a contribution equal to 570 hours of free childcare a year, usually broken down to 15 […]

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What is overage?

Alastair Woodgate, Director of St Albans and Watford’s leading local Chartered Surveyors, Rumball Sedgwick, takes a look at one element of property negotiation that can be complex – overage. Overage is sometimes referred to as clawback. An overage clause is typically used when a property is sold, to enable the seller to share in any […]

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Harpenden’s new leisure and cultural facilities exhibition

Come and see how the designs for the new leisure and cultural facilities being developed in Harpenden have been improved following a public consultation. The Council is planning to transform Harpenden Swimming Pool into a leisure centre suitable for various sports and turn the sports centre into a modern cultural centre. The facilities will serve […]

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Green Flags at some of UK’s best green spaces in St Albans District

Prestigious Green Flags are flying high at Verulamium Park, Bricket Wood Common, Clarence Park, Rothamsted Park, Sopwell Nunnery Green Space and Hatfield Road Cemetery. St Albans City and District Council parks and green spaces have again been recognised as some of the best in the UK. They are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green […]

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Neves Solicitors continues to grow at 150 years!

Appointment of two new partners to Neves Solicitors We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners at Neves Solicitors. This month, Trevor Kidd and Elizabeth McGlone will both become partners of the firm. Trevor is based in our Harpenden office and specialises in all types of residential property matters and joined Neves […]

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Pop-up museum tours St Albans

A pop-up museum exhibition to showcase the new £7.75 million museum in St Albans is to appear at four locations this summer. A Curious Conversation is organised by artist Lyndall Phelps and will feature eye-catching objects from the St Albans Museums’ collection. She has chosen artefacts that highlight the archaeology, art, environment and social history […]

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Teens and Tweens: Tips for Parents

Last week saw Rayden Solicitors host a panel of experts at our Supporting Teens and Tweens Seminar held at the Rothamsted Conference Centre. The panel featured Dr Lisa Barkley – Principal Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital; Sue Atkins – parenting expert and regular guest on ITV’s This Morning; Sharn Tomlinson – CEO of […]

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St Albans in Top 50 British Centres Harper Dennis Hobbs Vitality Ranking

The Harper Dennis Hobbs Vitality Ranking 2017 places St Albans in 15th place out of 1000 centres. The ranking sees St Albans move up 7 places since 2014. The Harper Dennis Hobbs Vitality Ranking Index ranks all retail centres in Britain by quantifying the ‘retail health’ of each centre. This year’s Index has been expanded […]

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Transforming a heritage building

The 7 Air Street development in the Regent Street area of central London is currently the U.K.’s most sustainable heritage building. It is also the first ever Grade II listed building to achieve an “Outstanding” rating by BREEAM, the highest award possible from the industry body that judges best practices for sustainability in the built […]

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WMT announced as finalists at the 2017 SME Hertfordshire Business Awards

WMT Chartered Accountants are delighted to announce nominations in not one, but two categories at the forthcoming SME Hertfordshire Business awards. The annual SME Hertfordshire Business Awards recognise hard-work, determination and enterprise in business. WMT Chartered Accountants are one of three finalists in the ‘Business of the Year Greater than 50’ category, sponsored by Clydesdale […]

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What’s next for the property market?

Alastair Woodgate, Director of leading local chartered surveyors, Rumball Sedgwick, considers how the property market might respond to the General Election result. The housing market thrives on confidence. In the last couple of days property experts have been saying that the surprise General Election result will introduce more short-term uncertainty to the property market. Whilst […]

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Permission given for Judicial Review on Strategic Local Plan

Permission to apply for a Judicial Review has been granted to St Albans City and District Council. The matter concerns a legal challenge related to the development of the Council’s Strategic Local Plan (SLP). Once formally agreed and adopted, the Strategic Local Plan will form a blueprint for building development in the District until 2031. […]

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Making Tax Digital for business

Under proposed new rules for Making Tax Digital (MTD), it is likely that from April 2018, some property landlords, self-employed individuals and unincorporated partnerships will need to file quarterly information to HMRC using HMRC approved software. This will be phased in based on turnover thresholds (see below) and eventually most individuals and businesses will be […]

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Patent Box tax saving opportunities

Last year the Patent Box regime saved businesses £875m in corporation tax, a 17% increase in savings from the previous year. But could the tax breaks become even more attractive post-Brexit? The Patent Box regime, introduced to encourage UK businesses to invest in research and development (R&D), allows businesses to pay a substantially reduced corporation […]

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Green Triangle sponsors St Albans Food and Drink Festival Award

A pioneering new award that promotes careful use of natural resources has been added to this year’s St Albans Food and Drink Festival. The Green Triangle Award for Sustainability will give recognition to businesses that can show they are committed to improving the environment. Sponsor Green Triangle is a partnership of leading research, educational and […]

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What are the top 10 problems tweens and teens are facing today?

In advance of our tweens and teens seminar, Jennifer Moore has looked into what the key issues are today, from the perspective of tweens and teens themselves… 9 years ago, in response to a Yahoo “adolescent” thread What are the top 10 problems or worries that teens and tweens face Today??? If you are a teen, […]

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Neves welcome solicitor Fasil Hussain!

New Company Commercial Solicitor – Fasil Hussain. Neves Solicitors is expanding their company commercial department with the appointment of solicitor Fasil Hussain who will be based at their Milton Keynes office but will service the Luton and Harpenden offices as well. Fasil has acted for and assisted clients in share and asset acquisitions and disposals […]

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Fixtures and Fittings – everything but the kitchen sink

Alastair Woodgate of Rumball Sedgwick, leading Chartered Surveyors in St Albans and Watford, looks at the difference between fixtures and fittings. What is reasonable to take, and what is not, when moving? There is no law about what should be left in a home, other than you should, of course, expect to leave or find […]

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St Albans Food and Drink Awards

Voting has opened for the St Albans Food and Drink awards with almost 350 nominations on the menu. Set taste buds tingling by nominating your favourite eatery, pub, shop and food and drink producers for the St Albans Food and Drink Awards 2017. The poll is open to all with everyone encouraged to vote for […]

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Deloitte staff saddle up to help Earthworks

Deloitte staff saddle up to help St Albans based Earthworks. Two team members from Deloitte in St Albans are cycling the length of the UK in aid of charity.  Tim Waterhouse and James Baker will be riding over 100 miles a day for nine days as part of the Deloitte ‘Ride Across Britain’ challenge from […]

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#digisafe – Our role in helping society stay safe in a digital world

Digisafe, Barclays Bank – helping society stay safe in a digital world. Top tips for staying safe online. 1.Never give out your full Online Banking PIN, passcode or password to anyone – even a caller claiming to be from the police or your bank. 2.Don’t click on any link or open any attachments from an […]

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Leading Intellectual Property firms merge to form Cleveland Scott York

Leading intellectual property firms, Cleveland IP and Scott & York IP Law, are to merge with effect from 1 April 2017. The combined firm will be known as Cleveland Scott York. Cleveland Scott York will bring together the strengths of Cleveland IP and Scott & York to create a firm which offers clients a greater […]

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Consultation draws to a close

A consultation about plans to protect key business and office space in the St Albans District is drawing to a close. Anyone interested in the initiative to protect business premises in certain areas from conversion into flats and houses has until Wednesday 17 May to give their views. St Albans City and District Council wants […]

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Sherrards celebrates new Partner promotions & St Albans office

Sherrards are delighted to announce the promotion of three Senior Associates to Partners – Stephanie Kierans, Barney Laurence and Mark Fellows – as of the beginning of April. Mark Fellows as Head of Employment has stepped forward into a Partnership role, while Stephanie Kierans has progressed to Partner in the Commercial Property team, and Barney […]

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AECOM is built to deliver a better world

AECOM provides creative and technical consultancy for some of the world’s most exciting development projects. It builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries with global revenues exceeding $17 billion. We help people to play an active role in shaping their future. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to […]

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Kingston Smith’s tax team named finalist in Tolleys Taxation Awards

Tolleys Taxation Awards Tolleys Taxation Awards made their debut in 2001 and quickly became recognised as marks of excellence within the tax sector. The high quality and quantity of entries received each year indicates that their message is far reaching and that the awards are taken very seriously indeed. The prizes are now sought-after by […]

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Aon insurance apprentice wins apprentice of the year

Caitlin Sirkett, a second year actuarial apprentice who works in Aon’s St Albans office, won the apprentice of the year award 2017 at the Target Jobs’ National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Aecom, another employer in St Albans, picked up second place and third place went to an Aon insurance apprentice. Explore in depth the opportunities and benefits […]

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Law Firm Raises over £5,500 for The Hospice of St Francis Charity in Single Night

The Hospice of St Francis was the worthy recipient of an impressive £5,500, raised at Rayden Solicitors annual quiz night last week at Old Albanians Rugby Club. Over 100 local and London based professionals had their considerable knowledge put to the test by the highly entertaining drag queen Rosie Glow who hosted this the firm’s […]

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Designs for leisure centre, culture and arts facilities in Harpenden

St Albans City and District Council is now developing detailed designs for an integrated £18m leisure centre and adjacent arts facility ready for a planning application this October. In response to stakeholder feedback the designs aim to provide; Leisure Centre Increased swimming capacity and space for spectators with a larger learner pool, including a movable […]

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Spring Budget 2017 – What it could mean for your business?

Spring Budget 2017 Learn how measures outlined in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget announcement could affect your business and what it could mean for your business. 1. The economic forecast Growth in the UK economy picked up through 2016. Employment has reached a record high of 31.8 million people. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now […]

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Rayden Solicitors takes part in the Berkhamsted Half Marathon 2017

On Sunday 5 March 2017, a team from Rayden Solicitors took part in the Berkhamsted half marathon. The race followed a challenging and hilly route through the beautiful Chiltern countryside and started and finished at Berkhamsted Cricket Club. The Raydens team, comprised of Lehna Hewitt, Jennifer Moore, Kevin Danagher and Che Meakins, all finished the […]

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Argos Ltd fails to gain control of argos.com domain name trade mark law

This 362 paragraph decision is a good source of discussion for a wide range of UK/EU trade mark law. It does appear to have been an ‘epic fail’ for Argos Limited in trade mark law, who must have spent very large sums of money on this action (including 6 days in Court) in their aim […]

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Protected pension pots and auto enrolment

You should advise your auto enrolment (AE) administrator if your pension pots are protected to avoid seriously damaging your pension planning. Your AE administrator is responsible for assessing the workforce to identify who should be auto enrolled into a qualifying scheme. They will also make sure the right contributions are made by the right people […]

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The Helen Bailey case: a timely reminder of domestic violence

The successful children’s author Helen Bailey was murdered by her fiancé, Ian Stewart, but did not involve domestic violence. Stewart was found guilty by a jury at St Albans Crown Court on 22 February 2017 after a seven week trial. He was sentenced to a minimum term of 34 years in prison. The details of the […]

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Workplace pensions – re-enrolling employees

Every three years, employers have to re-enrol certain employees in the company’s auto enrolment compliant workplace pensions scheme. Your re-enrolment obligations are broadly the same as your auto enrolment staging responsibilities. Before you enter the process, it’s worth reviewing how it is running and what it is costing your business. Here are some questions to […]

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Employment Limits – Yearly Review

Every year the Government revise the various employment limits applicable to sums payable or due in an employment context. It is imperative that employers are aware of these changes to make sure that they are completely aware of the responsibilities, as well as the possible dangers they may face with regards to their employees. The […]

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Aon has been recognised as a Top 10 Company by LGBT Awards!

Aon has been recognised as a Top 10 Company by the NatWest British LGBT Awards! The awards – dubbed the ‘Gay Oscars’ by the press – celebrate the UK’s most loved LGBT personalities, innovators, and companies and last year, were the UK’s most publicised LGBT event. It’s a real honour to be recognised in the […]

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Year end P11D forms – what employers need to know

As the end of the tax year approaches, we thought we’d remind you of the important changes made to the reporting of benefits under the P11D regime, so you can check your processes are in good shape. The main changes took effect from the beginning of this tax year, 6 April 2016: P11D reporting dispensations […]

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Who pays the mortgage? Who pays the legal fees?

When I see new clients embarking on a separation, one of the first questions will be who will continue paying for what, and who is responsible for the legal fees. Mortgage and household costs In relation to the payment of the mortgage, there are various answers to this.  If there is already an established status […]

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Payment practices in the spotlight

Companies who demonstrate poor payment practices will be named and shamed under new regulations aimed at helping small business cash-flow. The government has identified late payment as being harmful to supplier’s cash-flow.  In extreme cases, and particularly for small businesses, this can cause insolvency. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued draft […]

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Mckenzie Friend or Mckenzie Foe

The BBC news website is currently running a story about Rupinda Randhawa and a McKenzie Friend. She was in the midst of a legal disagreement with Social Services, who were pressing to put her youngest children forward for adoption. Rather than seek specialist legal advice, Rupinda had approached a “professional McKenzie Friend” who, for a […]

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Unified Patent Court – Update

There has been a change of minister for IP, and signs that the government intends to pursue a “hard Brexit”, since it was announced that the UK would proceed with ratifying the Unified Patent Court Agreement.  However, it appears that UK ratification is still intended and preparations are continuing. Background The Unified Patent Court (UPC) […]

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Sherrards raises a glass to ACQ Global Awards success

In 2016, Sherrards was awarded ‘UK (London) International Trade Advisory Firm of the Year’ through the ACQ Global Awards – the first time the firm has won such an accolade. This tops off another great year for the firm, in which the Litigation team was awarded, ‘England – Litigation Law Firm of the Year’ from […]

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The trade landscape post Brexit – Article 50 – Preparing the ground

The June 2016 EU referendum & Article 50, the vote by the British public to leave the European Union after more than 40 years of membership, was a momentous event. This is likely to have a number of effects on UK corporates for many years to come. What we know so far Article 50 of […]

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Time for change for cohabitation laws?

Supreme Court landmark win to change discrimination against marital status and cohabitation laws. Today saw the landmark victory for Denise Brewster who won her Supreme Court appeal for judicial review of the rules which govern public sector pensions for unmarried couples. Denise Brewster was in a cohabiting relationship with her long term partner Lenny McMullan […]

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The Barclays Business Sentiment Survey

In the general economic climate, the various uncertainties around and how businesses are feeling at the moment we thought you might be interested in the attached Barclays Business Sentiment Survey. It is the result of research Barclays commissioned in November where the Bank asked over 1,000 businesses for their views on the current economic environment, as […]

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St Albans Abbey Connectivity Shuttle launch event

Thanks again to persistent ABFLY lobbying, a new bus service linking St Albans’ railway stations and the city centre has launched this week (Monday 30 January). The Abbey Shuttle will travel between St Albans Abbey Station and St Albans City Station via St Peter’s Street with the timetable scheduled to coincide with the Abbey Line […]

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Neves Solicitors expand their family department

Neves Solicitors is expanding their family department with the appointment of solicitor Olivia Lowen who will be based at their Harpenden and Luton offices. Olivia is a newly qualified solicitor but has been with Neves Solicitors since 2014 and completed her training with Neves. Olivia has nearly 7 years’ experience in legal matters, most of […]

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The marketing director’s guide to protecting your intellectual property

As a business owner, you’ve got a million and one things to think about. With a to-do list as long as your arm, there are always those niggly jobs that get pushed to the back of the queue on a regular basis. But one thing you ignore at your peril is intellectual property (IP). Without […]

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Autumn Statement does not spell an end to tax-advantaged employee share schemes

During his Autumn Statement last month, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the tax advantages linked to employee shareholder status (ESS) shares were to be abolished for arrangements entered into on or after 1 December 2016 (or, in limited circumstances, 2 December 2016), with the status itself being closed to new arrangements ‘at the next legislative […]

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Resolution family lawyers lobby in Parliament

Debenhams Ottaway family lawyers Helen Young and Helen Clyne joined other Resolution members to lobby in Parliament on 30 November. Resolution family lawyers represent 6,500 family justice professionals committed to supporting clients to reach non-confrontational resolutions to family disputes. The main aim of the lobby day was to meet with MP’s to promote Resolution family […]

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Dates for major City Centre events in 2017

  The Alban Street Festival will take place on Sunday 25 June.  This will include live music, dancers and street performers, arts and craft stalls. The 10th St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival to showcase the District’s thriving food and drink will be held on Saturday 23 September to Monday 2 October 2017. […]

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St Albans Young Professionals try Public Speaking

Despite the freezing temperatures and dark night, the St Albans Young Professionals made the journey to Westminster Lodge for an evening of networking and public speaking training. The group was joined by Dee Clayton, a multi-award winning presentation skills trainer who specialises in helping professionals, managers and directors improve their presentation skills and business communications […]

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Profiting from innovation with the Patent Box

Over 700 companies benefitted from £350m in tax relief through the Patent Box regime in the 12 months to September 2016. Businesses in the regime have reported tax relief of £67k to £1.45m per year and can continue to benefit until 2021, if they retain their registration. But what has it cost them to establish […]

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Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court – What are They?

“UP” stands for Unitary Patent, which is more properly the “European Patent having Unitary Effect”. “UPC” stands for the Unified Patent Court. Together, they are the latest attempt to provide a single common patent system for the EU. A Brief History Attempts to provide a single patent for the single market go back almost to […]

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Solicitors for the Elderly Warning on Government’s risky online legal tool

A recent report published by a coalition of organisations led by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) warns that a Government online tool to create Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), and other DIY legal tools without seeking professional legal advice, comes with severe repercussions. An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows you to appoint […]

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City of Expertise attend Beaumont School Careers Fair

8th November 2016 This morning the City of Expertise attended the Beaumont School Careers Fair giving guidance and advice to aspiring young individuals. In attendance were representatives from Rayner Essex, St Albans Council, Debenhams Ottaway, Aitchison Raffety and Neves Solicitors.

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St Albans Christmas Market

St Albans Christmas Market is one of the oldest regular markets in the UK, dating back to the 9th century. So what better City to hold a European-style Christmas Market? The 25-day event will take place in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden – a walled garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century Cathedral – where […]

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St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On – Entertainment throughout the city to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season. You can choose which one of four switch-on events suits your style: Enjoy Panto stars at the Alban Arena, music on the St Peter’s Street stage, festive brass at the Clock Tower or after-hours […]

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Sherrards Solicitors Private Client awarded Tier 1 Ranking in Legal 500

  Sherrards Solicitors Private Client department has been ranked as a ‘Tier One’ department in industry recognised legal services guide Legal 500 referring to them as a ‘first rate’ team. The team lead by Solicitor and Head of the department Nicole Marmor, has been ranked for their work across trusts, personal tax, and probate services. […]

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The Creative Vision Award for Charities is now open!

Now in its third year, the Creative Vision Award, presented by Kingston Smith offers charities the chance to win their own short animated brand film, worth an estimated £150,000. With online now the most powerful medium used worldwide, a short brand film is one of the most effective means of promoting your charity’s message. Last […]

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Hertfordshire professionals get up to speed on Town planning

Town planning regulation was discussed at the latest Real Estate Around London (REAL) event. The event began with a presentation from Giles Ferin, Planning Law Solicitor, at Sherrards. Giles presented a history of the evolution of planning legislation, focusing on the early days of the coalition government through to the Housing and Planning Bill 2016. […]

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Quickie Divorce

TV and showbiz media was alive this morning with news that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini had received a quickie divorce. In the articles I read, this was presented as if Cheryl had been able to achieve something special due to her celebrity status when, actually, nothing is further from the truth. The reality is that every person […]

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Exporting for beginners event for SMEs

Exporting for beginners Event On 2 November 2016, Hertfordshire Growth Hub is hosting a FREE practical workshop in partnership with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI) for Hertfordshire SMEs Avoid the common pitfalls with exporting Prepare for handling export orders Expand their markets Location/Timings: Venue: BioPark, Broadwater Road, Welwyn […]

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Thameslink Timetable St Albans City Train Station Update

Thameslink Timetable consultation launched on Thursday 15 September. Closes at 17:00 on Thursday 8 December 2016. For information, please see the attached briefing note from HCC on the 2018 Thameslink timetable consultation. The full consultation documents are available at: www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/timetable-consultation which closes on the 8th December The on- line response is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2018timetableconsultation There is a […]

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Local family law solicitors top in industry rankings

Specialist family law firm, Rayden Solicitors, have been recognised as the only “top tier” firm for family law in Hertfordshire for the second year running. The Legal 500 is an industry directory that puts together an annual list of the best firms based on recommendations from both fellow professionals and clients. The Legal 500 says […]

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Rayden Solicitors takes part in the St Albans Legal Walk 2016

On Monday 12 September 2016, a team from Rayden Solicitors took part in the sponsored St Albans Legal Walk. The 10km walk followed a leafy route through Verulamium Park and around St Albans and was led by Claire Sharp, Chair of the Hertfordshire Law Society and Stelio Stefanou, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire. Walkers gathered […]

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Hertfordshire office markets on the up

Headline Hertfordshire office markets are growing across , according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s latest quarterly UK Office Market Pulse. During the 12 months to the end of June, Hemel Hempstead saw out-of-town prime headline rents rise 25% to £25.00 per sq ft, with Watford seeing a rise of 29% to £27.00 per sq ft. This […]

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Cyber Fraud – Prevention Update

We continue to see an increasing number of cyber fraud and related attacks on clients, and the unfortunate fact is that some of these do prove successful. With the holiday season upon us and the potential for businesses to be running with reduced numbers and skeleton staff there is no doubt that the fraudsters may see this period as […]

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