17th February 2017

Pension schemes deemed valid despite missing deeds

A court in Scotland has applied ‘presumption of regularity’, closing the Barber window, to rule that normal retirement ages in four pension schemes were validly equalised at 65 for men and women in 1993/94, despite no evident amending deeds.

17th February 2017

Funding opportunities for local start-ups

Though not widely known, there are many opportunities offered to new businesses to support them with the growth of their innovations. Innovate UK are currently running funding competitions for local businesses and research organisations.

15th February 2017

Are you affected by the 2017 business rates revaluation?

1 April 2017 will see the next revaluation of business rates, the tax paid by businesses occupying commercial property. The deadline for rating appeals in relation to the 2010 rateable value is March 31, 2017, so you should act now if you wish to challenge your existing rates prior to this revaluation.

10th February 2017

Landmark decision for cohabiting couples - the right to claim a deceased partner’s pension

A surviving partner has successfully challenged a ruling she was not automatically entitled to her late partner’s pension. Previously, cohabiting couples wanting their partner to receive their public sector pension after their death had to complete a nomination form. This was an obstacle not faced by married couples or those in civil partnerships.

30th January 2017

Press regulator IMPRESS seeks Pitmans views on Leveson inspired Section 40

Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 was created in response to Lord Justice Leveson’s report on press regulation and aims to bring fairness into the press regulation system by supporting members of the public and smaller publishers in proceeding with the often costly process.

Posted by Pitmans on 30th January 2017 in Advocacy