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Holiday pay: another piece of the puzzle

Recent months have seen much controversy and confusion around the correct calculation of holiday pay, and until now, no court ruling has definitively addressed how precisely employers should calculate normal remuneration. However, this has now been answered, as this Macfarlanes briefing explains.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 31 March 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Significant changes to UK company law confirmed

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, published in June 2013, has now received Royal Assent. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 materially reforms UK company law - this Macfarlanes briefing looks at the key changes to consider now.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 27 March 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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The Modern Slavery Bill: what businesses must do now

The UK Government’s Modern Slavery Bill is intended to "stamp out modern slavery". Modern slavery is considered to be a complex crime, encompassing human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude. This briefing looks at what the Bill will do and what companies must do in response.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 25 March 2015 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

The comeback kid? Budget 2015: an overview of the key points

Many had predicted an overtly political Budget 2015, and Chancellor George Osborne gave a barnstorming performance, with plenty of political jibes aimed squarely at the Opposition. But has he done enough to swing voters back to the Conservative Party? Macfarlanes looks at the key details.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 19 March 2015 | Practice Area: Enforcement and Regulation

Budget 2015: a year-on-year comparison of personal allowances and tax rates

Following the announcements made by George Osborne in today's final pre-election Budget, Macfarlanes sets out how personal allowances and tax rates will change from 2014-15 to 2015-16, covering income tax, National Insurance contributions, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, corporation tax and VAT.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 18 March 2015 | Practice Area: Enforcement and Regulation

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Shareholder activism on the rise in Europe: 10 key differences between the US and the UK

Shareholder activism, a well-established concept in the US, is less pronounced elsewhere. However, it is widely expected to become an increasingly important investment strategy in Europe and, in particular, the UK. This Macfarlanes briefing details the 10 key differences between the US and the UK.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 12 March 2015 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Earn-outs, disclaimers of responsibility and schemes of arrangement - M&A update

This briefing rounds up news of interest for M&A lawyers, including a case which offers a reminder of the potential benefit, when drafting earn-out provisions, of aligning an earn-out period with the buyer’s accounting period, and a key decision on disclaimers of responsibility in audit reports.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 09 March 2015 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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What employers need to know about this April's pensions tax changes

This briefing sets out the key pension tax changes ushered in by the new 'DC freedoms', and explains what trustees and employers need to do now. The issues at hand are complex and confusing, and it is clear that most people will need individual financial advice to avoid making mistakes.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 06 March 2015 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

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FCA gains competition powers: what does this mean for financial institutions?

On 1 April 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority will acquire powers enabling it to enforce competition law alongside the UK’s primary competition law regulator, the Competition & Markets Authority. Macfarlanes explains what this will mean in practice for financial services institutions.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 05 March 2015 | Practice Area: Competition Regulators and enforcement

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Significant changes to UK company law confirmed: what companies should be doing to prepare

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, published in 2013, materially reforms UK company law, including the introduction of a central public registry of individuals with significant control of UK companies. This briefing sets out the key changes and what companies should do to prepare.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 04 March 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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