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Top 10 tips: Client contracts

25.05.17 / Insight posted in

We were delighted to be joined by Jo Farmer, Head of Brands & IP at law firm Lewis Silkin, at our Client Value Breakfast on 23 May. At this session, she provided a “contracts 101” session explaining the key legal clauses in client agency contracts and common mistakes that every agency makes. Here, she has summarised… Read more

Do you always check the social media profiles of potential recruits before making an offer?  Would it change your opinion of a new hire if you saw something shocking on their pages?  Would you check a current employee’s pages? And reconsider their future with your company if you did not like what you saw? Would… Read more

All political parties in the upcoming election are discussing mental health and their plans to address the key issues. As a topic, it’s been a common theme in many news stories in recent months, even before the election race began. Recent research from Legal & General found that less than 10% of employees feel comfortable… Read more

bdonline.co.uk has published an article by partner Mark Twum-Ampofo on the impact of the new Apprenticeship Levy on firms of varying sizes. A PDF version is available here. Please note, the web version is behind paywall.

Sellers of commercial investment properties can avoid charging VAT at 20% on the sales price if the transaction can be treated as the sale of a letting business (Transfer of a Going Concern) (TOGC). Buyers get a cash flow advantage (they do not have to pay the VAT and then deal with obtaining a refund… Read more

Right of recory of input tax in respect of a design and build contract This First Tier Tribunal case is very interesting as it involves the property sector and a related company providing a design and build construction service – a business model in the property sector that so many will recognise. The appellant was… Read more

Gifts in consideration of marriage

22.05.17 / Insight posted in ,

As Pippa Middleton’s wedding and inheritances are currently trending in the news, it might be worth considering the gifts one can make to a couple getting married that are free of Inheritance Tax. The amount that can be gifted tax-free depends on the relationship between the two parties. The gift must be made on the… Read more

Are you missing out on the UK Tech Market?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

The UK Tech sector has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years, with more than 1.5million people working in the digital sector today.  The UK’s leading market position across the world can be demonstrated by the key findings from the 3rd annual Tech Nation report, produced by Tech City and other UK influencers in… Read more

Share options: Burden or benefit?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

We have seen many companies offer share options to their UK employees without considering the UK tax implications. Many tech companies currently offer benefits to their employees outside the typical salary and bonus structure. One of the more popular options across the US and Canada is stock and share options for employees. But how does… Read more

The Daily Mail has published Lynne Rowland’s answer to a reader on the allowances and tax benefits available to carers.

Top 10 tips: Client contracts

25.05.17 / Insight posted in

We were delighted to be joined by Jo Farmer, Head of Brands & IP at law firm Lewis Silkin, at our Client Value Breakfast on 23 May. At this session, she provided a “contracts 101” session explaining the key legal clauses in client agency contracts and common mistakes that every agency makes. Here, she has summarised… Read more

Checking your employees’ social media pages – sensible precaution or invasion of privacy?

25.05.17 / Insight posted in

Do you always check the social media profiles of potential recruits before making an offer?  Would it change your opinion of a new hire if you saw something shocking on their pages?  Would you check a current employee’s pages? And reconsider their future with your company if you did not like what you saw? Would… Read more

Mental Health – A major topic in the upcoming election, but what are you doing about it?

25.05.17 / Insight posted in

All political parties in the upcoming election are discussing mental health and their plans to address the key issues. As a topic, it’s been a common theme in many news stories in recent months, even before the election race began. Recent research from Legal & General found that less than 10% of employees feel comfortable… Read more

bdonline.co.uk: What the new Apprenticeship Levy means for you

24.05.17 / Insight posted in

bdonline.co.uk has published an article by partner Mark Twum-Ampofo on the impact of the new Apprenticeship Levy on firms of varying sizes. A PDF version is available here. Please note, the web version is behind paywall.

Property Update – HMRC targeting the sale of investment properties

24.05.17 / Insight posted in ,

Sellers of commercial investment properties can avoid charging VAT at 20% on the sales price if the transaction can be treated as the sale of a letting business (Transfer of a Going Concern) (TOGC). Buyers get a cash flow advantage (they do not have to pay the VAT and then deal with obtaining a refund… Read more

Weekly VAT Update – 23 May 2017

24.05.17 / Insight posted in ,

Right of recory of input tax in respect of a design and build contract This First Tier Tribunal case is very interesting as it involves the property sector and a related company providing a design and build construction service – a business model in the property sector that so many will recognise. The appellant was… Read more

Gifts in consideration of marriage

22.05.17 / Insight posted in ,

As Pippa Middleton’s wedding and inheritances are currently trending in the news, it might be worth considering the gifts one can make to a couple getting married that are free of Inheritance Tax. The amount that can be gifted tax-free depends on the relationship between the two parties. The gift must be made on the… Read more

Are you missing out on the UK Tech Market?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

The UK Tech sector has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years, with more than 1.5million people working in the digital sector today.  The UK’s leading market position across the world can be demonstrated by the key findings from the 3rd annual Tech Nation report, produced by Tech City and other UK influencers in… Read more

Share options: Burden or benefit?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

We have seen many companies offer share options to their UK employees without considering the UK tax implications. Many tech companies currently offer benefits to their employees outside the typical salary and bonus structure. One of the more popular options across the US and Canada is stock and share options for employees. But how does… Read more

The Daily Mail: I’m increasingly caring for my elderly mum – is there tax or payments help we can get?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

The Daily Mail has published Lynne Rowland’s answer to a reader on the allowances and tax benefits available to carers.

Doing business in India

Starts: June 5, 2017 4.30pm | EC1M 7AD

With the IMF and World Bank’s prediction of 7.2% economic growth this year, the soon-to-be launched simplified Goods and Services Tax (GST), and movement further up the Ease of Doing business ladder, there’s never been a better time to do business in India. With the strengthening trade and investment relationship between India and the UK… Read more

Business between the U.S. and U.K. – Post-Brexit

Starts: June 5, 2017 5.00pm | NY 10011

The U.K. is renowned for its robust and stable business environment and location that enables easy access into Europe for U.S. investors, but how has doing business between the U.S. and the U.K. changed post-Brexit? Join New York-based DDK & Company and U.K.- based Kingston Smith on Monday, June 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00… Read more

Kingston Smith Alumni Pre-Election Party

Starts: June 6, 2017 6.30pm | EC1M 7AD

Come to the only political party worth joining – the Kingston Smith Alumni pre-election party! Vote with your feet and join us for some Alumni networking and a sprinkle of economics from our speaker, Dominic Tayler. A founding member of investment management firm Quilter Cheviot, Dominic will be giving a brief talk on the economy,… Read more

60 minute guide to understanding charity accounts

Starts: June 8, 2017 4.30pm | RH1 1RH

With charities having to cope with so many financial pressures, it is vital that Trustees have an understanding of charity accounts to help them carry out their duties, fulfil their responsibilities and recognise the early signs if the charity is facing difficulties. Participants will leave with: The tools needed to understand charity accounts An understanding… Read more

Property VAT update – avoiding the pitfalls!

Starts: June 14, 2017 4.30pm | EC1M 7AD

VAT can be a minefield for everyone in the property sector. We are therefore hosting a seminar to cover practical issues and potential pitfalls for developers who are looking to convert properties and landlords looking to buy and sell investment properties. Our agenda includes:- Utilising all available VAT reliefs when developing and converting residential properties;… Read more

‘Survivor to Thriver’ – How does an agency substantially improve its performance?

Starts: June 20, 2017 8:30am | W1T 1QL

We, together with Chris Merrington of Spring 80:20, are delighted to be launching the follow-on to our 2012 ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ report – ‘Survivor to Thriver’. On 26 April we hosted the launch seminar, where we explored the findings and, due to popularity, will be re-running this on 20 June. About ‘Survivor to Thriver’… Read more

International networking drinks reception

Starts: June 21, 2017 5.30pm | W1T 1QL

Discover the power of international trade The Brexit vote is a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ for the UK entrepreneurial businesses to do a strategic re-think of their commercial relationships around the globe. There is no time like the present to leverage the potential opportunities by establishing links and connections with like-minded businesses globally. Kingston Smith in association… Read more

Brexit Debate: One year on

Starts: June 28, 2017 5.30pm | EC2Y 5BL

Article 50 has been triggered and the clock is now officially ticking down to Brexit. All eyes are on Theresa May as negotiations begin with the EU and the UK seeks to lay the groundwork for trade deals outside Europe. Since our last debate, the EU has made it clear that it cannot strike a… Read more

60 minute guide to understanding charity accounts

Starts: June 29, 2017 4.30pm | AL1 3TF

With charities having to cope with so many financial pressures, it is vital that Trustees have an understanding of charity accounts to help them carry out their duties, fulfil their responsibilities and recognise the early signs if the charity is facing difficulties. If you’d like to understand the figures and financial terminology and want to… Read more

Employment Tax Seminar

Starts: June 29, 2017 5.30pm | RM1 1JU

Having seen important changes to employment tax over the last couple of years, we would like to invite you to an Employment Tax seminar. This session has been designed to help and advise businesses facing the challenges of tax compliance in today’s changing environment. HMRC expect every employer to be compliant with the law and… Read more

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, considers how businesses can manage organisational changes and the challenges it can present

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, explains the various options for businesses in terms of offering the right salary and benefits

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, explains onboarding and how to onboard new staff effectively

Dinah Regan, Senior Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses the important factors to keep in mind during the recruiting process

Dinah Regan, Senior Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses how best to deal with difficult conversations with your employees

Carole Eden, HR Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses Employer Branding and why it’s so important for your business

Carole Eden, HR Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses why employee engagement is so important in a business

Find out more about Kingston Smith HR Consultancy and how they can assist your business

Partner Silvia Vitiello discusses how the Strategic SWOT can help you develop the right strategy for your charity

Partner Silvia Vitiello discusses how the Strategic SWOT tool can help you develop the right strategy for your business

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