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Employment tribunal fees unlawful, Supreme Court rules

26 July 2017

Julian Outen, Head of Employment at Ellisons, comments: This is a surprising and historic decision and welcome news for employees at least. The full consequences are yet to unravel. We will wait the formal response of the Government with anticipation. In the meantime many questions arise about fees, now deemed unlawful, that have been paid already and those with claims they haven’t pursued due to the fee requirement. This may not mean the end of fees altogether, which could simply be reduced considerably. There is talk already of Respondents (employers) having to pay a fee on filing of the ET3 Response (defence). Plenty more on this will no doubt follow. Read the full article here:

Ellisons continues to assist older and vulnerable clients with award

25 July 2017

Ellisons Solicitors is pleased to announce that Chloe Baldwin, a Private Client solicitor, is now a Fully Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.  

Solicitors for the Elderly is a leading training and best practice organisation for lawyers who specialise in older and vulnerable clients.

Chloe, based in the Colchester office, specialises in elderly care through her work in the Private Client department, and this achievement will further able her to advise and support clients who are elderly or more vulnerable.

The Firm is aware of clients’ needs and as such is able to provide parking immediately outside the reception area and disabled access into the client waiting area. Larger print documentation is also available.
Chloe said: ‘‘I am delighted to be able to help our clients further now that I have been accredited with this award. The Ellisons ethos is that we will always go above and beyond what is required, and this evidences that even more.’’ 

The Private Client department is able to assist clients with Wills; Capital Tax Planning; Creation and Administration of Trusts and Settlements (including property trusts, personal injury trusts and trusts for the disabled); Probate and Estates; Lasting Powers of Attorney; Living Wills; Court of Protection and Probate Disputes.

For further information, please contact Chloe Baldwin

25 July 2017

Changes to the PSC Regime

In April 2016, the government introduced the new register of people with significant control as part of the UK’s company and LLP requirement to record and publicize corporate information. The aim is to create transparency of those companies and individuals who ultimately benefit or influence some form of control over an entity.

Since that introduction last year. New changes came into force on 26th June 2017 with additional elements coming into force at later dates. The changes are largely due to the implementation of the EU Fourth Money Laundering Directive which sets out its own beneficial ownership disclosure requirements. As long as the UK remains part of the EU, it will still be obliged to apply EU legislation. The most significant changes are as follows:

1. PSC Registers in company books must be updated within 14 days of a change and relevant information filed at Companies House within 28 days of the change. There is no longer an annual requirement to update information, the register and Companies House filings must be updated as and when the changes happen. These notifications include new PSCs or RLEs into companies for the first time (say on the purchase of shares that means they own more than 25% of the company in question), changes in the PSC/RLEs details including the nature of their entry onto the register and where a person ceases to be a PSC/RLE. Forms PS01 – PS09 will be used to update the relevant details.

2. AIM and NEX Exchange companies used to abide by the significant shareholder reporting obligations under Chapter 5 of the Disclosure Rules and Transparent Rules. Now, their exemption under the PSC rules appear to have been lifted (albeit by a vague announcement through Companies House) and AIM and NEX Exchange companies must now comply with the PSC regime.

3. From 24th July 2017, LPs and general partnerships in Scotland must also comply with the PSC registration requirements.

4. Certain personal information on the PSC Register such as a PSC’s date of birth will now be accessible to financial authorities and law enforcements agencies, not just specified public authorities.

Although there have been discussions as to whether to bring open-ended or variable capital investment companies into line, the government has failed to confirm its position on this at this point.

To find out more, please contact Jennifer Howard-Dobson, a Solicitor within our Corporate and Commercial department. She is based in our Ipswich office and can be reached on 01473 556900 or