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North East Business owners hit with Home Office penalties
The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 allows the Secretary of State to serve an employer with a civil penalty where they are found to have been employing someone illegally. In 2014 the maximum civil penalty for employing someone illegally was doubled by the Government. The maximum penalty is now £15,000, or £20,000 if an … [ Read More ]
Will I have to sell my home to pay for my care fees?
As we get older it is often a worry about how we will be cared for and how this will be paid for. As many people own their own home, when they move into a care home it can be a worry as to whether their home must be sold. We will take a look … [ Read More ]
Solar Buyback – Is it worth it?
Thomas Edison said “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy… I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” There are currently 1.5 million homes in the UK with solar power systems, putting Britain fourth in the European solar panel league. This may come … [ Read More ]
A review of Inheritance Tax…what could it mean?
In January 2018, Chancellor Philip Hammond ordered a comprehensive review of Inheritance Tax (IHT). The review is intended to let the general public and professional advisers have their say about whether or not the current Inheritance Tax system is fit for purpose. Current IHT Rules and Issues At present the IHT threshold (the Nil Rate … [ Read More ]
Getting on the property ladder
How to buy a house with no deposit Often one of the biggest barriers to owning your own home is getting that all important deposit together. The Post Office believe they have come up with a solution to this, helping first-time buyers get on the housing ladder. The ‘Family Link’ mortgage by The Post Office … [ Read More ]
Are you eligible for a refund?
Recently, the Ministry of Justice disclosed that almost 2 million people could be entitled to a partial refund of their power of attorney registration fees. Refunds are available to those who made applications to register Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. The refunds have … [ Read More ]
Earlier this month Ali Hossain’s* wife and four children finally arrived safely in the UK, from their home country in the Middle East where war continues to rage. For Ali, the wait had been long and anxious. Although he himself had been recognised by the UK government as a refugee in mid-2017, he next had … [ Read More ]
Update on Home Office fees Spring 2018
Update on Home Office fees Generally, the Home Office increases its fees in early April of each year, although it has been known to do this in mid-March. One of the changes that has recently been announced is the doubling of the Immigration Health Surcharge paid by those seeking leave to enter or remain in … [ Read More ]
Do you need an Immigration Solicitor?
Reasons to hire an Immigration Solicitor Considering whether you need an immigration solicitor? This article explains why you might need one. If you: Want your spouse or fiancé to come to UK Want to apply for a work or business visa Want to study in the UK Are considering a longer stay in the UK … [ Read More ]
UPDATE – New Home Office Guidance on freezing the bank accounts of people illegally in the UK
From 1 January 2018 The Immigration Act 2016 introduced new rules that require Banks to perform periodic checks on current accounts to ensure that they are not operated by “disqualified persons”, i.e. someone who is illegally in the UK. If you are found to be a “disqualified person” the Home Office can apply to the Court … [ Read More ]