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Greene & Greene is a long established firm of solicitors based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Our lawyers advise individuals and businesses based all over the UK.

We regularly attract new clients who have been using firms in London, but now receive a more cost efficient and more personal service from us here in Bury St Edmunds.

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Friday
Oct202017

Employment Tribunal Fee refund scheme launched

The Ministry of Justice and HM Courts & Tribunals Service have announced that the first wave of people eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds will be able to apply from today.

This follows an appeal hearing by Unison and the subsequent ruling by the Supreme Court in July where they declared that “fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims were ruled to be unlawful and therefore nullified.”

During this first stage of the phased implementation up to around 1,000 people will be contacted and given the chance to complete applications before the full scheme is opened up in the coming weeks.

As well as being refunded their original fee, successful applicants to the scheme will also be paid interest of 0.5%, calculated from the date of the original payment up until the refund date.

It is claimed that the opening phase will last for around 4 weeks. Further details of the scheme, including details of how it can be accessed, will be made available when the scheme is rolled out fully.

If you have any questions regarding employment tribunals or any other employment matter please contact Angharad Ellis Owen (aellisowen@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717453) or Greg Jones (gregjones@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717446). For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.

Wednesday
Oct042017

Laser Tag Tournament was a great success !!

Greene & Greene recently hosted its second annual Laser Tag Tournament, as part of the Jacobs Allen 2017 Accumulator Challenge, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

11 teams and over 60 people attended from businesses in and around Bury St Edmunds. After an evening of fierce competition, Brown & Co took home the winner’s trophy.  

It was a fantastic evening, which was enjoyed by all.  A grand total of £1,300 was raised for the Hospice.

Thank you to everyone who took part, to those who donated prizes, and to Planet Laser for hosting the event. We look forward to doing it all again next year! 

Wednesday
Sep062017

Taxing times...

Anyone looking to invest in property as either a second home or a buy-to-let since 1 April 2016 will no doubt be aware of the additional 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") rate on the purchase of an additional dwelling.  However, SDLT is not quite all doom and gloom, as there are situations when the additional rates will not apply, and reliefs are available in certain circumstances which can reduce your SDLT bill with HMRC.

For example, if a buyer is looking to acquire two or more dwellings in a single transaction, then “multiple dwellings relief” may be available to reduce the overall SDLT liability.

Rather than applying to all “properties”, the additional rate is levied on the purchase of a “dwelling”.  What the man on the Clapham Omnibus would regard as a “dwelling” is not the same as HMRC, and often an analysis needs to be carried out in order to make a determination.

Also, the additional rates are only applicable when a buyer is not replacing his or her main residence. HMRC takes "replacing" to mean that there has been a disposal and acquisition.  Therefore, where a buyer acquires a new main home, but has not disposed of their previous residence, he or she will be initially caught by the additional 3% rate.  However a refund for the additional tax paid can be claimed from HMRC if the previous main home is sold within a three year window. 

If you have any questions in relation to SDLT, please contact Natalie Stoter on nataliestoter@greene-greene.com or 01284 717462 (Direct). For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw

This article first appeared in Issue Five 2017 of Bedfords Review

Monday
Sep042017

Get ready for the Jacobs Allen Accumulator Challenge

      

Greene & Greene is proud to announce that it will be participating in the Jacobs Allen 2017 Accumulator Challenge in aid of local charity, St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Each business that takes part is given a £50 note (kindly donated by Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisers) and the challenge over a three month period to find interesting and innovative ways to gain as much profit as possible, all of which will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

St Nicholas Hospice Care provides help, advice and support to people in West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their life, who are living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.  Their services are not just for patients, but for their family and friends too. They include everything from specialist medical care to bereavement support and practical help. It costs £11,000 every day to cover the costs of providing this invaluable support service.

Since it started, seven years ago, thousands of pounds have been raised and each year more and more local businesses continue to get involved to support such a worthy cause.

Following the success of its Laser Tag Tournament last year, Greene & Greene will be returning to Planet Laser on Western Way in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday 19th September from 6pm. Entry per team (up to 6 people) is £125.00 and will include a hot and cold buffet at the venue after the tournament.

Greene & Greene would like to invite businesses in and around Bury St. Edmunds to enter their teams by Monday 11th September.

Please contact andrewcooper@greene-greene.com if you would like to enter a team.

Let the battle commence!

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.

Thursday
Aug312017

Greene & Greene welcomes Senior Corporate Lawyer

Greene & Greene Solicitors, is expanding its Corporate and Commercial team with the appointment of Mark Williams.

Mark Williams, who was recently described by independent legal guide The Legal 500 as a “Rising Star”, qualified in 2010 and joins Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds from the Cambridge office of a well-known regional firm.  Mark has a particular interest in the technology sector and advises on a range of business matters including mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and intellectual property rights.  Mark is a keen musician and sportsman and having grown up in West Suffolk is delighted to have returned with his young family. 

Michael Batty, Senior Partner at Greene & Greene, said:

 “Mark’s experience within the technology sector will bring great value to our corporate and commercial team and the services that we can offer to our clients.  We are always on the look-out for talented lawyers and are delighted to welcome Mark to Greene & Greene.  I wish him every success in his career here in Bury St Edmunds.” 

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.

Thursday
Aug102017

Is your property at risk from fraudsters?

Fraud is an ever growing problem and it can affect all areas of our lives. Jemma Jones, a Solicitor, in Greene & Greene’s residential conveyancing team tells us why property fraud is no exception.

Property fraud can be committed in several different ways. The most frequently reported cases involve a fraudster using your identity to sell your property or securing a mortgage over your property.  You may have no idea that the fraud has taken place until a sold sign is put up outside the property or you receive requests for payment of the mortgage.

There are several groups of people who are more at risk of being a victim of property fraud and these include people who:

  • Have had their identity stolen;
  • Rent out their property;
  • Live overseas but have a property in the UK;
  • Have an empty property;
  • Have an un-mortgaged property; and
  • Own a property that is not registered at the Land Registry.

However, there are a number of ways that you can protect yourself against property fraud:

  • Having your property registered at the Land Registry -   By doing this they will have your contact details and can contact you if they are concerned that a fraudulent transaction is occurring.  When registering the property, you can provide up to three addresses that will enable them to contact you.  You can also include an e-mail address.
  • Sign up to the Land Registry Property Alert Scheme – This is a free service that notifies you if there is significant activity in respect of a property you are monitoring.  You can monitor up to 10 properties. Details of the Property Alert Service can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/property-alert

  • Keep your contact details up to date with the Land Registry – The Land Registry can only contact you if they have the correct details for you.
  • Adding a restriction to your title – If your property is registered or you are purchasing a property that you will not be living in, a restriction can be added to the title so that if the property is sold or mortgaged, a certificate has to be provided to confirm that the person who is selling the property is who they say they are. 

If you would like any assistance with registering your property or adding a restriction to your title please contact Jemma Jones in our Conveyancing Department at jemmajones@greene-greene.com or by calling 01284 717522 (Direct).

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.

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