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Welcome to our April/May Ewire

We like to keep you up to date with ideas and information that will help you gain the maximum advantage from working with us.

Our Ewires will be sent to you regularly to keep you in touch with the latest legal news and we hope you will find these bulletins interesting.

In this edition, we consider the key issues in publishing contracts and one of the most contentious areas in dilapidations claims, supersession.

We examine how to obtain the true value of a shareholding in a private limited company, Silverman Sherliker’s participation in the London Legal Walk and the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney. We also review how pensions can be shared on divorce and Spain’s new anti-tax fraud law, as well as new measures targeting high value residential property transactions here in the UK.

Finally, we review the contributions of our employment and pensions lawyers to recent news events and invite you to an update on the legal aspects of both areas, before concluding with a look at the vibrant, contemporary rugs designed by our client Sonya Winner.

If you would like further information on any of the issues reported here, please contact us.

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Publishing Contracts: Protecting the Author

The success of Fifty Shades of Grey has once again highlighted the significant money which can be made from publishing, even in the digital world. Yet, for most authors, the decision to self-publish may not be appropriate, particularly for non-fiction, in which instance the traditional route to market remains working with a publisher.

Indeed, it may well be the preferred route for an author who requires the support and guidance of an established publishing house.

Yet those resources and commitment come at a cost, so what should an author expect to see in any agreement submitted by the publisher and what should you look out for on their behalf?

Commercial Partner Jonathan Silverman advises many authors and publishers. Here he sets out the key issues involved...

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Dilapidations, What Dilapidations? An Update

In our December 2012 Ewire, John Abbott gave a general overview of current practice in relation to dilapidations claims. In this edition, John reviews one of the most contentious areas in dilapidations claims, supersession.

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Valuing your Stake: Is Fair Market Value the Right Price for your Shares?

A shareholders’ agreement is used to establish the relationship between the members of private companies, providing rules of governance in relation to business operation and members’ rights. If you are looking to value your shareholding in a private limited company, what is the best method?

Company Commercial partner Adam Powell describes the various options...

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London Legal Walk

Silverman Sherliker is proud to be taking part in the London Legal Walk, the largest annual gathering of lawyers and the judiciary walking 10km around some of London's best-known legal landmarks.

Our team includes our Managing Partner John Abbott, Dylan his Dog, Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors, Interns and other staff.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney

Everyone knows the benefits of making a will, but few fully understand the value of making a lasting power of attorney (LPA). Private Client Partner Gareth Hughes and Trainee Solicitor Ben Thorogood explain the importance...

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Pensions Shares in Divorce Financial Relief Proceedings - A Pitfall for Solicitors?

It has been reported recently that not enough divorcing couples have been provided with good legal advice in relation to pension sharing orders and pension sharing valuations. Whilst many parties understand that property transfers, lump sums and periodical payments are usual options when trying to settle the financial matters upon divorce, they are often not aware that pension sharing orders can also be put into place to ensure that the parties’ financial needs can be met even after retirement. 

Family Law Partner Stala Charalambous, Solicitor Anna Stanworth and Intern Sandra Mayenda have been drilling down into the detail...

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Spainís New Anti-Tax Fraud Law

On 29th October 2012, the Spanish government introduced a new anti-tax fraud law (La Ley 7/2012 or la Ley Antifraude Fiscal to give it its full name), which is designed to increase tax collection, fight tax fraud and the so-called hidden economy in Spain, and to impose greater penalties on those committing tax frauds.

Trainee Alban Radivojevic and Solicitor Paul Collins (dual qualified in Spanish and English Law) explain the ramifications for expats...

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Taxation of High Value UK Residential Property Held by Certain Non-natural Persons

The Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes regime has seen the government introduce a number of new measures targeting high value residential property transactions in the UK. The aim of the new measures is to stop buyers avoiding paying SDLT and to treat UK residents and non-residents equally. 

Some of these measures were by introduced in the Finance Bill 2013 and came into effect from 1st April 2013. One of these measures is a new Mansion Tax, as Solicitor Dee Aylward explains below.

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Employment Law in the News

Senior Employment Partner Nicholas Lakeland comments on the CBI’s recent report on tribunals:

Tribunals arenít working for firms or staff Ė hereís how to fix the system

Nick also invites readers to attend a seminar on topical issues:

Employment and Pensions Law Update – May 2013
You are cordially invited to an Employment and Pensions Law Seminar at
7 Bath Place
London, EC2A 3DR
On Thursday 2nd May
Registration from 5pm for a 5.30pm start, finishing at 6.30pm

  1. Registration - Tea, coffee and biscuits
  2. Dilini Loku – Employment and Pensions Law - Solicitor
    Pensions Schemes, Civil Partners and Discrimination
    - Walker v Innospec Limited EAT
  3. Victoria Russell – Employment Law - Senior Associate
    Employees and Social Media
  4. Martin Donoghue - Employment Law - LLP Partner
    The Tribunal Reforms - Fees and Case Management, What Difference the New Regime?
  5. Nicholas Lakeland - Employment Law - LLP Partner
    The Employment Law Reforms - Protected Conversations, ACAS and Early Conciliation, and Minor Changes.
  6. Questions and Answers followed by drinks and nibbles

See you on the 2nd May | Sorry, I can't make it this time.


Nicholas Lakeland advises employers and employees on all areas of employment law. Contact Nicholas on +44 (0)20 7749 2700 or ncjl@silvermansherliker.co.uk

Pensions in the News

Pensions Partner Jennie Kreser has been widely quoted in recent topical stories:

PPF rapped over the knuckles

Pension shortfalls threaten 'chain reaction' of charity failures

See you later, Regulator

Jennie Kreser can be contacted on +44 (0)20 7749 2700 or jik@silvermansherliker.co.uk

Client Showcase: Sonya Winner

The team at Silverman Sherliker is pleased to represent award-winning rug designer, Sonya Winner.

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What’s on your Mind?

Is there any particular topic or area of law (business, private client or family matters) that you would like to see us focus on in a future edition of Ewire?

Please contact the Editor, Robert MacGinn, with your requests and suggestions on rm@silvermansherliker.co.uk.


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