New change of use rules introduces greater flexibility
The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked a major reform to the use classes planning system, with new rules coming into effect on 1 September 2020. Under the 1987 Use Classes Order, businesses premises were categorised into four different use classes, within which a business could change how it used its premises without planning permission. These were: […]
Schemes to avoid payment of business rates
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 panic many business are in a time of crisis, which in turn has left many landlord’s without tenants and empty properties. If a Landlord has a vacant property they will be responsible for business rates. A Landlord in general terms may receive a maximum of three months relief for […]
£18.4m fine for Marriott Hotels following data breach
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s independent privacy watchdog, has fined Marriott Hotels £18.4m after a data security breach left the personal data of hundreds of millions of customers worldwide exposed to hackers. The breach occurred following a cyber-attack in 2014, on a company called Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. However, it went […]
Have you been affected by the Kingly Solicitors closure?
With the recent revelation to the High Court that millions cannot be found that belongs to clients of Kingly Solicitors Limited, there are understandably a lot of individuals worried and unsure of how to proceed and what steps to take next. As a former client of any of the above Solicitors, you now have the […]
H&M hit with fine for GDPR breach
A word of warning for any UK companies breaching GDPR rules after German retailer H&M was hit with a whopping £32million fine. It is the second-largest fine on record for a GDPR breach, sitting only behind Google’s £45.5m penalty from the French data regulator CNIL last year. And Johannes Caspar, head of Germany’s watchdog the […]
Woodfines are Winners!
We are delighted to announce that we have won the SME News Enterprise Award for Best Full Service Law Firm of the Year 2020. Now in its fourth year, the SME UK Enterprise Awards continues to recognise SMEs of all sizes and across the UK who are endeavouring to bettering business in their industries. Award […]