Execution of a warrant of possession coming on 6th July

Today Richard Curtin who heads GSC’s Insolvency & Restructuring department, received notification from the court of the execution of a warrant of possession on 6 July.

This shows that the Courts are now enforcing warrants of possession for residential premises and sooner than many would have expected.

As to commercial premises, the moratorium on forfeiture & winding up petitions is due to end at the end of this month.

If not extended by the Government then Richard expects to see plenty of activity on the part of landlords, solicitors, insolvency practitioners and the Courts.

If you have any questions or concerns about your business, contact Richard Curtin directly on rcurtin@gscsolicitors.com or 020 7822 2222.

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Abbey Road Institute’s Revival of Angel Recording Studios

We are absolutely delighted to have concluded the acquisition of Abbey Road Institute’s new home at Angel Recording Studios in Islington!  Harvey Posener and Amee Popat in our Real Estate team did the legal work for the lease of the premises and are delighted to have been involved in this exciting new chapter for the Abbey Road Institute, Abbey Road Studios’ education division, which is part of the Universal Music Group.

Angel Recording Studios is an iconic studio which has hosted names such as Adele, Sam Smith and Florence and the Machine, and recordings of film scores such as GoldenEye and Downton Abbey.

It sadly closed in 2019 but will be restored by ARI over the coming months to house cutting edge music and audio production and training facilities for its students as well as a commercial recording studio.

https://abbeyroadinstitute.co.uk/blog/abbey-road-institute-to-move-into-angel-recording-studios/ 

For further questions or for help with your property-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact Harvey Posener directly on hdposener@gscsolicitors.com   or Amee Popat on apopat@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2222.

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Sana Sheikh featured in UKPBC’s Business Times magazine

GSC’s Senior Associate Solicitor Sana Sheikh, who advises on matters under Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution, has recently been interviewed by The Business Times magazine, the official publication by the UK Pakistan Business Council (UKPBC).

Sana spoke about The GSC’s Next Gen programme, an initiative run by GSC Solicitors LLP and aimed at providing guidance and support to tomorrow’s business leaders.

Describing the initiative, Sana explained who it is purposed for, what the main objectives are and how it can help the next generation of entrepreneurs, professionals and business owners.

The Business Times features most prominent people, such as Imran Khan, Boris Johnson, Imran Ismail, Sahibzada Jahangir and many more.

The publication is aimed at creating a vast international business network though which businesses can share knowledge and forge trading relationships.

If you would like further explanation or become a member of The GSC’s Next Gen, please do not hesitate to contact Sana Sheikh on sanasheikh@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2214.

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Budget 2021: Highlights

On 3 March 2021 Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Spring Budget setting out his plans as the United Kingdom starts to ease the lockdown and revealing the goals that he is looking to achieve after the pandemic.

Presenting the government’s spending plans for the year ahead, the Chancellor announced the new measures with the intention of helping businesses and jobs through these difficult times.

The measures are aimed at supporting the country’s long-term economic recovery as well as rebalancing the public finances with the help of tax rising.

Below is a summary of the key announcements for the private client world.

Property
  • The stamp duty holiday has been extended and will now end on 30 June instead of 31 March.
  • The nil rate band will be £250,000 until the end of September. The government will return to the usual level of £125,000 from 1 October.
Tax
  •  The income personal allowance will increase to £12,570 from £12,500 for the 2021/22 tax year. The basic rate threshold will increase to £37,700 from £37,500.
  • The income tax personal allowance and higher rate threshold are then to be frozen until April 2026.
  • The starting rate limit for savings will remain at £5,000 for the 2021/22 tax year. This band of savings income is subject to the 0% starting rate.
  • The Capital Gains Tax (CGT) annual exemption will remain at £12,300 for individuals and personal representatives until April 2026.
  • The lifetime allowance on pension contributions has been frozen at its current 2020/21 level of £1,073,100.
  • The annual ISA adult subscription limit will remain at £20,000, and the annual subscription limit for Junior ISAs will remain at £9,000.
 Charities
  •  The government will continue supporting the country’s social enterprises that are looking for growth investment by extending the SITR scheme to 6 April 2023.
  •  The government will provide armed forces charities with up to £475,000 in the 2021/22 tax year to support the development of a digital and data strategy.
  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will receive additional £10 million in 2021/22 tax year for charitable projects and initiatives that support veterans with mental health needs across the country.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact James Cohen directly on jcohen@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2257.

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Budget 2021: Stamp duty holiday extended until 30 June

Delivering his Budget statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced today that the stamp duty land tax holiday will be extended.

Sunak has confirmed that the current stamp duty holiday (nil rate band of £500,000) has been extended and will now end on 30 June instead of 31 March.

The stamp duty holiday was initially introduced to boost the property market hit by the lockdowns due to Covid-19 and help buyers who might have suffered financially from Covid-19 and its consequences.

According to Sunak, the policy is to assist people to buy their own homes: ‘As the prime minister has said, we want to turn generation rent into generation buy.’

In order to ‘smooth the transition back to normal’, the nil rate band will be £250,000 – ‘double its standard level’ – until the end of September. The government will return to the usual level of £125,000 from 1 October.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact James Cohen directly on jcohen@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2257.

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Furlough extended until September

It was announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on 3 March, that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as furlough) is to be extended once again. This time it is to be extended from 30 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

An employee on furlough will still receive 80% of their wages (up to a maximum of £2,500 per month) for hours not worked.

However, from 1 July 2021, the government will only contribute 70% of the employee’s wages for hours not worked (the other 10% to be made up by the employer) and from 1 August 2021 the government will only contribute 60% of the employee’s wages for hours not worked (the other 20% to be made up by the employer).

Although nothing is certain, with the positive effects of lockdown and the vaccination programme in dealing with Coronavirus, the government probably see this as the last time they will need to extend furlough.

The law in this article is current as of 4 March 2021.

If you have any employment law queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Nathan at dnathan@gscsolicitors.com or on 020 7822 2247.

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Clive Halperin discussing the data protection & security post Brexit on the American Bar Association Podcast

Under the series of The New Frontier Podcast, The American Bar Association interviewed GSC’s Head of Corporate Commercial Clive Halperin, on the impact of BREXIT on data protection, technology, and cross-border data flows.

A very interesting podcast interview where Clive provides insight into the economic, political, and cultural influences that will dictate the future of data privacy within the UK, and its relations with the EU and GDPR.

The podcast can be found here: bit.ly/2ZNBHLd

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What is Islamic Finance?

Islamic finance is a financial system that keeps within the moral and ethical principles of Islamic law (known as Sharia) and is therefore Sharia compliant.

Islamic financial principles have been around since the advent of Islam in the 7th century CE. However, the formal establishment of a fully-fledged system was introduced in the 1960s in Egypt, with Islamic finance entering the UK markets in the 1980s.

Whilst Islamic financial institutions are able to offer many similar products to those offered by other finance institutions, the main difference lies within the practices and principles that are used. Most banks offer lending and borrowing based on interest, whereas Islamic financial institutes are not lending institutes, instead they work as trading/investment houses.

Islamic law aims to promote social justice in the economy through a number of prohibitions and requirements. The main prohibitions in Islamic finance include a ban on interest, prohibiting investments in forbidden (haram) items/activities, prohibiting speculation (maisir) and uncertainty and risk (gharar). Islam requires all Muslims to pay a mandatory almsgiving (zakat) which is a compulsory donation to charity once an individual meets the minimum threshold for payment.

Islamic law prohibits interest (riba) as in Islam, money itself has no intrinsic value and instead is seen as a measure of value, and not valuable in itself. It is a medium of exchange or a unit of measurement, but not an asset. Each unit is equal in value to another unit in the same denomination and it is therefore not permissible for a profit to be made by exchanging these units (money) with another person/entity.

Instead of promoting transactions that favour one party over the other, Islam encourages partnership. This means that, where possible, both profit and risk are shared between the parties.

There are many forms of partnership agreements, including mudarabah which is a profit and loss sharing partnership offered by most Islamic financial institutions. This form of partnership is one where one partner provides all the capital (silent partner/financer) and the other partner (working partner) provides expertise and is responsible for the management and investment of the capital. The profits are then shared between the parties according to a pre-agreed ratio. The losses (if any) unless caused by negligence or breach of contract are borne by the financer/Islamic bank.

Islamic finance products and services are available to all and not just Muslims.

If you wish to discuss Islamic finance products and the options available to you, please contact Leila Mustafa on lmustafa@gscsolicitors.com or 020 7822 2243.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended

It was announced on 26 January that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as furlough) is to be extended once again. This time it is to be extended from 31 March 2021 to 30 April 2021.

The amount that an employer can claim under the scheme will remain the same (being 80% of an employee’s salary, capped at £2,500 per month, in respect of hours not worked), it is just the length of the scheme that has changed.

Given that the UK economy is still in lockdown, the extending of the scheme is to be welcomed. However, the reality may be that, for some employees, all the extension is doing is kicking the harsh can of redundancy further down the line.

The law in this article is current as of 1 February 2021.

If you have any employment law queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Nathan at dnathan@gscsolicitors.com or on 020 7822 2247.

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Saleem Sheikh in Jersey Finance Africa Round-Up Series

GSC’s Senior Partner Saleem Sheikh gave an interview to The Jersey Finance for 2020 Africa Roundup Interview Series.

Chatting with the Director of Middle East & Africa of Jersey Finance, Fazal Bhana Saleem reflected on the challenging 2020 for the African continent summarising specific good and bad highlights of how much the Africa has gone through in the face of the pandemic.

He also provided an interesting insight in the context of international investment and specifically inward investment into Africa and what have been the trends and challenges that characterised 2020 for the continent.

Furthermore, Saleem shared his opinion of the opportunities for family businesses and large corporates with regional and pan-African ambitions, as well as what incentives are to invest in the African market.

It is an interesting and insightful interview that is worth to watch whether you are already operating in the continent or simply interested in Africa as a potential investment destination: https://bit.ly/36gureg

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