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Mercer & Hole ranked in Accountancy magazine’s Top 75 Firms Survey 2016

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants are pleased to announce that they are ranked in Accountancy magazine’s Top 75 Firms Survey 2016, which was published on www.accountancylive.com Mercer & Hole are ranked 41 in the UK accountancy firms’ league table, maintaining their position of last year. For full details of the rankings and...

Date: 10th February, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole flip in the St Albans Pancake Race

A team from Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants competed in the St Albans Pancake running race today alongside many other local businesses and organisations. Charmain Alway, Robin Edwards, Rochelle Henney and Jane Pate formed Mercer & Hole’s team and took part in the running relay race. The team flipped their pancakes through the...

Date: 9th February, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole play netball against Marriott Harrison

Thursday night saw the newly formed Mercer & Hole mixed netball team make their debut when taking on Marriott Harrison solicitors. The match was played in a competitive spirit and featured standout performances from Ross Lane (Man of the match!) and Mhairi Mailer. Despite some more great play from Henry Page and Vikki McLaughlin the...

Date: 5th February, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


The best Insolvencies are constructive

The latest Government statistics on corporate insolvency are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/insolvency-statistics-october-to-december-2015--2 Mercer & Hole’s experience of formal insolvency appointments mirrors the downward trend in the Government figures, but the detail of our work is revealing. We have four of...

Date: 4th February, 2016   |   Author: Chris Laughton   |   Comments: 0


The high cost of the low cost option

A new team of compliance officers in HMRC will be investigating the most serious cases of employers not paying the right amounts of National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) which comes in to effect from April 2016.  In addition no compliance can result in increased levels of penalties. The penalty for non...

Date: 2nd February, 2016   |   Author: Jacqui Gudgion   |   Comments: 0


New National Living Wage from 1 April 2016

From 1 April 2016 the minimum wage rate of £6.70 per hour for workers in the UK aged 25 will increase by 50p to £7.20 per hour. The government is about to start an advertising campaign on this and has, therefore, published a four-step guide for businesses on the living wage website, asking employers to:- Check who is eligible for...

Date: 29th January, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


Chris Laughton will be presenting at R3 and LexisNexis webinar

Chris Laughton, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner will be presenting at the R3 and LexisNexis Restructuring and Insolvency webinar on 9 February covering ‘Reform of EU insolvency regulation and case law update’. The leading panel of experts, consisting of Simeon Gilchrist, Chris Laughton and Chris Mallon, discuss the issues...

Date: 29th January, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Chris Laughton addresses a European audience

Chris Laughton, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner discusses Insolvency Practitioners’ fees in England and Wales in Eurofenix, INSOL Europe’s quarterly journal. The fees regime for Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) in England and Wales changed with effect from 1 October 2015 as a result of the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules 2015. The...

Date: 28th January, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


No preference too small – EIS relief denied

In a recent Frist Tier Tribunal case the question of whether shares carried any ‘present or future preferential right to a company’s assets on its winding-up’ was considered. The legislation dictates that Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) relief is not available where a preferential right exists.  In this case the...

Date: 27th January, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole safeguard 53 jobs as Safesec Ltd goes into Administration

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants’ Restructuring & Insolvency team saved a significant number of people from facing a bleak Christmas, when they protected their employment immediately before Christmas by rescuing a business. Ailing railway security firm, Safesec Ltd, instructed Mercer & Hole’s Restructuring &...

Date: 22nd January, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


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