VAT: The UAE versus the KSA way

  John Peacock, Head of Tax and Conveyancing at BSA’s Dubai office wrote an article for Emirates Law (published in the April 2018 edition) comparing the implementation of VAT in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As the GCC countries start to move away from the oil-based economy models, they introduce…

Step by step guide to UAE VAT registration

  John Peacock,  Head of Indirect Tax and Conveyancing, and Tyne Hugo, Associate, wrote a comprehensive step by step process on how to register for VAT in UAE. The UAE VAT regime was implemented on 1 January 2018 putting into operation Federal Decree-Law No 8/2017 on Value Added Tax and Cabinet Decision No 52/2017 on the…

What is property flipping?

  Originally published on gulfnews.com John Peacock explains how the law treats a practice made infamous by speculators Property flipping is a term widely used in the US to describe the process of buying property and reselling it at a higher price, usually after making minor alterations or refurbishments. Technically the first buyer or the…

Insights for employers to implement policy on social media

By Munir Suboh   With the increased usage of social media, companies and employers find themselves obliged to establish policies for employees to provide acceptable, reasonable, safe and common-sense guidelines and recommendations for using social media responsibly. Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Snapchat and other social media platforms are always viewed as public activities and regardless…

When homeowners refuse to pay service charges

What legal avenues do owners have when their complaints are not addressed? Published in Gulf News on March 7, 2018 By Robert Mitchley, Senior Associate   Unit owners in a one-year-old building have been wrangling over maintenance and service fee issues with the developer. The owners complain that the owners’ association (OA) is not prompt…