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IR35 and legal consultants – what you need to know

The oil & gas industry was arguably worst hit by the IR35 changes, due to heavily relying on consultants, particularly lawyers. Understandably, some businesses are still unsure of how to manage IR35’s stipulations so they can access instant legal expertise, and ease pressure on in-house legal teams. But there is a way forward, which can minimise the impact IR35 has on businesses. Using freelance providers can ease a huge admin burden, but it’s important business understand their obligations too.


What’s next for IR35? Hirer questions answered

When HMRC introduced changes to the ‘off-payroll working rules’ – known as IR35 – it promised the private sector a year-long ‘soft-landing’ until April 2022. What does the end of this grace period mean for businesses in the oil and gas sector?


IR35 and the end of HMRC’s soft landing

When HMRC introduced changes to the ‘off-payroll working rules’, commonly known as IR35, in April 2021, it promised the private sector a 12 month ‘soft-landing’.


IR35: An opportunity for strategic leadership

As energy demands and prices recover from the pandemic, production pressure on the oil and gas industry has rapidly increased in 2021. Many companies are finding it difficult to recruit and, importantly, retain the talented professionals they rely on.


What can the energy sector learn from the public sector’s adoption of IR35?

The current shortage of road haulage drivers stems from a number of causes, but the least talked about is a change to the way that tax is paid by contractors. These changes to the ‘off-payroll working rules’, or IR35, were introduced to the private sector in April this year. The same changes caused chaos for contractors when they were introduced to the public sector back in 2017. So, to stop history repeating itself, what can the energy sector learn from these mistakes?


Brookson Legal: Don’t get left behind in the competition for flexible talent

The energy industry has traditionally relied on skilled contractors for project delivery, offering an attractive route for flexible work long before many other sectors realised its benefits. But it now risks being left behind in the post-pandemic competition for talent.


IR35: What next for the PSC ‘one-man company’?

For many years in the North East of Scotland, the personal service company (PSC), otherwise referred to as a one-man company, has become a fairly standard way to provide services, particularly in the oil and gas sector, due to a mixture of employment law and tax law.


IR35 reform: what oil and gas firms must do by 6th April

While COVID-19 and Brexit have dominated the agenda for oil and gas businesses in recent times - and rightly so I should add - there is a third issue that this industry is taking just as seriously. I am, of course, referring to IR35 reform in the private sector.


Oil firms prepared for Off-Payroll will reap a competitive edge

From April 2021, large and medium firms in the private sector that hire contractors will be responsible for determining their IR35 status rather than the contractors themselves as the Off-Payroll legislation takes effect. Whilst many oil firms will continue to hire contractors off-payroll, we are seeing some taking a risk-averse approach and issuing blanket bans on hiring contractors who work through their own personal service companies, insisting instead that they all go PAYE, either directly or via agency payroll.

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Oil workers must heed IR35 rules when setting up own businesses

The oil and gas downturn of approximately five years ago where the price of a barrel of oil dropped to less than $30 led to thousands of employees in the sector being made redundant.  Those who wished to remain in the sector had to be patient before ultimately securing further employment.


‘Use time wisely’ for IR35, says former Worley project manager

There has been a lot of discussion over the last 12 months about how the changes to Off-Payroll rules will impact the UK Private sector, and I have read with great interest some of the comments and foresight on what IR35 is and what it will mean to the UK contracting workforce.