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Over 10 years ago, we made it our mission to help contractors and freelancers in the UK. Ever since IR35 legislation was introduced (2000), there has been a real increase in the number of umbrella companies. In fact, there’s now well over 500. Choose a compliant umbrella company for your payroll – you have nothing to worry about. Choose a non-compliant umbrella company – you could find yourself in serious trouble with HMRC.

Our website is dedicated to helping contractors and freelancers make well-informed decisions about their payroll. We’ve done what we can to offer reliable and impartial advice, and we cover all-things umbrella, including IR35, how umbrellas work, the importance of compliance, how to identify evil tax avoidance schemes, and more!

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Which umbrella companies and contractor accountants have been hacked or subjected to cyber-attacks?

The entire umbrella company and contractor accountancy sector has been shaken by multiple cyber security attacks that have had devastating consequences. This article examines the cyber-attacks that have targeted umbrella companies and contractor accountants, including Giant Pay, Brookson, Parasol and SJD Accountancy. September 2021 – Giant Pay On Friday 24th …

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“Key systems” at SJD Accountancy impacted by cyber security incident

Another brand under the Optionis Group, SJD Accountancy, has also been hit by cybercriminals. Earlier today, we wrote an article about a similar threat faced by Nixon Williams – contractor accountants within the Optionis Group. Here is what we know. Two Optionis brands, Parasol (umbrella company) and Nixon Williams (contractor …

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Nixon Williams – another well-known umbrella company and accountant suffers from a “cyber security incident”

2022 has already been a very stressful year for several leading umbrella companies that have been subjected to malicious cyber threats, including Brookson and Parasol. Now, it appears another leading umbrella company and contractor accountant has been targeted by cybercriminals – Nixon Williams. We’ve found an update on the Nixon …

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Download our complete guide to umbrella companies

If you’re new to umbrella companies, you will probably have many questions about how they work and process your payroll. Our Team has put together a complete guide to umbrella companies, and it sets out to answer all of the most commonly asked questions about umbrella companies and how they …

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The FCSA responds to recent cyber-attacks targetting umbrella companies

Brookson, a leading UK-based umbrella company, had been hit by a cyber-attack this week that’s caused a temporary halt to services. Astonishingly, Brookson is not alone. Parasol, another well-known umbrella, has also been targeted recently, and Giant Pay was heavily impacted by cyber criminals last year. The Freelancer and Contractor …

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Brookson is the latest umbrella company to be hit with a “malicious” cyber attack

Umbrella companies are continuing to be targeted by cybercriminals. Last night, one of the UK’s leading umbrella companies, Brookson, was struck by an “aggressive attack”. Thankfully, a company update from CEO Andrew Fahey (shared on Brookson’s business LinkedIn profile) confirmed the systems in place were able to “contain the impact …

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