Perhaps this source will help (being at one remove from HMRC):
See 184.108.40.206.2 (I have edited for emphasis):
The UK taxes from which exemption is given in principle [...] are the direct taxes (income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax) and the indirect taxes (stamp duty land tax, stamp duty, value added tax and excise duties).
private income from sources within the United Kingdom does not rank for diplomatic privilege exemption in any case.
Good luck convincing her!
I can also speak highly of Zen, although having access only via a reseller, I have no experience of their customer support. On the other hand, I can wholly recommend a small firm in Bracknell who set great store by their determination to get BT Openreach and other network capacity suppliers to deliver when there are faults. This works two ways - by having sophisticated full time network monitoring, and by having a tech support team who know their stuff thoroughly, and know how to cut through the nonsense. As far as I know they have at least two network providers - BT and TalkTalk - but the customer does not have to deal with them. Cost is comparable to TalkTalk Buisness quoted upthread.
What Paul said. Up to Excel 97/2000 it's relatively piece of cake. After that (unless saved in 97/2000 compatibility mode) it is markedly more difficult. But easier if you have the right software and hardware - specifically, graphics cards.
It would have been mid 1990s, we had completed a privatisation-related project in an Eastern European country for one of the international funding agencies, but the bill was long overdue. I was asked to chase them, as I had the closest contact with the agency in question. Duly made the innocent phone call...
Agency felt unable to pay the bill due to the inclusion in the billed expenses of a "nightclub" bill. In Bangkok. Incurred by the local COO of our local office in said Eastern European country. Oops, he must have thought it would go through without question. Which it did - nobody in the office dared to question it, but they did pass it through verbatim!
It was an entertaining follow-up call I had with the Managing Partner, to explain why I had agreed to write off a chunk of the receivable.
I quite agree that the employee is unlikely to sue but I don't think you can dismiss the possibility that the new employer might find reason to make the referee's life difficult if all goes pear-shaped, for whatever reason. I go for the purely factual written reference with the glowing bits dealt with by telephone - or a personal reference which is not on the [former] employer's letterhead. Aren't opinions what we charge for, and then only after risk management have had their say?
I cannot offer any comment on Dropbox security, but I will suggest that you do not rely on Acrobat password protection. Simply Google "Unlock PDF documents" to see what is available!
Consider file encryption using PGP, although it would require some effort on the client's side.
I think you are portially correct!
We have been here already, although for a Netherlands employer, not a Dutch one:
That won't wash, they all wear clogs, don't they?
And as for VAT there, I believe that MOMS the word....
...did anyone see where I put my coat?
Disguised as Balnakeil Craft Village, perchance?