The following advice lines cover general company law, VAT, and advice on waste regulations and compliance. 


Legal business advice
Law Express
0333 005 0166

Law Express

Law Express are one of the UK’s leading providers of telephone legal advice and our aim is to offer invaluable support to all HTA members. Our specialist in-house team of experienced legal advisers give practical advice on legal business issues such as:

  • Company Law - Directors’ rules and responsibilities and shareholders’ issues.
  • Commercial Law -Contract disputes, intellectual property, commercial debts and supplier issues.
  • Tax Information – Corporation tax and VAT.

Call us and our team will allocate you to an adviser who will return your call within the hour, or you can book a time that's convenient for you. If you request to speak to an adviser straight away, we will do our best to accommodate you.


VAT advice
The VAT Consultancy
0333 005 0176

The VAT Consultancy

The VAT Consultancy provide expert VAT advice and assistance, either over the phone or by email.
Common areas that we can assist with are:

  • VAT compliance
  • VAT liability of sales
  • How to correct errors
  • VAT assessments and penalties
  • HMRC VAT visits

We aim to answer your queries in under 30 minutes, however, VAT can be complex and where our time to assist will exceed 30 minutes we will quote an additional fee outside of the advice line to continue assisting.
For example, we often assist clients with issues relating to land and property transactions or developments, where VAT rules can be complex and VAT costs can be significant.










Waste regulation
0333 005 0177

Waste regs

Calculating your packaging waste obligation can be quite a complicated task, especially for Garden Centres that have many 1000s of products. The regulations require your calculation to be “as accurate as reasonably possible” and so for companies that handle over 50 tonnes of packaging and have a turnover of over £2 million, it is important to get this right.

  • ecoVeritas provide the HTA Packaging, WEEE and Battery Helpline
  • guidance on how to remain compliant with the regulations

They have been calculating packaging, WEEE & battery obligations throughout Europe since the regulations came into force in the late 1990s, and are experts in the interpretation of the legislation.

ecoVeritas also produce the HTA Packaging Waste WorkBook for Garden Centres and Nurseries which many HTA members use to calculate their annual packaging obligation, and provide guidance on its use.