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Employment: Are non-compete, post termination restrictions enforceable?

It’s a common view that non-compete clauses, commonly used by employers to protect them if an employee leaves, are not worth the paper they are written on. However, if properly drafted and... Read full article

Break clauses and vacant possession – important Court of Appeal judgement

The tenant may have stripped out the property taking everything from ceiling tiles to smoke alarms but, says the Court of Appeal, it had validly exercised a break clause terminating the lease and the... Read full article

Further changes to right to work guidance – important information for employers

From tomorrow, 6 April 2022, a new system of online right to work checks will replace the temporary measures set up during the pandemic What does this mean for employers? From this date on, employers... Read full article

Understanding force majeure: Video

Richard Darbinian, Solicitor Associate in Wards’ Disputes team, looks at the meaning of force majeure provisions in contracts and examples in recent case law in this short, explanatory... Read full article

Why tenants must check their commercial lease is watertight – the drip, drip effect of leaky paperwork

It started with a blocked downpipe and ended with damage so extensive a commercial tenant’s ground floor tile shop was left unusable – yet the landlord was not liable for the downpipe’s repair... Read full article

Reforming Companies House – what will it mean?

Proposed changes to the way businesses are registered at Companies House aim to tackle, at long last, numerous loopholes that make the current system vulnerable to abuse. The government’s long... Read full article

End of self-isolation rules – how will these changes impact employers?

The Government has confirmed that from tomorrow, 24 February 2022, the requirement to self-isolate following a positive Covid test will end. Whilst this is the approach the Government has taken,... Read full article

Owed money by an insolvent company? Here’s what to do next.

As the number of companies entering into an insolvency process soars, the chances of your business being caught in the crossfire is now higher than ever before. The latest figures from the Insolvency... Read full article

‘Sexually predatory’ manager who won case for unfair dismissal not entitled to compensation

A senior manager fired for sexually harassing up to ten junior female colleagues has won his case for unfair dismissal because his employer did not follow the correct disciplinary procedures, a... Read full article

Can employers reduce sick pay for their unvaccinated staff?

As two major companies in the South West announce a cut in sick pay for unvaccinated workers, employers considering a similar move are being urged to tread carefully. Wessex Water, which employs more... Read full article

Commercial property and asbestos – what you need to know

If you are thinking of buying or renting a commercial property built before 2000, it’s still vital to check for the presence of asbestos and determine who is responsible for managing it. This is... Read full article

Sacking of employee who raised safety concerns during lockdown was unlawful, Tribunal finds

A great result for Wards’ Employment Team, on behalf of a client who was sacked after raising safety concerns about working during lockdown.  The Tribunal concluded that our client’s dismissal... Read full article

Winding-Up Petitions & Statutory Demands effective from 1 October 2021

Is your bad debtor list shielded by these updated restrictions? The Government has recently announced that restrictions on Statutory Demands and Winding-up Petitions under the Corporate Insolvency... Read full article

Commercial eviction ban extended to March 2022

The ban on commercial evictions due to end this month has been extended again until 25 March 2022, to the dismay of many commercial landlords. Whilst an extension of the current moratorium has been... Read full article

Should employers allow pets in the office?

Many employees are working from home at the moment, alongside their pets.  Being around animals has long been declared as a way to lower people’s anxiety and stress and there have been muted calls... Read full article

SIPP Mis-selling – Holding the SIPP provider accountable for failed investments

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal could be a lifeline for the many investors who have lost money as a result of bad advice from unregulated firms. Lorry driver Russell Adams was left out of... Read full article

Commercial Property: Should you get draft Heads of Terms checked by a specialist lawyer?

When a commercial property deal is agreed, the parties concerned generally draw up a document called Heads of Terms, a summary of its main commercial points. Taking specialist legal advice when this... Read full article

Common mistakes with increasing share capital and changing share rights

Have you sought to either increase your share capital (same class of share or additional class of share) or change the share rights of existing shares since your company has been incorporated? If so... Read full article

Commercial property – the complicated world of vacant possession break clauses

How to comply with the strict conditions required to serve a valid break clause notice for vacant possession has long been a deceptively complex area of commercial property law. The term ‘vacant... Read full article

The rise of turnover rents – what commercial property landlords need to know

Although turnover rents have been around for some time, the effect of Covid-19 on the retail commercial property market means they are becoming increasingly common. With more people than ever before... Read full article
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