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Understanding Directors’ Duties

The Companies Act 2006 imposes certain general duties on a director of a UK limited company. Here is an overview of these fundamental duties. Directors are appointed to be in charge of managing or... Read full article

Webinar: Business Update for SME’s

Tuesday 10 November 10-11am Book Now About this event: Avoiding common pitfalls for SMEs, and maximising Covid support and reliefs Speaker Marina Maclennan Head of Corporate Commercial at Wards... Read full article

Share Sale vs Asset Sale – what’s best for your business?

A share sale, as the name suggests, will result in the sale of a company (limited by shares) as a whole. All assets and liabilities following with the company to the new shareholders (owners). An... Read full article

A guide to the PSC Register for new and established companies

What is the PSC Register? Maintaining company records and ensuring these records are kept consistently up to date can be an arduous task and made more difficult when additional requirements are... Read full article

Shareholder and Partnership Agreements – what are they and when are they a good idea?

Shareholder and Partnership Agreements – what are they and when are they a good idea? (SPOILER: they’re always a good idea!) Shareholders Agreements A limited company is a separate legal entity... Read full article

Are you selling or restructuring your business?

It has become clear that the worldwide economy is closely interlinked with our own and, therefore, events taking place around the globe can cause ripples which cause our own economy significant... Read full article

Are you a commercial tenant?

Frustration As a commercial tenant, you might be entitled to terminate your lease on the basis of frustration due to the current pandemic. In particular this concerns businesses that have been... Read full article

Limits to Landlord’s Powers to Evict Business Tenants

The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020 and has increased the protection available to business tenants during the corona crisis. These will apply to tenants of commercial premises... Read full article

Running a business during Covid-19: your responsibilities as a Director

As a director of a company, you have probably spent the last month or so trying to keep pace with the ever changing world and the even more changeable guidance on working practices relating to... Read full article

Contracts and Coronavirus – force majeure and frustration

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to spread, we are seeing some clients express concern that they may not be able to perform their obligations under contracts with customers. Here, we look at how... Read full article

Landmark business rates case for property developers

A milestone ruling on an important business rates case, considered extremely good news for property developers, is beginning to have far reaching implications for owners and developers of vacant... Read full article

Ruff-ruff justice…why Vinnie the terrier got evicted

‘No pets allowed’ is a familiar restriction in many leases – and the High Court recently held that a management company was perfectly entitled to categorically refuse permission for the owners... Read full article

Pop-up shops – good news for landlords and tenants

Pop-up retail is continuing to blow a breath of fresh air through Britain’s high street – a trend that seems set to continue. With one in eight shops lying vacant across the UK, according to the... Read full article

The new telecoms code – what does it mean for landowners?

A new draft code covering mobile phone and broadband infrastructure affecting all landowners with telecoms equipment on their land is to come into force, possibly as early as next year. The Digital... Read full article

Small business owners – make sure your Will protects your interests

The importance for small business owners of making sure they have protected the future of their business in their Will has been highlighted by a new report. Recently released figures by financial... Read full article

All employment tribunal decisions now available online – what employers should know

The Government’s new online database of employment tribunal decisions, designed to make justice more transparent, is now live and available for the public to access and search. The database... Read full article

Landlords – are you responsible for your tenants tobacco duty evasion?

Commercial landlords could be fined for failing to ensure their tenants are not breaking customs and excise rules – particularly the sale of illegal tobacco through retail outlets – if new... Read full article

Planning permission – don’t turn a blind eye to copyright

Buying a land with planning permission is a bonus so going on to develop it is simple and straightforward, right? Well, actually the answer is no, as a recent High Court decision shows, highlighting... Read full article

What does a solicitor’s letter cost?

Most solicitors will be very familiar with this question – and the answer is not always an easy one to give! The majority of people can write a letter. The important part is making sure that the... Read full article

Vacant possession – could a partition wall get in the way?

The already murky waters of what vacant possession actually means in practice have been further muddied by a recent court case. Courts already tend to interpret the meaning of vacant possession on a... Read full article
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