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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

Dates for your diary – crucial news for small businesses

It’s going to be a busy, challenging but ultimately beneficial year ahead for small businesses as a rolling programme of legal changes come into force during 2016. The Small Business Enterprise... Read full article

Get ready for the new National Living Wage

It’s time to start planning for the arrival of the new compulsory National Living Wage which comes into force this... Read full article

Homeworkers – good or bad for your business?

More and more people are now working from home and as technology improves, it is a trend that is set to rise, according to recent statistics. And whilst there are considerable benefits for... Read full article

New Consumer Rights Act 2015 – how will it affect you and your business?

What has changed? Definition of consumer:- The new Act changes the definition of a ‘consumer’. A consumer may now only be an individual. This is a change from some existing law, where... Read full article

Changes to driving licence rules – what are the consequences for employers?

From 8 June 2015 a number of changes have been brought in regarding the operation of paper Driving... Read full article

Holiday pay must include overtime and commission, rules Employment Appeal Tribunal

A landmark ruling by the EAT has changed the way businesses must calculate holiday pay, potentially costing local businesses thousands to apply. The EAT ruled that employers should calculate holiday... Read full article

VIDEOS: Debt Recovery

We all accept that cash-flow can make or break a business. We also all encounter slow payers, non-payers or disputed debts from time to... Read full article

Pensions Auto-Enrolment: is your business ready?

From October last year, changing pension legislation meant that all employers need to turn their attentions to the concept of... Read full article

The two options on which to base your contributions levels for pension auto-enrolment

Following on from our ‘key points’ article on pensions auto-enrolment, we’ve set out the two options you can base your pension contributions... Read full article

Terms and conditions of business – do you need them?

Many businesses start life, and indeed continue to trade, without terms and conditions of business in place. The main reason is often that there have not been any problems so far and therefore it is... Read full article

Wards acted for Oxfordshire-based Abbeychart on its acquisition by Diploma plc

Bridget Juckes from the Bristol law firm acted as lawyer for Stanford in the Vale-based Abbeychart’s shareholders during the £4m sale to Midlands-based Diploma.... Read full article

Your responsibilities to agency workers

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 came into force on 1st October 2011, entitling agency workers to the same basic employment and working conditions as your existing... Read full article

Bristol Enterprise Zone and its impact on planning

In March this year the chancellor, George Osborne announced that Bristol would be one of the 21 new Enterprise Zones. The zones are being proposed as a way of encouraging investment and stimulating... Read full article

That’s mine! Retention of Title to upaid goods/materials

With 4,000 companies going into compulsory or creditors’ voluntary liquidation in the second quarter of 2010, the biggest threat to the livelihood of the SME can still be considered to be bad debt.... Read full article

The facts about the future of Capital Gains Tax…

The activities of our new Coalition Government have been watched keenly over the past few weeks, particularly when they relate to our already fragile finances. Discussions have been well-publicised... Read full article

Social Networking and the Employer’s Confidential Information

SME and B2C marketing thinking has many ideas and theories about why and how people buy. Sometimes we’ll buy an item or service because we trust the brand – think of John Lewis for example –... Read full article

Investment losses… just one of those things?

The oft-heard joke about investments that can go down as well as plummet is proving all too true for many investors at the moment. Some funds have taken a hit through poor market performance, and... Read full article

Final stage of implementation of Companies Act 2006 1st Oct 2009

Practical implications for your company On 1st October 2009 life changed forever, at least for anyone involved at whatever level with the administration of a company, when the final parts of the... Read full article

Are you ready for the changes the Companies Act will bring?

The following key provisions of The Companies Act 2006 come into effect from 1 October 2008. Trading name Companies (except dormant ones) must display their registered name at their registered office... Read full article
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