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HSE Support for Hand Sanitiser Manufacturers

May 19, 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken steps to support hand sanitiser manufacturers as UK production increases to tackle the ...

Disability Discrimination Victim Secures Over £4.7 Million in Compensation

May 10, 2020

The consequences of discrimination in the workplace can be truly devastating and compensation awards to victims can be very substantial. In one case, ...

When Do Two Offices Become One for Rating Purposes?

May 4, 2020

Are adjacent commercial properties in common occupation, but divided by a service area, to be treated as one unit or two for business rates purposes? ...

Copyright Protection - What is a 'Work of Artistic Craftsmanship'?

April 26, 2020

Works of artistic craftsmanship are, if original, entitled to copyright protection – but what exactly does the phrase mean? In a ruling that ...

Cafe Tenants Pay Price for Entering Into Unauthorised Sublease

April 19, 2020

Many commercial leases ban tenants from subletting the premises and breaching such embargoes can have severe consequences. In one case, tenants of a ...

Shop Workers' Rights to Opt Out of Sunday Working - Guideline Ruling

April 13, 2020

Ascertaining exactly why an employee has been dismissed can be a complicated process. In a case on point, a supermarket chain defeated a worker's ...

Council Clamps Down on Overcrowded Flats - Landlords Take Note!

April 5, 2020

The burgeoning demand for rented accommodation has encouraged some landlords to create flats which are not large enough to swing a proverbial cat. ...

Watchdog Urges Employers to 'Step Up' and Fight Workplace Harassment

March 30, 2020

UK equality watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued new technical guidance for employers, to help them protect staff from ...

HS2 Compulsory Land Acquisition - Court of Appeal Cautionary Tale

March 23, 2020

If you receive notice that your commercial property is to be compulsorily purchased to make way for a public infrastructure project, the only wise ...

Commercial Landlords Not Liable for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Outbreak

March 10, 2020

Do landlords of commercial premises continue to be occupiers of the premises, thus owing a duty of care to tenants' visitors? In a guideline case ...

Commercial Articles

A Guide to the Agency Workers Regulations

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. They apply to those workers who are supplied by a temporary work agency ...

Age Discrimination – Life After the Abolition of the Default Retirement Age

Since the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA), it is no longer permissible for an employer to dismiss an older worker on the ground of ...

Bank Deposit Protection Rules for Businesses : Guide

The levels of protection available for different investments underwritten by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) are detailed on their ...

Bribery Act Guidance

The Government provides guidance for businesses on complying with the Bribery Act 2010, which came into force on 1 July 2011. The Act was originally ...

Brief Guide to the Administration of Troncs

The long-running series of disputes between employers in the hospitality industry and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) concerning the taxation of ...

Business Relief – Traps for the Unwary

Most business people know that for family businesses there are generous Inheritance Tax (IHT) reliefs, which generally operate to make assets used in ...

Buying from an Administrator – Take Care

With businesses becoming insolvent in large numbers, opportunities abound to acquire assets from their administrators. However, the low prices sought ...

Companies Act 2006 Overview and Company Information

The Companies Act 2006 became fully effective from October 1st 2009. It is the principal source of law relating to the conduct of companies ...

Companies Act Model Articles – Think First

Since the Companies Act 2006 came into effect, the incorporation of a company has been straightforward as the Act provides an easy to use set of ...

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