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High Court Rules on COVID-19 Insurance Test Case

September 16, 2020

In a welcome development for thousands of small businesses, the High Court has ruled that losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are covered by ...

Can Contract Adjudications Be Fairly Held During COVID-19 Lockdown?

September 15, 2020

Speedy and cost-effective dispute resolution is the primary aspiration of the contract adjudication regime – but to what extent can that be ...

Council Awarded Seven-Figure Damages for Flaws in Tram Depot Design

September 9, 2020

Disputes concerning major construction projects can simmer on for years after they are completed and one of the great advantages of litigation is ...

Gender Diversity Bias Claim Fails to Convince Court

September 1, 2020

Many employers are taking laudable steps to increase diversity in their workforces by recruiting more women. However, as a case involving an ...

Prosecco Producers Successfully Oppose 'Nosecco' Trade Mark Registration

August 18, 2020

The names and trade marks of certain well-known regional food and drink products are tightly protected under European law. The extent of that ...

Selecting Staff for Redundancy? It Pays to Take Professional Advice First

August 12, 2020

The process of selecting staff for redundancy is fraught with legal pitfalls and seeking professional advice at the outset can in the long run save ...

Advance Contractual Payments and the Benefits of Bank Guarantees

August 6, 2020

Contracts often require payments for services to be made in advance in order to get the ball rolling and provide liquidity, but this gives rise to ...

Worker or Independent Contractor? European Court of Justice Guidance

August 2, 2020

The vexed distinction between 'workers' and 'independent contractors' could hardly be more important for many businesses but remains perennially ...

'Pay Now, Argue Later' - High Court Enforces Contract Adjudicator's Award

July 29, 2020

Contract adjudicators' awards, even if disputed, must generally be satisfied straight away. That principle – often referred to as 'pay now, ...

Flat Tenant Can Veto Potentially Destructive Works - Supreme Court Ruling

July 21, 2020

The freeholds of a great many blocks of flats are held by tenant-owned companies which operate on democratic principles. Such arrangements are, ...

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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