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Legal Landscape is Complex When Tenants Seek to Buy Freehold of Flats

November 8, 2019

Flat tenants in certain circumstances have the right to band together and acquire the freehold of the blocks in which they live. However, as a High ...

Employers Cannot Be Forced to Re-Engage Unfairly Dismissed Workers

October 31, 2019

Can Employment Tribunals (ETs) or the courts force employers to re-engage employees who have been unfairly dismissed? In a ground-breaking decision, ...

A Contract Is What it Says

October 28, 2019

When you enter into a contract, you are agreeing to be bound by what it says, not by what you think it means. Only rarely, such as when the meaning ...

High Court Overturns Planning Decision for Bungalows Development

October 24, 2019

It may come as a surprise to many that local authorities are under no statutory obligation to give reasons for their planning decisions. However, as ...

Copycat Design Proves Expensive for Retailer

October 22, 2019

There is almost nothing more frustrating for businesses than to see their successful products imitated by rivals. However, as a High Court case ...

Agricultural Tenancies Are Complex - Always Seek Professional Advice

October 9, 2019

When a farmer dies, close relatives are in certain circumstances entitled to succeed to any agricultural tenancies he or she held. However, strict ...

Hospital Whistleblower Compensated for Detrimental Treatment

October 3, 2019

Workplace whistleblowers who act in the public interest by exposing wrongdoing are protected by the full force of the law. In a case on point, a ...

Reached an Important Agreement? Get a Lawyer to Record It in Writing

September 30, 2019

Agreements are frequently reached behind closed boardroom doors, but a failure to engage a professional to record them, contemporaneously and in ...

Refused Planning Permission? You Are Entitled to Know the Reason Why

September 24, 2019

A fundamental principle of good government is that anyone on the receiving end of an adverse decision is entitled to know why it was made. In a case ...

Construction Industry VAT Changes Ahead

September 1, 2019

Businesses in the construction industry are reminded that on 1 October 2019 the new VAT domestic reverse charge will come into force. This is being ...

Commercial Articles

How to Reclaim Foreign VAT

It is commonly thought that within the EU, recovering VAT on expenditure made whilst abroad is merely a matter of calculating the VAT at the ...

Informing and Consulting Employees

The EU Information and Consultation Directive 2002 established minimum requirements for companies with more than 50 employees for consulting and ...

Investing in Small Businesses and Start-Ups – The EIS and SEIS Schemes

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are popular vehicles for investment in small or start-up ...

Letters of Intent – Getting Them Right

What Is a Letter of Intent? Letters of intent, commonly referred to as 'heads of agreement', are used to indicate the terms under which two or more ...

Limited Liability Partnerships: Procedures and Guide

Limited liability partnerships (LLPs) were first introduced in April 2001 and are becoming an increasingly popular way of structuring a business, ...

Making Retention of Title Work

Prior to the recession, Retention of Title (RoT) clauses probably received less attention than they should have from many businesses. However, RoT is ...

Making Training Costs Tax Deductible

Most business owners and managers think that training costs aimed at improving skills or business profits automatically qualify for tax relief, ...

Making Waivers of Dividends Work

When a company is set up, it is common to divide the shares in it in approximately equal proportions amongst the subscribers. Whether or not this ...

Money Laundering Regulations

Money laundering is the process by which criminals turn their 'dirty' income – which is usually earned in cash – into 'clean' money, by ...

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