LJ Jackson calls for fixed costs to be applied to all claims valued up to £250k

January 30, 2016

Lord Justice Jackson has made another foray into the structure of the civil costs regime by arguing that fixed costs should apply to all claims valued up to £250,000. Jackson, who was instrumental in implementing the costs reformed that formed part two of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, called on […]

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ELB Securities v Alan Love and Prestwick Hotels Limited – A Warning For Companies

October 8, 2015

In the appeal case of ELB Securities v Alan Love and Prestwick Hotels Limited, the owner of a hotel failed to overturn the decision of the court that its lease with a landlord ended on dissolution. The case will have significant implications for companies and company law. ELB Securities Limited was the owner of commercial […]

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7 Contract Risks Keeping Your Legal Team Busy

September 16, 2015

There’s a reason why lawyers are so expensive: they protect clients from risks, especially financial dangers. Corporate lawyers are no different to their companies. Legal teams within any industry, large or small, are in charge of identifying risks and finding ways to reduce them. Risks can lead to lost revenue and fines When it comes […]

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European Court ruling regarding ‘travel to work’ could raise costs for business

September 14, 2015

A preliminary ruling by the European Court of Justice regarding the definition of ‘working time’ could raise costs for business, according to industry experts. The recent case of Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras (CC.OO.) v Tyco Integrated Security SL & Anor Case C-266/14 addressed whether hours spent travelling to and  from work […]

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4 Tested Ways To Find The Right Legal Training For Your Business Managers

September 14, 2015

Congratulations! You are one of the few savvy business owners that knows how important legal training is for business managers. Not many small and medium business owners pay enough attention to business law which is in fact a little funny because no business can operate out of the law or against the law. Business law is […]

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The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Can corporate disclosure change the world?

September 3, 2015

This October, the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 will come into force. The act introduces a number of measures relating to slavery and human trafficking, including measures that will affect businesses. Section 54 of the act requires all commercial organisations over a certain size, to make disclosure about what they do (or don’t do) to […]

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What’s Keeping Legal Experts Up at Night?

August 25, 2015

I recently met a senior legal advisor at a networking conference, and we got into an animated discussion about legal processes in the financial services industry. I casually remarked that he must have his hands full, given the legal reviews and assessments he makes due to the size of his organisation. He responded by saying […]

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Comply or Explain Better – Will Assessing the Quality of Explanations Lead to Better UK Corporate Governance?

May 11, 2015

Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council, Sir Winfried Bischoff, has recently made clear the body’s intention to focus its work on the quality of explanations made by companies that choose not to comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code. But will this lead to better corporate governance? This post looks at the reasoning behind comply […]

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Ten questions to help you choose a patent attorney

May 27, 2014

A patent is a commercial asset that gives its owner the right to stop others (amongst other things) making, using, selling and/or importing certain products and/or processes. The patent system presents businesses with the twin challenges of securing their own patent rights (so that others are not allowed to copy their products and/or processes) and […]

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What Does It Mean To Be Disqualified As Director Of A UK Company?

May 18, 2014

Being disqualified as director of a company can have a hugely negative effect on both your working life and your personal life, and the thought of going through the complex process alone can add a lot of unnecessary stress on top of an already bad situation. So, if you think you are at risk of […]

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