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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Effective Service on a Director

May 1, 2014

Directors should be aware that simply leaving the country will not prevent them from being served with any document or proceedings.  A recent case has held that valid service for any such document will be effected at any address included in a register of directors. Section 1140 of the Companies Act 2006 outlines that service […]

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Understanding Legalised Translations in the UK

May 1, 2014

Within the legal field, especially in the UK, language translation is very much something lawyers at all levels have to deal with. As well as having to learn about the different languages, the processes and other areas that impact the legal sector, “legalised” translations is something many struggle with. Why? In short, because there is […]

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Making ‘TUPE’ More Commercially Effective

March 19, 2014

Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) – or ‘TUPE,’ as it’s more widely known – often gets a bad reputation. Simply, TUPE protects employees of a company from redundancy when an employer is selling-up. If a company or charity is enters purchase negotiations, not only will the new owner control the services this institution provides, […]

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What Is A TUPE Transfer And What Should Employers Be Aware Of?

March 18, 2014

TUPE stands for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations, something which was first passed back in 1981. This legislation is used in the UK in order to implement the European Acquired Rights Directive, and can be a complex and confusing process to many. It is basically put in place to protect the rights […]

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Going once… the legal low-down on property auctions

January 30, 2014

Many of us have been lured in by the possibility of landing a bargain, or through curiosity about the whole auction process, stoked by the rise of property programmes on TV. Auctions are the last word in equal opportunities – anyone who has the funds can put in a bid and, while you do run […]

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