BUsiness law

Why does my business need a partnership agreement?

July 18, 2013

All friends together? Can you rely on mutual professional respect and even long term friendships to keep a business partnership on track and avoid the venture becoming mired in a spiral of confusion, disagreements and disintegrating relationships? It is certainly tempting to do so when, compared to setting up a limited company, the establishments of […]

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10 of the best: commercial law blogs and news from last month

June 20, 2013

Below are ten of the best commercial law blogs and news posts from around the web posted in the last month:-   Is that it for ABSs? (Legal Futures) Legal Futures editor, Neil Rose, looks at the attempt of In-Deed Online to break into the ABS market. Is this particular example a harbinger of things […]

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DIY? Consultation? When to Hire a Business Lawyer

March 18, 2013

Business lawyers serve a lot of different needs relating to day to day business operations.  They also assist with big picture problems that corporations need help with.  They help with copyright issues, trademarks, taxes and employment matters. It should be no surprise that business lawyers can get a little pricey – especially if you have […]

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Closing your business and avoiding unfair dismissal claims

January 17, 2013

In the light of this recent news story about the success of a woman in her claim for unfair dismissal after the business she worked for was shut down we’re going to examine how businesses can potentially avoid liability in such claims if they close down. We’ll therefore look at the following issues: Why might […]

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Information requirements on commercial websites

January 16, 2013

In the 2000’s the UK Government implemented the Distance Selling Directive and the E-Commerce Directive through the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002. These had the aim of promoting the internet for e-commerce by providing consumers and businesses with reassurances that their personal and financial details would […]

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What are a director’s “annual” responsibilities?

December 11, 2012

Directors of a company in the United Kingdom have a great deal of power to control the decisions and long-term direction of their company. They deal with the profits and capital of the business and they therefore have significant reciprocal duties under the Companies Act 2006 which attempt to ensure that the financial position of […]

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When and how to suspend an employee

September 30, 2012

If one of your employees is under-performing at work or has been accused of misconduct then you may want to suspend them to prevent any further problems and address the situation. However, the case of Crawford v Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust last year highlighted that employers may face litigation if they act unreasonably when […]

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How to handle voluntary redundancies

September 12, 2012

If your business is considering making redundancies then it is good practice to consider  seeing whether it’s possible to make voluntary redundancies as well as having to implement the compulsory redundancies that will be necessary. Voluntary redundancies are a good way of ensuring that the least damage is done to morale in the workplace by […]

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What should your business do if you think TUPE applies to a transaction?

August 21, 2012

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2002 (“TUPE”) applies when a contract for the provision of services changes hands or one business buys part or the whole of another business. This is undoubtedly confusing for both employees and employers – which assets are transferred to the purchasing business, which employees are employed and […]

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Guide to privity of contract

July 19, 2012

Privity of contract is a legal doctrine which is the relationship of the parties who have signed a contract and are a party to the contract.  Only the parties which have entered the contract are required to have to perform duties and obligations due to the contract with each other. In addition, it is only […]

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