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Jun 22

Paid too much for a business – what can you do?

Most acquisitions run smoothly with buyers feeling satisfied that they have purchased the business they expected.  But just occasionally, buyers come to the conclusion that they have paid too much,...

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Jun 22

Investigating employee misconduct: how to get it right

Being dismissed for misconduct can have a devastating impact on an employee’s future job opportunities.  Before fairly dismissing someone for misconduct, employers must be able to show that they reasonably...

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Apr 22

Employment law update for employers – Spring 2022

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation and increases to statutory payments, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights,...

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Mar 22

Dismissing an employee fairly: a refresher

The law gives five potentially fair reasons for dismissal, including breach of a statutory duty or restriction and some other substantial reason capable of justifying dismissal. The most commonly used...

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Feb 22

Garden leave – protecting your business when employees go

When a key employee is about to leave, employers look to minimise damage to their business and may wish to keep the employee away from customers and commercially sensitive information....

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Feb 22

Contract misrepresentation – legal options when you have been mislead

If you agreed to enter a commercial contract based on factual or legal statements that now turn out to be untrue, what can you do?  It may be possible for...

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Feb 22

Holiday Pay: misclassification of employment status and no break in a series of unlawful deductions

The impact of getting employment status wrong for your staff has never been more significant following the case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers. The Court of Appeal has: decided that...

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Feb 22

Can a neutral evaluation help resolve a business dispute?

When a business is faced with a dispute, legal proceedings are quite rightly seen as a last resort.  There are many forms of well-known alternative dispute resolution (or ADR) available...

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Jan 22

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff who may be office-based, remote working, or a hybrid arrangement. Some of the...

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Dec 21

Does my commercial contract contain penalty clauses?

Many commercial contracts include a provision which requires compensation to be paid, by one party to another, in the event that certain terms are not complied with.  But are you...

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Nov 21

Carers’ rights at work

According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are...

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Nov 21

Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a...

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Oct 21

The end of furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, has just come to an end, on 30 September 2021.  The scheme was introduced in March 2020, to help...

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Sep 21

Can you be contractually obliged to attempt to settle?

This is a question which our Dispute Resolution team are frequently asked by commercial clients.  They say: “It may seem a little odd but sometimes a party to a dispute...

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Sep 21

Joint ventures – is divorce on the cards?

When businesses come together with common interests and pooled talent great things can be achieved but like any relationship can it all end in disaster? Unfortunately, joint ventures are frequently...

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Aug 21

Bailment: landlords and leftover property

Outgoing tenants often leave property behind at the end of their tenancy and this can create several considerations for landlords: do they have to store these items, and if so...

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Aug 21

Senior executive departure – tips for a smooth exit

Despite all your best efforts to recruit and retain the right key executives, sometimes things just do not work out as planned and it becomes evident that it will be...

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Aug 21

Does a one size fits all approach to debt collection suit your business?

It is understandable that businesses will frequently have a standardized internal procedure for collecting in debts.  Perhaps reminder letters to debtors after 14 days, followed by more serious letters making...

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Jul 21

The use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in commercial disputes

It is no secret that the courts are struggling to clear the backlog of commercial cases which have built up as a result of the coronavirus, or that this backlog...

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Jun 21

The future of the workplace and hybrid working

The official government message encouraging people to work from home is expected to end with the final step out of lockdown. For many employees though, homeworking is here to stay....

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May 21

Family-friendly rights and the impact of the pandemic

While the predicted lockdown baby boom has not materialised and the birth rate is similar to 2020 (down just 0.5%), family caring responsibilities have been more evident in the last...

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Apr 21

Comparing employment status and rights – key differences and legal rights

The statutory definitions of the three categories of employment status have long been criticised as being unclear, and over the years a body of case law interpreting these definitions has...

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Mar 21

Your duties as a director – what to do when your conduct is questioned

It would be wrong to assume that as a director you are top of the tree and untouchable.  Instead, a director is accountable to the company, shareholders and creditors by...

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Mar 21

Business disputes with EU customers and suppliers after Brexit

While the UK may now have a trade deal with the EU, businesses have spent the first part of the year picking through the detail to figure out what it...

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Mar 21

New rules for IR35 and off-payroll working from 6 April

After postponements in 2019 and 2020, the 6 April 2021 is the third date scheduled for the off-payroll working rules to be extended to the private sector. The purpose of...

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Jan 21

It is time to refresh HR policies and practices for 2021

2020 was a tumultuous year with employers having to respond rapidly to the challenges of the pandemic. Culturally the world has shifted too, with the Black Lives Matter movement bringing...

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Nov 20

Keeping your workforce agile and within the law

The viability of many businesses is on a knife edge and flexibility in scaling the workforce up or down at short notice has become increasingly important. For many employers, keeping...

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Oct 20

Seven pitfalls to avoid when making redundancies

As the Chancellor’s coronavirus job retention scheme enters its final phase and the prospect of a return to normal business seems distant for many companies, some employers are having to...

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Sep 20

Black Lives Matter: bringing change to the workplace

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, there is increased momentum in addressing racial inequalities at work. But this is against a backdrop of significant and long-standing barriers...

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Feb 20

Are you buying, selling or leasing a commercial property? Get the ‘Heads of Terms’ right!

If you’re involved in a commercial property transaction then it’s advisable to have proper Heads of Terms (HOTS) in place from the outset. These documents are important in that they...

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Jan 20

Shareholders’ agreements – what you need to know

Shareholders' agreements are strongly recommend in closely held companies to regulate the affairs of the company and the relationship of the shareholders.  There are a number of provisions one would...

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Dec 19

‘Tis the season to behave – an Employer’s guide to Christmas

The BBC has reported that Lloyd’s of London have been told to behave during the Christmas season after a survey it commission revealed that 8% of its workers said that...

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Nov 19

Understanding best practice when monitoring employees

The aim of this short article is to highlight some of the key areas to be considered before monitoring employees use of emails, internet and telephone systems, with a view...

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Sep 19

New legal director to boost Corporate team at Raworths

Raworths is growing its Corporate team with the recruitment of Jon Healey who joins the firm as a Legal Director. The senior appointment follows a consistent period of growth for...

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Jul 19

Taking the lid off unlawful behaviour in the workplace

Employers are being urged to consider their procedures following calls from MPs to prevent employers using Non-Disclosure Agreements to silence employees in situations of unlawful treatment. The move follows the publication...

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