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Jul 14

Termination of Leases – Tips for Landlords

When tenants seek to vacate premises, reduce the size of their premises or renegotiate their leases, problems can be created for landlords. Here are some tips for landlords to help deal...

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Jul 14

Registering a Trade Mark

Your business has its own unique brand and reputation and it is vital in a competitive marketplace to ensure that these are protected from unscrupulous third parties. Some business owners do...

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Jul 14

Intellectual Property: Who Owns It?

One of the biggest sources of disputes in industries based on innovation is a difference of opinion about who owns the intellectual property (IP) created in terms of designs, software,...

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Jul 14

Protecting Your Design Rights

Protecting intellectual property has always been a complex area of law, but in one specific area things may be getting clearer. The Registered Designs Regulations 2001 include several protections for...

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Jul 14

Data Protection Policies and Personal Devices

A recent YouGov survey showed that 47 per cent of all UK employees now use their smartphone, tablet PC or other portable device for work purposes and the Information Commissioner’s...

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Jul 14

Bribery Act Guidance

The Government provides guidance for businesses on complying with the Bribery Act 2010, which came into force on 1 July 2011. The Act was originally scheduled to take effect in...

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May 14

Step by Step Plan for Health and Safety Compliance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a ‘step by step plan’ for businesses for protecting the health and safety of workers and others. The key recommended actions are:1....

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Dec 13

Written Statement of Employment Particulars

A contract of employment may be verbal but all employees, whether part-time or full-time, are entitled by law to be given a written statement setting out the main particulars of...

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Dec 13

A Guide to the Agency Workers Regulations

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. All agency workers are entitled, from the first day of their assignment, to information on any job vacancies...

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Nov 13

Pensions Auto-Enrolment – Basics

  The Pensions Act 2008 introduced a requirement for employers to automatically enrol certain workers into a pension scheme, unless they are already members of a qualifying scheme. Auto-enrolment is being...

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Nov 13

Pensions Auto-Enrolment – Basics

  The Pensions Act 2008 introduced a requirement for employers to automatically enrol certain workers into a pension scheme, unless they are already members of a qualifying scheme. Auto-enrolment is being...

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Nov 13

Brief Guide to the Administration of Troncs

The long-running series of disputes between employers in the hospitality industry and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) concerning the taxation of employees’ tips and their National Insurance (NI) status seems...

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Nov 13

Brief Guide to the Administration of Troncs

The long-running series of disputes between employers in the hospitality industry and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) concerning the taxation of employees’ tips and their National Insurance (NI) status seems...

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Nov 13

Outsourcing – Nine Steps to Success

These days more and more processes are being outsourced (run by external contractors under a service agreement) by more and more businesses. It is particularly common to outsource IT functions...

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Nov 13

Outsourcing – Nine Steps to Success

These days more and more processes are being outsourced (run by external contractors under a service agreement) by more and more businesses. It is particularly common to outsource IT functions...

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Nov 13

Business Relief – Traps for the Unwary

Most business people know that for family businesses there are generous Inheritance Tax (IHT) reliefs, which generally operate to make assets used in the business exempt or partially exempt from...

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Aug 13

Patents – The Basics

Some people may think that once you have obtained patent protection for your product, you need do nothing further to protect your rights against infringement or to claim damages from...

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Aug 13

Patents – The Basics

Some people may think that once you have obtained patent protection for your product, you need do nothing further to protect your rights against infringement or to claim damages from...

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Aug 13

TUPE – Post-Transfer Obligations and Collective Agreements

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that Article 3 of the European Acquired Rights Directive, which is transposed into UK law by the Transfer of...

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Aug 13

TUPE – Post-Transfer Obligations and Collective Agreements

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that Article 3 of the European Acquired Rights Directive, which is transposed into UK law by the Transfer of...

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Aug 13

Health and Safety – Working With Display Screen Equipment

Many workers spend a large part of their day looking at a computer screen, laptop or touch screen. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 specifically deal with...

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Aug 13

Health and Safety – Working With Display Screen Equipment

Many workers spend a large part of their day looking at a computer screen, laptop or touch screen. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 specifically deal with...

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Aug 13

Bring Your Own Device – Data Contollers' Obligations

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) requires data controllers to take appropriate technical and organisational measures to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or...

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Aug 13

Bring Your Own Device – Data Contollers' Obligations

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) requires data controllers to take appropriate technical and organisational measures to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or...

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Aug 13

E-Commerce Law – Compliance Guide

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations introduced specific legislation to underpin e-commerce. If your business has an Internet presence then you need to make sure that you are not falling...

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Aug 13

HMRC – Overnight and Subsistence Expenses

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are well known for their dislike of claiming expenses without complete documentation but the reality, as every businessperson knows, is that maintaining complete and accurate documentation...

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Aug 13

HMRC – Overnight and Subsistence Expenses

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are well known for their dislike of claiming expenses without complete documentation but the reality, as every businessperson knows, is that maintaining complete and accurate documentation...

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Aug 13

Company Disclosure Rules – The Basics

The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 set out the the requirements as to where and when company trading names, names of directors etc. need to be shown. The Statutory Instrument...

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Aug 13

Company Disclosure Rules – The Basics

The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 set out the the requirements as to where and when company trading names, names of directors etc. need to be shown. The Statutory Instrument...

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Aug 13

Employee Fraud: Warning Signs

Employee fraud was a boom area even before the recession started.  ‘Targeted’ frauds, often backed by organised criminals, are also becoming more common. In these cases, an employee (often using...

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Aug 13

Employee Fraud: Warning Signs

Employee fraud was a boom area even before the recession started.  ‘Targeted’ frauds, often backed by organised criminals, are also becoming more common. In these cases, an employee (often using...

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Jul 13

False Claims on a CV – What to Do

According to research by the Risk Advisory Group, more than half of CVs submitted by job applicants contain lies or inaccuracies. These range from gaps in employment history to false...

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Jul 13

False Claims on a CV – What to Do

According to research by the Risk Advisory Group, more than half of CVs submitted by job applicants contain lies or inaccuracies. These range from gaps in employment history to false...

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Apr 13

Entrepreneur's Relief – the Basics

From 6 April 2008 disposals of qualifying businesses and business assets have been eligible for Entrepreneurs’ Relief. In simple terms, it allows business owners to reduce their Capital Gains Tax liability...

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Apr 13

Entrepreneur's Relief – the Basics

From 6 April 2008 disposals of qualifying businesses and business assets have been eligible for Entrepreneurs’ Relief. In simple terms, it allows business owners to reduce their Capital Gains Tax liability...

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Mar 13

Remedies for Breach of Contract

Having the right contract is always a good idea, but no matter how much protection it offers, no contract can prevent a breach of contract by the other party. If you...

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Mar 13

Remedies for Breach of Contract

Having the right contract is always a good idea, but no matter how much protection it offers, no contract can prevent a breach of contract by the other party. If you...

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Dec 12

Patents Made Simple

In response to representations regarding the cost of obtaining intellectual property protection in the UK, the Intellectual Property Office has introduced a new online patent system called Ipsum. Ipsum will allow...

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Dec 12

Patents Made Simple

In response to representations regarding the cost of obtaining intellectual property protection in the UK, the Intellectual Property Office has introduced a new online patent system called Ipsum. Ipsum will allow...

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Aug 12

When is an Environmental Impact Assessment Necessary?

The The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 apply to any development likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue of its...

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Apr 12

Options and Pre-emption Rights

Prospective purchasers and vendors of land frequently wish to ‘lock in’ the other party to the deal and the means by which this is done will normally involve the prospective...

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Apr 12

Options and Pre-emption Rights

Prospective purchasers and vendors of land frequently wish to ‘lock in’ the other party to the deal and the means by which this is done will normally involve the prospective...

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Feb 12

Construction Act Changes

On 1 October 2011, changes to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (normally called the Construction Act) came into force. These apply to all relevant contracts entered into...

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Feb 12

Construction Act Changes

On 1 October 2011, changes to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (normally called the Construction Act) came into force. These apply to all relevant contracts entered into...

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Feb 12

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, but that is not necessarily the case. The complexities of...

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Feb 12

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, but that is not necessarily the case. The complexities of...

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Feb 12

Companies Act Model Articles – Think First

Since the Companies Act 2006 came into effect, the incorporation of a company has been straightforward as the Act provides an easy to use set of model articles of incorporation. However,...

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Feb 12

Companies Act Model Articles – Think First

Since the Companies Act 2006 came into effect, the incorporation of a company has been straightforward as the Act provides an easy to use set of model articles of incorporation. However,...

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Jan 12

Failing to Prevent Bribery – Are You at Risk?

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. It created a new offence which can be committed by a commercial organisation if it fails to prevent persons...

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Jan 12

Failing to Prevent Bribery – Are You at Risk?

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. It created a new offence which can be committed by a commercial organisation if it fails to prevent persons...

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Sep 11

Dealing With Breach of Patent

When you discover that a business has breached your patent, what should you do? The answer to this question has two elements. The first is based on what you can do...

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Sep 11

Dealing With Breach of Patent

When you discover that a business has breached your patent, what should you do? The answer to this question has two elements. The first is based on what you can do...

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Mar 11

Understanding Options

People who want to buy a property but do not currently have the means to do so, or who simply want to be guaranteed the opportunity to buy it during...

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Mar 11

Understanding Options

People who want to buy a property but do not currently have the means to do so, or who simply want to be guaranteed the opportunity to buy it during...

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Mar 11

Disputes in the EU – Rules on Applicable Law

Where a dispute has a foreign element, one of the common problems is deciding under what jurisdiction legal action should be taken. This is avoided in many commercial contracts by...

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Mar 11

Disputes in the EU – Rules on Applicable Law

Where a dispute has a foreign element, one of the common problems is deciding under what jurisdiction legal action should be taken. This is avoided in many commercial contracts by...

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Oct 10

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 proves to be the...

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Oct 10

Freedom of Information – What it Means in Practice

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 came fully into force on 1 January 2005 and it has serious implications for businesses doing business with the public sector. The reason...

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Oct 10

Freedom of Information – What it Means in Practice

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 came fully into force on 1 January 2005 and it has serious implications for businesses doing business with the public sector. The reason...

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Oct 10

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 now back in the spotlight. An effective RoT...

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