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Shareholders Agreements: The Background and Benefits

August 22, 2016 | Business Services

Background Historically, it has always been the case that the so called “constitution” of a company (of which the articles of association are most important) forms a contract between all the shareholders of the company. Section 33(1) of Companies Act 2006 enshrines this in statute and, in effect, creates contractual relationships with powers of enforcement(Read more)

Post ‘BREXIT’: The Only Certainty is…Uncertainty?

July 12, 2016 | Residential Property, Commercial Property, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Business Services, Private Client, Family Services, Motoring and Road Transport, The Arts

Although there has been huge political fallout in the last fortnight as a result of the BREXIT vote, the long-term effect on British jobs, business and individuals is unclear. From an economic perspective, after an initial plummet from 6338 to under 6000, the stock market appears to have recovered to near pre-vote levels (FTSE 100(Read more)

New Minimum Wage Rates

May 13, 2016 | Employment, Business Services, Private Client

The Low Pay Commission’s recommendations for increasing the national minimum wage from next October have been approved.  The new rates will be as follows:   From 1 October 2016 Until 1 October 2016 Adult hourly rate (21-24 year olds) £6.95 £6.70 18-20 year olds £5.55 £5.30 16-17 year olds £4.00 £3.87 Apprentice Rate £3.40 £3.30(Read more)

Telephone Numbers and Direct Marketing

April 29, 2016 | Dispute Resolution, Business Services

A useful change in the law comes from a new EU Directive aimed at the telemarketing industry.   The law applies to all UK registered companies even if their call centres are based overseas. As from 16th May 2016, all live and automated calls must either disclose the telephone number from which they are made(Read more)

Hazardous Waste: The Law and the Imminent Change

February 26, 2016 | Business Services

THE BACKGROUND All companies and organisations that produce more than 500 kilograms of hazardous waste in a 12 month period are required to register their premises with the Environment Agency or Natural Resource Wales if they are based in Wales. There is no system of registration for Scotland or Northern Ireland. The requirements for control(Read more)

Professional Services

February 16, 2016 | Business Services

If you are an expert in your field, you are likely to get asked for informal advice from time to time by friends and colleagues. A recent case has highlighted the risks that can be faced. Even where there is no question of any contract arising between the expert and the person seeking advice, it(Read more)