Articles


Buying a Company: Do You Really Know What You Are Taking On?

Feb 02, 2018

When buying a company, professional advice is always absolutely necessary so that you have a full understanding of exactly what you are taking on. In one case that proved the point, the purchaser of part of a global management consultancy group claimed to have found itself facing millions in unexpected tax liabilities.

Contract Adjudications – Breaches of Natural Justice Are Hard to Prove

Feb 02, 2018

Violations of natural justice are often cited by those who are unhappy with contract adjudicator's decisions. However, as one High Court case concerning a hotel development showed, such breaches are far from easy to prove.

Gender pay Gap Reporting- Deadline Approaches

Feb 01, 2018

Whilst the BBC and Easyjet have headlined the news on the topic of differences in pay between male and female employees, it is important to remember that the requirement to publish annual gender pay gap data applies to all private sector employers with 250 or more employees and the deadline for the year commencing April 2017 is 4 April 2018. If the rules apply to you and you are not registered, it should be remembered that registration can take up to a week.

Motor Insurers Bring Businessman Who ‘Staged’ Road Accident to Book

Feb 01, 2018

Motor insurance fraud is far from being a victimless crime in that honest drivers have to pay for the deceit of others in the form of higher premiums. The courts are not blind to the problem, however, and, in one case, a businessman who staged a bogus road accident was ordered to repay his ill-gotten gains and came within an ace of being sent to prison.

Are ‘Casual’ Staff Entitled to Workers’ Rights?

Jan 31, 2018

Are so called 'casual' staff entitled to the panoply of rights afforded to 'workers' by the Employment Rights Act 1996? A tribunal grappled with that vital issue in a case concerning a pipe fitter who found a temporary job through a recruitment agency.

Make Sure You Appoint an Independent Solicitor to Execute Your Will

Jan 23, 2018

It may be tempting to save a little money by appointing a loved one - rather than an expert solicitor - as executor of your will. However, as one case concerning a dispute between three brothers showed, that is rarely a wise course to take.

Congratulations to Jane Whitfield on her STEP qualification

Jan 21, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Jane Whitfield, one of the senior solicitors in our Private Client team, has passed with distinction her final academic assessment required by The Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) to qualify as a Trusts and Estates Practitioner, allowing her to use the letters TEP after her name.

Mortgage Possession Claims

Jan 21, 2018

If you get into mortgage arrears, then your mortgage lender may decide to take possession action against you which could lead to you losing your home. Unfortunately, mortgage possession claims are a rising trend.

Big Changes Ahead for Charities Working With Children

Jan 21, 2018

In May 2018, a two-year window will close for organisations, including charities, to prepare for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Are you ready?

Busting the Common Law Marriage Myth

Jan 15, 2018

The common law marriage myth is the concept that if a couple cohabits for a certain period of time they are entitled to the same rights as a married couple when dividing up their assets and finances. In November 2017 Resolution published their results from a survey which found that two-thirds of cohabitating couples wrongly believe that ‘common-law marriage’ laws exist. Listed below are three ways that rights differ between married and cohabiting couples.

Welcome to the Barrett and Co Articles Library, here you will find articles on many relevant and interesting topics. This section will be updated every few months so check back regularly. If you have any suggestions for articles please email [email protected] or use the Contact Form on the right.

Please note that whilst we make every effort to make sure that these articles reflect the law at the time they are written, they are not maintained as the law is constantly changing and affects each person or business in different ways. If you require specific advice on a matter please call our office or email the relevant solicitor and they will be happy to assist you.

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