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New Debt Collection Protocol - A Focus on Settlement

Sep 26, 2017

On 1st October 2017, a new debt collection pre-action protocol will come into effect in England and Wales. The protocol, the first of its kind specifically for debt claims, will apply to consumer debts disputes where a business is claiming debt repayment from an individual. Debts claimed by public bodies will also be covered, as will debts involving sole traders, both as creditors and debtors. Business to business debts, are not covered by the protocol.

Building Disputes - 7 Ways to Avoid Them

Sep 26, 2017

Justin Sadler advises on how to avoid building disputes; he is currently having building work carried out on his own house and gives his top seven tips on how to help the project along.

Business LPAs - How to protect your business and give you peace of mind

Sep 26, 2017

As a business owner, it is important to consider what would happen if you were unable to make decisions and how this would affect the running of the business.

Without Prejudice - Keeping your offers out of Court!

Sep 25, 2017

"Without Prejudice"- Many people have heard of the term but few actually know what it means and most use it incorrectly.

What is collaborative law and how can it work for you?

Aug 31, 2017

Talking to your spouse about a separation or divorce can often be upsetting and stressful for you both. It will be hard to discuss and resolve issues around your finances (and children if applicable) but ultimately the best way to keep the process amicable is through trying to sort out the issues together.

Will your Death in Service payment result in an Inheritance Tax bill?

Aug 31, 2017

A Death in Service payment is a lump sum of money that can be paid to a nominated beneficiary out of your pension scheme if a person dies before they retire. It is down to the individual employer to decide whether to offer a Death in Service payment; and the size of such payment. The deceased would normally have had the opportunity to nominate an individual or individuals to receive such a payment but Death in Service Trustees have ultimate discretion over the selection of the beneficiary.

Overview of Distribution and Agency Agreements

Aug 29, 2017

Agency and Distribution Agreements are typically used as a low risk means of expanding a business into new markets. Effectively the business is using the agent and distributor to market their products.

Employment Tribunal fees scrapped after Supreme Court ruling

Aug 29, 2017

The Government has been forced to scrap employment tribunal fees after a ruling by the Supreme Court in July, bringing an abrupt end to a policy that has been controversial since its introduction in 2013 under the Coalition Government.

Debtor not paying? How to enforce Money Judgements

Aug 29, 2017

Once you have obtained a County Court Judgement against a debtor (Please see last month’s article entitled Debt Recovery – Going Legal) one of the most frustrating things that can happen is that they still refuse to pay and you are still out of pocket.

Deadlocked Companies - Judges Have the Power to End Paralysis

Aug 29, 2017

Ever wondered what could happen if you fall out with the other shareholders in your company? In this article Rob Jefferies looks at what can happen when shareholders disagree in a company where no one has a controlling interest.

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 info@barrettandco.co.uk 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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