Builders Liable After Fire

Jan 12, 2015

A couple who were heartbroken when their £4 million 'eco-home' burnt to the ground when it was close to completion have won the right to full compensation for their loss from a construction company involved in the project. The couple sued the company for more than £3.5 million in damages after fire tore through the property, which was built on a private island off the south coast of England.…

Complex divorces

Jan 12, 2015

All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger. In order to reduce these negative aspects, Mr Justice Mostyn has released a statement outlining procedures designed to enhance efficiency in the disposal of financial remedy cases to be heard by a High Court judge. The changes include a requirement…

DIY Executors

Jan 12, 2015

Claims against dishonest executors have trebled in 12 months, according to the Law Gazette.  The increase in the number of claims is thought to result from the appointment of friends and family members as executors rather than professional executors such as solicitors. There are many reasons for using a professional executor, such as:

LLP Members and Pensions

Jan 12, 2015

Following the decision of the Supreme Court that a member of a limited liability partnership (LLP) should be considered to be a 'worker' for employment law purposes, the Pensions Regulator has confirmed that LLP members can be eligible for pensions auto-enrolment.  If you require advice on the employment status…

Rugby Sponsorship Claim

Jan 12, 2015

In an important decision for corporate sponsors and those who benefit from their financial help, a fishing company which stumped up £1.2 million in support of its cash-strapped local rugby club has suffered defeat in its legal campaign to deduct that sum from its profits assessable to Corporation…

Terminal Dilapidations

Jan 12, 2015

What’s New in Terminal Dilapidations?  What are the implications of the repair clause in this Lease? Is it worth the expense (and delay) of getting a Schedule of Condition prepared before signing? A terminal dilapidations claim is the landlord’s…

Firm News Autumn 2014

Sep 15, 2014

Everyone at the firm would like to congratulate Robert Jefferies (below right) who became a Solicitor on 1st August 2014.Robert first joined the firm in December 2011 as a paralegal and after completing his training contract with us, he is now a member of the Company Commercial Department. Following hot on Robert’s heels, Charlotte Mckenty, who started as one of our Legal Support Assistants,…

Acas issues revised TUPE guidance

Sep 10, 2014

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has issued revised guidance for employers, entitled ‘Handling TUPE transfers’, on how to handle business transfers to which the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply. This takes into account changes to the legislation introduced by the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection…

Disqualification & company ownership changes

Sep 10, 2014

The Government plans to make sweeping revisions to the regulations concerning the disqualification of directors. These will generally operate to make the regime more punitive towards directors whose behaviour is deemed to warrant a penalty. The changes include the introduction of the ability to ban from being a director of a British company a person…

Shadow director duties

Sep 10, 2014

Shareholders are not necessarily directors of a company, which may lead them to believe that they cannot be held responsible for the actions of the company in which they have a stake. However, when a shareholder (or anyone else) exerts sufficient sway over a director to influence the company’s business, the court may consider them to be a ‘shadow director’. A shadow director is a person…

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