In a famous operatic piece from the Barber of Seville, written in 1813, Gioacchino Rossini warns of the power of defamatory rumour (“la calunnia”) to grow from a gentle breeze (“venticello”) into an earthquake, leaving the unfortunate subject of the rumour (“il meschino calunniato”) trampled and degraded.   Little, it would seem, has been learned since…

One of the problems facing modern business is maintaining cash flow. Nearly all business will have costs, such as salaries, rent and business taxes that must be paid regardless of how much they receive in income. Whilst the vast majority of invoices are likely to be paid without dispute, difficulties arise when there is a…

How can the reality of a tradesman providing mobile repair services to the public from a van be reconciled with the right to cancel provided for in the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (“the Regulations”) (the so called “cooling off period”)? Whilst I am not aware of case-law definitively deciding the…

Although there is no legal requirement to agree a shareholders’ agreement it could well save you a lot of trouble should disputes/conflicts arise further down the line between you and your fellow shareholders. Understandably, putting in place an agreement of this kind is not a priority in the crucial first stages of starting your business,…

Plain Jane to Alphabet Soup in 5 Easy Steps Readers will already be familiar with the concept of the “share capital” of a company and with seeing declarations (in the accounts and elsewhere) that the “issued share capital” of the company is, for example: “10 Ordinary Shares of £1 each.” Breaking down that statement a…

In a recent case, Sanderson Ltd v Simtom Food Products Ltd (February 2019) the parties entered into an agreement in November 2014 for a project involving the supply of software and support. There was to be a review of the client’s business and its requirements with a view to the preparation of an implementation plan….

We are all familiar with the scenario, given the restricted free time our busy lives concede us: A lengthy document arrives (very often in electronic form) from the software company, bank or other organisation from which we desire goods and/or services and we simply click the button marked “I accept” without even reading the terms…

It’s very hard sometimes to keep up with all the legal implications of running a business. That’s why helping business owners with their contracts of employment and Statutory Sick Pay policies keeps me busy… So here’s a quick and brief summary for you on Statutory Sick Pay and who is entitled to it and when….

Ah golf.  That sport (? – pastime) much beloved of aspiring professionals. Capable of taking up infinite amounts of two things which for any working person are in short supply: time and money.  And for what? For what indeed. Few things can compare to the pleasure of standing over a stationary golf ball on a…

The long-awaited Supreme Court decision as to whether a landlord can succeed under Section 30(1)(f) of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 has decided that in the case of S Franses Limited v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited 2018 where the Court unanimously allowed the tenant’s appeal in the much anticipated decision on the meaning…

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