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…

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is something that is becoming increasingly common in dispute resolution procedures, whether via eBay or in formal court litigation procedures. Some contracts or areas of law require the parties to first attempt ADR, and it is general court policy to encourage parties to attempt ADR. There can be significant cost…

Or: KISS (keep it short and simple) With frustrating regularity, I am consulted by people who have come up with a good idea, have worked hard to transform that idea into a viable business proposition and have then done a deal with venture capitalists (“dragons”) to obtain the funding they need to move the business…

The Supreme Court ruled that Ashers bakery’s refusal to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage was not discriminatory. The high-profile dispute began in 2014 when the bakery refused to make a cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”.  The customer, gay rights activist Gareth Lee, sued the company for discrimination on the…

Sympathy for the Devil, or, be sure you are clear about who you are giving references to, and what those references are intended to be used for. A rare moment of excitement in the usually grey world of Reynolds Towers (otherwise known as the Property & Commercial Department at Barrett & Co) was provided by…

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