“Live as though you will die tomorrow, but farm as though you will live forever.” – John Marsden “…But always remember that you might not.” – Martin Reynolds Readers are (or should be) already familiar with me urging owners and directors of companies to consider creating Lasting Powers of Attorney so that the continued running…

Last updated 4th May 2020 For updates since 1st June 2020, please click here What is furlough leave? Furlough leave is a type of paid leave which the government introduced via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) to help businesses retain their staff during the coronavirus crisis. It enables employers to agree with their employees…

As Coronavirus COVID-19 continues its onslaught, the British Government has recently rolled out its latest advice to the general public with the message to remain in ‘lockdown’ save to carry out a strict few necessary tasks. Employers and employees are both understandably worried about future employment ramifications of an extended lockdown or a lengthy time…

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced by the government last week to help employers if they cannot cover staff costs due to Covid-19.  The aim is to avoid redundancies, and the scheme can offer grants of up to 80% of an employee’s wage for all employment costs – up to a cap of £2,500…

It is the number one news topic in recent weeks and is likely to be so for quite some time. However, for businesses, the coronavirus outbreak has left them facing some unexpected, yet significant, issues. High among them is the effect of the virus on contracts and business will want to know whether their contract…

We all know about and are familiar with the importance of advice from accountants in the context of business sales.  They can advise to ensure that the transaction is put together in a tax efficient way – that maximum use is made of the various reliefs available (including, in particular, entrepreneur’s relief).  This will have…

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,…

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