The wedding season is nearly upon us but these days many more couples decide to cohabit rather than tying the knot. However, it is important to know that being unmarried can create a financial disadvantage should the relationship fail in the future.
In the eyes of the law, there is no such thing as a common-law husband or wife. If you are not married you cannot necessarily claim a share of your partner’s income, capital or pension upon separation, no matter how long you have been together or how many children you may have between you.
If your partner passes away whilst paying into a work place pension, unlike a married person, you would not be entitled to receive anything unless you have previously been nominated to receive a Death in Service benefit.
You will not enquire an interest in your partner’s house unless you and your partner have specifically entered into…
With April 5th fast approaching, ensuring your business is structured correctly could save you money on your tax bill.
Developing a structured plan for your business is vital not only to achieve your objectives but to also save you money and protect you from legal problems. Our team is experienced and skilled in many aspects of business planning and can help you with the following:
- Business Planning
- Business Restructuring
- Exit Strategies
- Change management
- Pre-exit Planning for Tax Efficiency
- Crisis Planning
- Tax Planning
- Company Finance
- Succession Planning
For expert advice, contact our Company & Commercial law team on 01792 450010 or email…
At some point, many businesses may find they have a dispute or find themselves in a dispute situation.
Whether it is a simple debt claim or a substantial contractual dispute, you should seek legal advice.
In many instances, it may be possible to resolve the issue away from the courts through mediation where a trained mediator will work with both parties to try and obtain a fair result based on your situation.
Whilst this is a preferred option for many (especially those who do not want the detail of the situation to become public knowledge), there are times when mediation does not…
To meet the ever-changing needs of the marketplace we have designed a bespoke Human Resources support plan – The Guardian Scheme.
The scheme addresses both the legal and human resource requirements of your businesses as well as health and safety advice as an affordable optional extra.
By addressing both functions we can protect and support our clients while maximising the potential of their greatest asset – their people; and allowing them to concentrate on doing what they do best – running their business.
Guardian Scheme Benefits
- Comprehensive HR advice
- Monthly meetings either by telephone or face to face
- On-line telephone support on…
Whether you are a micro-SME employing less than five people or a well-established, multi-site organisation employing five hundred plus, HR matters can be an issue for many business and potentially very costly.
It is with this in mind that we pose the question “HR Consultant or Employment Lawyer?” as a recent case brought this question to the fore with a very clear answer.
Whilst we are unable to identify the company in question, we are able to outline some key aspects of the case, in particular, the client’s thoughts on this question.
The client, a charitable organisation, required our services to defend…
Preparing for your death is important and making sure that your estate will pass as intended is essential. This can all be achieved by preparing and wording your Will correctly.
You may find that there are many options available to you when preparing a Will from downloading a template online to purchasing “off-the-shelf” wills from many high-street stationary businesses. Whilst these may save money in the short term, if not prepared correctly could result in your wishes not being carried out.
Janelle Carter-Jones, Wills and Probate Specialist at Peter Lynn and Partners commented “You should be cautious when drafting your Will…
Terms and conditions of business are arguably one of the most important documents you will use. They are designed to protect you and your business and ensure you operate on your terms.
Whilst you can draft your own terms and conditions of business, if you find yourself in a position where you need to enforce your terms in a court of law, you will find it extremely difficult if not impossible to do so.
Consider the following scenario.
A customer has signed your terms and conditions and agreed to pay you within 30 days of invoice for your services. The customer…