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Jan 4 2018

Five Key New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

While we are all busy making personal New Year’s Resolutions, our businesses are often neglected, or at least overlooked. The Christmas break, however, provides the ideal opportunity to take stock and consider the perfect business New Year’s resolutions to take forward into 2018.

  1. Consider your Business Structure

As businesses grow, so their complexities evolve along with the specific needs of the enterprise. What was once an entirely appropriate business set-up may no longer provide the ideal commercial structure, for the future. Have you had new business opportunities? New starters? New financial drivers? Now is the time to review the current situation and look to ensure that your business plan supports your business now and for the coming year.

  1. Review you Shareholder Agreement

Where you are operating as a limited company by shares, a shareholder agreement is a vital document to ensure that the owners are all pulling together…

Jan 2 2018

Divorce After Christmas

Unfortunately, many marriages end shortly after Christmas.

Whether it’s the pressure of creating the perfect Christmas day, the stresses of the festive season impacting on an already strained relationship or a poor decision made under the influence of alcohol; many marriages come to an end at the start of January.

The first working day after New Years, referred to by some as ‘D-Day’, see’s a spike in divorce applications so whether you are thinking of leaving your spouse or your other half has told you the marriage is over, the first response is usually an emotional one.  This can range from…

Nov 30 2017

Gig Economy Case Focuses on Holiday Pay

The BBC has reported the latest legal decision to affect the so-called “gig economy”. This expression refers to working arrangements between parties in which one or both of the parties try to establish that the other is a self-employed independent contractor.

It is essential in a working relationship that proper consideration is given to the status of the worker. The consequences of getting it wrong can be far-reaching and expensive! The law recognises three working status being Employee, Worker and Self-Employed Contractor.

The scope of legal protection and entitlement varies greatly between each of the three categories. It is an employee…

Nov 27 2017

National Cohabitation Awareness Week

Today marks the start of national Cohabitation Awareness Week which aims to raise awareness about the lack of rights that exist for unmarried couples who live together.

Led by Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters; the week will shine a spotlight on unmarried couples who are at risk of losing everything if the relationship breaks down.

Sophie Pincott, partner and family law solicitor at Peter Lynn and Partners, commented “There are about 7 million people in the UK living in this type of relationship, making this the fastest growing…

Oct 27 2017

Why a DIY Divorce Is Not a Good Idea

Q:  I’ve heard the divorce forms are now more “user friendly”, so why should I use a solicitor instead of doing the divorce myself?

A:  Although the court forms have recently changed there are still many pitfalls and easy mistakes that can be made by those inexperienced in completing divorce petitions

Q: Such as?

A:  For example, there are five facts you can rely on to get your divorce.  No solicitor would ever advise you to use desertion, unless there were really exceptional circumstances, as it is a very technical legal definition, but the number of people using desertion as a result…

Oct 24 2017

Top Ten Tips When Buying a Business

Top Ten Tips When Buying a Business

Making the decision to take the plunge and start your own business is an exciting time. For many, the best way to get started is to purchase an existing business from someone looking to sell who has developed their own existing foundations. Although this may give you access to an existing, thriving business, there are multiple considerations that need to be taken into account, if the process is to be smooth and successful! Here are our top ten tips …

  1. Have you taken the appropriate tax and accounting advice? Getting this wrong at…
Oct 5 2017

Cohabitation Agreements.

More and more couples are living together without getting married and many people

believe that cohabiting couples have equivalent rights to married couples once they have lived together for a period of time (the myth of ‘common law marriage’).

However, this is not the case in England and Wales.

People who live together but do not marry never acquire the same rights and responsibilities as those who do get married, no matter how long they are together and regardless of whether or not they have children.

Nevertheless, if you own your own property, or are moving into a partner’s property, there are issues…