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Falling Out: how to avoid disputes and how to have difficult conversations News - Briefing

Date: 19/01/2017 Authors : Elizabeth Sainsbury

The age old saying says that you should never mix family and business. Yet, in the UK, there are thousands of successful family businesses that put that adage to the test every day. Often the road to success in family business is not an easy one. The scope for dispute within family businesses is...

Succession planning – the importance of protecting your business News - Briefing

Date: 12/12/2016 Authors : Sonal Shah

The recent sudden death of the Duke of Westminster and his involvement in the Grosvenor Estate and Wheatsheaf has cast a light on the practical considerations, both long and short-term, which arise on the death of a key family and business member. Irrespective of a business's size, the death of a...

Safeguarding your business against the risk of mental incapacity News - Briefing

Date: 30/11/2016 Authors : Bryony Cove

For entrepreneurs and business owners, it is crucial to put provisions in place to protect your business. No one is immune to health risk. Mental capacity can be lost in a multitude of ways, for example through illness or injury, and may seriously affect your ability to make decisions whether...

What's in a name? Karen Millen loses battle to use her own name in business News - Briefing

Date: 20/09/2016 Authors : Emily Arnold, Alicia Mendonca

Karen Millen has lost a claim in the High Court against Karen Millen Fashions Limited, over the right to use her name in respect of her own ongoing business ventures.

Brexit and Data Protection – What about the GDPR? News - Briefing

Date: 06/07/2016 Authors : Julian Pike, Alicia Mendonca

The recent decision to leave the EU has left many wondering about the future of data protection law in the UK, not least because of the impending introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into force on 25 May 2018.

EU Trade Mark Reforms – an update News - Briefing

Date: 17/03/2016 Authors : Peter Wienand

Just before Christmas the EU adopted its new package of trade mark reforms, in the form of the new Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 (coming into force on 23 March 2016) and the Trade Marks Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436) (which came into force on 13 January 2016 but allows Member States until Janua...

Young Entrepreneur's guide to starting a business - Part 4 News - Briefing

Date: 06/11/2012 Authors :

Previously we have looked at carrying out market research and creating a business plan , setting up the right legal ownership structure for your business and selecting and protecting your brand . When running and setting up your own business your personal affairs may end up at the bottom of the...

Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business - Part 1 News - Briefing

Date: 20/09/2011 Authors : Richard Belsey

So you have a great idea and you have decided to start your own business. But what next? In our new series of practical articles we look at starting a business step by step, providing advice, guidance and tips to help you on your way. 

Stepping in before it’s too late: How to remove directors who lack capacity News - Briefing

Date: 16/07/2015 Authors : Anthony Turner

What happens when a director of a company has become physically or mentally incapable of acting as a director? This article explores how a director may be removed from office of a private limited company. Articles of Association of the Company govern removal in some scenarios, but not all.

Q3 Commercial Forecast News - Briefing

Date: 13/07/2015 Authors : David Fletcher

Welcome to the Summer edition of our Commercial Forecast. We aim to help to keep our business clients in the know about a range of legal developments and issues that might affect them and the markets in which they operate. In this edition we cover a broad range of topics including the new cyber...

Young Entrepreneur's guide to starting a business (Part 5) News - Briefing

Date: 03/06/2013 Authors : Richard Belsey

A whistle stop tour of alternative funding options for start-ups   As part of our “Young Entrepreneur’s guide to starting a business” series of articles, one of the important topics that we shall focus on is traditional ways of raising funds both organically and/or externally.  Before we go down...

Young Entrepreneur's Guide to starting a business - Part 3 News - Briefing

Date: 30/05/2012 Authors :

In our previous two parts of this guide we looked at carrying out market research and creating a business plan as well as setting up the right legal ownership structure for your business . In this, our third, instalment, David Copping explains the key legal issues to be considered by new business...

Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business - Part 2 News - Briefing

Date: 27/01/2012 Authors :

Following on from the popular first article in our guide to starting a business which looked at carrying out market research and creating an objective business plan, Richard Belsey , associate in our Corporate team, provides guidance on setting up the right legal ownership structure for your new...

Q1 Commercial Forecast News - Briefing

Date: 14/01/2015 Authors : David Fletcher

Welcome to our inaugural Commercial Forecast . In each edition we flag up key legal developments over the coming financial quarter, helping to put them on the radar of our business clients and their advisors. Please click here to read

Things Get Serious: Defining Defamation News - Briefing

Date: 12/08/2014 Authors : Tom Rudkin

A version of this article appeared in Entertainment Law Review, Ent. L.R. 25(6), 588 822, reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

Entrepreneurs and Family Business Group Summer Newsletter 2014 News - Briefing

Date: 12/08/2014 Authors : Richard Lane

From 30th June any UK employee who has worked for a company for more than six months has the right to request flexible working. According to the Government this means that 20 million people can now benefit, however what does this mean for an SME employer?

Pre-nuptial agreements and the family business News - Briefing

Date: 05/06/2014 Authors : Nicholas Bennett

English divorces start from the principle that wealth should be divided equally between husband and wife. For many directors of family businesses, the company will be one of the biggest assets at stake; and a division of shares, or an extraction of cash, can seriously damage its health.

Entrepreneurs and Family Business Group Spring Newsletter News - Briefing

Date: 13/03/2014 Authors : Richard Lane

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of our Entrepreneurs & Family Business Group Newsletter which we hope provides you with a useful update on legal developments that might affect your business.

The Commissioners for H M Revenue & Customs (Respondents) v Forde and McHugh Limited (Appellant) ([2014] UKSC 14) News - Briefing

Date: 26/02/2014 Authors :

The Revenue has long tried to argue that arrangements deferring the payment of remuneration to an employee should be ignored.  The reason is simple – if the fact that the employee does not yet have the money can be ignored, the tax is paid earlier.

Farrer & Co Family Business Barometer - initial results News - Briefing

Date: 06/02/2014 Authors : Richard Lane

We are delighted to share the initial results from the Farrer & Co Family Business Barometer, our exciting new tool for family businesses. The Barometer aims to give a voice to family business in the UK and share the sector's thoughts on current issues, the economic outlook and whether the...

Unlocking Value For The Older Generation News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2014 Authors : Richard Lane

Richard Lane, Head of the Entrepreneurs and Families in Business Group, has provided an article for Family Business United entitled 'Unlocking Value for the Older Generation.' The article suggests how family business owners can balance paying for their retirement and safely hand over the reins to...

Default Clauses in Share Purchase Agreements: commercially justified, or unenforceable deterrents? News - Briefing

Date: 20/12/2013 Authors : Simon Ward

In this article, Simon Ward discusses the implications of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Talal El Makdessi v Cavendish Square Holdings B.V. [2013].

Entrepreneurs and Family Business Group Autumn eBriefing News - Briefing

Date: 07/11/2013 Authors : Richard Lane

Welcome to the Autumn 2013 edition of our Entrepreneurs & Family Business Group E-briefing which we hope provides you with a useful update on legal developments that might affect your business.  

Update on recent and forthcoming employment law changes News - Briefing

Date: 30/10/2013 Authors : David Hunt

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act ( ERRA 2013 ) was passed on 25 April 2013, paving the way for a number of significant changes to be made to employment legislation and practice.  Please click on the link below to see a timetable listing recent and forthcoming changes.

The Green Deal – a good deal for commercial property? News - Briefing

Date: 18/10/2013 Authors : Louisa Passmore

An All Party Parliamentary Group report published this month not only raised concerns about the ability of the Green Deal to deliver greater carbon emission reductions than the policies in place prior to its January 2013 launch but stated “there is considerable doubt as to whether the commercial...

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