Q1 Commercial Forecast
Date Posted: 14/01/2015
Author: 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.
Pre-nuptial agreements and the family business
Date Posted: 05/06/2014
Author: 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.
Farrer & Co Family Business Barometer - initial results
Date Posted: 06/02/2014
Author: 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 government is doing enough to help family firms.
Update on recent and forthcoming employment law changes
Date Posted: 30/10/2013
Author: 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?
Date Posted: 18/10/2013
Author: 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 sector will use the Green Deal to carry out the energy improvements needed”.
Copyright ownership: a refresher for business owners
Date Posted: 10/10/2013
Author: Jane Randell
Having a brand that fits and positively reflects your business is critical. With the rise and rise of social media and the importance of online marketing, businesses are increasingly looking to designers and other partners to assist them in ensuring that their branding and other materials remain up to scratch.
However, the benefits tha...
Penalty Clauses - A More Flexible Approach for Businesses?
Date Posted: 10/10/2013
Author: Daniella Lloyd
In Cavendish Square Holdings BV and another v Makdessi  EWHC 3582 the courts have signalled that a more flexible and commercial approach will be taken in relation to penalty clauses. As such, agreements should be carefully drafted, particularly in connection with good/bad leaver provisions and earn-outs, to ensure that clauses would stand up to the four questions...
When is a partnership not a partnership?
Date Posted: 01/08/2013
Author: Jonathan Haley
In the recent case of Ilott v Williams & Ors the Court of Appeal was asked to consider, where parties had come together with a view to carrying on a business, the point at which they could be said to be in partnership as opposed to merely carrying out preparatory work. In this briefing we provide a short summary and analysis of the case...
Design Updates for Businesses
Date Posted: 04/07/2013
Author: Peter Wienand and Anna Barber
Navigating through the patchwork of various options to protect designs, features and products for varying periods of time often presents difficulties for smaller creative businesses seeking to protect their valuable IP.
April saw two significant developments in relation to the UK design laws. The first relates to the extension of the period of protection for mass pro...
Employment Bulletin - June 2013
Date Posted: 21/06/2013
Author: David Smellie
In our June 2013 Employment Bulletin we summarise some of the new legislation due to come into force over the next year. Reforms include changes to the current whistleblowing regime, new tribunal fees, new employment tribunal procedural rules and the new ACAS Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements.
We also review some recent decisions from the Courts inc...
Veils, Trusts, and Fast Cars
Date Posted: 12/06/2013
Author: Jeremy Posnansky QC
On 12 June 2013, the Supreme Court gave its decision in the case of Petrodel v Prest, in which Caroline Holley and I acted for Mrs Prest. The importance of the case extends far beyond family law and into vital aspects of company law.
What was the case all about?
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