Co-parenting successfully in lockdown

How to remain calm and both see your children COVID-19 is causing increased tension for co-parents across the country, as they contend with child arrangements such as contact and home-schooling whilst managing work issues and financial security. Co-parenting in most instances can be extremely difficult and stressful, but co-parenting while social-distancing and self-isolating? Many couples […]

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Landmark case: Whittington Hospital (Commercial Surrogacy)

Commercial surrogacy is unlawful in this country, unlike in the USA for example, however, in a landmark case,  Whittington Hospital v XX 2020, the Supreme Court’s decision in a personal injury case, shows that the judiciary, are recognising the shift in society’s perception of surrogacy as a whole, and commercial surrogacy in particular. The UK’s […]

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Furlough or Redundancy (what are the options)

We have heard a lot recently of mass redundancies when other companies have been taking advantage of government schemes to protect its staff . The airlines , especially Virgin , have come under great scrutiny and criticism as a result of its decisions . So what’s the reason a company would choose redundancy over furlough […]

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Covid-19 Self-Employed Resilience Advice

Financial assistance for the Self-employed Chancellor Rishi Sunak has finally announced a package for the self-employed which will include people and businesses that’s can paid their earnings in addition to employed people. This is a relief and welcomed offering to everyone who is self-employed in the UK, and this means that being self employed is […]

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UPDATE – Covid-19 and the Courts

With the country grinding to a standstill it is paramount that the justice system remains functionable to help maintain public order, albeit it may be functioning in a different and more remote way to ensure that people remain safe in the Covid 19 Pandemic. A City Law Firm are keeping up to date with all […]

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Covid-19 Mitigating Business Disruption

Around the world businesses are being affected by Covid-19. Many may be unable to perform an obligation under a contract or find themselves with a supplier or service provider unable to service them.  In these circumstances what can you do to protect your business. Business interruption This may be because an area is in lock-down, […]

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Covid-19 Legal & Practical Considerations

There are numerous practical and legal issues facing businesses which continue to operate within the context of Covid-19 now that England is currently in lockdown.    Keep your business operational even if you have limited ability to go outside. Many businesses moved to home working following Government advice that this should be implemented. However, some businesses […]

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Business Resilience for Employers during Covid-19

At this time there are many struggles facing employers in the UK amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, but the government has implemented  many ways in which they can help.  As an employer what should you be aware of and what measures should you be putting in place to protect your business and staff? Home-working what should […]

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Coronavirus Business Support

Government aid for businesses A raft of measures have been introduced to assist businesses suffering as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our team have set out details of the measures , which are in place,  to help your business continue in these unprecedented times. We are here to assist you , but these government […]

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Business Resilience and Leading a Dispersed Team

In an unprecedented and uncertain time, business resilience and tools to ensure business continuity are imperative. With the advancement of technology and now COVID-19, working remotely is now the only way many of us can work. Leaders are understandably under pressure to continue business as usual whilst ensuring the productivity of their team members.’   […]

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International Surrogacy – COVID -19 Travel Ban

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting every facet of our lives and, unfortunately, shows no sign of abating any time soon. If you are a British Intended Parent (IP) resident in the UK and currently on an international surrogacy journey, we know that you will be extra worried about being able to be with your surrogate and to be there when your baby is born. The […]

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Surrogacy, who needs a lawyer and why?

Introduction Surrogacy is legal in the UK and those engaging in it are free to make arrangements between themselves. However, there are rules and specific processes that parties involved in surrogacy arrangements must be aware of and adhere to. We would encourage anyonetaking their first steps on the surrogacy journey to do as much research […]

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Utilising Blockchain Forensics in a Divorce with Hidden Cryptocurrency

As with all other assets, cryptocurrency such a Bitcoin must be properly disclosed within financial remedy proceedings following a divorce. However, due to its pseudonymous nature, clients going through the divorce process, where the onus is on each spouse to honestly disclose all of their assets, may have genuine concerns that such class of assets […]

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Heterosexual civil partnerships approved

The law in England and Wales has now been changed to allow heterosexual couples the right to enter civil partnerships. On 2 December 2019 theCivilPartnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 came into effect and eligibility for the Civil Partnership Act 2004 was amended. To enter a civil partnership, two people must: not be married and not […]

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What will the ‘No Fault Divorce Bill’ mean for me?

Taking the leap to begin a divorce or dissolution is never easy and can be made more difficult by the legal process to be navigated ahead. One aspect of the legal process, the necessity to specify a reason for the separation on the petition, is set to change with a new Bill currently being debated […]

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LGBT+ and the Law

This month, February 2020, is the UK’s LGBT history month. In honour of this, we have detailed the history of the relationship between the LGBT community and British law in the hope to raise awareness of the past and spread positivity into the future. Although the world has come so far, there is still much […]

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Parental bereavement leave – new laws 2020

New legislation will be introduced in April 2020 which will now give employees the right to receive paid parental bereavement leave if they suffer the loss of a child. New legislation will be introduced in April 2020 which will now give employees the right to receive paid parental bereavement leave if they suffer the loss […]

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The Importance of a Proper Redundancy Process

A recent employment case highlights the importance of following the correct procedure in a redundancy situation where an employee could claim the contrary. Mr O’Connor worked for East London NHS Foundation Trust, and was informed in March 2017 that his role as a Psycho-Social Intervention (PSI) Worker would be deleted. Mr O’Connor received a letter […]

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Brexit planning: consider your commercial contracts

In the wake of the recent election result held on 12 December 2019, Boris Johnson, the conservative prime minister has promised to deliver Brexit and in his words “get Brexit done” and has gained the trust of voters after he led the Conservatives to an historic general election win. Remaining in the EU is not […]

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TECH & IP

BLOCKCHAIN – is a decentralised, distributed ledger system offering complete transparency, used for numerous tech advances, including intellectual property rights (patents, designs, copyright and trade marks), encompassing digital identity, asset provenance and royalty distribution. IP RIGHTS Whilst patent protection provides a 20-year monopoly and corporate tax (patent box) relief, to register a patent, you must […]

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Equality and diversity in the workplace – how to be compliant and inclusive

Inequality, unfortunately, is still prevalent in the workplace, despite equality legislation and recognition by many organisations of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce. There are two major arguments in support of employers having a diverse and inclusive workforce, namely moral and financial. The moral case for diversity and inclusion When discussing this […]

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Updated Press Release:

Karen Holden is the founder of A City Law Firm judiciary.uk/judgments/r-on-the-application-of-tt-v-the-registrar-general-for-england-and-wales-and-others/ “As a firm that champions equality we are of course disappointed at the judgement and it highlights how the law is slow to keep up to modern society. Our founder was invited to be given Freedom of the City for her work towards Equality she says […]

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Is your business ready for investment?

Many businesses require funding or investment at some stage, either to launch or scale-up. The common route is equity share. Whilst this is readily available, these are not without pitfalls or obstacles. Working with many different companies, investors and financial groups have given us an insight into the options available for companies, including the risks, and benefits […]

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How Should You Handle LGBT Discrimination In The Workplace?

Here Total Business hears from Karen Holden, the Founder of A City Law Firm, who discusses the steps in handling LGBT discrimination in the workplace. The LGBT community are subjected to bullying and harassment in the workplace on a devasting scale. In a survey conducted by Stonewall, consisting of more than 5,000 LGBT people across […]

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Cryptocurrency: What it means for divorcing couples.

Bitcoin is known as the “gold standard” of cryptocurrency. Chances are you’ve heard of it but may not really understand its importance and growing relevance. In recent years, however, banks, governments and crucially divorce lawyers are beginning to take a much more forensic interest. And if you own bitcoin or have a spouse that does […]

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Restructuring to save your business: Which route should you take?

A properly planned restructure can save a company. Karen Holden, founder of A City Law Firm, looks at the different options available to business owners and advises on the most suitable route to take. What does it mean to restructure your business? Typically, when referring to restructuring a business people mean carving up the different parts of […]

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Drones in the construction industry is the way forward to save money;

The closure of Gatwick airport for three days, from 19th to 21st December 2018, grounded 1,000 flights and affected over 140,000 passengers. It is sadly this bad publicity that qualified and professional drone operators need to overcome. These were, however, all down to recreational operators who showed a complete disregard for safety and for others. […]

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How Emojis Are Creeping Into The Courtroom

Jurisdictions around the world are starting to recognise that the law must evolve in conjuncture with language and digital communication. Until now, courts have traditionally relied on hard evidence such as documents, words, audio and video recordings as evidence. However, the strong influence of popular culture and widespread use of Emoji as an enhancement to […]

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Cryptocurrency: What it means for divorcing couples.

Bitcoin is known as the “gold standard” of cryptocurrency. Chances are you’ve heard of it but may not really understand its importance and growing relevance. In recent years, however, banks, governments and crucially divorce lawyers are beginning to take a much more forensic interest. And if you own bitcoin, or have a spouse that does […]

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How should you handle LGBT discrimination in the workplace?

While there has been a growing acceptance of the LGBT community in the UK in recent years, which helps to combat issues of discrimination and bullying, these are still prevalent issues in professional settings. The LGBT community are subjected to bullying and harassment in the workplace on a devastating scale. In a survey conducted by […]

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When surrogacy goes wrong

A common concern, in the UK especially, is about the surrogate changing her mind and seeking to keep the child. Whilst on the flip side the government are also concerned about the vulnerable nature of some surrogates who could unfairly be taken advantage of by financially dominant Intended Parents (“IPs”).  That said, you may also remember […]

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Settlement Agreements / Redundancies are hitting the press

Bulk redundancies are appearing in industry publications and news articles more and more frequently. High Street Retailers and those manufacturers moving overseas are causing serious ripples across the UK. Many businesses, including the larger law firms, are having to make a significant number of employees redundant at the same time whether this is due to […]

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Six months on, how is your GDPR journey so far?

An article published in the Independent on 28 August 2018 reported that data breach complaints had increased by 160% since the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force. This staggering statistic does not come as surprise, given the amount of media attention and government campaigns there were for GDPR. The media attention has raised […]

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Drones in the Property & Constructions Industry is growing

Due to their flexibility and that fact Drones are now so small yet sophisticated they could soon become as common on-site as trucks and diggers.         A recent report by Goldman Sachs makes it clear that the largest expected take-up for commercial drones is in construction, primarily in surveying and mapping sites. […]

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Blockchain and smart contracts 101

Blockchain and smart contracts 101 There are a number of question marks over blockchain security, dispute resolution and data protection compliancy. Should companies take legal advice before engaging with this technology and what are the legal pitfalls? By Jacqueline Watts Technology has substantially impacted the many of the business functions of different companies across various […]

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The Goverment’s LGBT action plan: Banning conversion therapy

THE GOVERNMENT’S LGBT ACTION PLAN: BANNING CONVERSION THERAPY Following the UK government revealing its LGBT Action plan, our lawyer takes a look at the logistic of enforcing the proposed ban of the controversial practice of conversion therapy… The UK government’s LGBT Action Plan sounds a little like the blueprint for an upcoming war game, rather […]

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Small business legal mistakes – and how to avoid them

Karen Holden of A City Law Firm has represented hundreds of tech businesses and sees the same issues time and time again. Here’s what to look out for and how to navigate the legal minefield. This month my company (A City Law Firm) marked our ten-year anniversary, which has made me think back to our […]

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Surrogacy Reform

It shouldn’t take a car crash for us to react. It shouldn’t take sensationalist journalism and broadcasting to prick up your ear. It shouldn’t take a parent losing their child for common sense to takeover the driving seat. Society and the law are interesting bedfellows. One is usually reacting to the other in an eternal […]

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On Divorce Day: is your business protected?

The first working Monday of the year is dubbed Divorce Day by family lawyers, but if you’re in business with your partner, things can get complicated A divorce is one of those things you don’t anticipate, plan or want to be party to. It’s tough to go through, especially when children are involved, but throw a […]

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6 game-changing laws that have transformed the LGBTQ community

It has been over 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality started – and since then we have made some phenomenal steps forward when it comes to protecting the rights of people in the LGBT community. Perhaps the biggest and most seminal piece of legislation in recent memory was the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act […]

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GDPR: Changing the ways businesses interact with their customers

From 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) will be replaced by The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and it will bring important changes to the ways data is stored and processed by businesses. The introduction of GDPR is designed to set clear rules for businesses to follow when collecting and storing personal […]

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9 game-changing laws that transformed women’s lives

There has been an incredible revolution over the past 100 years, which has transformed the lives of women. Opportunities have been created, expectations have been surpassed, and women are working to (successfully) achieve equality. Changes in the law have empowered women to gain the right to vote, right to an education, right to divorce, the […]

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Self-employed staff, are they still a risk to your business?

WE HAVE ALL READ THE CHALLENGES MADE AGAINST UBER, DELIVEROO, ADDISON LEE AND PIMLICO PLUMBERS BY MEMBERS OF STAFF. The issue is not new and boils down to whether certain self-employed staff should be considered as employed (and subject to employers NI) and in turn whether they should then have employment rights and benefits. We […]

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Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Tech Start-ups Make

This month my company (A City Law Firm) marked our ten-year anniversary, which has made me think back to our first year, how we started and some of the early mistakes we made. For one thing, within a year of our launch, we had to restructure the entire business and there were so many hurdles […]

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Revenue is vanity, cash flow is sanity, but cash is king

Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. If you are receiving less cash than you are spending, you cannot meet your immediate needs and you could risk insolvency. Due diligence and well drafted terms and conditions can reduce the risk of negative cash flow. Some challenges for small business There is a never-ending list […]

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I am business owner forced into litigation by the wrongdoing of another – can I recover damages for lost staff time?

Potentially. Where staff must be diverted from their usual tasks, damages for significant disruption caused to the business may be recoverable. This must not be confused with time spent by your staff preparing for court proceedings. Damages for business disruption will not extend to time “lost” building your case against the Defendant. They are limited […]

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What a Cyber Attack looks like- Prevention and Tips

The recent global cyber-attack wreaked havoc at dozens of NHS trusts and hit thousands of computers in over 150 countries.The NHS trusts that were affected have been criticised for not adding the patch despite warnings from NHS Digital a month ago that they were vulnerable to a possible attack. Security experts say that computers were […]

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Are you an intermediary? Are you affected by the new legislation?

New legislation has been implemented to prevent intermediaries and individuals using deceptive methods to reduce employment tax and avoid the provision of employment rights. Such methods include the portrayal of false self-employment and the supply of workers from an off-shore location. Intermediaries are organisations that make arrangements for someone to work for a third person, […]

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Transgender Rights: Harassment and Discrimination in the workplace

Late last year we fought a case for a transgender woman who was being discriminated against and harassed by her employer and colleagues. This woman had worked for the company happily for an astounding 23 years, yet despite the rapport and connections that she had built up, things changed frighteningly quickly following her transition.We find […]

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Covertly Recorded Conversations: Family and Child Cases

Separation and custody battles are extremely distressing. Allegations made between the parents can be easily made yet difficult to refute. Perhaps you have a way to prove otherwise though? Ever been tempted to leave your iPad ‘accidentally’ in a room, recording a conversation? Ever wanted to sew recording devices into children’s clothes to record your […]

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Transgender Judgment: Woman denied access to 5 children

A transgender woman has been refused direct access to her children due to the discriminatory and trans-phobic practice of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Charedi).  Despite the resilience of the children and the inherent best interests being served by a child having direct contact with their parent, a High Court Judge has nonetheless supported the birth mother in […]

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Questions on Franchise & why is it right for you?

Had enough of your regular 9-5pm job, had a baby and can’t face returning to work or just bored and need a new challenge. A Franchise arrangement can open a whole new world to you, but are you genuinely ready and capable of successfully embracing a new business? Are you too old? Never, you can […]

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Divorce: What happens to your pension?!

  A pension feels very personal and the thought of your ex-spouse acquiring a share now and/or in the future can be disturbing. If an agreement cannot be reached between you and your spouse, and there is no pre-nuptial agreement, a sizable pension can lead to a lengthy and protracted court battle. We have experienced […]

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On Divorce Day: is your business protected?

The first working Monday of the year is dubbed Divorce Day by family lawyers, but if you’re in business with your partner, things can get complicated. A divorce is one of those things you don’t anticipate, plan or want to be party to. It’s tough to go through, especially when children are involved, but throw […]

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Working mum work life / balance can this be achieved? 

So you’re pregnant, but you love your career, do you have to choose between your family and your success? In short, you shouldn’t have to and the law is there to protect you , but what’s the reality ? There are so many protections and options for mums that there is no reason why you […]

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The Human Rights Act & Surrogacy

A Single Father’s Journey: The Trilogy The Family Courts have recently had to grapple with the particularly thorny issue of a single man seeking a Parental Order for a child born through surrogacy. Under the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 2008 (HFEA), S54(1) and (2), only a couple who are married, civil partners or in […]

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Brexit: Should we be worried?

A City Law Firm – Awarded ‘Innovative Law Firm of 2016 London’ We pride ourselves on being the ‘leading entrepreneur law firm in the City of London’, offering our clients alternative options, out the box ideas as well as traditionally sound legal advice. What does 2016/2017 hold for you and your business? I am not […]

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Looking to invest in a company for your Entrepreneur Visa?

There are many people who will refer you to companies and accountants that can take in your investment, but these agents often take a referral free for doing so, but make no real attempt to check whether that company is able to perform the immigration processes you require or that it is sustainable for the […]

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Mediation? Is that really necessary?

Not necessarily but be warned! Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), mediation being the most well-known example, is now being strongly encouraged by the courts, more than ever before. The rationale is easy to follow. The courts are becoming increasingly burdened by an ever growing number of litigants and ADR, if used properly, increases the chances of […]

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What is IP and why do I need to protect it?

So you’ve come up with an awesome idea for a startup. You know that you have the potential to be the next big thing. So you look at your budget and break down where you need to spend – be it marketing, networking events, hiring of staff or technology… but how safe is your very […]

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Commercial Leases

Entering into a commercial lease is a fact of life for many businesses but failing to obtain proper advice before doing so can have dire financial consequences. By seeking assistance from our commercial property team at A City Law Firm we can help remove the uncertainties and flag up legal pitfalls. As we act for […]

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Franchises and Commercial Leases

Franchising is a popular way of quickly growing a business and sharing the successful blueprint of a good product, service or idea. If you have a strong business brand which is suited for development as a franchise model i.e. it is a profitable business that has a proven track record and a broad appeal that can be replicated, finding franchisees may […]

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Protecting your assets: Start-up to Divorce

You work hard to start your own company and invest time and effort into making it work, only to have problems either with fellow colleagues or, more personally, at home.  So how do you protect your assets when either starting a business with other people or in the unfortunate breakdown of a marriage?Business Start-up So you […]

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Protecting Confidential Information

Confidential information is non-public privileged information pertaining to a company’s business. Such information can include, trade secrets, proprietary information, know-how, technical, business or financial information and personal information.Are you worried that an employee will leave and take confidential information with them to benefit your competitor? Employees can be bound by confidentiality clauses in their employment […]

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Top Tips to Attract Investors

How much control can you afford to relinquish?  It is essential you decide on this early on , as it is very easy to accept an investors terms when they are offering you a much needed cash injection. What level of control do you need to retain to be able to operate your business on a […]

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Empty Judgments…insolvent defendant?

Empty Judgments: What to do when faced with an insolvent defendant company. It is a claimant’s nightmare: succeed in obtaining a judgment against a defendant company only to find that the company is insolvent or does not have sufficient means to satisfy the judgment debt. This is what is known as an empty judgment, which […]

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Do your T&Cs do what you want them to?

Terms and Conditions (Ts & Cs) are an essential part of all businesses. They should provide clarity for customers and strike a fair balance to encourage business while offering you sufficient protection from the distraction and cost of disputes. Inadequately drafted and you could find yourself facing serious problems such as cash flow problems, business […]

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What’s in a name? Just Google it! 

Google has become so renowned and ingrained in our daily lives that it’s the first thing that pops into your head when you want to know the answer to almost anything. “Google it” has become an in-built reaction to being asked a question you don’t know the answer to. Why then, would this tech giant choose to change their […]

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Market Value of your Business

What I have observed in practice is that many businesses overlook the fact that fundamentally IP is a business asset. Where the asset is protected by law and exclusive to you its value increases as does the business.IP can create an income stream for your business.  How? Licensing, patenting and commercially packaging IP as products for […]

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The effect of: Consumer Rights Act 2015

Christmas lists have been created and movies, music and apps for loved ones are now being sourced & downloaded. Business will be booming for digital moguls, but be aware the amended rules give your consumers protection never before bestowed. The Consumer Rights Act 2015, is in place to protect consumers of goods and services provided […]

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Are you a shadow director, does it matter?

It is important that all business owners and those contemplating commencing a business are aware of the issues surrounding shadow directors and how someone may accidentally become one. What is a shadow director? A shadow director is someone who is not a registered director of a company but exercises control or influence over a business […]

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Recovery of pre-action legal costs

“Can I recover my costs from the other side?” This is one of the first questions asked in any dispute in which solicitors are involved and an important consideration when weighing up the commercial viability of pursuing a person for money owed to you. The general rule is that the person against whom judgment is […]

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Divorce & Dissolution:Hide/undervalue your assets?

You meet a man, you fall in love. You decide to commit, you do not wish to be un-romantic and discuss pre-nuptial agreements. You enter into your Civil Partnership or marry. You then wish you hadn’t. It seems what’s yours is his and what’s his is his. Suddenly the pre-nuptial seems like it had some merit… […]

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A “nonsensical” time-bar: broken or bent a little?

In 2014, the President of the Family Division had a case before him where he updated the more literal statutory interpretation of the Parental Order process with a more flexible child focused version.  Although it will remain fact specific, an application not made within 6 months for good reason can therefore still be made after […]

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Director’s Duties: What it actually involves!

As a Director, you will probably already understand the day to day decisions for the company and the metaphorical buck now stops firmly with you, but what about company procedures, legal duties, lifetime liabilities and the ‘fine print’ of being a Director? The Fine Print of the Law As a Director on a Board, you […]

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Starting a Business, How hard can it be?

A City Law Firm Limited started up in 2009 right smack in the middle of the recession, how hard could it be? Well 6 years later growing from 2 to 10 fee earners, triple turnover, a whole floor of offices and consultants aboard I, as the founding partner, can happily say “the hardest thing in […]

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The Dangers of Representing Yourself

All change The landscape of litigation has changed considerably this year. The guiding principle of the courts to deal with cases justly appears to have been qualified by the requirement that cases are run efficiently and at proportionate cost. In short, this means that the courts’ tolerance of non-compliance with the procedural rules has all […]

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Co-Parenting: Alternative but Effective

Every family is different; every child’s upbringing unique. However, having more than two adults in a child’s life is not particularly uncommon in a modern family, as couples separate and new partners arrive on the scene. Step-parents have been an accepted form of parenting for a significant period of time. In contrast to step-parents however, […]

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Surrogacy & Employment Rights

Do Intended Parents have the right to receive maternity or paternity leave where a surrogate mother has given birth to a child? As from 5th April 2015, the Children and Families Act grants applicants for Parental Orders in surrogacy arrangements the ability to choose to take shared Parental Leave within the first year after their child’s birth. […]

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Handling squatters in commercial premises

The standard route is to commence proceedings in the County Court. In exceptional circumstances you can issue in the High Court. In the Claim Form you will be seeking an Order for Summary Possession.  A hearing can be given within a week or 2 days in urgent circumstances. Once the Order for Summary Possession is […]

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