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Secrets of success in manufacturing agreements

Selwan Yousif
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Relationships with manufacturers can become the backbone of your business in the long term, which is why it is important to have legal agreements in place that will grow with these relationships. ‘Before any contract conversations even begin, you need...

Selling a business? Make sure you clear out any skeletons first

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Preparation is the key to success with most things in life and is particularly important when you are trying to attract a buyer for your business.  This is because any potential acquirer will almost certainly want to carry out pre-purchase checks to...

​Site assembly for commercial development

Graham Beach
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If you have a great idea for developing a piece of unused land, you may find that you need to get control of some neighbouring property to provide access or just to make the development large enough to be financially viable.  Assembling a site can be...

Employee, worker or self-employed? Comparing status and rights

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The statutory definitions of the three categories of employment status have long been criticised as being unclear, and over the years a body of case law interpreting these definitions has grown up. Despite this, it remains difficult to set out a definitive...

The key legal issues to take you from startup to scale up

Selwan Yousif
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Starting any new business comes with a steep learning curve, especially as a founder when you often find yourself wearing all the management hats. This is why it is important to deal with the core legal issues early, so that when the time comes to scale up,...

Update your commercial contracts for the post-Brexit regime

Selwan Yousif
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While certain changes are already in place as a result of Brexit, we can expect a continuous stream of legislative reform that will affect businesses and their commercial contracts. As the new trading relationship with the EU evolves, it is likely that you...

Exiting your commercial lease - what are the options?

Graham Beach
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‘If your business is struggling and you lease your premises, it might be tempting to simply hand back the keys and walk away from your lease,’ says Graham Beach  commercial property solicitor with Hatten Wyatt in our Tonbridge office . ...

Is it time to open a pop-up shop?

Karen du Rocher
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While 2020 has been a difficult year on the high street, there has also been a surge of new business startups responding to increased demand for online and local shopping.  Many startups are born and continue on the kitchen table, but if yours has...

Black Lives Matter: bringing change to the workplace

Selwan Yousif
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In the wake of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, there is increased momentum in addressing racial inequalities at work. But this is against a backdrop of significant and long-standing barriers for workers of black and minority ethnic heritage.  For...

Extending eating areas into outdoor space - issues for landlords and tenants

Selwan Yousif
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Now that hotels, pubs, bars, and restaurants are back in business, leisure and hospitality operators are looking for ways to attract enough customers to remain viable.  Most caterers are acutely aware of the number of customers required to break even...

COVID-19 furlough scheme update and key risks for employers

Selwan Yousif
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As the lockdown continues, the Government has extended access to its coronavirus job retention scheme and employers are settling in to a new way of working. Business life may have drastically changed, but employment law still applies. Selwan Yousif , ...

Risk management by company directors during the COVID-19 crisis

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With the business world in turmoil due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and our determined efforts to bring it under control, company directors need to proceed with caution over the coming weeks and months to ensure that decisions made under pressure...

Guidance for employers regarding the coronavirus from ACAS

Jasvinder Gill
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With more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), being reported in the UK each day, employers will be wondering how to handle the issue especially as they may need to react fast if a situation develops in the workplace or if there are concerns about the health of...

Protecting your interests when taking venture capital

Selwan Yousif
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The stories of companies which received investment after an appearance on Dragons’ Den are legendary, but every so often one turns down the opportunity to work with a famous investor.  Such was the case with The Great British Porridge Company,...

What are the pitfalls when deducting money from employees' pay?

Jasvinder Gill
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Employers often get caught out by thinking that just because a worker owes them money they can simply take it off the next pay package. The law on protection of wages is not as straight forward as many employers might assume. Jasvinder Gill , Senior...

Choosing a partnership scheme

Selwan Yousif
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You and your business partner may have a fantastic business idea and wish to launch your business as soon as possible, but before you do so it is vital that you give adequate thought to what type of partnership will best suit your needs. Alternatively, you...

Resolving a business insurance dispute

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Is your business struggling to get an insurance claim settled? Our latest insurance disputes blog offers useful tips on how to achieve a good outcome. 

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