Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims

The aim of this pre-action protocol, which comes into effect from October 2017, is to encourage parties into communicating more, with a view to aiding dispute resolution.


Small suppliers set to get intel on big company payment performance

New regulations designed to help small businesses get paid on time came into force this month, with a requirement for larger companies to publish information about how long they take to pay suppliers.


Implying Good Faith

The recent case of Hockin & others v The Royal Bank of Scotland & another [2016] highlighted the distinction between scenarios where additional obligations should or should not be implied into a commercial contract.


The one time you should look for the price tag on that gift

The Bribery Act ushered in a stricter anti-corruption regime when it came into force in 2011 and although Christmas gifts and hospitality are not banned, it’s important that companies don’t splash out and end up in deep water with over-generous Christmas gifts


Keeping hold of the real power in the name game

Specsavers has just been given the green light to trademark the word “should’ve” on the grounds that it had become eponymously linked to the retailer through their long-standing marketing slogan.

Business must keep foot on pedal for data protection

A major milestone in EU data protection law was marked when the General Data Protection Regulation came into force just before the EU Referendum.


Panama papers fall-out will impact every business

Media reporting on the so-called Panama Papers has focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and international organisations, but the hacking of client files at Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has implications for every business.


March 2016 Budget

The unexpected introduction of a ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks in George Osborne’s Spring 2016 Budget drew headlines, but investors and companies have found a range of sweeteners in the Chancellor’s statement.


Franchisors Beware

In a recent ruling on a commercial contractual dispute the High Court called into question the reliability of exclusion clauses in standard-form business-to-business contracts by applying the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.


What name can you call your new company

Choosing an effective company name will help set you apart from your competitors and form the foundation of your company’s ‘brand’.


Incorporation Checklist

If you have decided to incorporate a company in England and Wales, or to purchase and tailor a ‘shelf company’ – use this checklist to ensure you have all the information you need!


What is Due Diligence

Due Diligence is the process whereby the proposed investor in, or the proposed buyer of, your company investigates the company’s business, people, records and key documents.


EIS Relief – Frequently Asked Questions

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is designed to encourage entrepreneurship and assist small, higher risk companies raise finance by offering tax relief to investors purchasing shares in the company.


Ban on Corporate Directors Postponed

The Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Act) introduces a ban on corporates acting as directors of UK companies.


Reducing the Burden for Private Companies – Simplifying Companies House Filing Requirements

A number of administrative measures, mainly relating to the Companies House filing regime, will come into force in stages from 1st October 2015.


Attracting and Retaining Key Employees – Enterprise Management Incentives

An Enterprise Management Incentive (“EMI”) is an option to acquire shares granted by a company to an employee which fulfils certain conditions provided for by legislation and therefore qualifies for specific beneficial tax treatment.


What has the new Consumer Rights Act got in store for you

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) received Royal Assent on 26th March 2015 and will come into operation on 1st October 2015.


Battle of the Forms

The Technology and Construction Court recently revisited the applicable law in circumstances where each party sought to rely on its respective standard terms and conditions – the so-called “Battle of the Forms”.


Sunday Trading Shake Up

In the recent summer budget, the Chancellor George Osborne revealed plans to relax Sunday trading laws by devolving power to local authorities.


Consumer Rights Act 2015 – is your business ready?

The CRA will reform and consolidate much of the existing consumer law in the UK. This article summarises some of the key changes brought about by the CRA.


Directors Conflicts of Interests

The Companies Act 2006 introduced a new regime for the management and authorisation of directors’ conflicts of interest. The new rules took effect from 1 October 2008.


Directors’ Duties and Responsibilities

Directors of a company in financial difficulty should regularly review with its professional advisers whether it is advisable for the company to continue trading.


Family Owned Business

This Briefing looks at a number of ways in which family businesses might make small changes with the aim of enabling them to adapt more quickly and take advantages of opportunities for growth.


Agency & Distribution

This briefing highlights the circumstances in which a business may want to engage the services of an agent or a distributor.



This briefing explains what a franchise is and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of franchising a business from the franchisor’s perspective.


Share Scheme on Exit

In the exciting discussions of future growth and achievements to come, sometimes it doesn’t feel necessary to nail down what happens at the end of it if things go well, go badly or if individuals leave. However, relationships and circumstances change. It helps therefore to remember the following principles.


De Facto and Shadow Directors

Company structures are rarely managed as a series of distinct entities in which only duly appointed individuals recorded at Companies House ever influence decisions made by each group company.


Significant changes to Company Law

Significant changes to corporate law, which are aimed at enhancing the transparency of UK companies (amongst other things), are scheduled to take place in the coming months.


Battle of the Forms

Two companies who went to court in an argument over whose terms and conditions applied to a contract between them, have both lost out.