What 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 read?

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 & Responsibilities – Companies in Financial Difficulty

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 & 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.


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.


Directors Duties

Learn about the impact of Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. v. Meyer on one of the basic concepts of company law.



Find out how commercial Landlords can obtain rent arrears without the need to go to court


Wheel Clamping

For some time now the acts of rogue wheel clampers have caused some concern.  That conduct will now be outlawed as a result of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.


Construction Act Changes

Are you aware of the changes brought in by the Construction Act 2009, which came into force on 1 October 2011?