Payment dates – miss them at your peril!

21 September 2017

Two cases have recently received judgments which highlight the importance of ensuring both landlords and tenants in the hotel and leisure industries diarise important dates from legal documents, especially those which involve payments. It seems obvious on the face of it that dates such as rent payment dates in leases will be met. Yet in […]

Read more

The Competition Appeal Tribunal’s “fast track” procedure

12 September 2017

Given that most high-profile competition law actions tend to involve the decisions of large-scale regulators following heavily-protracted investigations (such as the recent seven-year EU commission investigation into Google’s online shopping offering), small businesses and consumers could be forgiven for thinking that redress in competition law is not a realistic proposition. It was, however, with this […]

Read more

Employment laws & Brexit

24 August 2017

There has been much speculation regarding which employment laws will be scrapped when Brexit finally takes place.  The truth is that it is much too early to give any clear guidance on this. However, it seems to us that many UK employment protections – such as legislation that prevents discrimination, rules regarding maternity and paternity […]

Read more

Inheritance Tax planning for business owners is often overlooked

15 August 2017

When it comes to selling up or transferring on a business to the next generation, entrepreneurs and family business owners are usually encouraged to take measures to reduce the level of Capital Gains Tax payable on the disposal of the business.  Far fewer entrepreneurs are advised to consider their Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning, though, and […]

Read more

New protection for pubs

8 August 2017

Since the Localism Act 2011, public houses have been the most popular use of a building/land to be protected as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). A list of ACVs is kept by each local authority. If land is added to the list it remains on it for five years. During that time the owner […]

Read more

Don’t get caught “softlifting”

3 August 2017

Fines to UK SMEs exceeded £900,000 in 2016 for using unlicensed software It is certainly no secret that software has become an integral part of the success of modern businesses in recent years. Business management software has assisted with running operations more efficiently, cost reduction and replacement of paper processes. Cloud computing software has also […]

Read more

‘Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo’

28 July 2017

Chester Zoo fell victim to a type of fraud called ‘invoice hijacking’, where fraudsters intercept correspondence between two parties that have an existing contractual relationship and invoice the target for services that have actually been rendered. Chester Zoo had engaged Laing O’Rourke to carry out construction works for a safari experience valued at approximately £17 […]

Read more

Holiday pay

20 July 2017

It used to be so simple; workers on holiday for a week would receive their basic weekly salary for that period.  No difficult calculations were necessary and there were no (or at least very few…) disputes about unpaid entitlements. However, a number of cases in recent years have changed the landscape drastically.  It has been […]

Read more

Grip tight and hold on: latest trends in the construction of amusement rides

11 July 2017

Quantitative risk assessment techniques are changing the way in which amusement rides are designed, inspected and operated. Modern rides are becoming dependent on computer-based technology with control systems allowing rides to perform increasingly complex functions at very high speeds. Passenger safety can depend on the correct operation of control systems and their failure could compromise […]

Read more

Important safety checks required following Grenfell Tower fire

4 July 2017

The announcement by prime minister Theresa May on 28 June 2017 that the cladding used at Grenfell Tower did not comply with Building Regulations is a worrying development in this tragic saga.  How defective cladding came to be installed in circumstances where the public rightfully expect construction works to be properly carried out and certified […]

Read more