Tenancy deposit schemes

2014-10-08T10:26:45+00:00October 7th, 2014|Articles / Guides, Residential property|

Many private residential landlords, particularly those with large tenant portfolios, will be concerned by a recent County Court decision. The court held that, even if the tenancy deposit had been protected at the outset of the fixed term of the assured shorthold tenancy (AST), the registration requirements must be followed when a statutory tenancy arose [...]

Automatic pension enrolment

2014-10-08T10:25:52+00:00October 7th, 2014|Articles / Guides, Employment law|

Although small businesses will not be subject to the pensions auto-enrolment requirements until June 2015 at the earliest, they should nevertheless take note of a recently published Pensions Regulator report. The report highlights key points for employers to consider to ensure they comply with their auto-enrolment duties. It suggests that employers experiencing difficulties in meeting [...]

Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts

2014-01-21T10:29:17+00:00November 27th, 2013|Employment law|

A recent Court of Appeal decision underlines how useful restrictive covenants in employment contracts can be in protecting an employer’s business. The court dismissed the appeal of a former employee and director who had been ordered to pay at least £50,000 in damages, following a breach of his post-termination restrictive covenants. […]

Business Rates – New Empty Property Rate Relief Scheme Introduced

2014-01-21T10:29:54+00:00October 24th, 2013|Articles / Guides, Commercial property|

The Department for Communities and Local Government has introduced a new empty property rate relief scheme for newly built commercial property. Relief will be available for new properties completed after 1 October 2013 and before 30 September 2016 and that are unoccupied for the first 18 months after completion of their construction. […]

Guide to Buying a business

2014-07-23T14:36:48+00:00July 22nd, 2011|Business law|

This guide highlights the main legal risks you need to consider if you are buying another business or enterprise. Your business should always take legal advice at the outset of any acquisition. […]