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Davis Blank Furniss, RBS & Sterling Partners to Stage Free ‘Business Succession’ Event for North West Entrepreneurs

Davis Blank Furniss has joined forces with Royal Bank of Scotland and Sterling Partners and will be staging a free event that will help business owners plan for their eventual succession or exit. The morning seminar will be taking place …

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Andy McNish Discusses Restrictive Covenants

What is a restrictive covenant? Restrictive Covenants (sometimes known as ‘restraint of trade’ clauses or ‘bar-outs’) are used by businesses to protect their interests in two common circumstances: ~ By an employer restricting an employee’s activities after the end of …

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Davis Blank Furniss Launches Fixed Fee SIPP/ SSAS Package

Davis Blank Furniss has this week launched a fixed fee service to clients who want to buy a commercial property via a SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension Scheme) or SSAS (Small Self Administered Scheme). The launch follows a 35% rise …

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Sonio Singh – partner in the Corporate department – On Making JVs Work

Entering into a joint venture is a huge commercial step for any small business or company. The key to making it a success is careful preparation, thorough due diligence and a clear purpose. If the joint venture is successful it …

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“Happy Birthday Everyone”, says Rudi Kidd – consultant solicitor.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the  ongoing legal dispute regarding the copyright of Happy Birthday To You has been settled… for now.  The song is allegedly the most widely performed song in the world; after …

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Employment Law Newsletter – September 2015

Welcome to our September Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent developments over the last month. CASE LAW DEVELOPMENTS TUPE Regulations In BT Managed Services Limited –v- Edwards the …

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Consultation on Termination Payments

The Government has started consulting on simplifying the tax element of termination payments.  The proposals are to:- Remove the distinction between contractual and non-contractual payments. Change the current £30,000 tax free sum to an amount which would increase with the …

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Tribunal Fees

Unison has lost its Court of Appeal case, which challenged the legality of Tribunal Fees.  Whilst the Court of Appeal was concerned about the sharp decline in Employment Tribunal claims, it said that in itself that was not sufficient and …

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Agency Workers Regulations

In Coles –v- Ministry of Defence the EAT had to decide whether an agency worker in a temporary job should be given the right to apply for that job or alternatively to get preference ahead of permanent employees within the …

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Dismissal by reason of comments on Facebook

In British Waterways Board –v- Smith, the EAT had to decide whether comments made by an Employee on Facebook which he later claimed to be untrue was sufficient to amount to gross misconduct.  Mr Smith had made derogatory comments on …

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