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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Davis Blank Furniss Announces Partner & Associate Promotions

Davis Blank Furniss has today formally announced the promotions of two key members of its fee earning team. Both are based in the firm’s City Centre head office. The first is Anna Bunting who has been promoted from associate to partner. Anna has worked at Davis Blank Furniss since 2001. She joined the firm as... Read the rest of this entry →

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Ask Andy – July 2011

Q: I have recently set up a company with a number of business partners and my accountant has recommended we use a Shareholders Agreement.  What are the benefits of this?  A Shareholders Agreement sets out the rights and obligations of the Shareholders of a company and typically governs areas such as management and structure, its... Read the rest of this entry →

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Events & Networking: July 2011

Events @ Davis Blank Furniss… At Davis Blank Furniss, we hold a series of regular events that are designed to inform and educate. They cover various topics and usually take place at our offices on Deansgate in Manchester. They’re pretty relaxed affairs and also provide a great opportunity to network and make new contacts. The... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – discusses the removal of the default retirement age and what it means for pensions and business.

You may remember that in the last issue of DeBrieF we included a link to a survey looking at the new retirement age laws and pension regulations. We had over 200 respondents and the findings were interesting to say the least. It would appear that the North West business community has strong opinions! From the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Under the Skin of… Andy McNish who handled the firm’s biggest ever client deal

Firstly, can you tell us a bit about the PH Jones deal? The firm acted on behalf of the owners of PH Jones Group Limited (a substantial property and utilities maintenance group headquartered in Malpas, Cheshire) in its sale to British Gas. The group was family-owned and had approximately 1000 employees and 35 offices. The... Read the rest of this entry →

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Paul Walton on Professional Negligence and the Property Market

Professional Negligence has become a buzz sector over recent times as we become more aware of the need for better advice from those we trust. I’ve seen a real upturn in certain kinds of claims that can often be determined by economic and social trends. We all know that the North West property market has... Read the rest of this entry →

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The Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act came into force on 1 July 2011 in the hope to strengthen the UK’s anti-corruption laws. The Act introduced four new criminal offences which can be summarised as follows: (a)     Bribing another (b)     Being bribed (c)     Bribing a foreign public office (d)     Failure of a commercial organization to prevent bribery by an... Read the rest of this entry →

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Commons debate on capping tribunal awards

 The House of Commons considered a Private Members’ Bill which would cap all awards for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and employment-related discrimination at £50,000. Unfair dismissal compensation is currently capped at £68,400, and wrongful dismissal is capped in the tribunals (but not the civil courts) at £25,000. Discrimination awards are uncapped. It was confirmed... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Case Developments in June

SG –v– Head Teacher and Governors of St Gregory’s Catholic Science College The school had a uniform policy prohibiting boys from wearing their hair in cornrows. The policy was ruled to be unlawful and to be indirect racial discrimination. Interestingly, the Claimant’s sex discrimination claim on the same basis failed. Wilcox –v– Birmingham CAB Services... Read the rest of this entry →

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July 2011 Employment Newsletter

Welcome to July’s edition of our employment law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law, and informing you of recent case law developments. Legislation Commons debate on capping tribunal awards The House of Commons considered a Private Members’ Bill which would cap all awards for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and employment-related... Read the rest of this entry →

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