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 his or her employment; and ~ By the buyer of a business restricting the seller’s... Read the rest of this entry →
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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 all, millions of people celebrate their birthday every day of the year. In terms of... Read the rest of this entry →
Sonio Singh – who is a partner is our Corporate team – recently spoke to Business Growth Hub about the importance of business start-up support. You can view the full video here. If you’d like to speak to Sonio about any of the topics covered then please do contact him.
Paul Walton – head of Professional Negligence – discusses the main reasons why he has seen a noticeable increase in claims against solicitors on conveyancing & property matters.
Delay, Delay, Delay This is a major reason why solicitors cause problems to their clients. Making errors on Registration of Title These can be errors in description of the property or by use of wrong or inaccurate plans. Failing to identify precisely what the client is purchasing Failing to advise the client clearly as to... Read the rest of this entry →
Richard Hamilton – partner in the Property team – Shares His Legal Tips for First Time Commercial Property Investors
Buying commercial property is a huge investment and a first time buyer must prepare and carry out their due diligence as efficiently as possible to enhance their prospects of making a sound investment and maximising rental yield and capital growth. Short term profits can be achieved but are more unlikely; patience is key in securing... Read the rest of this entry →
Some say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but, in business, imitation by a competitor can lead to lost profits. Another company may copy your name, logo, branding or website (your “Mark”) with a view to confusing your customers into contacting them rather than you. In some cases, the imitation is so blatant that... Read the rest of this entry →
What is a Part 36 offer? It is an offer to settle a dispute made in compliance with Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (which govern the conduct of litigation in England and Wales). Part 36 encourages the making of offers to try and settle disputes by providing that if you make an offer... Read the rest of this entry →
Andrew Ryan – who is a partner at Davis Blank Furniss – has shared his insight and knowledge on the hot topic of expulsions from a partnership. His exclusive Q&A is on Bdaily and you can read it in full here.
In every issue of DeBrieF, we try to answer a few questions sent in by our readers. This month, we’re focussing on Property… Q: I am the freehold owner of a building that is used as a workshop. Until recently, the building was occupied by an individual under a tenancy at will. Suddenly, and without... Read the rest of this entry →
In every issue of DeBrieF, we try to answer a few questions sent in by our readers. This month, our panel of experts tackle Shareholder Agreements, Wills & Inheritance Tax Relief and Rent Arrears… Q: I am a shareholder in a joint venture trading company and am engaged in a fundamental dispute with my co-shareholder... Read the rest of this entry →