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Category Archives: Business Law

Suzanne Thompson – solicitor in our Corporate & Commercial department – explains what is an entire agreement clause and why should it be included in a commercial contract

What is an entire agreement clause? An entire agreement clause (also known as a whole agreement clause) is usually one of the last so-called “boiler plate” clauses you find in a commercial contract. It is a contractual provision which aims to prevent the party relying on it from being liable for any statements or representations... Read the rest of this entry →

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Suzanne Thompson – Solicitor in our Corporate & Commercial department – discusses how businesses are to lose Own Name defence in UK trade mark actions by 2019 in exchange for “bright line” rule

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) recently confirmed that businesses are set to lose the ability to rely on the own name defence to defeat UK trade mark infringement claims, provided for by Section 11 (2) (a) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 via Article 6(1)(a) of the Trade Mark Directive 2008/95 (the TMD) (the Own... Read the rest of this entry →

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Charlotte Tyrer – Trainee Solicitor in our Corporate and Commercial department – discusses the European Commission initiative to boost small business growth

The European Commission has announced new regulatory initiatives which aim to promote small and medium enterprises (SME) growth markets as part of its Capital Markets Union.  There have been a number of previous key proposals aimed at SMEs, including on crowdfunding and venture capital finance and the European Commission is now looking to further ease... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss makes three appointments

Davis Blank Furniss has made three new appointments across the business. The first new starter is Amie Tsang who joins as a senior consultant in the Property team. Before arriving at Davis Blank Furniss, Amie ran her own successful small practice for 20 years. She brings with her a very loyal client base which is... Read the rest of this entry →

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Sonio Singh – Partner in our Corporate & Commercial department – examines the Retail Pharmacy Market

Despite recent forecasts to the contrary, the retail pharmacy market remains extremely active after a healthy surge in sales in 2017.  Acquisitions in this key North West sector are expected to remain very strong throughout the remainder of 2018. RECENT TRENDS Historically seen as a largely stable sector by mainstream banks, what are the reasons... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss acts for Jones Metcalf Limited in acquisition of JRS Traction

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based Jones Metcalf Limited, part of EFS Global, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of North Lincolnshire-based JRS Traction Limited. JRS Traction provides high level haulage and logistics services. The value of the deal has not been disclosed. EFS Global is one of the North West’s... Read the rest of this entry →

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Trio of Partner Promotions at Davis Blank Furniss

Corporate and commercial lawyer Sonio Singh has been promoted to equity partner along with family lawyers Caroline Bilous and Kirsty Morbey who become partners. Sonio joined Davis Blank Furniss in 2010.  He specialises in a diverse range of corporate finance and corporate recovery matters including mergers and acquisitions, reverse takeovers, buying and selling businesses, private... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss & Capstone Wealth Management to stage free events to help local businesses prepare for the unexpected (and GDPR!)

Capstone Financial Management, Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, and law firm Davis Blank Furniss are hosting free seminars in Manchester city centre and Glossop on Thursday 26th April that will give business owners and directors the information they need to protect their organisations from potentially game-changing events. One of the topics will... Read the rest of this entry →

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Andy McNish – Partner in our Corporate department – discusses Share Buy-Backs following the Exit of a Shareholder

Often the most tax efficient way of having a co-owner retire from a company is by way of buying back his or her shares. The big attraction is that the company can use its own funds, which is usually preferable to the other shareholders having to fund buying the leaving shareholder out with their own... Read the rest of this entry →

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Sonio Singh – Partner in our Corporate Department – Examines Recent Trends in the Private Equity Market in the North West

Against a background of enhanced growth and confidence in M&A activity, the North West Private Equity Market continues to punch well above its weight in comparison to other regions.  With 2017 data still pending, the region remained the most active outside London/the South East and outperforms its Yorkshire, Midlands and South West counterparts. The statistics... Read the rest of this entry →

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