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5 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Are you writing off recoverable debts?

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The UK is home to over 1 million SMEs and our economy is undoubtedly reliant on the collective revenue that our local businesses generate. With reports showing that SMEs across the UK wrote off nearly £5.8bn worth of debts in the financial year 2015/2016, the equivalent of £21,000 per day, is it safe to assume that these were all irrecoverable or could more be done to improve credit control and cash flow for our SMEs?

Charlotte Newlyn discusses the reasons motivating such a staggering write off and the options available to creditors looking to recover monies owed to them which they may otherwise feel they have no choice but to give up on.

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26 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Hopes that bus tour will encourage a new wave of start-ups

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A six-week national tour – which aims to inspire thousands of entrepreneurs around the country – got underway last month. The Startup Britain bus, which will stop off in around 30 towns and cities, will be offering encouragement to those …

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6 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

BREXIT – the view of international business

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Whilst the precise impact of a Brexit remains unclear and is debatable, many international businesses think that it would be a step in the wrong direction at the wrong time, when the EU should on the contrary be strengthening itself to face up to global competition. Certainly, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the European financial markets could do with a strong union as opposed to a weakened one.

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1 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial

M&A market continues to see flurry of deals

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A recent survey has confirmed the growing activity around mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the UK.

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27 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Smaller claims to go online?

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With the courts overloaded with claims, applications and appeals, could smaller disputes be about to make the jump to the worldwide web?

Charlotte Newlyn investigates how, a decade since Lord Woolf highlighted the potential of IT use within our justice system, we may be on the cusp of utilising this resource.

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17 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Big Mac or Supermac’s?

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Unsurprisingly, the long legal battle between the American fast-food giant McDonald and Irish owned Supermac’s is not over.

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29 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Firm fined a decade on from fatal incident

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A leading crane hire company has been heavily fined in connection with an incident which saw a crane collapse in central London, causing the death of two men.

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Firms can’t afford to overlook changes in data protection laws

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Companies have been warned that they could be saddled with substantial fines for failing to abide by new data protection laws.

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21 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Changes up ahead: court costs, rules and procedure

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Looking ahead

Numerous changes to court costs, rules and procedure already have or are due to come into effect in the next few weeks.

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17 March 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 – Are you Ready for the latest Changes?

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Background to the Act

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18 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

New Requirement – Register of People with Significant Control

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On 25 January 2016, the draft Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016 (“the PSC Regulations”) were published and laid before Parliament for approval. The majority of the PSC Regulations will come into force on 6 April 2016. As a consequence there is now to be a requirement for most companies (including LLPs) to maintain a register of those persons who exercise significant influence or control over the company (“PSC Register”). PSC Registers may potentially record shadow and de facto directors publicly for the first time together with what will be, in effect, a register of beneficial owners and which the Government says is part of its initiative to increase trust and transparency in business.

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11 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Duty of care when doing a “quick favour”

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Architectural design

Professionals may owe a duty of care even if they are not being paid for their advice or have a formal contract in place. A recent decision from the Technology and Construction Court in Burgess v Lejonvarn means that favours between friends could potentially invoke a duty of care if professional skills are being called upon.

Charlotte Newlyn in our Dispute Resolution team discusses this decision and considers the practical consequences for professionals who do informal favours for friends.

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