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Retail brand Shakeup Cosmetics secures equity investment with support from Royds Withy King

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The Corporate team at Royds Withy King has supported beauty start-up Shakeup Cosmetics on an equity investment as part of an initial funding round to support the launch of the business.

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Tackling Subject Access Requests from staff – top tips for employers

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Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, we have experienced a considerable rise in the number of Subject Access Requests (SAR) made to our employer clients. Requests can be burdensome, time-consuming and costly to deal with but there are some practical ways to minimise these problems.

We will be discussing this topic in full at our upcoming employment law updates in Bristol and Surrey. If you would like to join us please click here, or continue to read.

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Business Rates and the High Street – a retail perspective

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The system in which the government currently allows business rates to work is outdated. Since the 1990s reports suggest that there has been a tax increase by 50% causing many high street retailers to “close up shop”. Retail is the largest private sector employer in the UK, employing approximately 3 million people.

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Property disputes: short term and hen party lets

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The Property Ombudsman Scheme received 16% more complaints last year than the previous year. Our Property Disputes team comment on the trends and highlight some scenarios that they have seen.

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Directors’ duties and demergers: transactions defrauding creditors

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The recent High Court decision in Burnden Holdings (UK) ltd (in liquidation) v Fielding serves as an important reminder of the importance of careful planning and execution for corporates planning a demerger or distribution as well as highlighting the importance for all boards of the directors’ duties regime.

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Care home prosecutions continue to rise

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In April 2015, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) assumed responsibility for prosecuting providers for all health and safety related incidents. Four years on, we take a look at the situation, examine the trends and analyse the sanctions CQC has been applying.

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Insolvency snakes and ladders: HMRC climbs up as other creditors slide down

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When a company collapses, there is usually a queue of creditors hoping to get back at least some of the money owed to them. With the new rules set to change the order in which creditors are to be paid in insolvency scenarios, individuals and companies relying on insolvency proceedings to recover debts may find themselves worse off.

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Upcoming tax changes put employment status in the spotlight again

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Employment status and IR35 has hit headlines again. The Government has confirmed that the IR35 tax regulations will be extended in April 2020. Changes to IR35 were made in the public sector in April 2017, and similar changes are now due to be introduced for medium and large businesses in the private sector.

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Leaving (the EU) and staying (in the UK): how Brexit has affected your summer

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One of the less obvious effects of the referendum vote – and the resulting dip in the value of the pound – is the boost it’s given the UK leisure and hospitality sector. Research by Travel Weekly, the UK’s market-leading publication for the travel industry, has revealed that the number of people spending their annual summer break in the UK has gone up by 12% from 57% to 69%.

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Pop-up retail: the how-to guide to the high street trend

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Contributing authors: Tim Gofton

Stories about pop-up stores seem to… well, pop up nearly every day now. And no wonder: in the modern highly instagrammable world, pop-ups might just be perfectly positioned where ‘click’ meets ‘brick’ and therefore set to revive UK high streets.

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Can’t stand the heat? – What the law says about working in hot weather

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Matthew Hendra from our Employment team takes a look at the latest forecast and helps you understand what employers need to do to keep their employees safe.

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What will Prime Minister Boris mean for adult social care?

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Boris Johnson has taken the keys to Number 10 as the country’s new Prime Minister. But what will his premiership mean for adult social care?

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