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  • Renovating Property and Business Rates
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    Property Guardians – Just Another Tenant? There has been a great deal of interest since the recession among commercial property owners in placing ‘Guardians’ in empty premises. Guardians are usually solvent individuals seeking somewhere a little unusual to rent, possibly in an area than may not otherwise be able to afford. There are even companies… Learn more

  • Setting up a business – top ten tips for budding entrepreneurs
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    Every business starts out with an idea.  But how do you go from concept to getting your business off the ground?  We have outlined Peter Jones’ (of Dragons Den) top ten tips before, and this is our version of them. 1: Have a goal This is your end position, your goal.  What are you aiming for?… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    The Defamation Act 2013
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     The long awaited Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 01 January 2014, almost 4 years after the Ministry of Justice first published a draft Defamation Bill in March 2011.   The previous Defamation Act of 1996 came into force at a time before most social media sites were founded and some critics say the… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Litigation Advice
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    The beginning of a new year always makes us consider the past year and the year ahead.  If you run a business and have debts, or are seeking to enforce the terms of a contract, instead of leaving it, why not make a New Year resolution to tackle it head on and contact the litigation… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Blue Monday – The most depressing day of the year for your employees
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    Today has been dubbed blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. If your employees aren’t applying for divorce or weighing up their overdrafts they may well be considering a change in career. Traditionally blue Monday sees a large number of employees take the decision to change profession or job in pursuit of pastures… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Lay-offs and Short time working
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    When a business does not have enough business for all its employees instead of making employees redundant an employer may ‘lay-off’ employees or put an employee on to short-time working; the employee will work shorter hours than usual and will get paid less than half a normal week’s pay. A ‘lay-off’ may not always be… Learn more

  • What is ecommerce and why might I need it?
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    Electronic commerce or ecommerce where transactions such as buying and selling services and products are conducted using electronic systems including the internet, this also includes the transfer of data using electronic systems. Most people use ecommerce in their everyday life without even realising it as internet banking, online shopping, purchasing electronic tickets, online auctions and… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    What is Intellectual Property?
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    Intellectual property is the creations of the mind to which exclusive rights can be given. Intellectual property law these rights can be granted on to non-physical things such as music, art, literacy, inventions, designs, discoveries and even words and phrases like L’Oreal Paris’ “Because You’re Worth It”. The common types of intellectual property include copyright,… Learn more

  • Leanne Hathaway - Tax and Trusts
    Buying a commercial property? Secure your entitlement to claim capital allowances on any fixtures.
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    Make sure that when you buy a commercial property you secure your entitlement to claim capital allowances on any fixtures. The changes to the capital allowances treatment of fixtures in commercial buildings has now been in place for a year.   These say that once an amount of expenditure on a fixture has been recognised for… Learn more

  • What is a distribution agreement?
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    A distribution agreement is a contract that governs the marketing of a particular customer group, that states the responsibilities of both parties. It is usually between a manufacturer and a distributor, but in some cases may involve two distributors. Agreements can range from a very short letter agreement to a complex international arrangement. A distribution… Learn more

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