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18 December, 2014
Cripps helps unlock investment and purchase

Ashford-based technology business CR7 is poised for strong growth after receiving nearly £10m in private equity funding and simultaneously purchasing a London company specialising in point of sale terminals.   The acquisition of 123Send marks the first stage in CR7’s UK growth strategy, with legal advice on the purchase and investment provided by the corporate […]

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8 December, 2014
Liz is the real deal

A Tunbridge Wells solicitor has won a national award for her expertise in corporate law.   Cripps managing associate Liz Barton, who lives and works in the town, has been selected as a winner in the Deal Maker of the Year Awards 2014.   The accolade is in recognition for her role in the successful […]

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5 December, 2014
Cripps in £75m University of Kent transaction

Cripps has worked with the University of Kent to unlock up to £75m in funding for campus enhancements.   The loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide working capital for the university to support a programme of improvements to its Canterbury and Medway campuses.   “We have worked with the University of Kent […]

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4 December, 2014
The recent decision on overtime and holiday pay: what does it mean for employers?

December 2014 The Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Bear Scotland Ltd –v- Fulton (and others); Hertel (UK) Ltd –v- Wood (and others) and Amec Group Limited –v- Law (and others)   The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has finally handed down its decision regarding whether overtime payments can be included for the purposes of calculating holiday […]

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4 December, 2014
Workplace incidents – are you prepared?

December 2014 Every business has to comply with regulations. These range from health and safety rules to environmental requirements. The purpose of regulations is to reduce the risk of workplace incidents but, no matter how good your procedures are, accidents can and do happen.   When there is an incident the enforcement authority, such as […]

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28 November, 2014
A first rate result for Cripps

Wide-ranging legal expertise has seen Cripps receive regional and national recognition in an annual guide to UK law firms and lawyers.   The 2015 edition Chambers UK awards Cripps top rankings in 14 different practice areas and highlights the firm’s reputation in private client, real estate and corporate work as well as being recognised nationally […]

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7 November, 2014
Food and drink sector tweet-up

Following the success of our first tweet-up, @CrippsFoodLaw would be delighted if you would join us for our second food and drink sector tweetup.    Date: 4 December 2014 Time: 6pm to 8pm  Venue: Chapel Down Winery, The Swan English Restaurant Small Hythe Road Tenterden Kent, TN30 7NG   RSVP by 3 December by tweeting […]

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5 November, 2014
Landmark ruling: overtime to be included in holiday pay – November 2014

On the 4 November 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled in Bear Scotland v Fulton (and two other cases) that overtime payments should be included in the calculation of holiday pay. Previously, only basic pay counted when calculating holiday pay. This meant that many workers who regularly worked overtime received less pay when they took holiday.    […]

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9 October, 2014
Intellectual property – Back to basics Part 2

Confidentiality   Businesses will typically invest significant time and money in developing valuable data/information (for example, marketing or sales information) and therefore there is a need to protect this information from being taken and exploited by third parties. This article gives a brief explanation of the law relating to confidential information and provides tips on […]

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7 October, 2014
Cripps recognised as a regional leader

Cripps has cemented its position as a regional heavyweight law firm in The Legal 500 ratings for 2014.   The Legal 500 analyses the capabilities and strengths of law firms in the UK, and its 2014 listings continue to recognise Cripps as one of the South East’s leading firms.   It is also ranked as […]

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3 October, 2014
Sparkling success for Cripps’ client

Congratulations to Cripps’ client Chapel Down for its record-breaking success in raising nearly £4m in the UK’s largest crowdfunding campaign.   The award-winning market leader in English wines and beers took just 24 days to secure £3.95m from more than 1,470 investors in 20 countries.   Phil Cunningham, who worked with colleagues Salim Somjee and […]

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2 October, 2014
Food and Drink Sector Tweet-Up

@CrippsFoodLaw would be delighted if you would join us for our first food and drink sector tweetup or for the non-twitter users a meet-up.   Date: 8 October 2014   Time: 6pm to 8pm   Venue: Farm House, 97-99 High Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6NA http://www.elitepubs.com/the_farmhouse/ ( @TheFarmhouseWM )   We will also be joined […]

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1 October, 2014
The Intellectual Property Act 2014

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 (the Act), the latest measure designed to help businesses in the UK, will start to come into force from 1 October 2014.   The Act seeks to modernise intellectual property (IP) law by simplifying and improving IP protection for the UK’s (hugely important) design sector.   It is hoped that […]

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29 September, 2014
Cripps in the news: Law Society Gazette

Law Society journalist, Jonathan Rayner, speaks to Cripps’ Managing Partner, Gavin Tyler about his management style and his plans for the future of the firm.   Click here to view the article. 

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24 September, 2014
Cripps powers on with Battersea Phase 3

A specialist team led by partner, Mike Vos, has been appointed on the sale of properties at Phase 3a of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment. Representing Battersea Project Phase 3 Residential Company, ultimately owned by a consortium made up of Malaysian developers SP Setia, Sime Darby and pension fund, Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), the residential […]

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22 September, 2014
Cripps triumphant in international award

Expertise in private client legal services has won Cripps a top international award.   The top 100 law firm, which has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, Discovery Park and London, was named Legal Team of the Year (Midsize) in the 2014/15 STEP Private Client Awards (PCAs).   This year saw the highest level of […]

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16 September, 2014
Data Protection Compliance – more than just having a policy

September 2014   The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently imposed a fine of £150,000 on a company for failing to implement adequate security measures to protect personal information.  This case demonstrates for all businesses dealing with personal information (whether of customers, employees, suppliers etc.) that data protection compliance is much more than just having […]

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16 September, 2014
Tougher penalties for employing illegal workers

September 2014   For technology businesses, the world is becoming a smaller place and companies now often look outside of their immediate geographic location in order to engage the best talent for their business. However, when recruiting new employees, it is important to ensure that they have the necessary rights to work in the UK. […]

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16 September, 2014
Dealing with damaging online criticism

September 2014   The nature of the internet means that comments about your business can be published instantly to thousands of people around the world. Whilst good online reviews can do wonders for the reputation of a business, negative comments pose a considerable reputational risk. Equally, for the operators of review websites, the risk of […]

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16 September, 2014
Native advertising – what is it and what are the risks to your business?

September 2014   A recent decision by the UK advertising regulator The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), calls into question whether native advertising can be done effectively without breaking the rules.   What is native advertising? Native advertising is “native” to the environment in which it is placed. It seeks to engage the consumer by making […]

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16 September, 2014
Could you use crowdfunding to grow your business?

September 2014   Recent times have seen SME’s in the technology sector struggle to access bank loans and overdrafts. Crowdfunding, also known as peer-to-peer or peer-to-business lending, provides a potential alternative source of finance, and is becoming increasingly popular. In an aim to provide enhanced protection for consumers without discouraging the growth of this emerging […]

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16 September, 2014
How much do you know about intellectual property?

September 2014   All businesses use intellectual property. Whether it is the name of the business, its logo, the software it uses or the documentation it produces, intellectual property is being created or reused on a daily basis. For technology and advertising businesses, intellectual property is one of the most valuable assets and it is […]

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8 September, 2014
Christina Blacklaws joins Cripps

  One of the country’s most high profile lawyers, Christina Blacklaws, has joined Cripps as Director of Client Services as part of the law firm’s strategy for continued growth.   Christina has 25 years’ experience in legal services including developing and running one of the largest specialist family law firms in the country; building an […]

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8 September, 2014
Legal advice adds fizz to fundraising

The market leader in English wines is set for fresh growth following the launch of a major crowdfunding initiative.   Tenterden-based Chapel Down Group aims to attract up to €5m in what is believed to be the first time a quoted company in the UK has used crowdfunding to reach investors.   The award-winning wine […]

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11 August, 2014
Millwood builds on success

Award-winning Millwood Designer Homes Ltd is set for further growth after attracting a £10m investment in a deal managed by law firm Cripps.   The Tonbridge-based housebuilder specialises in high quality, individually designed homes and will use the money to accelerate its housebuilding programme across Kent, Sussex and Surrey.   Cripps’ Katie Haylock, who worked […]

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10 August, 2014
Intellectual property, Back to Basics part 1

This is the first in a series of “Back to Basics” articles looking at intellectual Property and its potential value and relevance to you and your business.   This article outlines what we mean by ‘copyright’, what it protects, who owns copyright and how a copyright owner can protect and commercially exploit its copyright.   […]

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28 July, 2014
Will, trust and estate disputes

Contesting a will or bringing a claim over a trust or an estate can be distressing and complicated. Our specialists in this field have dealt with just about every conceivable difficulty that might arise and are ready to help you, whether bringing or defending a claim.   Our guide to will, trust and estate disputes explains […]

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25 July, 2014
International deal to boost UK high tech growth

International legal expertise from law firm Cripps has opened the way for a high tech French company to invest in the UK.   Environnement S.A, Europe’s leading supplier of environmental monitoring equipment, has bought Cambridgeshire-based PCME Ltd, a specialist in the development, manufacture and supply of continuous particulate emission monitors for industrial processes.   The […]

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24 July, 2014
A brief guide to professional negligence claims

Claims against professionals, such as accountants, financial advisers, solicitors, surveyors and architects, have become more common in recent years. This is due to a combination of factors including an increasing reliance upon professional advice, the complexity of work carried out, and a raised awareness of legal rights. Professional negligence claims can be complex and it […]

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22 July, 2014
Guide to dispute resolution

Although most disputes are settled without going to court, and the modern approach is very much to  consider litigation as a last resort, litigation remains the most common formal method of dispute resolution. This guide to dispute resolution takes you through the litigation process whilst also identifying alternative ways to resolve disputes  

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2 July, 2014
Foothold for footwear company

Business lawyers Cripps have just helped a young and on the trend French brand www.bobbies.fr/en/ launch in the UK.  Established in 2010, the Parisian brand offers a unique take on the iconic driving shoes.   Bobbies appointed Cripps to advise on their first foothold in the high-end London market.  A team led by Olivier Morel, Partner and […]

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27 June, 2014
Protecting your business reputation from online criticism

The nature of the internet means that comments about your business can be published instantly to thousands of people around the world. Whilst good online reviews can do wonders for your reputation, negative comments pose a considerable reputational risk. What is the best way to protect your reputation?   Legal remedies are not always the […]

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3 June, 2014
New look for leading law firm

The merger of two South East leading law firms has culminated with a new name and brand for the combined business.   Cripps brings together the best elements of the cultures and working practices of its constituent elements – Cripps Harries Hall and Vertex Law and– to offer clients comprehensive, customer-focused legal expertise.   The firm has […]

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2 June, 2014
Cripps in the news: Kent Business

Chris Price, Business Editor of Kent Business speaks to Cripps’ Managing Partner, Gavin Tyler and Senior Partner, Michael Stevens about the law firm’s rebrand.    www.kentonline.co.uk    

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29 April, 2014
Cripps secures international deal

Cripps has helped an international corporate services firm to cement its position in London and the south east with the acquisition of a specialist security company. Grosvenor Corporate Security Limited purchased Charter Security Limited, in a deal organised by Kent’s largest law firm.   A family business with offices across the UK and USA, Grosvenor […]

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23 April, 2014
Telecoms firm’s profile grows with latest acquisition

A successful Tunbridge Wells telecoms company is continuing to expand its customer base thanks to a new acquisition.   AdEPT, which specialises in the provision of a range of communications products including lines, calls, data, mobile and broadband services, has purchased Bluecherry Telecom Limited in a transaction with all legal services provided by Kent’s largest […]

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11 April, 2014
Cripps named one of Top 25 law firms in UK

Cripps has been named one of the UK’s top 25 legal firms for its services to private clients. The recognition comes from Private Client Practitioner magazine, which surveyed 125 of the country’s leading private client law firms serving wealthy individuals, ranking them according to the number of partners, fee earners, staff and fee income. It […]

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7 March, 2014
Fun and fundraising to support hospice

Cripps has proved that they are good sports with a year of fundraising to support The Hospice in the Weald.   Cripps donated £13,000 to the charity, which provides palliative care and clinical support for people with terminal illness, their families and carers.    Staff at the county’s largest law firm, which has offices in […]

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