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Food & drink blog

The impact of food outlets in shopping centres

19 Feb, 2019
  The focus on convenience is more prevalent than ever, and with the depressing predictions of the decline in the British high street, shopping centres are successfully...
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Brexit blog

Brexit clauses – an update

19 Feb, 2019
In the initial aftermath of the Brexit vote in 2016, we published a short blog on the inclusion of Brexit clauses in contracts. This new blog identifies some of the contractual...
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Media & technology blog

Intellectual Property (IP) Audits – a great way to understand better the IP which sits in your business…

14 Feb, 2019
All businesses create, own or license some form of intellectual property (IP), whether they know it or not. The term itself covers a wide variety of rights including copyright...
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Wills, tax, trusts & probate blog

Update! Probate fees reform

13 Feb, 2019
Last Thursday (7 February), the Government’s proposed changes to probate fees  - which will see the current flat fee (£215 for individuals and £155 for those applying through...
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Commercial disputes blog

Declaring dividends – dangers for directors

13 Feb, 2019
Accountants for small businesses often encourage a relaxed attitude to money coming out of the company to the owner / managers, along the lines of “don’t worry we will sort it...
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Media & technology blog

Successful collaborations with tech companies

12 Feb, 2019
Why collaborate? Collaboration between businesses is by no means a new phenomenon, but rapid developments in the technology field over the past decade means collaborations are...
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Media & technology blog

Terms of Business – why should you care?

8 Feb, 2019
Whether a business sells goods and/or services to its customers or clients, the business should ensure they have clear terms of business in place governing the sale and provision...
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Real estate blog

Ignoring restrictive covenants: the consequences for developers

8 Feb, 2019
The case of The Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Trust v Millgate Developments Ltd and another [2018] EWCA Civ 2679 is a useful case for developers to keep in mind when...
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Family law blog

DIY Divorce: is this a good idea?

7 Feb, 2019
by: Cripps
  Welcome to a new era! In March 2018, the UK government launched a £1bn project to update the national court system. One of its key reforms was to make divorce applications...
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Wills, tax, trusts & probate blog

Taxation of trusts

5 Feb, 2019
Taxation of trusts – our thoughts on proposed changes Last November the Government launched a high level consultation on the future taxation of trusts. The consultation paper...
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Charities & not-for-profit blog

Disposing of Charity Land: Getting it wrong!

5 Feb, 2019
It is all too easy to get it wrong.  Unless exempt by law (exemption applies to, for example, most housing associations, various higher education institutions and Academy...
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Brexit blog

Post Brexit Border Issues – is tech the answer?

4 Feb, 2019
“Just in time” products are set to be amongst those most affected by a hard Brexit (where we leave the EU without a trade deal) because any delays at customs could cause...
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Employment blog

EU Settlement Scheme - What Can Employers do to support EU nationals in their workforce?

29 Jan, 2019
With just two months now until we reach the date for the UK’s departure from the EU and no greater clarity on what final shape Brexit will take, it is an unsettling time for...
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Media & technology blog

What’s the best way of ensuring your confidential information is kept confidential?

28 Jan, 2019
Aside from not disclosing your confidential information in the first place, the best way to ensure your confidential information is kept confidential is to use a confidentiality...
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Real estate blog

The magical expanding easement ...

25 Jan, 2019
O'Byrnes' Application [2018] UKUT 395 (LC) A recent application to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) provided a useful reminder that a modification to a restrictive covenant under...
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Food & drink blog

The rise of the on-demand economy – challenges and opportunities for the food and drink sector

25 Jan, 2019
According to some estimates, over the last ten years, the takeaway delivery market has grown from £2.4 billion to an estimated £4.2 billion as measured early last year, a 73%...
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Charities & not-for-profit blog

Hosting speakers and debates at UK universities

25 Jan, 2019
“No platforming” stories at UK universities have become a familiar feature of the news. For example, back in 2016, Cardiff University attempted to ‘no platform’ Germaine...
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Wills, tax, trusts & probate blog

The clock is ticking: time to sell?

25 Jan, 2019
As we highlighted in a blog last November (see here), the rules about tax relief on increases in value of residential property are set to change in April 2020.  The difference...
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Brexit blog

Brexit planning for business – practical steps

21 Jan, 2019
Last week’s votes didn’t seem to bring much in the way of clarity over the shape of our exit from the EU, other than that we now know that it is unlikely to be on the basis of...
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Real estate blog

Just how frustrating is Brexit?

17 Jan, 2019
A case between the European Medicine Agency ("EMA") and Canary Wharf Group is being heard in court this week, and it is one to keep an eye on. EMA has a 25 year lease of its...
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