Knowledge

Guidance note to directors’ duties
5 December, 2017

As a matter of law, directors have duties to the company for which they act.  This guidance note is intended to provide general advice to directors across a number of areas.  Read more here.  If you require further guidance please contact Joanna Ford at joanna.ford@cripps.co.uk or on +44(0)1732 224 033.   

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Tips and Traps in Group Restructurings
5 December, 2017

Paul Lester, a partner in our corporate team with many years’ experience in helping groups of companies simplify their structures, gives you his top tips, and points out the traps to avoid, for a successful group restructuring. Get the structure right The choice of how the reorganisation is to be carried out (for example share […]

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Group Structure Simplification
5 December, 2017

New corporate entities are commonly added to the group structure chart as business organisations expand, whether through organic growth into new sectors and geographies or through inorganic growth by way of mergers and acquisitions.    This guidance note provides a detailed look at the rational behind and options for simplifying your group structure.  For more […]

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Guide to the Law Relating to Trade Marks (part 2 of 2)
4 December, 2017

The preceding guidance note in this ‘Guide to the Law Relating to Trade Marks’ series (part 1 of 2) looked at the registration and commercialisation of trade marks.   Part 2 explains the concept of unregistered trade marks and how they, and registered marks, can be enforced to protect a business brand.  Read more here.  For more […]

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Guide to the Law Relating to Trade Marks (part 1 of 2)
30 November, 2017

From logos to slogans, and from colours to shapes, registered trade marks can form an essential part of any business’ brand.   Our guidance note – Guide to the Law Relating to Trade Marks – looks at trade marks, both registered and unregistered, and the respective benefits of both.  Read more here. For more information on […]

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Why lease flexibility is the key to success
24 November, 2017

In this current post-Brexit, post-election climate, it is more important than ever for businesses to be able to adapt to a rapidly changing market. Lease terms that give flexibility to expand or contract business operations could be vital to a business’s chances of survival in such uncertain times. So how should a tenant go about getting […]

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Is a mortgagee’s consent required for a lease surrender?
24 November, 2017

Commercial landlords and tenants frequently enter into consensual arrangements to surrender (i.e. terminate early) a lease before the expiry of the lease term. A surrender may be effected either expressly by a deed between the landlord and the tenant or by operation of law. A lease is surrendered by operation of law where the conduct […]

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Guide to the Law Relating to Copyright: Infringement and Enforcement
15 November, 2017

The law relating to copyright is complex and constantly developing.  Our previous guidance note, “Copyright: Ownership and Protection”,  considered what types of work copyright protects, how the right arises and how ownership of it is likely to be determined.  This follow up note – Guide to the Law Relating to Copyright: Infringement and Enforcement – considers […]

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Corporate Governance – What directors need to tell shareholders
8 November, 2017

The rights and responsibilities of directors and shareholders in a company are very different. Ultimately the shareholders control the company by virtue of their shareholding, but the directors control the day to day business of the company. One point which is often not clear to directors and shareholders is how much directors are obliged to […]

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Key considerations for equipment leasing
8 November, 2017

Having the right equipment for your business is vital. Cripps associate Aleks Wulff looks at the potential of leasing.   When it comes to contract catering the cost of buying equipment can be prohibitive, making leasing look like a favourable option for your balance sheet.   It can also have tax benefits because of the […]

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LEI Requirements for AIM Companies – Have you registered?
6 November, 2017

The deadline for all AIM companies with securities admitted to trading to register for their Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code is 30 November 2017. This is in order to ensure compliance with the obligations under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Market Abuse Regulations.   The LEI code is a unique […]

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Didn’t he do well?
24 October, 2017

Jessica Jamieson, a partner at Cripps, considers the inheritance tax planning undertaken by Bruce Forsyth, and the importance of life interest trusts for those who have children from a previous relationship. This article first appeared in the September edition of Kent Life. The legend that was Bruce Forsyth died recently, aged 89, having entertained the […]

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