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The unique challenges in shareholder disputes
21 July, 2017

The blood ties within family businesses can be a source of great strength and vitality, but they can also be the source of tension and create particular problems when boardroom disputes arise.   How problems arise Typical underlying causes of internal company disputes are: differences of opinion on the fundamental strategic direction of the company […]

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Dealing with a winding up petition: overview
17 July, 2017

If your company is the subject of a winding up petition, you should seek legal advice immediately.   Our guidance note – Dealing with a winding up petition – sets out the consequences for a company that is the subject of a winding up petition.  Read more here.  For further information about the implications and consequence of […]

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Who owns the premises of the family business?
17 July, 2017

As an owner of a family business it is not uncommon, at some point, to want to step back from the day to day running of the company and pass this responsibility onto other family members, quite often the children. In this situation, there are many things that need to be considered; a key one […]

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Guide to the new General Data Protection Regulation
14 July, 2017
by: Cripps

The GDPR will replace the current Data Protection Directive (which was incorporated into English law as the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)).   View our Guide to the new General Data Protection Regulation.  For more detailed information please click here. 

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Why Charter…?
14 July, 2017

What is a family charter? A family charter (sometimes called a family constitution) is a document entered into by family members in relation to their business. It sets out a road map as to how they wish the family business to be run, and a shared vision as to their aspirations and goals.   What’s […]

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Guide to the Law Relating to Defamation
13 July, 2017

Celebrities and other public figures attract attention with high-profile defamation claims, brought in order to protect their reputations. However, it is not just the newsworthy few who have reputations to protect.  With the constantly developing world of social media, there is an increasing risk that anyone could be the subject of a defamatory tweet or […]

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Bank of Mum and Dad
6 July, 2017

First published in the Wealden Times on the 1st July 2017.   Average property prices have increased over the last few years and therefore banks are demanding sizeable deposits before granting a mortgage. As a result, many first-time buyers are turning to their parents for financial help.   Stephen Horscroft, a private client lawyer at […]

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The Care Act 2016 – Will care costs be capped?
14 June, 2017

The Care Act 2014 (‘the Act’) represents the most significant reform of the law governing care and support in over 60 years. The aim of the Act is to give individuals greater independence and control over their lives and the care and support that they receive.   The Act is now largely in force. However, […]

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What the Residence Nil Rate Band means for you
12 June, 2017

Inheritance tax on death is charged at 40% when a person’s estate exceeds the nil rate band (£325,000 in the tax year 2016-17).  From 6 April 2017 a new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is available meaning that the first £100,000 of a residence’s value (rising by £25,000 every year to £175,000 by 2020) is […]

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The Charity Commission’s new powers over charities
30 May, 2017

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent on 16 March 2016. The provisions in the Act have been implemented in stages and most of the Act is now in force. The Act changes the law contained in the Charities Act 2011 and the Charities Act 1992 in four main […]

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An introduction to the new GP contract
30 May, 2017

With changes to the GP contract imminent, Justin Cumberlege, a healthcare specialist at law firm Cripps, looks at the highlights.   This year a number of changes to the GP contract have been announced, with most of them being implemented from 1 July 2017.   They do give GP practices a boost and it is […]

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Boardroom Disputes and Shareholders Disputes – the Underlying Law
23 May, 2017

Boardroom Disputes / Shareholders Disputes – a quick guide to the underlying law and remedies The law that underlies most boardroom disputes and shareholders disputes is complex and technical.  This article outlines the key legal concepts that are relevant to the resolution of any such dispute.  It looks at the various remedies available to shareholders […]

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