Knowledge

Insolvency and adjudication
29 June, 2018

Insolvency has been very much in the news over the last few months. We have seen the recent spate of High Street retailers finding themselves in difficulties. We have also seen the recent case of Wright & Another v The Prudential Assurance Company Limited (2018) concerning the liability to pay rent as an expense of […]

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Dogs at work – are we missing a trick?
22 June, 2018

With today (Friday, 22 June) being National Bring Your Dog To Work Day, Charlotte Cooke-Vaughan, an HR consultant at law firm Cripps, celebrates the many documented benefits (wo)man’s best friend brings to the workplace.   During the 18th century the benefit of animals in asylums was identified as helping to encourage “benevolent feelings”, to the […]

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Guidance note for consumer rights
11 June, 2018

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Act) consolidated and reformed consumer protection law in the UK. As we all purchase goods and services from businesses, it is important to know your statutory rights if a dispute ever arises over the goods or services purchased. This guidance note explains what your legal rights are as a consumer. If […]

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Reputation protection in family law disputes
11 June, 2018
by: Cripps

A family dispute by its nature is emotive but it can become particularly damaging if an opponent seeks to level personal attacks on you, to harm your reputation, for some perceived gain.     This guidance note discusses reputational attacks in family disputes arising in the form of: Defamatory statements and/or Embarrassing disclosures Read more here. If […]

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Guidance note for responding to a defamation claim
8 June, 2018

This guidance note  sets out what to consider when responding to a defamation claim made: formally, by a Letter of Claim issued under the ‘Pre-action Protocol for Defamation’ (the Protocol); or less formally, for example, by way of a comment on social media   If you require further guidance please contact Will Charlesworth at will.charlesworth@cripps.co.uk or on […]

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To search or not to search
8 June, 2018

The ‘usual’ searches ‘Caveat Emptor’, otherwise known as ‘buyer beware’, is the legal principle which governs the contracts for the sale and purchase of property. In short, the onus falls on the buyer’s conveyancer to carry out searches over land (and in some cases adjoining or neighbouring land), to ensure that the prospective buyer is […]

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Excessive directors’ pay and unfair dividends in family businesses
31 May, 2018

Owner / managers of family businesses are entitled to be paid for their management role but this pay must not be unfair in relation to other family shareholders.   A common situation, especially in family companies, is that there will be shareholders who have management roles and shareholders who do not.  There is often also […]

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Guidance note for taking action against online defamation
17 May, 2018

A defamatory statement is a false statement of fact that exposes a person or business to hatred, ridicule, or contempt, causing them serious harm (and in the case of a business, serious financial harm).  This guidance note explains how to take action against online defamation.  If you require further guidance please contact Will Charlesworth at will.charlesworth@cripps.co.uk or on […]

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Guidance note for Domain Names
16 May, 2018

A domain name acts as the electronic address for a website and, in a world increasingly reliant on e-commerce, it represents a potentially very valuable commercial asset. This guidance note explains recovery, seizure and cancellation of Domain Names. If you require further guidance please contact Will Charlesworth at will.charlesworth@cripps.co.uk or on +44 (0)1892 506 004

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Guidance note for tackling online copy cats
15 May, 2018

Where the imitator is a malicious actor, such as a cybersquatter or a commercial competitor, once their actions are discovered it is important to seek advice on taking action without delay. For further information, please see this guidance note. If you require further guidance please contact Will Charlesworth at will.charlesworth@cripps.co.uk or on +44 (0)1892 506 004

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Who is in charge if a GP practice is a company?
15 May, 2018

Last month, Justin Cumberlege of law firm Cripps explained why forming a company should be a good idea for growing GP practices. In this issue he looks at the role of the director. In a GP partnership everyone knows who is ultimately in charge – the partners. They own the business, they take all the […]

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Guidance note for the UDRP process
14 May, 2018

The recovery of a domain name can be sought without the need to issue proceedings, through the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the UDRP). This guidance note explains how a UDRP panel has the power to cancel or transfer a domain name back to the rightful owner without any need for court proceedings. If you require further […]

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Restrictive covenants – protecting your investment
10 May, 2018

Restrictive covenants – protecting your investment Every business has elements that are invaluable to its on-going success, and this is no different in the dental sector.  Katie Taken of law firm Cripps explains the role of restrictive covenants when selling or buying a dental practice. The buyer will be paying the market value for the […]

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Why companies and not partnerships?
20 April, 2018

The first thing to note when considering the difference between a company and partnership is Clause 12 of the Partnership Act 1890, which states: “Every partner is liable jointly with his co-partners and also severally for everything for which the firm while he is a partner therein becomes liable under either of the two last […]

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