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Top tips to improve your business over summer

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Summer's here - and we have some top tips for you to consider if your business is quiet over the holiday period. If your business is quieter over the summer months, use the time to review your business procedures and do some housekeeping....

Use statutory demands (for debt recovery) with discretion

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Making a statutory demand for a debt can prove expensive – this process should be used with discretion. Creditors who deal with multiple debtors will know that making a statutory demand for payment from a debtor may be an effective means of...

New debt recovery rules from October

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Businesses need to review their approach to collecting debts. Debt recovery is a fact of life for businesses: most have debt recovery systems in place to ensure prompt payment and make full use of the courts if debtors do not pay. However, court procedures...

Comfort for those making wills (and clarification on when they can be challenged)

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The Supreme Court made an important decision* on wills and inheritance last month. The decision gives some comfort to those making wills that their wishes will be usually be respected after they die. The decision also clarifies the rules on when a will or...

Landowners must take responsibility for knotweed blight

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Japanese knotweed, or Fallopia Japonica to use its formal name, was originally brought to Wales from East Asia. Once highly regarded for its beauty, it has spread throughout the UK and is having a devastating effect on plant biodiversity and hard...

Debt recovery need not involve the expense of going to court

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If expensive fees are keeping you away from dispute resolution in the courts, consider the alternatives. Court fees have risen but there are other dispute resolution options that businesses can use to recover debts and resolve disputes. ...

Are your business debts getting out of hand? Read our tips on avoiding insolvency

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It’s an unfortunate fact that January can be a hard time for struggling businesses. The double whammy of mounting bills and creditors delaying their payments on what’s due can cause huge stress for those involved. But poor...

Review your cash flow before Christmas

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Don't let debts fester over the holidays The last few weeks leading up to Christmas can be a frantic time. Whatever your business, there are sales targets to achieve, projects to finish and deadlines to meet. The extra pressure of...

A checklist: what can businesses do to prepare for a Brexit?

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What can you do to prepare for a Brexit? Keep tuned in to what the government is doing to leave the EU – and what effect their decisions might have. Talk to your staff – particularly if they are non-UK...

INSIGHT: A Brexit it is then! What now?

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So there it is! The UK have voted to leave the EU. It’s the end of era – or will be once the government negotiates how the Brexit will actually work. We’ve set out below a few key points for businesses and some basic guidance on what to do...

Dealing with court claims or County Court Judgments (CCJs)

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Have you received a court claim form document or a County Court judgment (CCJ)? If yes, take action. Don’t just ignore the documents. Receiving any court document can be a daunting and unnerving experience especially if you are unfamiliar...

INSIGHT: Email exchanges can result in a binding contract

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In a recent court decision, the court considered whether two businesses had agreed to a change in their contract terms in email correspondence. The court found that they had - despite the existence of a contract clause stipulating that any changes must be in...

INSIGHT: Some tips for handling contract negotiations

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Most businesses enter into contracts on a daily basis without even thinking about the process. Office supplies, water/gas/electricity supply and coffee machines are supplied under contracts not to mention agreements with employees, consultants and...

INSIGHT: A cautionary tale for professionals who help out friends

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Professionals can be held financially liable if ‘freebie work’ goes wrong. Professionals such as solicitors, barristers, architects and engineers have a duty to take care when providing advice and services to their clients. If they do not, and...

Senior judge recommends fixed costs in claims less than £250,000

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A senior judge has recommended that a regime of fixed costs be introduced for all civil claims under £250,000, including personal injury claims. If implemented, this would mean that claimants who are successful at trial, would only be able to recover a...

Farmer entitled to compensation after land flooded

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A farmer has successfully claimed compensation after a local council pumped floodwater onto his land to save a Yorkshire village from flooding. The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (‘tribunal’) decided that the farmer was entitled to recover...

What is expert determination?

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What is expert determination? Expert determination is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ADR ). It offers the disputing parties the opportunity to resolve disputes without going to court. The parties must agree to expert determination and...

New requirements for traders to tell consumers about Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options

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New regulations came into force earlier this year that affect the routine practices of many trading businesses. The aim behind the regulations is to encourage wider participation in Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ADR ) procedures as an...

INSIGHT: Shareholders, directors and partnership disputes

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Running a business can be difficult and disputes with clients, suppliers and other third parties will occur from time to time. But what about internal disputes? What happens when directors, partners or work colleagues fall out?...

INSIGHT: Bankruptcy petition threshold to rise

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From 1 October 2015, creditors will only be able to petition for a debtor’s bankruptcy where the debt is over £5,000. Currently the threshold stands at £750 so the increase represents a huge jump. The increase will provide a measure of...

INSIGHT: Putting Professional Negligence in the Spotlight

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Most businesses have a positive experience when seeking the advice of a solicitor, with legal professionals able to offer expert guidance on a wide range of corporate issues. But what happens when the service is negligent and how can businesses spot the...

INSIGHT: How to Avoid the Fallout of Boundary Disputes this Summer

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As temperatures rise on the approach to summer, the same can be true of tensions between neighbours, especially where boundaries are concerned. Christopher Burke, head of dispute & litigation at Pearson, explains. Tree felling, hedge trimming and...