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Business Law

What is an employee’s right to privacy…

Since March 2020, many employers across the UK have implemented ‘remote’ or ‘home working’ arrangements to comply with government guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hannah Pike and Olivia Bailey, from…

Blackpool pet bakery celebrates steady rise in…

A Blackpool-based bakery that specialises in treats for dogs has seen a steady rise in business as it celebrates its first anniversary at new premises in the Blackpool Enterprise Zone.…

Divorce and the family farm

Although divorce rates appear to be slightly falling, 2019 figures indicate that as many as 42% of marriages still ended in divorce with farming families by no means immune to…

Structuring a business sale following coronavirus

Kerry Southworth, solicitor in the corporate team at Harrison Drury, looks at some of the options for structuring a corporate deal at a time when some valuations will be diminished. …

The impact of energy efficiency regulations on…

Many landowners have diversified into providing commercial premises by converting historic farms buildings. Given the age of some of these buildings, they risk breaching MEES regulations come 2023. George Wilson,…

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Trainee Solicitor

Is an athlete an employee?

Matthew Astley and Olivia Bailey, from Harrison Drury’s sports sector team, consider the case of Varnish v British Cycling, in light of the recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.…

What happens if a furloughed employee has…

Enterprise management incentive options (EMI options) are a type of share option commonly granted by companies looking to retain key employees through equity interests. Kerry Southworth, solicitor and corporate law…

Mixed-use Stamp Duty Land Tax: When can…

George Wilson from Harrison Drury’s rural sector team outlines how different approaches to purchasing rural property can reduce the stamp duty land tax liability. He also reinforces the importance in…

Residential landlords update: Prepare now to reactivate…

Hayley Bamber, of Harrison Drury’s property litigation team, explains what landlords need to be aware of after the introduction of new legislation and updated Practice Direction 55C. On 26 March,…

Employee or self-employed? Why it is such…

Kate Shawcross, from the employment and regulatory team, recounts a recent landmark case on employment status and considers the implications for the hair and beauty industry and for businesses in…

Are written tenancy agreements really that important…

Nicola Beneduce, from our commercial property team, highlights some of the pitfalls associated with not having a comprehensive written tenancy agreement in place for an agricultural tenancy. When an agreement…

Managing your team structure as CJRS ends

The government is gradually winding down CJRS, as businesses re-open across the country and employees are returning to work. Olivia Bailey, solicitor in Harrison Drury’s employment team, offers a recap…

Factors to consider before selling part of…

There has been an increased demand for acquiring rural land over the years, primarily for development purposes or to secure additional land for working farms. Hannah Hughes from Harrison Drury’s…

How the new Job Retention Bonus will…

On 8 July, 2020, the government announced a new Job Retention Bonus for employers. Kate Shawcross from Harrison Drury’s Employment and Regulatory Team takes a look at what this means…

The chancellor’s summer statement: Getting the economy…

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his summer economic plan which is hoped to help the UK economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. But is it enough? Senior…

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