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How can I pursue a debt owed…

It’s not unusual if you are owed money by a company for it to enter some form of insolvency process, but this doesn’t mean that all is lost. Subject to…

What should be in my executive employment…

Problem: I’m in negotiations with a potential new employer about a senior executive position. What should I ask to be included in my employment contract and should I have a…

How does new Health & Safety guidance…

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has recently launched new guidance for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health & safety. The release of this new guidance…

‘Don’t rush in’ call over owner-employee status

Businesses are being warned not to rush into new ‘owner-employee’ contracts that allow staff to give up some of their employment rights for shares in the business. The new owner-employee…

What should be covered in a shareholders’…

Problem I have recently started a new business with two former colleagues and we have been advised to draw up a shareholders’ agreement. Why do we need one and what…

Is my premises licence fit for purpose?

Whether you need a new premises licence or want to vary an existing one, the first thing to find out is exactly what you want one for. At Harrison Drury,…

How new whistleblowing rules affect businesses

Major changes to legislation protecting workplace whistleblowers have significant implications for employers. Roger Spence, employment law partner at Harrison Drury solicitors, discusses the main issues for businesses need to be…

The true cost of ignoring legal problems

I was astonished to read a recent article in Law Society Gazette which highlighted some research about the reluctance of businesses to use legal services. The research, commissioned by the…

The cost implications of business prosecution

There have been recent changes to court costs rules for business prosecution & criminal proceedings following the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Under…

How to protect a business from bad…

Many businesses can find themselves in a situation where cash flow becomes an issue, so it is vital that companies correctly manage their credit and capital. This includes having the…

Legal considerations when incorporating a business

Many smaller businesses find it beneficial to operate under a simple unincorporated structure, such as a partnership, or as a sole trader. However, whether due to growth or for tax…

The future of commercial litigation funding post…

The brave new world of litigation funding ushered in by the Jackson Reforms on 1 April 2013, has created great uncertainty over the funding of commercial disputes. As a result,…

The deadly consequences of breaching Working at…

The recent sentencing of a civil engineering firm and one of its directors following the death of an employee is a stark reminder of the need for businesses to guarantee…

Legal warning to environmental law flouters

Businesses that breach environmental regulations are putting their future at risk as lawmakers contemplate more serious punishments. The warning comes as new tougher sentencing guidelines have been proposed by The…

Five steps to new export markets

Following prime minster David Cameron’s recent trade visit to India, and with the EU in the process of negotiating a trade deal with USA, it would seem that there has…

Harrison Drury helps Blackpool BID defend levy…

Blackpool’s Business Improvement District (BID) has successfully defended a legal claim brought by a town centre business challenging the levy raised by the organisation. Blackpool BID works in partnership with…

Harrison Drury assists with launch of XYZ…

We have recently been working with two good friends and clients of Harrison Drury, Will Mould and Paul Stanway, to help them launch XYZ - the next big thing in…

Supreme Court rules against extending legal advice…

In a long awaited judgment, the Supreme Court ruled last week that legal advice privilege (LAP) could not be extended to non-legally qualified professionals, a move with implications for businesses…

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