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Business Protection

Will protected conversations proposal backfire?

Employers should beware of government plans to introduce ‘protected conversations’ to encourage settlement agreements (also known as compromise agreements). The initiative is part of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill,…

What are exclusivity agreements and how can…

An exclusivity agreement is a contract between two businesses to deal exclusively with each other in a specific area. Typically the agreement restricts only one of the parties, such as…

What you need to know about corporate…

A conviction for corporate manslaughter will devastate a business and individual managers – so steps to avoid prosecution are essential. Corporate manslaughter legislation affects all businesses operating in the UK.…

What is a company reorganisation and what…

Reorganising your business’ ownership, operational structure, and legal constitution can result in many business benefits such as improved profitability, greater productivity, or better use of assets. Reasons for restructuring include…

Contract disputes: Don’t leave it to chance…

Last year I posted a blog that highlighted the importance of ensuring terms and conditions are properly drafted to minimise the risk of contract disputes arising over the interpretation of…

Bribery law heralds caution over corporate Christmas…

Employers should beware of tough new anti-bribery laws when giving or receiving corporate gifts this Christmas. The Bribery Act affects everyone from global businesses to individuals, prompting the Royal Mail’s…

Protecting your intellectual property

The ownership and right to use intellectual property is an increasingly important consideration as businesses seek to gain a competitive edge. Where a product is protected by intellectual property, this…

HD Anytime launched to counter ‘fear of…

Harrison Drury has launched a dedicated service aimed at removing business owners’ fears of being charged on the clock when speaking to their lawyer. HD Anytime allows clients to gain…

Does your business need a social media…

Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs have become an excellent new tool for businesses to market their products and services. Many businesses now use social media to…

Why shareholder agreements are vital in family…

  In any business, when shareholder disputes arise, it‘s always a difficult time. However, when the owners of a business are also members of the same family, then things can…

Case study: contract guards against unfair competition

A client in the North West automotive sector approached us after a disgruntled employee resigned and set up in competition, while also pursuing a legal claim for constructive dismissal. How…

Don’t let boardroom disputes become a turf…

Written by David Filmer, associate solicitor These days we are used to hearing about the power struggle between the owners of a football club and its manager but the recent…

The punitive cost of failing to protect…

The need to protect your brand and assets – especially goodwill – was highlighted when a Preston hair salon had to change its brand after legal action involving another hairdresser…

Boardroom struggle at LFC highlights potential turf…

These days we are used to hearing about the power boardroom struggle between the owners of a football club and its manager but this week’s High Court battle between the…

Why now is a good time to…

The onset of the recent recession and continuing difficulties in the economic climate highlight numerous risks when entering into new business relationships. A number of recent cases have brought to…

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