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Manufacturing & Engineering

Six legal issues to address when negotiating…

Large businesses that are used to negotiating contracts on a day-to-day basis will no doubt be familiar with the legal pitfalls involved. They may have dedicated procurement departments handling negotiations…

Four ways to recover debt from an…

Just because a company has or is about to enter an insolvency process does not necessarily mean that all is lost. I have been involved in a number of recent…

What’s next for zero hours contracts?

Legislation preventing employers from using exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts has now become law. The legislation, which took effect on May 26, makes clauses in contracts of employment that…

Five ways to reduce claims for workplace…

A recent High Court case has shed more light on the circumstances in which an employer may be liable for psychiatric illness caused by occupational stress. In the case of…

Q&A: Increase in court fees for businesses

Government increases in some civil court fees are due to come into effect from March 9, 2015, and will have a big financial impact on all businesses that regularly use…

Lancaster Solicitors: Going strong one year on

It may only have been 12 months, but a lot has happened in that time for Lancaster-based solicitor firm Harrison Drury as the company continues to expand its services into…

Avoiding the libel trap lurking on social…

A number of high-profile politicians, sports stars, business people and other celebrities have got themselves into hot water for publishing defamatory comments on social media. The action Lord McAlpine took…

Dealing with disputes in a fragmenting boardroom

People who own and run limited companies will always have their differences – that’s just a fact of life. It is sometimes healthy for individuals within these businesses to have…

Harsher penalties could be in store for…

A review of sentencing guidelines could result in tougher penalties for individuals and organisations who flout health and safety regulations or breach food hygiene legislation. The Sentencing Council is consulting…

Don’t overlook African trade opportunities

Manufacturing businesses should not overlook the growing trade opportunities on the African continent, according to one of the region’s leading lawyers. John Chesworth, managing director at Harrison Drury, was speaking…

How can manufacturers overcome skills gaps?

Finding the right people with the right skills for the job can be challenging for all employers but poses particular problems for those within manufacturing industries. A skilled workforce is…

Is remanufacturing the next big sector opportunity?

While remanufacturing is not an entirely new concept, a recent report by the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) believes it has the potential to be £5.6bn industry in the…

Incorporating a business – what’s involved?

Most owners of start-up businesses will be asking this question when they begin to enjoy a certain level of financial success. With the money starting to come in, deciding at…

Supplying the MOD – Considerations for manufacturers…

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) spent £19.9 billion with UK industry in 2013 making it the number one customer for the nation’s manufacturing and engineering businesses. Over the next…

How the recent ruling on Holiday Pay…

The recent ruling of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will affect employers whose workers are required to work overtime when they are asked to do so. Holiday pay has usually…

Does a guilty plea to corporate manslaughter…

In a previous blog I looked at the four previous UK convictions for corporate manslaughter and how a guilty plea by the corporate entity could help the company’s individual directors…

Right to request Flexible Working – the…

The Flexible Working Regulations 2014 came into force on June 30, 2014 extending the right to make a request for flexible working to any employee who has been employed for 26…

How do new consumer contract rules impact…

Businesses need to be aware of a number of recent changes to the law that will impact on the terms and conditions or ‘contracts’ they have in place with the…

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