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Recycling & Waste Management

How would an EU ‘Leave’ vote affect…

The possible effects of a Brexit on the recycling and waste management industry could be significant. Sarah Cheetham, head of Harrison Drury’s recycling and waste management team, discusses some of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Clampdown on zero hours contracts: What you…

Employers will no longer be able to force employers on zero hours contracts to sign exclusivity clauses under plans announced this week by business secretary Vince Cable. The ban on…

New magistrate court fines should cause concern…

New proposals on the maximum fines imposed by magistrates in England and Wales will have significant implications for businesses, not just individuals. The justice minister Jeremy Wright announced this week…

An employer’s guide to dealing with World…

Do I have to give staff time off to watch the World Cup? This is a question we always get asked around the time of major sporting events. There seems…

Why can my business no longer reclaim…

New rules aimed at encouraging long-term sick employees to return to the workplace have come into force in the UK. Changes to legislation, which came into effect from April 6…

Dealing with Early Conciliation in employment claims

Changes to the way UK employment claims are dealt came into force today (May 6) with prospective claimants now being required to submit an ‘Early Conciliation Form’ to ACAS before…

Staffing for the upturn: How to avoid…

A recurring theme in many of my conversations with clients over recent months has been the dearth of new talent available to their organisation. With the economy in recovery mode,…

New employment tribunal rules come into force

New rules aimed at reducing the number of employment tribunals have come into force and could see employers facing fines of up to £5,000. Changes to the law, which came…

Bigger fines on horizon for environmental crimes

I’ve seen many cases over the years where businesses have fallen foul of environmental law because they thought the relatively benign nature of their operations meant it wasn’t something they…

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