Faster start for late payment reform
31.10.2011With late bill payment topping the list of woes for businesses of all sizes, faster than expected implementation of new late payment legislation could offer some relief.
Protection from Unknown Persons and Unauthorised Camping
It is essential that landowners take practical steps and sensible precautions to protect businesses and discourage unknown persons from trespassing/entering land and creating unauthorised campsites.
The Government-backed Legal Services Consumer Panel has called for all will writers to be regulated. Currently anyone can set up in business as a will writer regardless of their experience, qualifications, indemnity insurance and safe storage arrangements.
The Bribery Act 2010
This Act comes into force on 1 July 2011 and is intended to modernise the law on bribery. It is important to note that the Act only addresses bribery and does not cover other offences such as fraud, theft, books and record offences or money laundering which are covered in other legislation.
Tolhurst Fisher LLP Launches new website
Tolhurst Fisher LLP is pleased to announce the launch of our new website at www.leaseholdlaw.com. Our new website provides legal advice on a range of residential leasehold matters, whether you are a Landlord or Tenant.
Pooh Bridge in the Ashdown Forest, Sussex is world famous as the home of poohsticks. Having featured in the Winnie the Pooh stories and films, the Bridge receives thousands of Pooh fans every year causing major disruption to local people.
Agency Workers Regulations (AWR)
On 1 October 2011 the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) will come into force. The purpose of AWR is to provide Agency Workers with the same basic working and employment conditions as those in equivalent permanent positions recruited directly by the same employer.
Gym Membership Contracts
Typically gyms tie new members into fixed term contracts for a minimum period of one year. We all know that new gym members are initially full of enthusiasm and plan to go to the gym several times a week to get fit and stay healthy but enthusiasm generally, for most of us, wanes very quickly and gym attendance drops off.
Additional Paternity Leave
Additional Paternity Leave (APL) is now available to your male employees. In addition to the usual two weeks ordinary paternity leave (OPL) fathers can now take up to 26 weeks additional leave. This right is available to parents of children born on or after 3 April 2011.
British Heart Foundation - London to Southend
Through winding lanes and peaceful villages the London to Southend bike ride runs every year in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Thousands line the route cheering for and supporting those taking part. The ride, because of course this isn’t a competition or a race, starts at Victoria Park in London and finishes at Priory Park in Southend-on-Sea.
A company letterhead speaks volumes about a business, its brand, and the market in which it operates. But aside from worrying about the colour of the paper and the style of logo there are strict rules that require all companies and LLP’s to provide specific information.
Pre Nuptial Agreements
It may not seem the most romantic of engagement presents but ever increasing numbers of engaged couples are deciding to enter into pre nuptial agreements – particularly where they are bringing very different levels of financial assets to the marriage and feel that it is fair that if things don’t work out this should be recognised in any subsequent break up.
From 6th April 2011 parties are required to consider with a mediator whether any financial dispute may be capable of being resolved through mediation prior to commencing court proceedings. Family mediation provides an opportunity to address with a family mediator the many issues that may cause concern; including parenting issues and financial matters.
Abolition of the retirement age of 65
Following much speculation, it has now been confirmed that the default retirement age of 65 years will be abolished with effect from 1 October 2011. Phasing in of the new Regulations will begin in April and employers will need to be aware of the transitional arrangements and their obligations post 1st October 2011.
Late payment reform some way off
Although commercial suppliers will welcome news that the European Parliament has approved proposals to overhaul the Late Payments Directive, benefits may not be felt until 2013.
Take control of your Contracts
For any ambitious business, the contracts you sign define your customer and supplier relationships. When all is going well that much discussed document will be gathering dust in your filing cabinet. But if the terms of the deal ever come into question it soon becomes a vital point of reference and ultimately could be argued over in court.
Retention of Title – Do’s and Don’ts
A slower economy, increased payment periods and rising corpo rate insolvency have all contributed to the more frequent inclusion of retention of title (or “Romalpa”) clauses in commercial supply agreements. However, although such provisions can offer some limited assistance if your customer fails to pay, increasing judicial scrutiny has created a complex body of fast moving case law.
Worried about your will?
Following "Panorama" aired on 9th August 2010 it is evident that some will writers are selling their services resulting in misleading cost information, poorly and inappropriately drafted trusts, inadequate legal advice, disputed, costly and invalid wills costing as much as £3000 plus the cost of storing your will.
Shares make great employee incentives
Ask the head of any well performing organisation to identify its greatest asset and the common response is “our staff, of course”. But the challenge facing business owners is how to attract and retain the best performers during difficult times, without reaching for the cheque book.
What is Mediation?
Lawyers advising parties in dispute are becoming increasingly aware of the need to consider ways of helping their clients to resolve disputes without becoming involved in potentially costly and protracted court proceedings.
Do things your way
One of our most fundamental rights is the freedom to manage our affairs how we see fit, making key decisions that shape the way we live our lives. But what happens when you're no longer deemed capable of thinking for yourself? Who makes these decisions for you and at what cost?
A new lease of life for property values
Throughout the UK, short leases are a ticking time bomb for unsuspecting homeowners, potentially wiping tens of thousands of pounds from property values. Yet, this problem can easily be avoided by simply extending the lease before it falls under 80 years - a legal process that, if done correctly, can pay for itself many times over when it's time to sell up.
Behold the benefits of freehold
In a tough economy and with an uncertain housing market, it's never been more important to safeguard the value of our homes. It's a message that has seen more and more flat owners unite to purchase the freehold interest of their block - a process known as Leasehold Enfranchisement.
The right to manage finances
At a time when every pound is being made to stretch further than ever, it's vital we retain a solid grip of how and where our money is spent. But what of leaseholders whose decisions are taken out of their hands by their landlords and management companies? According to Robert Plant LLB, Commercial Property Partner at leading law firm Tolhurst Fisher, there is a simple solution that can pay for itself within just a year.