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New Supreme Court Ruling Determines Uber Drivers Not Self-Employed

New Supreme Court Ruling Determines Uber Drivers Not Self-Employed

The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that under current circumstances Uber drivers are classed as part of a company workforce rather than as an individual working on a self-employed basis. This decision is likely to have hefty consequences for the revolutionary taxi app,...

COVID-19 Delays Purchases of Dental Practices

COVID-19 Delays Purchases of Dental Practices

The global pandemic has caused chaos in every industry, and the purchase of dental practices is no exception. Research has shown that the average time between a buyer making an offer, and the completion of the purchase of a dental practice has increased. In many cases...

Why Do I Need To Trademark My Business?

Why Do I Need To Trademark My Business?

Many small businesses are often busy taking care of all the important aspects needed to run on a daily basis, however one of the aspects often overlooked by newly registered or young companies is trademarking. A trademark is an essential piece of intellectual property...

What Does Amazon Pharmacy Mean For The UK Pharmacy Sector?

What Does Amazon Pharmacy Mean For The UK Pharmacy Sector?

It’s no secret that big business has slowly but surely swallowed up smaller competitors over the decades. National supermarket chains like Asda and Tesco have overtaken small local grocers and shops, large clothing stores like Primark have brought cheap and cheerful...

Announcing a new online system for pharmacies

Announcing a new online system for pharmacies

Are you ready for the new online pharmacy system from PCSE Online? Here we’ll guide you through the new changes designed to make pharmacy applications much easier. The way pharmacies are bought and sold is changing. You may already be aware that in 2019 the PCSE...

How to Ace the Test and Trace – Guidance for Employers

How to Ace the Test and Trace – Guidance for Employers

With the COVID-19 outbreak continuing to disrupt the economy and businesses across the UK, employers are legally obliged to maintain records of staff, visitors, and customers to help NHS Test and Trace inform those who may have been exposed to the virus. Employers in...

How to Protect Your Remote Workers Against Cybercrime

How to Protect Your Remote Workers Against Cybercrime

Working from home may reduce your employees’ exposure to COVID-19 but it also makes them easy targets for cybercriminals. Relying on online video-conferencing and collaboration tools, as well as cloud-based storage and software, has exposed many companies’ weak spots,...

What does a successful pharmacy acquisition look like?

What does a successful pharmacy acquisition look like?

Pharmacy transactions can often be a prosperous investment for entrepreneurs who are willing to put in the hard work. Given that healthcare demand is constant (rather than seasonal), there is often a good business case for owning a pharmacy. However, setting up a new...

Handling Redundancies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Handling Redundancies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

More employers are having to make redundancies due to COVID-19, but how should they be handled? Here we take a look at getting the process right. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some employers have had to consider making redundancies amongst their...

Employers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

Employers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a host of questions for employers who are wondering about their rights and obligations. Here you’ll find some answers. Employers have many questions about their rights and obligations when it comes to their workers and workplaces...

Covid-19: Temporary Filing Requirements with Companies House

Covid-19: Temporary Filing Requirements with Companies House

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has created an emergency filing service, the details of which were published on 26 June 2020. Originally drafted in April 2020, the new regulations provide breathing space for companies who normally file accounts...

Covid-19: Managing Distressed Assets

Covid-19: Managing Distressed Assets

The recent pandemic has created enormous financial pressure for many businesses, particularly with regards to cashflow. Although the first peak of the infection seems to have passed, the economic impact is expected to continue to be felt by businesses for some time....

Covid-19: Contact Tracing and Data Protection in the Workplace

Covid-19: Contact Tracing and Data Protection in the Workplace

Minimising contact is seen as vital to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Employers have a very significant role to play in the process but it can be challenging balancing up privacy and data laws with the need to protect other employees. Here’s a...

Covid-19: Considering Redundancies as Furlough Scheme Closes

Covid-19: Considering Redundancies as Furlough Scheme Closes

The furlough scheme is credited with saving many jobs, supporting businesses while they navigated the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. However, the scheme was never intended to stretch on forever, and businesses are now contemplating what the future looks like as...

Covid-19 Update: Employer FAQs

Covid-19 Update: Employer FAQs

The government has issued advice to employer on how to manage COVID-19 and the support that is available. While this is subject to change at little notice, these FAQs are based on the latest information published and cover some of the areas which haven’t been as...

Covid-19 Update: Debt Recovery Is Still Possible Despite Moratorium

Covid-19 Update: Debt Recovery Is Still Possible Despite Moratorium

The COVID-19 crisis has led to financial concerns for many businesses so it wasn’t a surprise when the Insolvency and Corporate Governance Bill was read in Parliament on 20 May 2020. Known as the ICG Bill, it placed a moratorium on winding-up petitions to prevent a...

How Should You Deal With A Trade Mark Copycat?

How Should You Deal With A Trade Mark Copycat?

Brand loyalty and awareness are very important for all types of business, however, the more consumers recognise a brand, the more likely that brand is to experience infringement by competitors. Trade mark copycats are, therefore, relatively commonplace. Designing a...

What Is Trade Mark Passing Off?

What Is Trade Mark Passing Off?

If you are using a trade mark for your business or organisation which has not been registered you still have some rights under common law. While it is always best to register your trade mark, unregistered rights receive protection under the tort of passing off. This...

Remedies For Trade Mark Infringement

Remedies For Trade Mark Infringement

If a third party has been using your registered trade mark without your authorisation, you can obtain remedies for the infringement of your mark. A trade mark’s owner is eligible to recover damages that relate to the acts of trade mark infringement in question. These...

Calculating Losses And Damages For Trade Mark Infringement

Calculating Losses And Damages For Trade Mark Infringement

A trade mark’s owner may recover damages that relate to any acts of infringement. The amounts that can be received in such cases will depend on how the damages and losses are calculated. Taking professional advice is therefore important in order for the claimant to...

Lease Extensions and Rent Variation: the Impact on VAT and Stamp Duty

Lease Extensions and Rent Variation: the Impact on VAT and Stamp Duty

Have you made changes to the rent or lease on a commercial property rental contract? Check our guidance to HMRC rules about VAT and stamp duty liability. Lease extensions and rent variations are nothing new, but the recent pandemic has brought them under the...

NHS Dental Contracts: Can They Be Sold?

NHS Dental Contracts: Can They Be Sold?

Sale and transfer of NHS dental contracts Are you a dental practice considering the sale of an NHS contract? We provide a guide on how to sell your NHS dental contract and the various options available. If you’re in dental practice and have an NHS contract, it is...

Insolvency law for businesses and individuals – How we can help

Insolvency law for businesses and individuals – How we can help

We have considerable experience in advising on all aspects of insolvency litigation, including acting for insolvency practitioners, companies, individuals and directors.  Insolvency is when businesses or individuals are unable to repay their debts. It can be a...

Buying a Care Home: Factors to Consider

Buying a Care Home: Factors to Consider

Are you thinking of buying a care home? The care home industry is highly regulated so check out our guide to read about the essential factors you should consider. In the next 25 years, the number of people aged over 85 is expected to increase twofold, placing even...

Covid 19: Furlough Leave and TUPE

Covid 19: Furlough Leave and TUPE

When a business changes owner, its members of staff will find that they are protected under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations, otherwise known as TUPE. It applies to all UK businesses, regardless of their size, number of employees or...

Covid 19: Pharmacy Change of Ownership Applications Suspended

Covid 19: Pharmacy Change of Ownership Applications Suspended

It was revealed on 8th April 2020 that in an effort to focus NHS England regional team efforts where they are needed most, Primary Care Support England would be temporarily suspending all new market entry, market exit and consolidation applications, backdated to 25th...

Covid 19: FAQs for Directors, Shareholders and M&A

Covid 19: FAQs for Directors, Shareholders and M&A

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges that businesses and individuals have never had to consider until now. With each unpredictable day unfolding, new announcements, regulations and rules are brought in – and it is affecting every single one of us, especially...

Covid 19: Furlough Advice For Employers

Covid 19: Furlough Advice For Employers

Until a few weeks ago, nobody had even heard of the word ‘furlough’ – but now, it’s something we’re seeing in the news and all over the internet every single day. The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down...

Covid – 19: How to sign documents during the coronavirus lockdown

Covid – 19: How to sign documents during the coronavirus lockdown

With the vast majority of the population in lockdown, we are facing unprecedented and uncertain times. However, the world continues to turn and with that we’re having to figure out new and different ways of working. There are documents – contracts, deeds, legal...

Covid-19: Are you an employee? Do you know your rights?

Covid-19: Are you an employee? Do you know your rights?

There is no denying that we are living in uncertain times at the moment and the best thing you can do right now is educate yourself on your position and the different options that are available to you as an employee. Working from home The advice from the government is...

Covid-19: What employers should be aware of

Covid-19: What employers should be aware of

If there is one thing that everyone is speaking about at the moment, it is the coronavirus - and rightly so; we are living through something that we have never experienced before in living memory. If you are an employer, you may be concerned about the future of your...

Covid-19 and Commercial Property

Covid-19 and Commercial Property

With the effects of COVID-19 causing entire businesses to close and workforces to uproot and work from home away from the office, it has created an issue for companies leasing properties for which they are paying rent but deriving no income. In such circumstances,...

Covid-19 and Contract Law

Covid-19 and Contract Law

The shutdown brought about by the COVID-19 virus has resulted in a shift in circumstances for which most have never prepared. A huge number of events have been cancelled, many at the last minute. Many work projects have been postponed or cancelled, leaving either the...

COVID-19 and Employment Law

COVID-19 and Employment Law

One of the biggest issues around the Coronavirus outbreak has been the need to "self-isolate" and dramatically reduce opportunities for COVID-19 to spread. This move to self-isolation has resulted in an estimated 20% of the UK workforce working from home. This...

Where do you go for advice? Everyone’s the expert!

Where do you go for advice? Everyone’s the expert!

The UK Government has provided further details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help employers avoid redundancies during the Co-Vid pandemic. We have summarised the key features below. Scope of the Scheme The Scheme is open to all UK employers, who operated...

Breach of contract – Enforcing a breach and available remedies

Breach of contract – Enforcing a breach and available remedies

A contract is a promise or an agreement between two or more parties that is legally binding. A contract does not have to be a written document.   A contract can be a verbal contract, whereby two individuals agreed to a specific thing or it can be ‘implied’....

Defences for trade mark Infringement (UK)

Defences for trade mark Infringement (UK)

We now live in what some may say is the ‘digital era’. The protection of trademarks has become increasingly necessary for businesses. You will often be advised that your trademark should be protected. However, are you advised on what may be considered an...

What if someone has “stolen” your business name (UK)?

What if someone has “stolen” your business name (UK)?

We often get calls from business owners who have recently learned that their business name is being used by another company or person. They want to know what can be done to stop the use of their business name, and what it will cost to get the work done. If you have a...

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, Landlords the key changes you need to know

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, Landlords the key changes you need to know

Following the introduction of The Tenant Fees Act 2019 (TFA 2019) in June this year, this has vastly changed the fees that a landlord is permitted to charge its tenants. The TFA 2019 applies to assured shorthold tenancies, student accommodation tenancies and licences...

Did someone say ‘Disclosure’?

Did someone say ‘Disclosure’?

The importance of the Disclosure Letter from the seller’s point of view. We answer your frequently asked questions in this article.