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M&A activity in the UK remains strong in 2021

As restrictions ease it has continued to be a busy period for commercial transactions. Following a record breaking Q1, the team advised clients on over £30m of transactions during Q2 and Q3. Transaction volumes in IT, Financial Services and Online retail sectors remained strong while manufacturing and hospitality sectors have increased in activity. The volume…

Debt Recovery after Covid

Businesses and landlords across the country are still feeling the financial pressure of unpaid invoices and rent following the coronavirus pandemic. As life slowly starts to return to normal action needs to be taken now to secure payment of these debts. Senior Dispute Solicitor, John Osman discusses the options available to both landlords and businesses…

Do you truly know you client?

Establishing that your client is who they say they are, is important for many reasons, not just Anti-Money Laundering. Identifying a client can deter identity fraudsters as well as criminals and protect your business from a fine or your people from imprisonment. When you are given the client’s original identification (ID) to certify, what should…

The responsibilities and duties of a company director

The Companies Act 2006 imposes certain general duties on a director of a UK limited company. The aim of this guide us to provide directors with an overview of these fundamental duties. What is my role as a director? A company acts through two bodies of people – its shareholders and its board of directors….

What do the changes to self-isolation rules mean for employers?

Currently, it is a legal requirement for most individuals to self-isolate if they or someone they live with has COVID symptoms or tests positive, they have returned from a “red list” country, or they have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Now, failure to do so, or an employer insisting an employee comes to…

How risky is Non-Compliance to your business?

The cost of non-compliance with Financial Crime Regulation, such as anti-money laundering, sanctions, tax evasion and others and have been continuously increasing in the past few years. However, staying compliant with ever-evolving regulations has become a challenge but failing to adhere to these regulations could leave businesses unable to operate. What is Corporate Compliance? Compliance…

Living with Covid in the workplace: what should employers do as restrictions lift

  As the prime minister announces that from today (Monday the 19th  of July) Covid-19 legal restrictions will be lifted, HR Consultant Lucy Cotterell explains what businesses should expect in the next few weeks. What will change from the 19th of July? The government instruction to work from home will be lifted. There will be…

Let’s talk about cannabis!

In some parts of the world, the production, distribution, sale, and consumption of recreational cannabis is legal.  This is the case in many parts of the USA and Canada, but over here, except in some limited medical circumstances, it remains illegal. This creates a Proceeds of Crime issue for anyone who has a legal business abroad…

Protect your business with a pre-nup.

Entrepreneurs are typically driven, ambitious people who have plans in place to protect their business against the risks associated with bad luck, competition or the economy. But how many plan to minimise the emotional and financial costs of divorce upon their business? Contributions of homemaking and growing a business are considered of equal importance in…

Are you ready for your teams to return to the office?

While the roadmap out of lockdown remains changeable and none of us know what restrictions will be lifted on the 21st of June, as an employer it is important that you have a plan in place to manage the return to the office regardless of the date it actually happens. HR Consultant Lucy Cotterell answers…