Investigation Into Leasehold System By CMA

An investigation into the leasehold property system by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun which will investigate permission fees, ground rents and other terms associated with leasehold properties....


A Commercial Dispute Has Escalated – What To Do When Initial Negotiations Fail

At the stage you have attempted to reach an amicable solution with another business party but unfortunately there has been no resolution, what are the options available to your business?...


A Commercial Dispute Has Arisen – First Steps To Take

Unfortunately, disputes are an inevitability of business, no matter what sector you operate in, be it engineering, manufacturing, automotive or retail. There are a number of different instances in which...


Patents, Prior Art & Public Disclosure

To be patentable, an invention must meet a number of requirements. One such requirement is that the invention must be new, as at the date on which the application is...


Mid-Sold SIPPs Claims – What Are They?

Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) give people under the age of 75 the opportunity to manage their own pension pots. SIPPs were first introduced thirty years ago in the 1989...


FSCS Forecasts A Rise In Claims Against SIPP Operators

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has announced an increase in its final levy for the year 2019/20 of £16 million to reflect, in part, the continued growth in the...


High Court Provides Clarity On Circumstances When The New Practice Direction 51U Relating To The ‘Disclosure Pilot For The B&PCs’ Applies

In the recent High Court judgment of UTB LLC v Sheffield United Ltd and others [2019] EWHC 914 (Ch), one of the issues to be decided concerned whether disclosure in...


Court Of Appeal Confirms Equal Pay Compensation Can Be Recovered From The Insolvency Service

Where an employer becomes insolvent, employees are able to recover certain outstanding payments from the Secretary of State. In the recent case of Graysons Restaurants Ltd v Jones, the Court...


I Want To Grow My Business – What Funding Options Are Available?

Planning, people and profit are important when it comes to running a successful business. But growing a business, whether through increased sales or improved profitability, often means you need to invest...


Former Swansea City Chairman Sues His Divorce Solicitors But Errors By His Professional Negligence Lawyers Have Created Further Costs & Delays 

Jenkins v JCP Solicitors Ltd Mr Jenkins was, until recently, the Chairman of Swansea City Association Football Club.  He recently divorced, having allegedly delayed instituting divorce proceedings on the advice...


Financial Ombudsman Award Limit Increases To £350,000

The maximum amount that can be awarded by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has sharply increased this week from £150,000 to £350,000 (in respect of new claims), and is set...


The Scourge Of Late Business Payments

The Federation of Small Businesses estimates that about 50,000 companies a year close as a consequence of big businesses delaying payments to them, with listed companies are often the worst...