Legal Updates

Motor Matters - Risk management in the retail automotive sector


Lee Cohen, Managing Director of Hamilton Leigh Insurance Brokers explains why managing risk in the sector is now more important than ever.

Motor Matters - Selling a motor dealership


Marc Matthew, former owner and Chairman of the Lifestyle Motor Group, recounts his experience of selling the business.

Tesco set to face legal dispute over pay cuts


Following on the heels of the junior doctors’ dispute and ‘Marmitegate’, we now have news of a pay dispute between Tesco and some of its long-standing employees who are unhappy at proposals to reduce rates of pay for unsociable hours worked on weekends, nightshifts and bank holidays.

A Grove Warning – “a classic case of one party making a bad bargain”


The Court of Appeal (CA) has upheld the decision of the TCC in the case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited v. Grove Developments Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 990.

A speedy start for the Neighbourhood Planning Bill


The Neighbourhood Planning Bill had its second reading yesterday, with the Government giving little away on substance.

Birketts attends bfa Forums


Members of the Birketts Franchising Team have recently attended a number of bfa forums to discuss hot topics, the new European Code of Ethics for Franchising and mandatory arbitration clauses in franchise agreements.

Private Lives - An advance decision or a health and welfare LPA


Following the introduction of health and welfare lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005), individuals have a choice

Private Lives - Giving to trusts and the loss to donor principle


The value of a gift for Inheritance Tax (IHT) purposes is calculated by comparing the value of the taxpayer’s assets before and after the gift is made.

Private Lives - Death in the digital age


From social media to bank statements, almost everything today is conducted or at least available in digital form.

Private Lives - Rural accidents and the Air Ambulance Service


Jess Down of the East Anglian Air Ambulance explains how the EAAA raise funds and how you can learn more about the positive impact a gift in a Will can make

Private Lives - Removing Trustees who have lost mental capacity


Many people assume the role of a Trustee at some time in their lives, maybe in a professional role as a Solicitor or Accountant or as a family friend.

Private Lives - Reforms to the taxation of non-domiciled individuals


The proposed reforms were first mentioned in the Summer 2015 Budget; in September 2015, a consultation document was issued, inviting comments...

Private Lives - Wills and business owners


An area that can cause untold complication on death if not properly addressed in advance is business succession.

Do we need to talk about Kevin (’s decision)?


An appeal decision threatens to further muddy waters that we’re only just clearing following the Court of Appeal’s decision in ‘West Berkshire’ last May.

Immigration Update - September 2016


This month's immigration update features articles covering changes to Tier 2 General and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT), sponsor licence renewals and more.

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