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Caveat Emptor: Importance of Due Diligence

What is Due Diligence? Due diligence is an important process which involves conducting thorough investigations prior to entering legally binding contacts and transactions; for instance, when buying a business. The aim of this is to enable a buyer to obtain crucial information, required to effectively assess any potential risks, and ultimately assist them in making […]

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Budget 2021 – Emerging from Lockdown 3

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak today set out the Government’s spring Budget 2021 as the country looks to emerge from its third national lockdown and recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Budget focusses heavily on restarting the economy and provides a significant boost for businesses and workers struggling as a result […]

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TUPE and the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus

If you are looking to buy (part or all of) a business in the near future, then you may be eligible to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus for any employees transferring to you who have previous been furloughed by the seller. What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus Scheme (CJRBS)? This government scheme allows […]

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COVID-19: The future of business

As we move towards the lifting of the lockdown restrictions, predicting the timing or robustness of the economic restart is somewhat akin to looking into a translucent crystal ball. What COVID-19 has done however, is provide an opportunity to clearly identify the rising trends. Life after lockdown may well have some semblance to life before […]

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Coronavirus & Corporate Transactions: Looking to the Future

There is no denying that the Government enforced business closures and significant decrease in footfall and spending, as a result of the Government #StayHome initiative, have adversely impacted most sectors within the UK economy. This downward trend has been mirrored across the globe and reflected in the markets. Our blogs over the last couple of […]

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Coronavirus: Business Continuity Planning

Like most countries, the UK has been significantly impacted over the last couple of weeks and continues to face unprecedented challenges.  Here is our summary of five key areas to address when continuity planning for your business. Look after your employees With the current Government guidance requiring everyone to work from home, except where it […]

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Budget 2020: The Coronavirus Budget

With Number 10 and the Treasury now aligned more closely since Sajid Javid’s departure, Budget 2020 was meant to be new Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s chance to set out Boris Johnson’s economic vision for the country. The consolidation of the Conservatives’ new position of strength in the North was a key goal. However, this budget will […]

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Employee Share Option Schemes: Incentivising Staff

For many companies, the market that they operate in can become saturated. Not only can this cause issues with competition for the sale of goods or services, but it can have a detrimental effect on the turnover of staff. Restrictive Covenants often prevent those towards the top of the corporate structure from moving across to […]

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Succession Strategies: Family Investment Companies

If you have a family-owned business and are in the process of succession planning, you should consider Family Investment Companies (FIC) as a means to hand over the benefit of your business, or property portfolio, to the next generation. Advantages of Family Investment Companies Incorporated to act as the holder of your family’s assets, one […]

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Lending Money: A Regulatory Minefield

If you lend money to a friend, business contact, or relative, you could potentially be facing a criminal conviction, a hefty fine, and the prospect of being unable to recover any of your money if you are found to be carrying out a “Regulated Activity” in breach of the Financial Services and Marketing Act 2000 […]

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E-signatures: Are times changing?

Technology is moving forward fast with developments aiming to simplify and digitise everyday tasks and the use of electronic signatures is already prevalent in daily life, from signing for your food shop on a digital device, to clicking the ‘I accept’ button online. However, when it comes to signing important legal documents, there is little […]

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The importance of Shareholders’ Agreements

A recent High Court case has again highlighted how important it can be for shareholders to have the right agreements in place to govern the relationship between themselves and the company, and set out processes to be followed in prescribed circumstances. Brothers Angus, Allan and Alistair McCallum-Toppin founded AMT Coffee Limited (AMT) in 1993 from […]

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