Law Articles

Engagement of self-employed staff or contractors
Contractors: Engagement of self-employed staff or contractors

Lawrence Rodkin, Partner at Simons Rodkin Litigation Solicitors outlines the key considerations when engaging self-employed staff or contractors.

When to Use a Digital Solicitor "? and When You Absolutely Need the Real Thing
Digital Solicitor: When to Use a Digital Solicitor "? and When You Absolutely Need the Real Thing

In recent years, dozens of traditional legal services have been reconfigured into impersonal software. Extremely easy and cost-efficient, law software allows individuals and companies to fill appropriate information in a handful of blank spaces to produce a fully legal document in no time flat. Many people have started to question whether living, breathing solicitors are necessary at all, considering the wealth of services that computer programs can provide.

Can you rely on what is said during settlement negotiations?
Disputes: Can you rely on what is said during settlement negotiations?

In the course of business there will inevitably be times when disputes arise.

Taking On Staff
Employment: Taking On Staff

The law does require a certain amount of minimum written information to be provided to employees at the commencement of their employment, and an employee is entitled to written information in respect of specified employment terms within two months of their employment commencing.

Company Directors/Bank and other Guarantees
Guarantees: Company Directors/Bank and other Guarantees

It is fairly common for clients to view the required use of a solicitor by a Bank as just for the purpose of witnessing their signature. This cannot be further from the truth.

Partnership agreements explained
Law: Partnership agreements explained

What you need to know about partnership agreements if you are thinking about goig into business as a partnership.

What Is a Limited Liability Partnership?
Law: What Is a Limited Liability Partnership?

A The Limited Liability Partnership Act 2000 ("the Act") created a legal entity known as a Limited Liability Partnership ("LLP"). However, this new business format appears to only have been taken up by professional bodies such as accountants, surveyors and solicitor's – but what does this legal entity actually offer?

What is the Companies Act 2006?
Law: What is the Companies Act 2006?

The Companies Act of 2006 is important to companies who don't always do the right thing when it comes to their business.

Business Law
Law: Business Law

Limited Company? Partnership? Sole Trader? Social Enterprise? Making up your mind about the legal status of your business will depend upon how much you wish to protect yourself from risk, how many people are involved in your venture, and how you wish to be seen by the big wide business world.

Operating with no legal advice taken!
Law: Operating with no legal advice taken!

From our two days at the Business Start Up Show it became clear from our survey a key point for new businesses was the costs involved in hiring a solicitor to check over or create employment contracts, supplier contracts and terms of business.

Cutting Red Tape is Number 1 on SME's List of Concerns
Law: Cutting Red Tape is Number 1 on SME's List of Concerns

Employers are crying out for change in the administration of rules and regulations.

How to set up a limited company.
Limited Company: How to set up a limited company.

The two major advantages of Limited company are reduction in the amount of tax that is expected of your company and greater protection of your personal assets if the company runs into debt.

Setting up a Business in Competition to your Former Employer
Non Competition Coventants: Setting up a Business in Competition to your Former Employer

The effect of existing employment non competition covenants when setting up your own business in competition with a former employer

What documentation do I need when engaging self-employed contractors?
Notes of engagement: What documentation do I need when engaging self-employed contractors?

It is a great temptation when starting off a business to engage self employed consultants/contractors without any formal documentation or simply after an exchange of emails.

The value and importance of a business prenup!
Start Up legal advice: The value and importance of a business prenup!

Like entering into a marriage, every new business is hopefully an exciting prospect, entered into with a view to a fulfilling and financially rewarding future.

Top Tips for your Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions: Top Tips for your Terms & Conditions

It really is good practice to have in place a set of Terms and Conditions which you provide to your customer explaining the terms which apply when they purchase goods or services from you.