The Bribery Act – Business owners beware

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on the 1st July 2011 and has introduced changes that will have a significant impact on all businesses. It is therefore vital that business owners take this piece of legislation seriously. Businesses would be well advised to introduce appropriate measures to ensure that there is widespread awareness of… Read more »

Chester feels confidence improve after job worries in region

An expert in Chester’s property scene has heralded recent business developments in the city as a much needed boost to confidence, following a series of announcements each with the potential to adversely affect the jobs market. Andrew Clark, who is a specialist property lawyer with Chester-based law firm SAS Daniels LLP, has worked in the… Read more »

SAS Daniels advises Macpac on aquisition of Northampton packaging firm

North West law firm SAS Daniels LLP, has advised Stockport-based Macpac Ltd on the acquisition of Hamilton Plastic Packaging Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Macpac, a major UK manufacturer of thermoformed packaging and trays, supplies a range of bespoke and stock packaging to industrial clients and blue chip retailers. The deal will see Northampton-based Hamilton’s… Read more »

What is Personalisation and Safeguarding?

The role played by professionals in protecting vulnerable older people from abusive relationships is all the more crucial as a result of the government’s self-directed support policy, and a review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme announced in October 2010 by Home Secretary Theresa May. Self-directed support, or personalisation, aims to tailor social services to reflect… Read more »

Unfair Dismissals likely to follow rioting?

Some have lost everything. The effects on employees of the business could yet cause more problems. Employment Partner at SAS Daniels LLP warns that some businesses may not be able to continue as a result of the riots and this could lead to mass redundancies. “There may be no alternative for some businesses,” the Partner… Read more »

Secondary Issues – Best Practice for Issuers

Following the Office of Fair Trading market study and the Rights Issue Fees Inquiry report into equity underwriting, the Institutional Investor Committee published the its “Best Practice Guidance for Issuers when Raising Equity Capital” guide (‘the Guide’). It is hoped that the Guide will assist boards in preparing for future equity issues ensuring best practice… Read more »

Divorce on the rocks

You may have read in the papers recently about the couple who have spent over £1.7 million pounds on their divorce battle? See The Guardian / The Observer article here. The judge criticised them and described them as having driven their marriage ‘full tilt on the rocks’. They spent almost all their assets on court litigation and were… Read more »

Religious tradition no defence against maintenance payments

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Muslim doctor who ignored an order to pay his former wife maintenance could not rely on Muslim tradition to free him of his financial responsibilities. The doctor claimed that maintenance payments were not appropriate on the basis of Islamic culture. In Muslim societies there is often an… Read more »

Offender’s descendants no longer disqualified from inheriting

Prior to the 1st February 2012, if an individual had made the decision to give up their inheritance or was automatically disqualified from receiving the inheritance, this meant that the individual’s descendants were also unable to benefit from the legacy. The rule of forfeiture, which still applies, holds that an offender should not benefit from… Read more »