Article Category: Corporate & Commercial – Insight & Opinion

Gamestop Phenomenon: Could This Happen Again?

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Stock markets are notoriously volatile and can be prone to rise and fall sharply based on nothing more than rumours. However, in the past few weeks we have witnessed a new phenomenon in the form of stock market manipulation driven by people on social media forums which could have significant implications in the future. What… Read more »

Why Failure to Follow the Share Buyback Procedure Can Prove Costly

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The ability of a private limited company to purchase its own shares provides shareholders with a return on their shares. It is frequently employed upon retirement or cessation of employment, but it can also be used as an effective way of returning surplus cash to shareholders or tidying up the existing share capital structure. However,… Read more »

Data Protection: How Will Brexit Affect Regulations for Businesses?

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In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. The GDPR represented a huge overhaul of data protection laws with its purpose being to provide individuals with greater levels of protection for their personal data. As a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom was obliged to adopt the GDPR. However,… Read more »

British Airways GDPR Breach Fine Reduced due to COVID-19

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In summer 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a notice of intent to fine British Airways (BA) more than £183m for a breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The fine was calculated by reference to BA’s total global turnover and was an example of the ICO wielding the additional powers conferred on… Read more »

Final Opportunity for Preparing your Business for Sale?

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Recently, it was announced that the Autumn Budget would be cancelled as the government explained that they had taken the view that “now was not the right time to outline long-term plans given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”. Prior to this, it had been expected that the Chancellor would announce changes to the rates of capital… Read more »

FCA Business Insurance Test Case Verdict Announced

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On 15th September 2020, the FCA announced that it had been largely successful in its legal challenge brought against a number of insurers and their decisions to refuse coverage to small businesses claiming for COVID-19 related losses under their business interruption (BI) policies. Business Insurance Test Case Verdict Within the test case, the court considered… Read more »

Selling A Business: How to Give Your Business ‘Kerb Appeal’

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When it comes to selling a business, most owners think that it is simply a case of marketing the business for sale and finding a potential buyer. However, you would generally not put your residential home on the market without perhaps attending to any overdue maintenance jobs and making sure it appears clean and tidy… Read more »

Armchair Investors Targeted by Sophisticated Fraudsters

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We have recently received reports from clients of a bogus shareholder scam in which fraudsters target members of the public holding shares in well-known blue chip companies. The clients have been contacted by telephone by someone who introduces themselves as an agent from a share brokering company, often based in New York or some other… Read more »

Companies House to Resume Enforcement of Its Strike off Process

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In April, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Companies House introduced temporary measures to its enforcement powers against companies that fail to comply with their statutory filing obligations. Those measures included: Pausing the strike of process to prevent companies from being dissolved; and Treating late filing penalty appeals sympathetically where the late delivery was… Read more »

What a Change in Capital Gains Tax Could Mean for You

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Many experts expect that the government will soon introduce changes to capital gains tax. Support measures introduced by the UK government as a result of the coronavirus crisis are anticipated to have cost around £190 billion. This eye-watering sum was needed to help steer the economy through lockdown and into the much hoped for recovery…. Read more »