Article Category: Commercial – Insight & Opinion

Coronavirus Really Is a Matter of Life and Death for Businesses

Many businesses are continuing to reel from the Coronavirus pandemic and the effects of the lockdown. It is clear that this is not going away anytime soon. As a result, the majority of businesses will be, and will continue to be, significantly impacted. The concept of an “act of god” or “extraordinary circumstances” is not… Read more »

Changes to Companies House Strike Off Policy and Late Filing Penalties

Companies House has announced temporary changes to its strike off policy and approach to late filing penalties to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in meeting their legal responsibilities. The new measures include: Pausing the strike off process to prevent companies from being dissolved When a company makes a voluntary application for strike off,… Read more »

Entrepreneurs’ Relief Update: What is the Current Position?

In our previous blog, Important changes to entrepreneurs’ relief announced in autumn 2018 budget, we explained how the proposed changes set out in the Autumn Budget 2018 appear to have added additional conditions that must be met in order for an individual shareholder to qualify for entrepreneur’s relief to reduce their Capital Gains Tax liability to… Read more »

What Is The GDPR? Legal Implications and Legislation

    The data protection developments together with a general increase in awareness of fundamental rights, particularly the right to privacy, have led to legislative changes in the form of the GDPR and the emergence of a new regime of privacy protection. Businesses are increasingly aggregating employee or customer information and collecting and processing data…. Read more »

Music Copyright Laws: The Song Remains The Same

In light of recent highly publicised legal battles, many people’s heads were already swimming with the legalities and complexities of songwriting disputes as reported by the mass media. Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lost their case against the estate of Marvin Gaye over the writing of “Blurred Lines”, Ed Sheeran settled a dispute over the… Read more »

Managing A Family Business

Every business needs a formal structure to deal with management and control. Managing a family business is no different; working with your family can present some unique challenges and also some great opportunities. When you start your business, you may well have an informal management style, rather than a formal management structure. Some business strategists… Read more »

Limiting personal liability

In a recent article for Real Business, Kaye Whitby, Partner and Head of the Commercial team at SAS Daniels LLP explains how to limit personal liability when setting up a company. In the article Kaye looks at: Which type of trading entity is appropriate – sole trader, partnership or a company limited by shares; The… Read more »

Do your business’s Terms & Conditions protect your position as a director?

Following the introduction of the Companies Act 2006, directors have specific duties which they must comply with in connection with the day to day running of their businesses. Breaching these duties could potentially leave a director personally liable to the company, its shareholders and possibly facing dismissal. It is therefore crucial that directors recognise where… Read more »