Article Category: Insight & Opinion

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

man with a pen signing his expression of wish form

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 »

What is a Clean Break in a Divorce?

The term ‘clean break’ is one that we use frequently in family law, but what does it actually mean and would it be appropriate in your particular circumstances? A clean break essentially means that separating parties walk away from the marriage with no financial obligation towards the other. This means that you would no longer… Read more »

Distributing Assets on Divorce – Long Marriage vs Short Marriage

distributing assets on divorce -how is this decided in long vs short marriages?

One of the factors taken into account by the Court when distributing assets on divorce is the length of time that the parties were married. Cheryl Haywood, Family Law Associate, discusses the differences between distributing assets in short term and long term marriages. For reference, a marriage is considered to be short if it lasts… Read more »

Succession Planning: Make the Most out of Your Legacy

People sat around a table discussing succession planning for business

Research by Brewin Dolphin revealed that 47% of UK adults have never discussed passing on their legacy, while the National Bureau of Economic Research reports that only 12% of firms make it to a 3rd generation*. Unfortunately, by not taking professional advice on your succession planning, your family may pay out more inheritance tax on… Read more »

What to Do If an Employee Submits a Flexible Working Request

Flexible working

Employers most importantly need to be aware of the statutory framework that governs the flexible working process. Flexible working requests are often not dealt with properly by employers who are unaware of these obligations. Flexible working indeed can promote a happier, dedicated and more productive workforce and therefore has benefits for both employees and employers… Read more »

Summarising the New Permitted Development Rights

property in a trust

Many economists and politicians are predicting the end of office working and high street retail following the dramatic shift to home working and online shopping this year. Fewer shops and offices may be required in the future as these changes herald permanent shifts in behaviour. New uses will need to be found for some of… Read more »

What are the Parental Rights for Same-sex Female Parents?

We have recently received a number of enquiries relating to the breakdown of same-sex relationships, in particular, queries relating to parental rights. Zoe Worthington answers some of the common queries we have received regarding this topic. Do Same-sex Parents Have Parental Responsibility? The first question we will ask is whether you entered into a civil… Read more »

Could COVID-19 Testing become a Requirement in the Workplace?

woman wearing mask considering COVID-19 testing in the workplace

As lockdown measures continue to ease across the UK, more employees will be returning to their workplaces. Employers will therefore have a duty to protect their employees’ health and safety and to take appropriate measures to make the workplace as “COVID secure”, as is reasonably practicable. Simon Bellard, HR Consultant, discusses what employers should be… Read more »

Dividing Business Assets on Divorce

Signing agreement to divide business assets on divorce

Dealing with business assets on divorce can lead to some complex legal issues. Quite often, a business is the most valuable asset owned by a couple and it is therefore important that this is dealt with correctly to ensure a fair outcome for both parties. There is a two-step approach to dealing with business assets… Read more »