Article Category: Insight & Opinion

I do, as long as a pre-nup is in place

The August bank holiday weekend saw Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, get married at a lavish ceremony in Rome. With the wedding alone costing a reported £5m, it is no surprise that she and her husband James Stunt admitted to signing a pre-nuptial agreement earlier this month. Pre-marital contracts have seen… Read more »

ICO push for Freedom of Information requests to be handled in a timely manner

August was a strong month for reminders from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Not only were local authorities reminded of the principles of the Freedom of Information Act (see our article), the ICO has now issued a further reminder to finance companies that information and access requests must be handled in a timely manner. This… Read more »

Changes to private sewer ownership

From 1 October 2011 property owners will no longer be responsible for certain sewer pipes and lateral drains that connect their homes to public sewers. Sewers are the pipes that take foul sewage and surface water away from more than one property. Lateral drains take foul sewage (waste from toilets, bathrooms and kitchens) and surface… Read more »

The OLM Group, fee negotiations and the Freedom of Information Act

As the Government strives to reduce its budgetary deficit – many local authorities are seeking to unilaterally change the level of fees paid to health and social care providers. In many cases, this breach of contract is creating a challenging time for providers as costs increase and income decreases. But what can be done? Many… 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 »

Partnership Law Update

The recent case of Eaton v Caulfield [2011] EWHC 173 (Ch) has once again highlighted the importance of well drafted and constituted agreements in relation to limited liability partnerships. In Eaton v Caulfield the parties had established a recruitment agency for lawyers. The business had been incorporated as an LLP in March 2007 yet no… Read more »

Pitfalls of not legalising shareholder and partnership agreements

Business people are having to work harder just to tread water, let alone grow in this economic climate. With all the extra day-to-day pressures, many business leaders are neglecting to put in place written partnership and shareholders’ agreements. Agreements should be an essential part of businesses’ DNA, but for many this is just not the… Read more »