Article Category: Insight & Opinion

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 »

Lease break clauses examined

Whether a landlord or tenant, does your lease include a break clause entitling the tenant to terminate the lease early? If so, take care that the arrangements for giving up the premises operate in accordance with the wording of the lease. In Ibrend Estates BV v NYK Logistics (UK) Ltd, the Court of Appeal decided… Read more »

Protect your assets from the Crown

Did you know in certain circumstances your goods and possessions (known as assets) can be passed to the Queen? In England and Wales, property which passes to the Crown is often referred to in the legal field as Bona Vacantia – a Latin word meaning “vacant goods”. The two main types of assets that commonly… Read more »

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 »