Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Part 18 Request and Ed Sheeran’s Copyright Case

Recently, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appeared in the Legal Press due to allegations that his hit song ‘Shape of You’ infringed another artist’s copyright. The other party sought further information and required answers to questions on a number of matters relevant to the Court proceedings pursuant to Part 18 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The Civil… Read more »

Do I Qualify for Business Property Relief?

Business Property Relief (BPR) provides relief from inheritance tax on the transfer of relevant business assets. It was established to provide the UK’s SME sector with some protection in the event of the death of the principal business owner. It aims to help businesses and beneficiaries to continue trading when faced with an inheritance tax… Read more »

What You Need to Know Before Terminating an Agency Agreement

The Coronavirus has forced businesses to adapt to a new way of working and, as a result, companies are forced to review their current contracts and reorganise the way in which they do business in order to save costs where possible. We have seen an increase in the number of queries surrounding terminating a commercial… Read more »

Execution of Deeds with Electronic Signatures

As COVID-19 continues to impact the ability for individuals and businesses to work and sign documents, the Land Registry has introduced further changes to allow conveyancing Deeds to be executed using electronic signatures rather than in person. In order to register a “disposition” at the Land Registry, you are required to submit a copy of… Read more »

Managing Sickness Absence during COVID-19

Businesses have faced numerous challenges throughout the pandemic. As cases continue to rise, it is important that employers are aware of the different ways to managing sickness absence during COVID-19. Our experts have collated 5 top tips to help and guide employers. Absence Policy All employers should have an absence policy.  Employees should be familiar… Read more »

Job Support Scheme – What You Need to Know

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The Government has announced the creation of the Job Support Scheme (JSS), divided into JSS Open and JSS Closed, to protect jobs in businesses that may face lower demand over winter due to the impact of COVID-19. The hope is that employers will utilise the scheme as an alternative to making redundancies, so that businesses… Read more »

Will We See Changes to Farming as We Know It in 2021?

Farmhouse in the countryside

All sectors have been impacted by COVID-19 in one way or another, not least the farming industry. This comes at a time where there is already much reform and changes to farming occurring, including the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a system of rural grants and payments that provide help to the farming industry. What Changes… Read more »

What Is a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) and When Is It Used?

non-disclosure agreement

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is frequently used to protect confidential information being revealed either publically or, in the commercial sense, to a competitor. These agreements, between employer and employee, will stipulate what information must remain confidential and under what, if any, circumstances the information can be used or disclosed. Non-Disclosure Agreement and Employment Contracts A… Read more »