March 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – frustration or force majeure?

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly impacted businesses worldwide – but can it be blamed for breaches of contract?

The coronavirus’s spread has caught many a business and, even, country off guard. Government lockdowns and self-isolation (forced or otherwise) will impact on the delivery of goods and services and some may be out of pocket as a result. We explore who is to blame from a contractual perspective.

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March 17, 2020

5 reasons you need a Shareholders’ Agreement (or a business will)

Shareholders often forget that a Shareholders’ Agreement can act as a will for your business.

Often a Shareholders’ Agreement simply covers what shareholders can and can’t do, powers to remove or appoint directors and how dividends are dealt with. In reality, they can do much more. Here are 5 reasons why you need one for your business:

March 2, 2020

How Brexit has affected Intellectual Property rights

Brexit finally happened on 31st January, 2020 – but what does this mean for your Intellectual Property rights?

Brexit has paved the way for a potential myriad of changes in how domestic and EU intellectual property rights (IPR) will be protected and administered. While some aspects of Brexit’s effect on IPR have been clarified, uncertainty still surrounds other areas.

February 22, 2020

All about Terms & Conditions: aka 5 things that you are probably doing wrong in your business

Spoiler alert: if you don’t use Terms & Conditions properly, you’re leaving yourself open to risk.

Business transactions, regardless of the type, are governed by commercial contracts – often referred to as Terms & Conditions, T&Cs, terms of business. Whatever it is called, it means it is contractual obligation to do, or provide something for a certain payment.

February 18, 2020

Is it possible to discriminate against diet choices?

Can employers discriminate against employees’ diet choices? We look at the case of a company that only reimburses expenses for meat-free meals

The question of whether it’s possible to discriminate against diet choices is at the forefront of many employers’ minds this week. This is after a property development company in Manchester publicised their controversial policy of refusing to reimburse staff meals, as expenses, when they contain poultry, pork or red meat.