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Will New Companies House Regulations Impact My Business?

Helen Bell
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As of 26 th June 2017, new regulations for the filing of persons with significant control at Companies House came into force, changing the registration process. You must be aware of these changes as you may face prosecution if you fail to comply with them. ...

Andrew & Co Reviews Major Overhaul of Charity Code

Catriona Wheeler
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Andrew & Co Solicitors’ charity law specialist Catriona Wheeler, who is also a member of the Charity Law Association, has been involved in a working party tasked with reviewing a new code of practice for the sector. The charity governance code was...

Advice for Charities on Good Governance

Catriona Wheeler
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Following the closure of national charity Kids Company, which raised concerns about the way charitable organisations are run, we are hosting a series of masterclasses at the Andrew & Co office in Lincoln. In a damning report by MPs, the...

Weathering the Brexit Storm

Julie Bailey
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There is perhaps only one certainty coming out of the EU referendum, which is that many, whether they voted leave or remain, were as shocked and surprised by the outcome as I was. That shock has now it seems been superseded by a continuance of the...

The Panama Papers Effect

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The Panama Papers case involved the largest breach of data in history. In all, the details of 214,000 entities, including companies, trusts and foundations, were leaked. The information in the documents dates back to 1977 and goes up to December last year....

Companies/LLPs will need to create, maintain and file with Companies House a register of People with Significant Control

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A company will be required to hold and keep available for inspection a new register of People with Significant Control (‘PSC’ register) unless exempted (exemption applies to UK listed companies and any other entities which are already required to...

New Laws to Make Companies More Accountable

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In an attempt to increase transparency and make companies more accountable, the Government is introducing a raft of new laws as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (SBEEA) 2015. All companies will be affected in some way so it’s...

Government Action to Tackle Revenge Evictions

Kathryn Bolton
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The Government has introduced a new law to prevent so-called revenge evictions. This follows concerns that tenants, who legitimately complained about the state of the property they were living in, were being evicted by their landlord in retaliation. The...

Businesses Urged to Take Workplace Safety More Seriously

Michael Pace
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The Health and Safety Executive has issued an appeal to employers in the East Midlands to strive towards making the workplace safer. They quote their own statistics showing that in the year 2013/14 there were 1,552 injuries reported in Nottinghamshire...

Advice for Family Businesses

Sue Leadbeater
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Family businesses are often described as the lifeblood of the economy and indeed there are around three million family businesses in the UK with a combined turnover of £1.1 trillion (in 2010). While many are hugely successful, running a business with...

Faulty Goods or Fair Wear and Tear?

Annette Wood
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As a consumer you are entitled to expect the new goods you purchase to be of a satisfactory quality, taking into account any description, the price of the goods and any other relevant factors. If the goods are faulty you can complain. What you cannot...

Exposing the 'Compensation Culture' Myth

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A few weeks ago I was asked by BBC Radio Lincolnshire to comment on a local news story about school compensation claims. Therefore I was interested to see another story on BBC Look North and Radio Humberside yesterday revealing the millions of pounds...

Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal Payments to be Increased

Annette Wood
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What Cost to Your Business? With effect from 6 April 2014 employers who make staff redundant or who face a claim for unfair dismissal will see an increase in the limits that an Employment Tribunal could award a former employee. If you are making an...

Structuring your renewable energy project

Helen Bell
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Given the availability of suitable land within the east Midlands and Notts region for renewable energy projects, along with the European Commission’s recent statement to Britain that the current level of state support for renewable energy sources must...

Business Breakfast Fly-in

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Do you fly an aeroplane? Are you in business? If so Andrew & Co LLP would like to invite you to Lincolnshire’s first Business Breakfast Fly-In to be held at Wickenby Airfield on Thursday 5 June 2014 the cost of which will be £20 per...

Renewables and energy expert joins the firm

Helen Bell
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Andrew & Co LLP ‘regenerates’ company commercial team with specialist appointment Recognising the opportunities in the east Midlands region for renewable energy supplies, the firm has appointed prominent solicitor Helen Bell to its...

Internet Goliaths give a lesson for smaller business

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A court battle between software giant Microsoft and broadcasting colossus Sky has delivered a sharp lesson in the need to check out trade marks before launching a new product, which experts say is just as relevant to small business. Microsoft are being...

Reviving your disused farm buildings

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In May this year the changes to Permitted Development Rights came into effect offering significant potential to revive disused farm buildings and capitalize on existing buildings. Buildings which were in sole agricultural use as of 3 July 2013 and had been...

Farm Working Accommodation : Rights and Duties

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Are you aware of your rights and duties where you provide tied accommodation to farm workers? Qualifying farm workers living in tied accommodation who pay no rent at all, low rent or a market rent, have housing security. This security continues at the end...

Consumer Rights Bill : Clearing the shade?

Catriona Wheeler
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New Consumer Law provisions to save UK businesses millions? Individuals purchase faulty products every day and it tends to be the case for many that the more persistent you are with a retailer the more you will receive back from them in regards to a refund...

New Property Chamber

Annette Wood
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From the 1 July 2013 the Adjudicator to the HM Land Registry will be abolished, along with the Agricultural Land Tribunals and Rent Assessment Panels and will form part of a new 7th first-tier tribunal chamber – the Property Chamber. The work of the...

Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues

Annette Wood
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Court of Appeal decision 20 May 2013 In this case the Court of Appeal held that a statutory periodic tenancy is not a continuation of a fixed term tenancy and is a brand new tenancy. The implications are that deposits paid by tenants need to be...

Its Womens Business Pink Carpet Exhibition

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Starts: 06/20/2013 10:00 am Ends: 06/20/2013 Duration: 5 hours Portland College Corporate Suite, Nottingham Road Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 4TJ GB 10:00am: FREE coffee or tea Introduction to the Sponsors, Specialists & Advisors...

Charitable Incorporated Organisations

Catriona Wheeler
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Until very recently most charities were charitable trusts or unincorporated associations, or charitable companies. Trustees of a charity which has land, enters into contracts or has employees would normally consider a charitable company preferable, as this...

Due Diligence

Phillip Hoskins
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To Buy Or Not To Buy For most Buyers of businesses the objective will either be to acquire the Target Business and continue to run the business on a standalone basis but with an increased margin, or alternatively to integrate the Target Business into an...

Commercial Landlord and Tenant : Full Quarters Rent?

Annette Wood
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A tenant’s opportunity to effectively operate a break clause can be thwarted by underpayment of rent. Commercial leases often include break clauses where the operative date does not fall on a quarter day.  Increasingly tenants are looking to...

Commercial Property - Tyre fire courts controversy on who pays the bill

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Commercial property owners and tenants reminded to keep up with insurance obligations following the ruling of The Court of Appeal in the case of Wyvern Tyres, where a fire spread next door, with judges saying the company is not liable for damage to adjoining...

Commercial Property Tyre fire courts controversy on who pays the bill

Julia Lock
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Commercial property owners and tenants reminded to keep up with insurance obligations following the ruling of The Court of Appeal in the case of Wyvern Tyres, where a fire spread next door, with judges saying the company is not liable for damage to...

Parental leave and flexible working hours

Kathryn Bolton
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New parents will be allowed to share annual parental leave. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced proposals to introduce a system of shared parental leave from 2015 with the aim of getting more women into the workforce and encouraging men to take...

Family Court does U-turn

Julie Bailey
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The recent court of appeal decision in Petrodel – v – Prest may have driven a coach and horses through what family lawyers have until now considered to be the position where a spouse owns or controls a company which they use as an alter ego. In...

A mark of excellence in conveyancing

Joanne Sworder
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Law firm Andrew & Co based in Lincoln and Newark are delighted to confirm that they have been accredited (August 2012) by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – a mark of excellence for conveyancing firms. Not all conveyancers...

Planning Enforcement

Annette Wood
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What is a planning breach that could lead to enforcement action? Examples: Carrying out development without planning permission:     Changes of use of land     Breach of conditions attached to a planning permission ...

Tighter control on Overseas Contracts

Catriona Wheeler
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Business must take care when entering agreements with overseas organisations to avoid problems if disputes arise. A High Court judge in London has been hearing a case that involved Brazilian companies who were in dispute over a contract covering the...