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Can I terminate a contract for late payment or a missed deadline

Claire-Racheal Matthews
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With the coronavirus still disrupting supply chains and causing financial difficulties, it is unsurprising that some trading partners are unable to meet their contractual obligations to provide goods, services, or remittance within previously agreed...

Business checklist for admitting a new partner

Ian Barnard
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If you have decided that the time has come to admit a new member to your partnership, then there are a number of important steps that you will need to take in preparation.     To help you plan, partnership law expert Ian Barnard, Director...

Obligations under a full repairing and insuring commercial lease

Isobel Willoughby
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Keeping commercial property insured and in good repair is important for both landlords and tenants, but for slightly different reasons.  The tenant wants to be able to run a business from a well-maintained property.  The landlord’s chief...

Can I challenge excessive charges imposed for breach of contract

Claire-Racheal Matthews
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It is not unusual for business contracts to include a provision which requires compensation to be paid, by one party to another, in the event that certain terms are not complied with.  But are you obliged to make payment under such a provision where a...

Ecommerce refresher for retailers trading online in the UK

Isobel Willoughby
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Ecommerce is a fast-moving medium for retailers and, whether you have an established online presence or are just starting out, a periodic review of changes in the law and trading regulations can help ensure your business runs smoothly.     ...

Considerations for landowners re water drainage and sewers

Ian Barnard
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Water, drainage, and sewers; out of sight, but not out of mind.   When contemplating our business properties, attention tends to focus on the visible aspects, such as the architectural design or practical aspects such as access facilities or security....

Secrets of success in manufacturing agreements

Isobel Willoughby
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Relationships with manufacturers can become the backbone of your business in the long term, which is why it is important to have legal agreements in place that will grow with these relationships.   ‘B efore any contract conversations even begin,...

Ten key negotiating points when taking a new commercial lease

Ian Barnard
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When a landlord and tenant try to settle the terms for a new commercial lease, each party will have clear objectives.  The landlord wants a secure income stream and confidence that the property will be left in good condition at the end of the...

Legal advice on the sale or purchase of a business

Isobel Willoughby
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Selling a business ? Make sure you clear out any skeletons first.   Preparation is the key to success with most things in life and is particularly important when you are trying to attract a buyer for your business.  This is because any potential...

Halting court proceedings against my business

Neil Largan
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Can I halt court proceedings against my business, if no attempt made to resolve matters outside court first?    Where a dispute arises in business, it is always preferable if it can be resolved without the need to go to court. That is why an...

Extending your commercial property

Ian Barnard
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If your business is expanding, you may have outgrown your current premises.  Before you start looking for a new site, it is worth investigating whether you could extend your existing property.  Depending on the site and the nature of your building,...

Site assembly for development

Ian Barnard
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If you have a great idea for developing a piece of unused land, you may find that you need to get control of some neighbouring property to provide access or just to make the development large enough to be financially viable.  Assembling a site can be...

Best practice when using subcontractors

Isobel Willoughby
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Whether you are planning on using subcontractors for a one-off project or on a long-term basis, there are several steps you can take to safeguard both your business and business relationships.   ‘ The first step is to carry out some basic checks...

Resolving a commercial lease dispute in a recession

Neil Largan
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With the UK economy currently in the deepest recession since records began, disputes between landlords and tenants are beginning to rise as pressure mounts on commercial occupiers to find ways to diversify and slash overheads in order to survive...

Defending a claim that you breached your duties as a director

Maria Eames
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It is the thing that all company directors dread – the prospect of a claim of an alleged breach of duty – for this can give rise to personal liability or can result in the imposition of criminal sanctions or a director’s disqualification...

The key legal issues to take you from startup to scale up

Isobel Willoughby
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Starting any new business comes with a steep learning curve, especially as a founder when you often find yourself wearing all the management hats. This is why it is important to deal with the core legal issues early, so that when the time comes to scale up,...

Legal tips for optimising the sale value of commercial property

Ian Barnard
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If you are reviewing your commercial property portfolio, you may decide that the time is right to sell some of your property.  It goes without saying that you will want to get the best possible value from the sale.  Prices are strongly affected...

Update your commercial contracts for the post-Brexit regime

Ian Barnard
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While certain changes are already in place as a result of Brexit, we can expect a continuous stream of legislative reform that will affect businesses and their commercial contracts .   As the new trading relationship with the EU evolves, it is likely...

Is an MBO or MBI a good move for your business?

Ian Barnard
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Is your business ripe for more growth? Do you have the team that can take your business to the next level? Or do you want to take a step back and reap some of the rewards of your efforts? If continuity is important to you, then a management buy-out (MBO) or...

Your commercial property portfolio - time to restructure?

Isobel Willoughby
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A commercial property portfolio is just like any other investment - to get the best out of it, you need to manage it well, and sometimes it will benefit from being restructured. The unforeseen impact of Covid-19 on the whole of the UK economy has underlined...

New year, new business structure?

Ian Barnard
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Businesses need to be agile to survive and prosper, particularly as we face the duel challenge of having to deal with a global pandemic, while also bracing ourselves for the UK’s exit from the EU. The ability to react quickly and to develop services...

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Isobel Willoughby
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Every business we speak to at the moment is seeking ways to mitigate the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic . Of particular importance to our clients is protecting their workforce, and trying to avoid the need for lay-offs, wage reductions, and...

Coronavirus - advice for employers

Isobel Willoughby
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As concerns over the Coronavirus increase, we are finding that a lot of employers are asking our advice in relation to their obligations towards their employees. Coronavirus – What is it? “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses...

Calling all businesses in Ryedale Pop up Business Cafe

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An opportunity to get all the answers to business questions in one place is happening in Malton in February 2020. The Local Enterprise Partnership with Ryedale District Council and the local business community will be on hand at the Popup Business...

Top 10 tips for renting an industrial or commercial property

Duncan Morter
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Our Commercial Property team have put together the following top 10 tips for you to consider when looking to rent an industrial or commercial property. Be prepared – consider the property you are looking to rent, how much space do you need? How...

Do commercial tenants have rights?

Duncan Morter
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Commercial tenants do have rights but they are more limited than residential tenants. Commercial tenants may have the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Find out if the Act applies to you as a commercial tenant as well as information on...

News update for Landlords on MEES Regulation

Ben Simpson
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Landlords need to be aware of environmental legislation requirements before letting their properties. This is called the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulation. The main aim behind this is to prevent Landlords from renting out residential and...

Personal and self-employed taxation updates

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The new tax year starts on 6th April when the following changes will come into effect: General and employee tax and NI changes for 2019/20 •           The personal allowance (the amount that someone...

Business Banking Switch - Royal Bank of Scotland customer?

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If you are a Williams & Glyn (division of Royal Bank of Scotland) customer, and your business has an annual turnover of less than £25 million then you may be eligible for incentives to switch your banking to another provider. Summary of what is...

Allowing a mast onto your land or even renewing an old agreement?

Ian Barnard
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For many landowners, an attractive way to utilise their land without creating too much disruption to their core farming business, was to allow telecommunication masts to be erected on their land. Whilst not visually attractive, the masts would generally be...

Exciting Times in Food and Drink

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It is an exciting time to be in the food and drink sector in Yorkshire. An interesting article from Bdaily.com can be found here showing excellent growth over the last 12 months for Yorkshire and Humber food and drink exports. There has been an 11%...

Landlords: Changes to EPC ratings are coming, are you prepared?

Duncan Morter
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What are the new Regulations? The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations (MEES) set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for properties in England and Wales. From 1 April 2018, it will be unlawful for landlords of non-domestic private...

Why trademark your brand?

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If you were asked why it is important to protect your brand, I’m sure you could supply an endless list of motives. However, the common misconception lies in how to do this effectively. Simply registering your business name at Companies House or...

BYOD Policies

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has highlighted the increasing use of personal devices (such as smartphones, tablets and laptops) for work purposes. The ICO suggests that businesses should update data protection policies and provide staff...

Buying a small business?

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Many people decide to purchase a small business as a going concern, be it a pub, bed and breakfast, cafe, or something a little more unique.  You might already have a lot of experience in how to run the particular business (or, at the very least, bags...

Selling or buying a dental practice?

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Buying or selling a dental practice should be an exciting time for any dentist but all too often this excitement is overshadowed by delays in the transactional process.  While unexpected delays can arise in any deal, which are out of all parties’...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...

Update for Commercial Tenants

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A High Court decision provides a helpful reminder for commercial tenants of the need to fully comply with any conditions for exercising a right to break the lease. Otherwise, as in this case, the lease will continue to exist and the tenant may have lost...

Dental Update

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The dental market continues to be highly active with a mix of NHS and private practices coming on the market and generally being acquired quickly through a competitive marketplace. There is significant demand to acquire both private and NHS practices.  ...

Working time for mobile workers with no fixed workplace

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Companies wanting to exploit the current trend of moving from office-based businesses to more mobile ones will need to take a recent ECJ decision into consideration before changing their approach.  The ECJ held that the time spent by workers, who do...

Short term occupation

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Short term occupation which agreement to use? A landowner’s income from a short term agreement to occupy can often be low and without any guarantees as to how long that income will last.  They are likely therefore to want to put the...

Successful 3rd Annual Social event

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Thank you to our guests who joined our staff for our 3rd Annual Social event at Banyan Bar in York. A great event, good food and good company....

New ADR rules for traders​

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The Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 came into force in tranches from 7 April 2015. The most important changes, affecting business in general, come into force on 1 October 2015....

Social Media

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The use of social media is fast expanding in the workplace. While an employer may legitimately restrict an employee's freedom of expression at work, or in a work-related context, whether that restriction can extend to personal, out-of-work, activities...