SMEs in the UK, account for a total of 15.7 million; 60% of private sector employment, and a turnover of £1.8 trillion. They traditionally had a vast majority of their borrowing requirements met by high street banks, and this model worked very well for a very long time. Today, the situation is somewhat different. A […]

As threats continue to grow, there are no signs of cyber security breaches slowing anytime soon. Understanding and managing cyber security risks have jumped to the top of the agenda for business and government leaders, globally. The UK government has increased its proposed spending on cyber security defences, allotting £3.2 billion for investments, this amount […]

  • 14th February 2017

How employees can affect the value of a brand
The value of a brand is not just reflected on the balance sheet. Employees can affect the value of a brand in a number of ways.

The value of a brand is not just reflected on the balance sheet. Employees can affect the value of a brand in a number of ways. Employees are visible, both inside and outside work. Here are a few tips on how to increase your brand equity: Internal Employees can make a workplace more or less […]

  • 12th January 2017

French law to allow employees to disconnect
What time is an acceptable cut-off point in the evening or weekend when it comes to work commitments

The recent news that employees in France are getting the legal right to avoid work emails outside working hours has been welcomed by those concerned by “work-creep”. The new French law, which has been dubbed the “right to disconnect”, came into force on 1 January. The basics are this: that companies with more than 50 […]

  • 21st December 2016

Loopholes in Rugby
A focus on contract disputes involving Rugby League and Union

High profile players under contract to rugby league clubs are increasingly exploiting a legal loophole which permits them to “retire” from rugby league or the club and immediately sign for a rugby union club. The recent case involving Denny Solomona (aged 23) illustrates the outdated law which governs such conduct. In early December 2016, Mr […]

  • 20th October 2016

Family Law – The Pendulum Swings
Spring Update - Autumn 2016

After years and years of the family court approaching the division of the spoils on divorce as a fifty/ fifty division, we are now seeing a change. The History In 2000, the Supreme Court said in White v White that fifty/ fifty was the right starting point, which followed challenges by the wealth generator, that […]

  • 20th October 2016

How Much of My Website Do I Actually Own
Spring Update - Autumn 2016

I was recently contacted by clients who felt that their business’ website was being “held hostage” by the entity hosting it.  Looking for new investment to enable a change of business, these clients had been asked by a potential investor to allow them to look at the website set up to promote an earlier business […]

  • 05th July 2016

The Bank of Mum and Dad
Spring Update - Summer 2016

How often these days are the headlines encouraging parents to fund their young, so that they can get on the housing ladder. New products are being launched by the banks to encourage parents to use their funds as collateral for the children’s mortgages. Whilst house price inflation is out of line with salary inflation, it […]

  • 05th July 2016

New data protection obligations
Spring Update - Summer 2016

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), designed to give data subjects greater control over their personal data and to strengthen the protection of personal data, entered into force on 24 May 2016 and shall automatically apply in all EU countries on 25 May 2018. Businesses are advised to use this two year transitional period to […]