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Thursday, 6 April 2017
On 21 March 2017 the Ministry of Justice published thenew and long anticipated Pre-Action Protocol (“PAP”) on debt recovery . It willcome into force on 1 October 2017.So what will this mean in practice? It has long beenthe requirement of the Civil Procedure Rules that parties should foll...
Thursday, 16 March 2017
It is nearly a year since the Immigration Act 2016 hit thestatute books on 12 May 2016. So what parts of it are in force and how does itaffect the trade?The first relevant measures came into force on 12 July 2016.It is of course not without significance that the Brexit Referendum vote hadbeen only a...
Monday, 23 January 2017
Why should licensees be concerned with red tape affecting wholesalers of alcohol? Because if they buy from a wholesaler who is not registered they could face a fine of up to £10K!The Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme requires those UK business who sell alcohol to other business at or aft...
Monday, 28 November 2016
Sometimes you cannot help but think that the internet of things is moving so fast that it is difficult for old established laws and customs to adapt and keep up with innovations.The global explosion of short term lets via organisations such as Airbnb is a prime example. It is a huge challenge to the...
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Dismissing a director is not as easy as dismissing a normal employee. This blog sets out how to go about firing a fellow company director.The first thing to appreciate is that most directors in SMEs have three roles – that of a director, an employee and a shareholder – and to get rid of ...
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Licensing authorities have the option of introducing a cumulative impact policy which will apply to one or more defined areas or zones within their area of authority. So how do they go about introducing such a policy, and what effect will it have on existing licences and new applications?Firstly, th...
Thursday, 11 August 2016
A recent High Court case has highlighted the extent to which commercial landlords need to take care when carrying out works to property which are likely to cause disturbance to tenants.Timothy Taylor Limited had a high class modern art gallery in Mayfair, for which it was paying a very substantial r...
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
All SMEs want to know what effects the Brexit vote and the change in Prime Minister will have on them. However, there is so much uncertainty that it is impossible to predict. All that can be done at the moment is to look at what factors will be of particular importance to SMEs over the coming years....
Thursday, 14 July 2016
In December 2015 I discussed the problems posed to pubs and other established premises with a premises licence by changes in use and development of nearby property which would add residential occupants likely to complain about noise nuisance. See my blog on this issue.The government has since s...
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Back in June 2015 I posted a blog on forfeiture of commercial leases, which is the term for when a landlord recovers possession due to a breach of the lease by the tenant. That blog looked in particular at forfeiture where the tenant was in arrears of rent.A recent case of Pineport Limited v Gr...

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