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Tuesday, 8 August 2017
What licences do you need to screen entertainment and play music in your venue?These requirements apply if you are entertaining the public in your venue or just entertaining your staff.Screening TV and filmsFirst of all you may need appropriate licenses from a satellite broadcaster to screen such th...
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
The recent high profile case between Jeffrey Blue and Mike Ashley has brought a reminder from the High Court on how a contract is formed in English law and why it is so important to record any agreement in writing.On 26 July 2017 Mr Justice Leggatt gave his judgment in a claim brought by the investm...
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Whom do you turn to when you’re in dispute with yourbusiness partner(s) and what should you ask them? How do you know whether your accountant or local solicitor isthe best person to advise you? For many business owners and directors, their first port ofcall is their accountant. After...
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Flat management companies are companies that are set up tomanage blocks of flats. They mainly deal with issues such as repairs but alsomay have a role in ensuring that flat owners comply with the terms of theirleases.It is usual for the shareholders of these companies to bethe flat owners. They buy ...
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...

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