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News Category: Corporate and commercial

  • 3 November 2016

    Agency Latest – Cutting Both Ways

    Many readers will conduct their sales via a commercial agent, That is to say, broadly, using the services of a self employed sales person, generally paid wholly or mainly by commission on the sales in his territory. Read more

  • 3 November 2016

    Consultation on payment complaints scheme for small businesses

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has opened its consultation on the mechanics of a new complaints scheme which is intended to help small businesses resolve disputes arising from their supply relationships with larger businesses. Read more

  • 29 July 2016

    Annual returns out, confirmation statements in

    With effect from 30 June 2016, companies and LLPs are no longer required to file an annual return at Companies House but instead will file a confirmation statement. Read more

  • 29 July 2016

    Selective Distribution: The ban on Amazon and eBay, all change?

    In our article last year, "Competition Law: Can I stop my goods from being resold on websites such as Amazon or eBay?" we explained that, if correctly established, a selective distribution system can enable the supplier to prevent its distributors from using sites such as Amazon and eBay. Read more

  • 29 July 2016

    Do you know where your statutory registers are?

    The introduction of the PSC register earlier this year has resulted in many companies asking the question: "Where are our statutory registers?" Read more

  • 4 May 2016

    Agency Law: How much do you need to pay an agent on termination?

    Unless you are terminating the relationship with your agent on the grounds of a "fundamental breach" having been committed by the agent, you may need to make a lump sum payment to that agent. This lump sum can include notice payment, payment of commission on all orders taken up to the date of termination, commission on future orders mainly attributable to the agent's efforts for a reasonable period and a "compensation" or "indemnity" payment. Read more

  • 4 May 2016

    Are your PSC registers in place yet?

    The legal requirement for companies to keep a register of persons of significant control (PSCs) came into force on 6 April 2016. All companies and LLPs should now have a register in place and be taking reasonable steps to identify any "persons of significant control" (PSCs). Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Turning Intellectual Property Into Cash

    There are two main ways in which intellectual property (IP) can be used to generate an income; licensing and assigning. Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDAs”) – can you keep a secret?

    NDAs (also referred to as confidentiality agreements) are a crucial tool when seeking to protect your designs, inventions or ideas. The ultimate form of protection is of course not to divulge the information in the first place, however you will eventually reach the stage where this strategy becomes impractical; particularly if you are undertaking a joint venture or looking for a manufacturer or business partner. Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Have you started work on your register of persons of significant control?

    The legal requirement for companies to keep a register of persons of significant control (PSCs) is coming into force on 6 April 2016. The time has come for companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) to take action or risk potential criminal liability and penalties. Read more