Statutory books and registers- why they are important.

What are statutory books? A company’s statutory books contain documents it must keep (under the provisions of the Companies Act 2006), as a record setting out the important aspects of its structure.  These statutory books should contain the following statutory registers: – Register of members; Register of directors; Register of directors’ residential addresses; Register of … Continue reading Statutory books and registers- why they are important.

Looking out for those that are vulnerable

Last Wednesday was “World Kindness Day”.  This isn’t necessarily anything that should be ‘new’ to us, as those that wish to be kind and considerate will do so all year around.  However, it did make me think that with our lives getting busier we often lose awareness of what is literally happening around us and, … Continue reading Looking out for those that are vulnerable

Tenants- the importance of a survey

When tenants take commercial premises by way of a lease they will in virtually all cases take on responsibility for keeping the premises in good repair whilst they occupy. This can be for the repair of the interior and exterior if they are taking a lease of the whole premises or interior only with a … Continue reading Tenants- the importance of a survey

Electronic Signatures

Introduction In this note we shall look at the law on electronic signatures and when electronic signatures can currently be used. On 4 September 2019 the Law Commission published a full report on its project on electronic signature for England and Wales[1]. The Law Commission’s report addresses the use of electronic documents by commercial parties … Continue reading Electronic Signatures

Office blocks today, apartments tomorrow?

Changing permitted uses: office blocks today, apartments tomorrow? With the rise of online shopping and decreasing demand for large office space, these are trying times for our high streets and town centres. The adoption of more flexible ways of working by businesses means smaller, serviced offices are becoming increasingly popular, where employees are not already … Continue reading Office blocks today, apartments tomorrow?

Will disputes are not just for the rich and famous

The press has gone mad on Wills of late. We hear that Jeffrey Epstein apparently signed his Will a few days before he died, having set up a complex trust at the same time. Continue reading: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/19/us/jeffrey-epstein-will/index.html We hear Aretha Franklin died without a Will and then several “notes” were found purporting to be Wills … Continue reading Will disputes are not just for the rich and famous

Are your commercial contracts in order?

Are your commercial contracts in order? At all stages of a business’ life cycle, commercial contracts are required in order to govern the relationship between business and external parties.  In practical terms, the most opportune time to put in place your commercial contracts is when the business is being set up in its growth stage.  … Continue reading Are your commercial contracts in order?

What happens when two or more people die in uncertain circumstances?

We often hear that we are living in a society where many are living to an older age. Couples divorce or separate, some remarry and the family tree is often much more complicated than in years gone by.   As a result, if insufficient consideration to regular estate planning is not given, this can result in … Continue reading What happens when two or more people die in uncertain circumstances?

Maternity employment rights

Maternity employment rights  I have been in my current job for five years and I recently found out I am pregnant, what are my rights as an employee?  You are not required to inform your employer of your pregnancy until the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth. However, you will not be able … Continue reading Maternity employment rights

Guidance for Directors – Issuing Shares

ISSUING SHARES As part of our series, Guidance for Directors, please find below a quick summary outlining key legislation governing this area of Company Law and the process that the board of directors of private or unlisted public companies should go through in order to issue new shares in a company. For the purposes of … Continue reading Guidance for Directors – Issuing Shares