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

Holiday and Travel claims

We are now well into the holiday season when travel is often at the forefront of our minds and we are getting excited about the prospect of journeying away for some deserved rest and relaxation. Sadly however problems can arise associated with holidays abroad.  These can include, for example, the common occurrence of Noro Virus … Continue reading Holiday and Travel claims

Case Analysis: Avoid a dispute and use a solicitor to make a Will

In the last few weeks the case involving a retired wealthy BA pilot, Chris Burgess has been reported in the media.  I can’t help but read this case and feel that had his mother, Mrs Freda Burgess, sought professional independent advice, litigation could have been avoided. In 2012, Jim Burgess (a former solicitor and Judge) … Continue reading Case Analysis: Avoid a dispute and use a solicitor to make a Will

Shared Ownership could be that helping hand to get on the property ladder

If you are a first time buyer and looking to purchase a property, Shared Ownership is a scheme that will allow you to do so if you cannot afford to buy on the open market. Shared Ownership gives first time buyers and those that do not currently own a home the opportunity to purchase a … Continue reading Shared Ownership could be that helping hand to get on the property ladder