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Corporate Update - February 2016

1 February 2016

In the first of our Corporate Updates for 2016, we take a look at some of the wide ranging issues affecting businesses across this region in the articles below.

In other news:

Our team has recently expanded by 16 new Associates and Paralegals across a range of specialisms. The new joiners have been recruited to bolster the teams in corporate law; real estate; private property, property litigation, charities, corporate recovery and insolvency; construction, engineering and projects; and contentious trusts and estates. They are: Laura Marchant, Construction, Engineering and Projects, Rebecca Burford in Corporate and Commercial, Kate Parkinson in Charities, Charlotte Boyd, Richard Long and Samuel Jenkins in Real Estate, Richard Hosmer in Property Litigation, Katie Bewick in Commercial Dispute Resolution, Mark Johnson and James Roberts in Corporate Recovery and Insolvency, Richard Hosmer in Property litigation, Thomas Britten in Contentious Trusts and Estates, and Rachel Bardell in Private Property. They join newly promoted lawyers Simon McIlroy and Richard Honey, plus paralegal Aiden Wiffen into our property and private client teams.

On Tuesday 8 March we are running the second of our family business workshops for clients who run their own business, and for those who work in the Guildford games industry our next networking event is on Thursday 25 February at the University of Surrey.

For more information on either of these events, please contact Virginia Cook.

Online sales and digital content

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (‘CRA’) came into force on 1 October 2015. The CRA saw for the first time consumer rights legislation in relation to ‘digital content’ that matches broadly the law in relation to the supply of tangible/ physical goods.

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The business of Lasting Powers of Attorney

Mention Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and, for those that have heard of them, the reaction will frequently be that they are for the elderly and relevant only to family situations. Lesser known is the fact that LPAs are equally as important and applicable to those who hold and run their own business interests.

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Cyber bullying at work

Cybercrime ranges from receiving an offensive email or text, or being humiliated, ignored or gossiped about online. It is increasingly prevalent in the workplace and employers need to put in place effective mechanisms to protect their staff.

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Are you a 'person with significant control'

Did you know the law affecting most companies is changing? Are you aware how this will affect you and what steps you will need to take?

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Succession in UK family businesses

If you are a family business owner, now is the time to tackle those difficult questions on succession for the long term benefit of the business and family relationships

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Driving game, profits, revenue and tractors on landed estates

"Buy land, they ain’t making any more of it" – So said the author Mark Twain. But if you are an owner of a landed estate you are probably having to make a lot more of the land you have, to stave off adverse and well-documented economic pressures affecting farming businesses.

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Recent corporate deals

Please click here to view a summary of our recent deals.