News, Articles & Events: March 2015
As a primary enforcing authority of Health & Safety legislation, the HSE also produce guidance addressing the main hazards in the food and drink manufacturing industry. ‘A Recipe for Safety’ is a longstanding joint project between HSE and the food and drink manufacturing industry. Although it began in the early 1990’s (since which time the […]
A civil rights suit in the US is seeking to hold the McDonald’s Corporation responsible for a franchise owner’s alleged actions. What does this mean for franchisors in the UK? Franchises have been previously seen as independent businesses in the United States, which has meant that franchisors have not been legally responsible for their franchises’ […]
Buy-to-let has been one of the most successful investment opportunities over the past decade, and now there is to be complete flexibility as to how pension funds should be invested or spent, it is being suggested a potential net rental yield of perhaps 5% makes buy-to-let an option well worth considering. Since withdrawals in excess […]
For any franchise which is premises based, it is crucial to ensure that the right premises model is chosen by the franchise from the start. In England and Wales there are two separate models which tend to be used and which for the purposes of this article are referred to as the Sub-Lease model and […]
Part 1: intellectual property issues Who owns what you post? Check the terms and conditions for each social media platform you use (or get your lawyer to do it if they seem a bit dull). Often they will allow the platform provider to do whatever they want with your content once you have posted it. […]
It has long been established in English law that a franchisor is not liable to third parties for the acts or omissions of its franchisees. Ultimately whilst the relationship between a franchisor and franchisee is fiduciary – the franchisor has no direct relationship with the franchisee’s staff. Instead the employer will be the franchisee. This […]
With Pre-Nuptial Agreements (‘Pre-Nups’) becoming more popular, particularly with celebrities, we are being asked about them more frequently. In general they still seem to have a “marmite” effect. People either love them or hate them. So when every engaged couple is hoping for a “happily ever after” and are busy preparing for their special day, […]
It is now almost impossible to borrow against land affected by Japanese Knotweed, even if it’s on a neighbouring site. This article covers what measures can be taken to force a neighbour to deal with removal of the plant. A landowner or occupier is under a duty to prevent the escape of Japanese Knotweed onto […]
Most farmers and land owners understandably do not spend a lot of time thinking about their pensions as the majority of a farmer’s assets are land, however, forthcoming changes to pension rules mean that pensions should not be overlooked, particularly when a couple are separating. From April 2015, if you are aged over 55 years […]
Solicitors acting respectively for concerned patients of suspended maxillofacial consultant Roger Bainton and for his employers the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust have reached agreement on a scheme to consider and resolve claims cost effectively and wherever possible avoid the need for patients to go to court. The Trust’s medical director Mr Robert […]
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