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News: June 2018

Freeths is delighted to announce that it has provided legal advice to the shareholders of Linley & Simpson, a leading Yorkshire Estate Agency Group, on its £10m investment from LDC, the UK leading private equity house. Linley & Simpson was founded by Will Linley and Nick Simpson 20 years ago and is based in Horsforth, […]

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has finally kicked off! Across the land, hordes of people descend on pubs and crowd around TV screens. It’s that time again where the office sweepstake does the rounds; the games from the night before are scrutinised amongst friends and colleagues; and heated debates ensue over the ref’s dodgy decisions, […]

The draft withdrawal agreement setting out provisions for the legal status of European nationals following our departure from the European Union confirmed that those who had completed a period of 5 years residence in the United Kingdom would be able to apply for settled status (indefinite leave to remain). Those who had not yet completed […]

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The Court and Government have been busy over recent months. We update below on recent planning legislation, law and policy changes. The recent cases on failures by Councils to include intended planning conditions are of interest and can lead to valuable planning consents. For advice on any of these matters please contact a member of […]

Background In response to the BEIS green paper on corporate governance reform, the government invited the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to work with a coalition group to develop a voluntary set of corporate governance principles for large private companies under chairmanship of James Wates CBE (the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies (the […]

The Corporate team at Freeths has recently advised The Spicers-OfficeTeam Group Limited on its acquisition of ZenOffice Limited (“Zen”). The Freeths team was led by partner Karl Jansen and senior associate Francis Dalton. Zen is a provider of business supplies and services and is particularly well-known for its strengths in the managed print services sector. […]

In the latest string of recent cases considering employment status, the Supreme Court has decided that a plumber who brought a case against his former employer was in fact a “worker” and should therefore be entitled to holiday pay and other basic workers’ rights despite the fact that he had signed an agreement with the […]

Background The BEIS published a green paper in November 2016, reporting on corporate governance reform. In its response to the report, the government identified 9 proposals for reform to take forward. On 22 September 2017, the government stated its intention to introduce secondary legislation to require all companies of significant size (private as well as […]

Rock Advertising Limited v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited [2018] UKSC 24 Facts Rock Advertising Ltd (“Rock”) contracted with MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd (“MWB”) for a licence to occupy office space owned by MWB. The contract contained a “No Oral Modification” clause (“NOM clause”) which provided that “All variations to this [contract] must be […]

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