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Brexit and being ready for departure

In this article we consider how businesses can prepare for the Brexit deadline of 29 March, 2019. With a hand-signed letter to the President of the European Commission, Theresa May kick-started the Brexit pendulum and formally set the clock ticking down to our departure from the EU. For the many small businesses that are heavily connected to Europe – whether through supply chains, talent sourcing or funding – the thought of knowing little more about our impending departure than the final deadline may be more than a little unnerving. But…

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Is your business ready for GDPR? What you need to know and why

In recent months, one of the hottest news topics has been data privacy. The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal has thrown up questions in everyone’s mind about the privacy of their data. Every time we search for something online, make a purchase in a store or post something on social media, our data is being harvested- but how and why? In order to answer this question and ensure safety for consumers and businesses alike, a new European privacy regulation called (GDPR) comes into effect on the 25th May 2018. GDPR…

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Multipotentiality: Why a ‘Jack of all Trades’ might just save your business

by Justine Hughes-De Freyman ‘Jack of all trades, master of none.’ is a phrase all of us have heard at one point or another, you may have even used it yourself- but how closely have you actually looked at ‘Jack’? The education system in the UK is often criticised for forcing our children to narrow their subject choices too early in life. Students as young as thirteen are asked to choose their ‘options’- should they be an artist or a scientist? A mathematician or an athlete? Those in our society…

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Additional rights for delayed rail passengers under the Consumer Rights Act 2015

Associate Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial Team, TChakrabarty@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9260 Delayed rail passengers will now be given stronger rights to claim consequential losses, including taxi fares, hotels and missed flights following train cancellations and delays. Currently the National Rail Conditions of Travel (the “NRCoT”) govern rail travel and this allows operators to refuse claims for consequential losses. From Sunday 11 March 2018, the NRCoT will be updated to state that a passenger’s right to claim for losses will be governed by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, ensuring that passengers will…

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Served a notice on your tenants?

The most common way of renting a property is under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement. This type of agreement usually has a fixed term. But when unexpected circumstances occur and an eviction notice is served- what happens next? Before indulging in the whole “how to evict a tenant” procedure, there are many things all landlords must be aware of. The most important is to know that even if a notice has been served and the deadline has expired; it does not mean the tenants are no longer tenants. Under all…

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Tax year-end planning: You’re in control by RMJ Wealth Management

The right advice can make a real difference in the run up to the end of the tax year to ensure that you avoid missing out on the valuable tax-saving allowances and opportunities that would otherwise be lost after 5 April. This is a time of the year when individuals and couples are given an opportunity to help ensure their long-term financial plans are on track, by using reliefs and allowances that would otherwise be lost and in some respects, the scope for tax-free saving has never been better. Take…

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Honouring your commitments in business

“You are what you do, not what you say you will do.” – Carl Jung In Business, a leader’s role is as wide as it is varied. You are expected to see everything, know what and who is right for your business and customers. You must, without fail choose the situations which will shine the correct light and perspective upon you and your employees. After all, in the world in which we live, image is everything and one minor indiscretion could create a social scandal which can bring an empire…

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Employers beware!

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. The law places a duty on all employers “to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all their employees. But what does this actually mean in practical terms? Employers have to ensure the safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, systems, the maintenance of safe access and exit to the workplace, the safe use, handling and storage of dangerous substances, adequate training of…

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Building a Strong Workforce: The Importance of Diversity

In this age of increasing connectivity, businesses have the ability reach out to an entire world of ideas- but do they really need to? When reaching outwards for ideas, businesses can often fall into the trap of forgetting to look inwards, to their own workforce. If you believe in your own success, ability and methods, it can be difficult not to look to hire staff who are similar to yourself when looking to expand your workforce. Although there is merit to this approach, here are a few ways which in…

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Purchasing your dream house: Part 2

Continuing on from last month’s article, you are probably wondering what is next! Well the next stage is Completion… our favourite part! So what should you consider at the completion stage? You should consider suitable dates for completion. You will need to have more than one in mind as if there is a long chain it may be difficult for everyone to agree on a mutually acceptable date. A period of one week between exchange and completion is suggested to eliminate the risk of you breaching your contract by being…

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