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    Criminal Convictions – What Can You Ask?

    by Carol Shaw | May 18, 2016 |
    There is nothing to prevent an employer from asking prospective employees about their criminal record history during the recruitment process, although ideally, this should be done once a successful applicant has been chosen and the employer wishes to offer employment subject to satisfactory background checks in order to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1988.
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    Modern Slavery Act 2015: An Update

    by Hitendra Patel | May 13, 2016 |
    The coming into force of the Modern Slavery Act has ensured that large swathes of the commercial world will be enlisted in the fight against slavery and trafficking as any company with a global turnover above £36 million will be required to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016.
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  • Company Commercial

    Negotiating and Managing Contracts for Security Services – Part Three

    by John Spratt | May 03, 2016 |
    Liability clauses are heavily negotiated in most contracts. Unfortunately, this is too often the case in security service contracts too. Although both parties are likely to have key sticking points – such as the seller ensuring its liability does not exceed its insurance, and the buyer ensuring that the various levels of liability at least reflect the importance of a certain element of the business to the business – the parties will undoubtedly benefit from some of the tips in the first article, such as knowledge of the business and preparation.
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    Landlords: Section 21 Notices Revisited

    by Kyle Wyness | Apr 22, 2016 |
    Sections 33 to 41 of the Deregulation Act 2015 (“DA 2015”) came into force on 1 October 2015. The provisions contain, amongst other things, restrictions as to how and when a notice served under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 can be served by landlords as a means of “ending” an assured shorthold tenancy of their properties, as well as changes to the form of the notice itself.
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  • Company Commercial

    Negotiating and Managing Contracts for Security Services – Part Two

    by John Spratt | Apr 19, 2016 |
    There are a number of considerations for the parties to be aware of when negotiating the clauses relating to the contract price and the provision of services. For instance, the seller must be careful how the services are described due to the potential insurance implications. Likewise the buyer will want to retain contractual flexibility given the long-term nature of the contract and the propensity for its business to change during the lifetime of the contract.
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    Budget 2016: Key Property Announcements for Residential Landlords

    by Kyle Wyness | Apr 19, 2016 |
    On 16 March 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered the 2016 Budget. Insofar as the buy-to-let market is concerned, it has been variously described as “a kick in the teeth for” and “an outright assault on” residential landlords.
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  • Company Commercial

    Negotiating and Managing Contracts for Security Services – Part One

    by John Spratt | Apr 11, 2016 |
    This is the first article in a series on the negotiation and management of security service contracts. As will become clear during the next 5 articles agreeing written contracts for security services is a difficult yet important process. The contracts deal with issues of high risk, are often for long terms and their content is both complex and specialist.
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    To Sue Or Not To Sue? - Part 3

    by Pete Gardner | Apr 08, 2016 |
    Welcome to the third article in this amazing series which looks at what you can do to try to extract money from a stubborn business debtor.
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    Executors and Beneficiaries – Beware of Penalties from HMRC

    by Lucy Gordon | Mar 31, 2016 |
    In a recent case a beneficiary has received an £87,000 penalty from HM Revenue & Customs for failing to tell his father’s executors about a cash gift he received the year before his father’s death.
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    Probate Application Fees - Proposed Changes

    by Julia Routen | Mar 24, 2016 |
    The Ministry of Justice is proposing radical changes to the Probate application fee...
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