Equality, Discrimination, and Your Liability

Recent press reports suggest that a potential legal battle between the Scottish and UK Parliament is looming because the UK government is blocking a piece of devolved legislation aimed at making it easier for transgender people to change their legally recognised sex. The reason given for this move by Westminster is that the proposed change[...]

February 7th 2023

Recruitment and Retention Strategies for SMEs

How do you best recruit and then retain valuable employees? That is a vital question for all businesses as well as the private and public sector. One of the common themes of the current wave of strikes in the UK is not just rates of pay, but the impact on employees of inadequate recruitment, poor[...]

December 21st 2022

The Impact of Brexit on SMEs Becomes Clearer

Even with factors such as the pandemic lockdowns, the September “mini-budget” and the measures announced in the Autumn Statement on 17 November, the impact of Brexit, especially on SMEs, is becoming clearer. Most recently, Michael Saunders, an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, who left that position this month, felt free[...]

November 20th 2022

Doing Business in the UK

For many US companies looking for international growth, the United Kingdom is an attractive first foothold in overseas markets. A government keen to attract inward investment, a shared business and civil culture and the English language as well as geographic (if not political) proximity to mainland Europe all make the UK a logical choice for[...]

August 31st 2022

Carry on Carrying over Holiday Entitlement?

What should be your approach to carrying over holiday entitlement now, as we seem to be emerging from the worst of the pandemic? How should employers handle leave ‘carry over’ requests from their workers when what was a public health emergency is being replaced by the prospect of much tougher financial circumstances. A trading environment[...]

August 16th 2022

Co-Founders: What Happens When It Goes Wrong

Every co-founder situation is different, but one common problem, especially in start-ups, is how to handle co-founder disputes which can damage progress or even lead to company failure. The problem isn’t unique, even though it may feel that way to the individuals involved in conflict. Harvard Business School professor Noam Wasserman writes in his book[...]

April 13th 2022

Digitalisation: The Right (to Work and Rent) Solution?

UK employers have a legal obligation to comply with the prevention of illegal working legislation as set out set out in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, section 24B of the Immigration Act 1971 and Schedule 6 of the Immigration Act 2016. This legislation requires checks to verify that anyone you employ in the UK has[...]

February 28th 2022

The False Economy of Part-Time Employees and Contractors

If you own or manage a business, getting the right people and building the right team is vital to your success, especially when the Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on ways of working. Thousands of workers have transitioned from onsite employees to full-time remote workers and it’s clear that this shift in expectations[...]

February 10th 2022

Hybrid and Remote Working in a Post-Covid World

Most commentators seem to agree that remote working in some form or other introduced as a result of the pandemic is here to stay. A wide range of research confirms that most workers want to continue to work from home, some all the time but most it seems would prefer a balance where they are[...]

September 8th 2021

Getting Down to Business After Covid

The lifting of Covid restrictions from 19 July removes more or less every domestic legal restriction in England in one fell swoop. All businesses will be able to open, without Covid-related capacity limits, and measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing will be left to people’s personal responsibility. Most Covid rules in Wales will be[...]

July 26th 2021

What is Corporate Law?

Corporate Law is the body of law pertaining to the practices, structure, rules, and regulations, conduct of persons within corporations. Working in corporate law is highly sought after due to its dynamic, fast paced, and exciting nature. What do Corporate Lawyers do? Working in corporate law, no two days are ever the same. The general[...]

April 15th 2021

What is a Start-Up Business?

The true definition of start-up is disputed by many with some claiming it’s a state of mind, and others believe to qualify as a start-up, you must offer something unique and meet the needs of the people. In layman’s terms, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a start-up as ‘the act or an instance of setting in[...]

March 29th 2021

IR35 - Will it Affect You?

Keep hearing the term “IR35”, but still puzzled as to what it is and, most importantly, how it affects your business? In a nutshell, IR35 is tax legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by workers, and the firms hiring them, by ensuring contractors pay broadly the same tax and NICs as employees if they are[...]

March 25th 2021