Author Archives: Peter Jones

When tweets become twibels….

Facing up to the social media challenge for business Every business using social media should get to grips with publishing law and advertising regulations if they are to avoid reputation-damaging incidents. The reminder follows the news that opinion columnist Katie … Continue reading

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Taking time to take stock pays off in inheritance tax planning

As the end of the tax year approaches, it’s a good time to make sure you’re maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs. This year, as well as taking advantage of exempt lifetime gifts and transfers, property owners should also … Continue reading

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Getting rocky relationships through tinsel-time

The family-focus of Christmas is often followed in January with news of unhappy couples who decide to call it quits, leading to so-called Divorce Day, as family lawyers receive a surge of enquiries when they re-open after the break. And … Continue reading

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How employers can say no, without saying a word…

As the countdown to the festive season gets underway, employers juggling the pre-Christmas workload need to ensure workers are enabled to take their rest breaks. The warning comes after an employer was found to have failed to take the necessary … Continue reading

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The Director’s Friend – CONTRAVENTION OF DIRECTOR DISQUALIFICATION

This is the next in the series of blogs for the Director’s Friend. INTRODUCTION If a director of an insolvent company is investigated by the Insolvency Service, an application for director disqualification follows and an order or undertaking is obtained. … Continue reading

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Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

Anyone thinking about investing in Commercial Property needs to have a good understanding of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Part 2 of the Act gives tenants occupying for business purposes a right to renew their lease on similar terms … Continue reading

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One bad apple can spoil the whole Portfolio

Do you have a property or block which is letting the rest of your portfolio down? Are you encountering ongoing and unresolved disputes that are proving difficult to resolve? Most estate or property managers will likely have at least one … Continue reading

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Director Disqualification

DIRECTOR DISQUALIFIED FOR A FAILURE OF HIS COMPANY TO PAY ITS TAX LIABILITIES (BUT THERE IS MORE) In a recent press release the Insolvency Service (the ‘IS’) (see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-dodging-it-director-disqualified) confirm that a Mr Anthony Hodges (‘Mr Hodges’) of Basingstoke signed … Continue reading

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THE ‘DIRECTOR’S FRIEND’ BLOG

INTRODUCTION My name is Richard Cole. I am a Solicitor. I specialise in insolvency dispute resolution and commercial dispute resolution. I want to introduce myself to you as the ‘Director’s Friend’. That is where I believe that I have the … Continue reading

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Worrying number of older adults do not have a Will

Independent research conducted by Breeze & Wyles indicates that around half of UK adults have not written a will. The research goes on to indicate that in older people this number rises considerably with the percentage rising to over 60% … Continue reading

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