Bribery Act

Although recent research reveals that the Bribery Act 2010 has not significantly affected the ability of UK companies to do business, the first prosecution under the Act has resulted in a prison sentence.

Debt Recovery

Small and medium-sized businesses are owed a staggering £33.6bn in late payments according to the latest research.

Disclosure – business sales

Failing to disclose important information while negotiating a business sale can constitute fraudulent misrepresentation.


The recent Supreme Court case of Jones v Kernott underlines the importance of Cohabitation Agreements.

Data Protection

Business Secretary Vince Cable could face a fine of up to £500,000 if he is found to have breached the Data Protection Act.

Capital Gains Tax

A Deed of Appropriation can help mitigate the effect of Capital Gains Tax upon the sale of a deceased’s property.

Unfair Dismissal

Many small businesses are dismissing staff without following correct procedures.

Employment Law

The Government has announced two significant changes to employment laws designed to favour employers.

Intellectual Property

A new cap on damages in the Patents County Court has been introduced to encourage more businesses to enforce their intellectual property rights.

Companies Act

New regulations relating to the information which must be included in a company’s annual return come into force on 1st October 2011.