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By Andrew Priest, Partner, Commercial & Technology, Birketts LLP Q: I have heard that it is now much easier to send personal data to the US – is that correct? A: Following the introduction of the new data bridge between the...

Stark warning over employment of illegal workers

Restaurants and businesses across the region have been warned to get their employee ‘right to work documents’ in order before the fine for illegal workers triples by the end of January. Under changes to Government legislation, which come into effect...

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Q: What is Natural Capital? A: Natural Capital describes the earth’s stock of both renewable and non-renewable resources, such as minerals, soil, water, air, animals and plants, that have value or benefit to people from a social, environmental or financial...

Immigration expert appointed to tackle growing workload

Law firm Howes Percival has appointed specialist corporate immigration lawyer Bilal Ehsan as a Director, to help meet the growing demand from clients faced with significant recruitment pressures and an increasing need to look for talent outside the UK. Bilal,...

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Andrew Priest, Partner, Commercial & Technology, Birketts LLP Q: We want to engage a company in India to help with our software development. As part of their work, they will access some personal data about our customers. Do we need...

The 4-day working week – what employers need to know

Lloyd Clarke, Head of Employment Law at Attwells Solicitors, outlines the pros and cons of introducing a shorter working week. Calls for a 4-day working week have increased since the pandemic and the results of the world’s largest 4-day working week trial were released. According to...

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Q: I am thinking about appointing a sales agent to help me expand my business overseas, what are the pros and cons of appointing an agent? A: A sales agent is an individual, or company, who you appoint to conclude...

More businesses seek advice as financial crisis bites deep

A legal firm is offering a free initial consultation to any local businesses concerned about their future. Ellisons Solicitors, based in Suffolk, says rising numbers of firms are seeking advice on insolvency as they look to find a way through...

Corporate law expert joins Cambridge team

Howes Percival has added specialist corporate law solicitor Josie Rogers to its Corporate, Commercial, and Banking team in Cambridge. Josie’s recruitment follows the appointment of James Stephen in January, as head of its Corporate Law team, at the city office. Josie...

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Q: My company engaged a consultant to develop our company website. Other than a simple purchase order, there was no formal contract. Who owns the intellectual property (IP) rights arising from the consultant’? A: In the absence of any express...

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Q: We are a start-up company developing an innovative engine that will have significant environmental benefits. What should we be doing to protect our intellectual property and ensure that others cannot copy our technology? A: Your IP will be very...

The best HR Strategy for real business impact

The success of any business will always be down to your people so make sure you know what makes your business tick, says Lizzy Firmin, chief operating officer at Ellisons Solicitors. I’ve always believed an HR Strategy needs to be...

BDO advises on sale of Ipswich-based general insurance specialist

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has advised on the sale of Ipswich-based general insurance broking specialist, WM Brokers Limited. The company, formerly the general insurance arm of Woodward Markwell Insurance Brokers Limited, was acquired by Global Risk Partners...

The Birketts Clean Energy Team: your legal one-stop-shop

East Anglia in Business spoke to Jeremy Stanton and Gemma Goddard – Partners at Top 100 law firm Birketts, (ranked 60 in the latest listings) – to learn about the rapidly evolving world of renewables and technology. They also...

Returning to the workplace: awareness of employee disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis or for all their working time. The impact of the pandemic on some of your employees’ health may only come to light...

New anti-terror law could affect your business

Businesses across the country could soon be subject to new anti-terrorism legislation, as part of a government commitment to improving public safety. Local security expert John Dolan looks at the implications for businesses in the East of England. The Protect...

Can a ‘Right to Disconnect’ code of practice work for employers and employees?

Working from home: call to ban out-of-hours emails from bosses By Valerie Lambert, partner at HCR Hewitsons The right to disconnect effectively gives employees the ability to switch off from work and not engage in electronic communications, such as emails, during...

New partner appointed to Larking Gowen Corporate Transactions team

Regional accountancy and business advisory firm, Larking Gowen, has appointed a new partner to its Corporate Transactions team based in its Norwich office. Jack Minns qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011, and joined Larking Gowen in 2013, working his...

HCR HEWITSONS: A LAW FIRM WITH A PASSION FOR PEOPLE

A new legal force with a passion for people is the result of a merger between two legal firms, both of which have a strong presence in the city. Award-winning top regional lawyers Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR) and long-established and...

Directors’ Personal Liability

Most directors of a limited company know that it is a solemn responsibility, and that they can have some personal liability.  However, few people bother to look into or understand what that actually means and assume that the risks are...

Birketts’ webinar ‘Homeworking: the new normal’

Birketts has held the latest in its highly regarded series of webinars, this time on the topic of home working. Abigail Trencher hosted the session with contributions from Matthew Gowen, Julie Gowland and Kitty Rosser. Jeanette Wheeler, Head of Employment, joined her colleagues for the Q&A...

Construction webinar provides roadmap to pitfalls of adjudications

Birketts’ construction team has provided an invaluable lesson on the issues surrounding adjudication in their latest interactive webinar, now available to watch in full on YouTube. Led by Birketts’ Partner Ruth Sunaway, Senior Associates Carolyn Porter and Hanna McNab discussed...

Debt recovery webinar – getting your money

More than 150 people tuned into Birketts’ webinar offering vital advice on debt recovery and how individuals and businesses can recover their money in the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape. Partner Andrew Rush led a team including Senior Associate Josh Ripman,...

Becoming a licensed sponsor – is your business ready?

Businesses wishing to recruit workers from overseas post January 2021 must become registered, licensed sponsors in post-Brexit Britain. Are you ready, asks Gemma Hill, senior solicitor at local law firm Hewitsons. Having left the EU in January, the UK is...

Birketts offers tech-based solution to assist clients with estate planning and Wills

Following the successful utilisation of Settify by Birketts’ Family Law Team, clients of the firm’s Private Client Advisory Team can now access the same platform to get assistance with their Wills. Birketts was one of the first family law teams...

Are you a shareholder? Then you need a Shareholders Agreement. Neil Ashley of Paladin explains why

When you first set up a limited company, it will invariably be purchased “off the shelf” with a ready-made set of ‘articles’. The articles are the constitution of the company.  They will either be the standard form ‘model’ articles published...

LOCAL LAW FIRM WINS EXCELLENCE AWARD

The corporate team at law firm Hewitsons has won a prestigious award in the Cambridgeshire Law Society Legal Excellence Awards. Partner in the corporate team Laurence Evans, himself recognised as a ‘next generation lawyer’ in Legal 500 Client’s Guide to...

Birketts advises leading health technology provider on acquisition of 75% of health IT consultancy

Leading East of England law firm, Birketts, with assistance from Austrian firm, Denkmair Hutterer Hüttner Waldl Rechtsanwälte GmbH, advised X-tention Limited on the acquisition of 75% of Cloud 21 Limited. Cloud 21, based in Kent, is part of the CTOi...

What the F?

Coronavirus, and the illness it causes - Covid-19 - have got the world F’ing quite a lot. We’ve been inundated with requests about both F’ing people and F’ing contracts. Ordinarily, our articles would be more prolix, but we’re all in...

Make Intellectual Property your business

Every business will have some form of Intellectual Property (IP) – not just those that deal with technology. To appreciate the importance of this IP, it is necessary to understand the nature of different IP rights, what they protect,...