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Mandatory Covid vaccines for care workers

The government are preparing to announce a mandatory covid vaccination for all care staff caring for older people with staff being required to have the jab within the next 16 weeks or face the consequences. The Care sector is facing a recruitment crisis and experts predict the new rules are…


Socialising whilst off sick…what’s your view?

Mr Kane, worked as a driver for Debmat and suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He had had several absences from work inlucidng in March 2020. On this occasion, he was spotted by a colleague (Mr Johnson) standing outside a social club smoking. He appeared to have been hiding…


Not your average management buyout

Management Buyouts (MBO’s) are a great “win-win” for both a selling shareholder and senior management of a company who are looking to have a stake in the business. They can take many forms, from a simple buyout whereby the shares in the company are simply transferred from the seller to…


Risk v Reward
A guide to deferred consideration and earn-outs

Most of the time it will be preferable for a share or business sale to result in a clean break with all consideration being paid on the completion date. However there are situations where this is not possible or even the best way to structure the deal. These include scenarios…


Settlement Agreements – some frequently asked questions

Some employers offer a settlement agreement to employees when they are leaving their job and there has been, or could be some kind of dispute. For example, there’s been a performance issue at work and your employer hasn’t followed disciplinary procedures or you‘ve raised a grievance at work and it…


Colin v Cuthbert: The Case of Caterpillar Cakes

You may have seen in the news over the past 24 hours that two Cakey Caterpillars, Colin and Cuthbert, have found themselves at the centre of a legal battle.Marks and Spencer’s have initiated legal proceedings against Aldi, the German supermarket chain, alleging that Cuthbert the Caterpillar and their likeness infringes…


Why are Terms and Conditions so valuable?

When you’re running a business, whether it’s selling goods or providing services to consumers or businesses, it is often the case that the priorities rest with growth of the business and such growth is not associated with getting legal documents in place. Given the tumultuous times which we are living…


Don’t get caught out by the IR35 changes

Don’t get caught out by the IR35 changes The Off-payroll working rules, otherwise known as IR35 is not new legislation. It was introduced to address situations where individuals provided services to a business via a personal service company (PSC) and thus potentially mitigate or avoid any employee income tax and…

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