Worker Status Takes An Expensive Turn...

Worker Status Takes An Expensive Turn...

Published: 1 December 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Until yesterday, there were only a handful of “worker” cases. As an eminent employment QC has just stated about the case of King –v- Sash Windows in the press, this may be the decision to turn that trickle of cases into a flood.

Fletcher Day solicitors in São Paulo 26 November to 3 December 2017

Fletcher Day solicitors in São Paulo 26 November to 3 December 2017

Published: 16 November 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce that Jovita Vassallo and Luiz Costa will be attending the XXIII Conferencia Nacional da Advocacia Brasileira, to be held in São Paulo from 27 to 30 November 2017.

Fletcher Day joins Will Aid for November 2017

Fletcher Day joins Will Aid for November 2017

Published: 2 November 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The Fletcher Day Private Client team are delighted to announce their participation in the charity Will writing initiative Will Aid, for the month of November 2017.

Fletcher Day to host Employment Seminar on 21 November 2017

Fletcher Day to host Employment Seminar on 21 November 2017

Published: 20 October 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day and Outer Temple Chambers are delighted to be holding their first joint Employment Law Seminar followed by drinks and canapes

Excellence of Fletcher Day teams recognised by Legal 500 2017 Directory

Excellence of Fletcher Day teams recognised by Legal 500 2017 Directory

Published: 12 October 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The 2017 edition of Legal 500 has recognised the outstanding work of several of the Fletcher Day teams.

Are non-compete restrictive covenants now, in fact, as useful as a chocolate tea pot?

Are non-compete restrictive covenants now, in fact, as useful as a chocolate tea pot?

Published: 3 October 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

If a key or senior employee of your company jumps ship and wants to joins a competitor; that non-compete restrictive covenant in their Service Agreement or Employment Contract will prevent them from doing so, and protect your business, won’t it?

Hmmmmm.  Well, maybe not.

Tenants beware. Is a lease called a lease actually a lease?

Tenants beware. Is a lease called a lease actually a lease?

Published: 6 September 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Imagine this scenario. You, as a tenant, enter into an agreement with a landlord and you think that you have gained all the rights and privileges that are afforded to tenants under the law. The problem is that when you try and enforce those rights, you discover that you are not, in fact, a tenant at all and the “lease” is actually not a lease!!

Fletcher Day growth continues apace with appointment of Corporate and Incentives Lawyer

Fletcher Day growth continues apace with appointment of Corporate and Incentives Lawyer

Published: 16 August 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Central London Commercial Law firm Fletcher Day is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeremy Glover as a Consultant within the firm’s rapidly expanding Corporate team.

The Business and Property Courts of England and Wales

The Business and Property Courts of England and Wales

Published: 16 August 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Staying at the heart of international dispute resolution 

Background

As the United Kingdom prepares to exit the European Union, steps are being taken to ensure that England and Wales retains its reputation as the ‘go to’ jurisdiction for international dispute resolution.

There are many advantages to conducting litigation in England and Wales. Indeed, the Lord Chief Justice has recently commented that the overall cost of UK dispute resolution ‘compares favourably’ to alternative jurisdictions. In its present state, England and Wales is recognised as one of the fairest and most adaptable systems in the world – particularly in respect of its ability to adapt court procedures to meet the requirements of a particular case.

Irrespective of this position, the ‘business’ Courts of England and Wales previously consisted of the Commercial Court (including the Mercantile Court), the Technology and Construction Court and the courts of the Chancery Division. Whilst these courts all have different names, they all fundamentally deal with matters concerning business and property.

 The new Apprenticeship Levy; Other uses and potential issues?

The new Apprenticeship Levy; Other uses and potential issues?

Published: 9 August 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The government’s new Apprenticeship Levy came into effect this year; on 6 April 2017 and applies to employers operating in the UK who have a salary bill of more than £3 Million.  A levy-paying employer must pay a 0.5% levy on their salary bill each month and as a result is given an Apprenticeship Levy allowance of £15,000 per annum to use on “applicable training”.

Is your ground rent spiralling out of control?

Is your ground rent spiralling out of control?

Published: 3 August 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

GROUND RENT SCANDAL

Background

During the past few months there has been somewhat of an explosion of the ground rent scandal in relation to leasehold houses. This has resulted in the Government recently launching a consultation into banning unfair leasehold practices, including the sale of new build houses which contain punitive ground rent clauses. 

An eight week consultation was launched on 24 July 2017 which will consider the various unfair practices.  This is clearly justified, bearing in mind that there are four million leasehold homes in the UK.

As a result of this scandal Taylor Wimpey have set aside £130m to compensate buyers of new built leasehold houses. 

Shares or Assets - What’s the Difference?

Shares or Assets - What’s the Difference?

Published: 1 August 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Whether you are buying or selling a business, it is a significant decision and one which must be considered carefully by all parties involved.

There are two principal ways of acquiring a business in the UK:

1. Asset purchase –the buyer chooses to buy certain assets and rights of a business which are owned by the selling company; and

2. Share purchase – the buyer acquires ownership of the target company in its entirety. This acquisition would include all assets, liabilities and obligations of the business.

Employment Tribunal Fees have been declared unlawful – So, what now?

Employment Tribunal Fees have been declared unlawful – So, what now?

Published: 26 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The Supreme Court has today – perhaps surprisingly - ruled that the current Employment Tribunal fees system is unlawful.  The claim was bought by Unison, who appealed to the Supreme Court, having lost in both the High Court and also the Court of Appeal.  Whilst a humiliation in no uncertain terms for the government, this is a seminal decision on the rule of law.  In addition, it could potentially open a whole slew of “other” issues not least the basic logistics and implications of repayment of several years’ worth of fees to the claimants who were required to pay them…

An Honest Wage for an Honest Days’ Work

An Honest Wage for an Honest Days’ Work

Published: 25 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

What employers should know about the Taylor “Good Work” Report [July 2017]

Over the last few years we have seen an increasing number of companies in the modern economy move away from traditional employment models for their workforces.  As a result of new technology platforms, a need for cost efficiency and an increasing emphasis on flexibility in the workplace, businesses in the “gig economy” manage their staff on a wide variety of working patterns, or in new contractor-based structures.Companies such as Uber, CitySprint and Deliveroo use app technology platforms to purchase labour from their workforce of contractor-drivers or couriers “per gig” (i.e. a car journey or a delivery).Companies such as Sports Direct, and JD Wetherspoons are using “zero hours” contracts to maintain a bank of available workers without set working hours, ready to meet the fluctuating demands of the business when they arise.

Is your estate entitled to an extra inheritance tax saving?

Is your estate entitled to an extra inheritance tax saving?

Published: 21 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The Residence Nil Rate Band

With effect from 6th April 2017, a new inheritance tax relief came into force that could save the children of a married couple thousands of pounds in inheritance tax.

Unfortunately, rather than simply raising the inheritance tax threshold from its current rate of £325,000, which would have been much easier to understand, the ‘residence nil-rate band’ (‘RNRB’) was introduced. 

Fletcher Day attended  Toni & Guy 11th Annual Charity Golf Day

Fletcher Day attended Toni & Guy 11th Annual Charity Golf Day

Published: 14 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

A team of golfers from Fletcher Day were delighted to have attended the Toni & Guy 11th Annual Charity Golf Day which took place on Wednesday 13th July 2017.

Each year the Foundation raises money to support Stroke Association, Macmillan Cancer Support and Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Size up Your Investment

Size up Your Investment

Published: 13 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Are you looking to invest in a business? It’s so easy to dive straight in and transact on a handshake. This could be a costly mistake. Pause and consider the risk profile of investing in the business, as well as the threats to which the business is exposed to. Set out all the terms of the deal in writing.

In this opening article, we highlight some of the fundamental considerations when you are looking at investing equity capital in a business and in a series of EIGHT bite size articles, we examine each of these areas in more detail.

Reclaiming a debt in court? Don’t fall foul of the new Debt Recovery Protocol

Reclaiming a debt in court? Don’t fall foul of the new Debt Recovery Protocol

Published: 10 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Changes to debt recovery before commencing litigation in England and Wales from 1 October 2017

The implementation of the Civil Procedure Rules in 1999 brought in a new concept:  pre‑action protocols. 

The aim of these protocols was to encourage early engagement and communication between the parties with a view to enabling them to resolve matters without the need to start court proceedings and to save costs. 

However, it has taken the Ministry of Justice until 2017 to suggest a suitable pre-action protocol for the litigation of debts owed by one party to another.  This new protocol applies to any business debt, or claiming payment of a debt from an individual.

Fletcher Day expands Dispute Resolution team with appointment of Senior Associate lawyer

Fletcher Day expands Dispute Resolution team with appointment of Senior Associate lawyer

Published: 6 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Central London Commercial Law firm Fletcher Day is excited to welcome back Luiz Costa, following his appointment as Senior Associate within the Dispute resolution team. The appointment took effect from Monday 3rd July 2017.

Can TUPE apply on a SHARE ACQUISITION?

Can TUPE apply on a SHARE ACQUISITION?

Published: 5 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Possibly, in certain circumstances was the (slightly worrying) view of the High Court in the recent case of ICAP Management Services Ltd –v- Berry [2017]. 

Mr Berry was a senior executive in electronic broking with ICAP Management Services Ltd. He was placed in the garden (for his 12 month notice period) when he gave notice to join ICAPs main competitor; BGC.

Our growth continues to accelerate with second partner appointment to our Corporate and Commercial team this month

Our growth continues to accelerate with second partner appointment to our Corporate and Commercial team this month

Published: 4 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day are delighted to announce the arrival of Neil Pfister who joins as a Corporate and Commercial Law Partner. The appointment took effect from Monday 3 June 2017.

The Fletcher Day Summer Party 2017. A resounding success!

The Fletcher Day Summer Party 2017. A resounding success!

Published: 4 July 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The second annual Fletcher Day Summer Party was held at our Head Office in Mayfair on Thursday 29th June.

Offshore clients with UK property – Should you ‘De-envelope’ to save tax?

Offshore clients with UK property – Should you ‘De-envelope’ to save tax?

Published: 27 June 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Background

Over the past 10 years it has been popular for non-domiciled clients to purchase residential and commercial properties in the UK through an offshore corporate entity.   This has been particularly popular with clients domiciled in Africa, Asia and the Middle East who have chosen to set up these corporate entities in the BVI, Seychelles or Jersey as single purpose vehicles through which to own and manage their properties.   Those properties either form part of their investment portfolio or a main residence to serve as a family home, especially if their children attend school in the UK. 

Shared parental leave. To enhance or not enhance, that is the question...

Shared parental leave. To enhance or not enhance, that is the question...

Published: 20 June 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

A recent Employment Tribunal case addressed the question of whether employers who provide enhanced Maternity Pay should now apply the same enhancement to their staff who take Shared Parental Leave, or risk claims for discrimination…

Are you happy leaving your estate to the government when you die?

Are you happy leaving your estate to the government when you die?

Published: 16 June 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

“I don’t need a Will, my spouse gets everything anyway”

“I don’t need a Will because I’m not worth anything”

These are two very common misconceptions. Many people think that Wills are only necessary for people with a great deal of wealth, but this is not the case. There are certain laws governing how a person’s estate is divided if they die ‘intestate’ (i.e. without a Will), which might not be what you would expect or intend. The intestacy rules determine who inherits your assets. The intestacy rules do not allow for you or your family to choose who receives your estate, which is distributed in accordance with the strict legal rules. According to statistics, one in three people die intestate in the UK every year.

Significant changes to filing requirements for companies from 26 June 2017

Significant changes to filing requirements for companies from 26 June 2017

Published: 13 June 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Further changes have been announced to UK Anti-Money Laundering and the PSC (People of Significant Control) Regime which will impact company filing requirements. 

Fletcher Day expands Private Client offering with appointment of specialist Private Client & Tax lawyer

Fletcher Day expands Private Client offering with appointment of specialist Private Client & Tax lawyer

Published: 26 May 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day welcomes Elena Tzialli as a Senior Associate Solicitor heading up the newly formed Private Client department. 

Fletcher Day Growth Continues With Corporate Partner Appointment

Fletcher Day Growth Continues With Corporate Partner Appointment

Published: 25 May 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day is very excited to welcome Kyri Papantoniou as Partner to the Corporate team.

Fletcher Day represent father in important Judicial secrecy case

Fletcher Day represent father in important Judicial secrecy case

Published: 22 May 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Karim Assaad, a Partner within Fletcher Day Family Law team is representing a father in a widely-publicised case involving judicial secrecy and access to justice. 

Protecting Confidential Information

Protecting Confidential Information

Published: 19 May 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

You may have a valuable brand or your business may depend upon a particular product or process.  You may have already taken steps to protect these products but have you also considered your confidential information?

Fletcher Day welcomes Matthew Wentworth-May to our growing team

Fletcher Day welcomes Matthew Wentworth-May to our growing team

Published: 15 May 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day is very excited to welcome Matthew Wentworth-May to our growing team of fee share consultants. 

 

London Legal Walk

London Legal Walk

Published: 11 May 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day are taking part in the prestigious London Legal Walk on 22 May 2017.  The London Legal Walk supports law centres and legal advice agencies in London and the South East providing them with much needed funding and support so that access to justice is equally available to all.

Fletcher Day growth continues with key Corporate Partner appointment

Published: 25 April 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Andy Herricks is a Corporate Partner based in Fletcher Day’s Manchester office.

He is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with almost 20 years’ experience advising clients across the North West.

He acts mainly for entrepreneurs and owner-managers and speaks to decision-makers on a daily basis.

Keith Jansz Exhibition 16 May 2017

Keith Jansz Exhibition 16 May 2017

Published: 24 April 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day are proud to be hosting an exhibition of the paintings of Keith Jansz on 16th May 2017 at our office on the 7th Floor.

 “Keith Jansz took up the challenge when he became tetraplegic.  He had lost the use of his hands and legs in a tragic road accident in 1995, and was paralysed from the neck down.  He turned to painting, with the added challenge of painting with his mouth not his hands. To begin with Keith needed help, encouragement and inspiration, and he received these from fellow artists in the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists.  An active sportsman before his accident Keith knew what it was to push himself to his limits and this he now did with his painting, soon holding exhibitions of his work which attracted great interest and admiration. Keith’s work is full of light and colour.  Above all else it is full of joy.” (Professor Ken Howard, OBE, of the RA). 

April 2017 Employment Law Changes

April 2017 Employment Law Changes

Published: 24 April 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The month of April is usually an important and busy time for new employment law legislation and this month is no exception.  There are a number of significant changes which will have an impact upon employers who may need to plan and reorganise internal procedures in order to adapt to the new regulations and legislation. Employees should also be aware of the changes as they will have an impact upon their general employment rights.  The effect of some of the changes are considered below.

Fletcher Day growth continues with key Family Department appointment

Fletcher Day growth continues with key Family Department appointment

Published: 24 April 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day are delighted to announce the arrival of new Partner Karim Assaad who has joined the firm as a Partner in the Family Department.

Karim brings a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience to the complex and stressful issues that arise on divorce and relationship breakdown.

KEEP CALM AND BREXIT! 

KEEP CALM AND BREXIT! 

Published: 24 April 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

KEEP CALM AND BREXIT! 

Jovita Vassallo, Head of Dispute Resolution at Fletcher Day, delivered another successful presentation in March 2017 during an International Business Law Consortium conference in Cyprus. Her subject on this occasion was Brexit.

As Article 50 was about to be triggered, Jovita focused on the positive aspects of Brexit. The group of international lawyers, many of whom were European, found this approach refreshing, and came away feeling more confident about the process than before.

They say charity begins at home, does it?

They say charity begins at home, does it?

Published: 24 April 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The facts of the case were that a Mrs Melita Jackson had been estranged from her daughter Heather  Ilott since as long ago as 1978 and that rift never healed. Generally speaking Heather never had a great deal of money. She had to claim benefits and had little money to spare.

Mrs Jackson made a Will in which she left everything to various charities. She also wrote a Side Letter  in which she explained her reasons for excluding her daughter Heather altogether.  Melita Jackson subsequently died leaving an estate valued at almost £500,000.

Fletcher Day expansion continues with the appointment of Employment specialist Andrea London

Fletcher Day expansion continues with the appointment of Employment specialist Andrea London

Published: 14 February 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Central London commercial law firm Fletcher Day has announced the appointment of Andrea London as a Partner to head up its burgeoning Employment department. The appointment takes effect from Tuesday, 7th February 2017.
Property transactions – ‘it’s not fair they have taken my deposit. Is there any way I can get it back?’

Property transactions – ‘it’s not fair they have taken my deposit. Is there any way I can get it back?’

Published: 27 January 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

A recent case reminds us all of the vulnerability of deposits paid in property transactions.  Whilst statute might exceptionally come to the aid of those who cannot complete a contract and lose their deposit – ordinarily loss of a deposit is no more than what you bargained for.

Solid Rock Investments UK Ltd –v- Reddy [2016] EWHC 3043 (Ch)

Are you a Property Seller or an Estate Agent?

Are you a Property Seller or an Estate Agent?

Published: 27 January 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

If so be careful to ensure that your terms of engagement are clear from the start.

It has long been established in English law that in order for a binding Contract to arise you need one person to make another person an offer, for that offer to then be accepted and for something of value to change hands between them. Also the people concerned must intend that this should give rise to a legally binding relationship.  The final key element is that the terms between them must be clear and certain.

Time For a No Fault divorce?

Time For a No Fault divorce?

Published: 27 January 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

When it comes to making the difficult decision to separate from your partner most individuals would like the whole process to be as pain free as possible. However, this is not always possible as in England & Wales blame needs to be attributed to one party following a breakdown of a relationship to satisfy grounds of divorce. Blame does not surface when parties have been separated for 2 or 5 years but in practice people do not want to wait 2 years before bringing a formal conclusion to their marriage.

What’s in a Word?

What’s in a Word?

Published: 27 January 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

I have always been fascinated by the meaning of words, particularly their meaning in law. One of my great interests in this area are the words ‘Employee’, ’Worker’, ‘and Sub-Contractor’. I have acted in many cases for both sides on the meaning of these very words, including acting in a landmark case back in 2010 to the Court of Appeal on the meaning of ‘Sub-Contractor ’(Tilson -v- Alstrom).

Amendments to Applications

Amendments to Applications

Published: 27 January 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

A recent High Court decision highlighted the Court’s extensive discretionary and case management powers, albeit in circumstances in which the presiding Master (Master Matthews) opted against exercising his discretion to grant the application.
Applications to amend statements of case before the courts have decided the cases in question are often issued but in Agents Mutual Ltd v Moginnie James Ltd [2016] EWHC 3384 (Ch) the issue before the Court was whether or not an application notice could be amended.

The Rights of Workers in the “Gig” Economy

The Rights of Workers in the “Gig” Economy

Published: 12 December 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

There has been much talk and publicity recently about the “Gig” economy which is becoming widely popular. This type of arrangement consists of a working environment where temporary positions are common place and workers are paid for separate pieces of work.  Often companies will contract with independent workers to carry out these short term engagements.  

The Autumn Statement 2016 and the Impact on Property

The Autumn Statement 2016 and the Impact on Property

Published: 12 December 2016  |  Category: Property News

The Autumn Statement was delivered by Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer on the 23 November 2016.  The Statement very much focused on infrastructure and housing and there are a number of measures which will have a particular impact upon the area of property.  A few of the important points are considered below.

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500, 2016 edition, for its Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation departments.

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500, 2016 edition, for its Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation departments.

Published: 1 December 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500, 2016 edition, for its Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation departments. 

Why you should have a Shareholders' Agreement

Why you should have a Shareholders' Agreement

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

When incorporating a new company, or investing in an existing one, it is important to make sure that the relationship amongst all the shareholders is clear and well-regulated.  This helps to avoid any issues arising further down the line, which may lead to internal conflicts, problems running the business and, in the worst case scenario, litigation amongst shareholders and the possible winding-up of the company.

Land Registry - To privatise or not to privatise - that is the question: The potential effect on every hamlet

Land Registry - To privatise or not to privatise - that is the question: The potential effect on every hamlet

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Property News

The Government has for some time been looking at privatisation of the Land Registry. Currently, both the Land Register and the Land Charges Register are Crown property however,  a number of private equity firms have expressed interest in purchasing the Land Registry. One reportedly has been planning a £1 billion takeover.

Commercial leases, vacant possession and failing to break – even when you have vacated

Commercial leases, vacant possession and failing to break – even when you have vacated

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Property News

A tenant’s recent failure to break its lease, even though it had physically vacated, provides (another) salutary lesson to tenant’s when seeking to implement break ‘right’s’ – Riverside Park Ltd –v- NHS Property Services Ltd [2016]. 

Insolvency Case Law Update

Insolvency Case Law Update

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Key points arising out of three important decisions are selected by Insolvency Partner, Alejandro Worthington.

Impact of Brexit in the workplace

Impact of Brexit in the workplace

Published: 6 September 2016  |  Category: Employment News

From both an employer and employee perspective, it is important to be aware of the implications of certain types of behaviour within the workplace following the result of the EU Referendum.

How to get your money……£53 million of it

How to get your money……£53 million of it

Published: 6 September 2016  |  Category: Family News

The newspapers have been awash with news of the former Pirelli model Christina Estrada being awarded the largest ‘needs’ payment made by an English Court, £53 million, from her wealthy husband Dr Sheik Walid Juffali.

How are Employers protected against false claims of discrimination at the Recruitment stage?

How are Employers protected against false claims of discrimination at the Recruitment stage?

Published: 6 September 2016  |  Category: Employment News

The impact of the Brexit is still resonating in peoples ears, and many in the employment field are saying that EC Rules and Directives that currently apply, will have no place in the UK, once we formally leave the EU, however, we are a long way off that date, and for now all rulings from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will continue to have direct effect on our domestic employment law. 

Tribunal’s power to increase awards for injury to feelings in line with inflation

Tribunal’s power to increase awards for injury to feelings in line with inflation

Published: 6 September 2016  |  Category: Employment News

The case of AA Solicitors Limited v Majid [2016] UKEAT/0217/1 concerned the question as to whether the Employment Tribunal were  able to take into account the effect of inflation when making awards for injury to feelings, without having to wait for further guidance from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).

Fletcher Day welcomes Vandna Sharma to Family Department

Fletcher Day welcomes Vandna Sharma to Family Department

Published: 26 August 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Vandna joins Fletcher Day from a boutique practice in Kingston-Upon-Thames and deals with all aspects of Family law including, divorce, financial settlement and arrangements for children.

Fletcher Day welcomes Adam Taylor

Fletcher Day welcomes Adam Taylor

Published: 23 June 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Adam Taylor recently transferred his practice from Child & Child to join the firm’s growing and highly regarded insolvency department which is now headed up by three partners.

Fletcher Day Summer Party Success

Fletcher Day Summer Party Success

Published: 23 June 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

On the evening of the Brexit vote, and despite the horrendous weather and ensuing travel chaos, Fletcher Day’s Summer Party nonetheless took place.

Fletcher Day welcomes Amanda Hodgson

Fletcher Day welcomes Amanda Hodgson

Published: 23 June 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce that Amanda Hodgson has recently joined the firm as a Partner in the Property and Employment law departments.

Fletcher Day welcomes Alejandro Worthington

Fletcher Day welcomes Alejandro Worthington

Published: 23 June 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Alejandro joins Fletcher Day in June 2016 from City firm, Kennedys, bringin with him 12 years of Insolvency experience.

Making a Will - Difficulties in Assessing Mental Capacity

Making a Will - Difficulties in Assessing Mental Capacity

Published: 9 June 2016  |  Category: Family News

You may know that a short time ago was Dementia Awareness Week.  In the light of this it will, perhaps, be useful to consider some of the difficulties that arise when assessing a person’s testamentary capacity for the purpose of making a Will. 

Brexit and the Property Market – Is it Time to Panic?

Brexit and the Property Market – Is it Time to Panic?

Published: 9 June 2016  |  Category: Property News

The date has been set, the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns have drawn up the battle lines and on 23 June Britain will decide if it will stay in the EU.

Fletcher Day Expansion: New Headquarters in the Heart of Mayfair

Fletcher Day Expansion: New Headquarters in the Heart of Mayfair

Published: 14 April 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day is delighted to announce its exciting expansion plans, reflecting the growth and development of the Firm generally.  On 1st April 2016, our Headquarters relocated to 56 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2YZ, a short walk away from the old office on Savile Row.   

The Age of the Digital Divorce

The Age of the Digital Divorce

Published: 13 April 2016  |  Category: Family News

The President of the Family Division has in a historic announcement signalled that in the early stages of 2017, we should see the beginning of the complete digitization of the divorce process.  This represents a major change in the way divorces are processed in England and Wales. 

Late Night Levy

Late Night Levy

Published: 3 March 2016  |  Category: Licensing News

What do the London Borough of Camden, Islington and City of London all have in common? The answer is that they have all introduced a Late Night Levy.

Camden Council voted to introduce a Late Night Levy from 25th April 2016 which means that operators opening between midnight and 6:00am will be ordered to pay up to £4,400 a year to the Local Authority.

Fletcher Day opens Manchester Office

Fletcher Day opens Manchester Office

Published: 29 February 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Fletcher Day now has a new office in the heart of Manchester.  The office represents a bold and exciting move for FD and provides a wonderful opportunity to expand our operation in the North.  The Manchester and London offices will be working together closely to further the expansion of the firm and continue providing excellent services for our clients.

More Red Tape for Companies

More Red Tape for Companies

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

From 6 April 2016, UK companies, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and Societates Europaeae (with some exceptions for listed or traded entities, etc) will be required to identify and record the people who own or control them (PSCs). In this note, we refer to companies, but the rules for LLPs are similar. 

Data Protection gets Interesting

Data Protection gets Interesting

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

The draft General Data Protection Regulation (often referred to as GDPR) should be formally adopted in the coming months, and come into force in two years’ time. It will extend the scope of the EU data protection law to foreign companies processing data of EU residents, and provide for a harmonisation of the data protection regulations throughout the EU. The measure has been described as ‘the most comprehensive reform of data protection law ever in the EU’s history’. 

Employers can read your Private Emails at Work..

Employers can read your Private Emails at Work..

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Employment News

There has been a lot of panic among employees recently over a judgment by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), given that it is not uncommon for employees at every level to send personal emails to friends and relatives during working hours.

The Odour (ODR) of Online Sales

The Odour (ODR) of Online Sales

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

The European Commission has established an online dispute resolution platform (ODR) to enable a consumer of goods or services bought online in the EU, to submit a complaint form online, to a business based anywhere in the EU. The complaint can then be dealt with by alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  It is a new requirement for traders of online sales or service contract in all sectors to participate with ODR, with a few exceptions.  The advantage of this is that ADR is intended to be cheaper and quicker than court action.

Victorious in the High Court

Victorious in the High Court

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

On Friday 19 February Fletcher Day secured a £1.4 million ‘win’ for our clients. We acted for a group of investors in a claim arising out of a £405 million investment in a hotel development in the Caribbean (Buccament Bay) through the Harlequin group of companies. We successfully obtained summary judgment in a claim brought by directors, Mr and Mrs Ames. 

The history of this case is complex and our clients had issued a claim against the Ames’ which was settled for £1.3 million. However, when the Ames failed to honour their obligations and our clients went to enforce, the Ames attempted to use the court system to avoid payment. They alleged misrepresentations by our clients’ former solicitor, amongst other things, to drag our clients through the courts to trial. 

Just in Case: The Rise of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Just in Case: The Rise of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Family News

It may not come as a surprise to hear that pre-nuptial agreements are becoming more commonplace. Courts have typically supported the right of couples to enter into a contract to agree how assets and income should be divided in the event of divorce.

However what may come as more of a surprise is the volume of new enquiries to discuss the possibility of negotiating and signing a post-nuptial agreement, where there is no pre-nuptial agreement already in place.  Generally speaking, post-nuptial agreements had previously been used to ‘affirm’ the terms of the original pre-nuptial agreement – in the hope the Court would give the agreement more weight.    

 

Who should have the final say on term time holidays – the Head Teacher or the Parents?

Who should have the final say on term time holidays – the Head Teacher or the Parents?

Published: 10 February 2016  |  Category: Family News

In recent times, the press have been highlighting a growing dissatisfaction among parents who receive a fine for taking their children out of term time for a holiday.

Fletcher Day Welcomes New Partner and Head of Family

Fletcher Day Welcomes New Partner and Head of Family

Published: 28 January 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day has announced the appointment of leading international family lawyer Terrence Trainor as Head of Family. 

Ronak Bastani quoted on lifting of EU Sanctions in Iran

Ronak Bastani quoted on lifting of EU Sanctions in Iran

Published: 28 January 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Ronak Bastani, Solicitor and member of the firm’s Middle East Desk has been quoted in an article on the subject of lifting of EU Sanctions in Iran. The article appears in Supply Management (the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply’s online magazine). Read the full article here.

What is in Store for Employment Law

What is in Store for Employment Law

Published: 21 December 2015  |  Category: Employment News

As we near the closure of another year in the world of employment law, we thought we would give you a flavour of the varied types of cases and regulations that have helped shape this year, and are likely to create more twists and turns as we roll into 2016.

SDLT and the Sting in the Tail of Buy to Lets

SDLT and the Sting in the Tail of Buy to Lets

Published: 21 December 2015  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement announced on 25 November 2015 revealed some major changes which, ultimately, will reduce the attraction of a “Buy to Let” (BTL) investment from 1 April 2016.

Fraud Unravels All

Fraud Unravels All

Published: 30 October 2015  |  Category: Family News

Full And Frank Disclosure Required Of All Parties In Divorce And Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Pulling the Rug Out From Underneath

Pulling the Rug Out From Underneath

Published: 29 October 2015  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

In a property sale, can a party who has both failed to complete a sale on the contractual completion date and failed to comply with a notice to complete, subsequently turn the tables and rescind a contract itself, thereby pulling the rug out from under the ‘innocent’ party’s feet?  In the recent case of Hakimzay Ltd v Swailes the answer, as many would expect, was no. 

Employment Act 2015 Update

Employment Act 2015 Update

Published: 26 October 2015  |  Category: Corporate News

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 is currently being implemented in a staged fashion throughout 2015 and 2026. During this transitional period it is important to be aware of the new measures coming into force so that you don’t get caught out.

New Rules for Private Landlords

New Rules for Private Landlords

Published: 1 October 2015  |  Category: Property News

New rules affecting every landlord of residential property are now in force. They affect the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) which is the tenancy agreement used most frequently in the private rented sector. From 1 October 2015 new rules apply concerning the grant and termination of ASTs. 

Fletcher Day Welcomes new Partner and Head of Corporate

Fletcher Day Welcomes new Partner and Head of Corporate

Published: 14 September 2015  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Piers Larbey (whose clients include SMEs, large multi-nationals and start-ups as well as high-net worth individuals and entrepreneurs) joins us from London law firm Fisher Meredith LLP

Get Ready for EPC Changes

Get Ready for EPC Changes

Published: 30 July 2015  |  Category: Property News

On 1 April 2018 the Government’s minimum energy standards will come into force in a bid to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

What the General Election means for Employment Law

What the General Election means for Employment Law

Published: 30 July 2015  |  Category: Employment News

Following the General Election, the new Government has set out  proposed plans which could affect both Employers and Employees.

Lights Out in London

Lights Out in London

Published: 29 July 2015  |  Category: Licensing News

Balancing the needs of residents with a vibrant night time economy is one of the headaches frequently facing Local Authorities up and down the country.  Hackney Council has gone so far as to propose a new bylaw that could see venues close at 11pm and prevent any new licences being granted in certain stress areas, such as Shoreditch.

Fletcher Day Opens New City Office

Fletcher Day Opens New City Office

Published: 1 July 2015  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

We are delighted to announce the opening of the firm's City branch office.

Our new offices are located at 88 Wood Street, in the heart of the City of London. Situated on the 11th Floor of this 18 story skyscraper, our offices offer panoramic views of the City, providing a stunning backdrop against which to do business.

Dear Liquidator

Dear Liquidator

Published: 29 May 2015  |  Category: Corporate News

One of the most memorable features of this election campaign was David Cameron waving around the notorious Treasury letter left by Labour's Liam Byrne...

For Richer For Poorer

For Richer For Poorer

Published: 29 May 2015  |  Category: Family News

Till Death Do us Part...

Perhaps, in modern society, the  above wedding vows should be looked at with a certain degree of caution and realism.

Dying Matters

Dying Matters

Published: 29 May 2015  |  Category: Property News

Some people may not know but last week was "Dying Matters Awareness Week".  This was intended to bring to people’s attention the emotionally difficult raft of issues raised where a person who may not have long to live, might want to put his or her affairs in order.

Property Fraud: Coming to a Home Near You

Property Fraud: Coming to a Home Near You

Published: 28 April 2015  |  Category: Property News

We all think that being a victim of fraud is something that happens to other people: a remote tragedy that affects only a minority, yet with the Land Registry paying out over £26million in claims for fraud last year the risk of being a victim of property fraud is greater than ever.

7AM Networking Group - Mayfair

7AM Networking Group - Mayfair

Published: 27 April 2015  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

The Mayfair branch of 7AM was launched from our office last month. 7AM is a new type of networking group launched by partner George Cselko. The cost is  currently £15 to attend as a guest, or £50 quarterly membership to cover breakfasts and contribution to website costs and socials. The boardroom at out offices in the heart of Mayfair provides an intimate venue where everyone can be easily heard when giving their presentations.

Cohabiting Couples

Cohabiting Couples

Published: 27 April 2015  |  Category: Family News

What Happens When the Passion Fizzles Out?

It is estimated that the number of couples living together without getting married in the UK has risen by approximately 30% in the last decade.

Personal Licences

Published: 2 April 2015  |  Category: Licensing News

From 1 April 2015, the requirement to renew a personal licence was abolished. As long as your personal licence did not expire before 1 April 2015, there is no need to make an application to renew it.  Although a personal licence will show an expiry date, it will continue indefinitely.

Budget Summary

Budget Summary

Published: 16 March 2015  |  Category: Corporate News

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his final coalition Budget on 18 March 2015 ahead of the General Election.

Employing Migrant Workers is too Difficult?

Employing Migrant Workers is too Difficult?

Published: 28 February 2015  |  Category: Corporate News

It is a common belief that hiring migrant workers is an administrative nightmare and all round headache. Many employers share common concerns about taking on migrant workers.

The Best Result Yet for Squatters

The Best Result Yet for Squatters

Published: 26 February 2015  |  Category: Property News

With a big fanfare, legislation was introduced in 2012 to make squatting in residential premises a criminal offence.  From that time on, it has been punishable by a fine of up to £5,000 or imprisonment of up to 6 months. 

Where there is a Will

Where there is a Will

Published: 26 February 2015  |  Category: Property News

On 1 October 2014, the Government’s Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act (“the Act”) came into force. The aim of the Act is to reform, The Intestacy Rule, The rules for individuals who want to claim against a deceased person’s estate and Trustees’ statutory power to advance assets to a beneficiary from a trust.

Wayne Spolander Joins Fletcher Day

Published: 30 January 2015  |  Category: Family News

Wayne Spolander recently joined us as a Consultant Solicitor, specialising in corporate and company law, litigation, family and employment. 

CRAR: Distressing Times for Landlords

Published: 29 January 2015  |  Category: Corporate News

2014 was a year which saw significant change for landlords faced with insolvent commercial tenants.

Peeking Beneath the Corporate Veil

Peeking Beneath the Corporate Veil

Published: 29 January 2015  |  Category: Corporate News

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is now being considered the House of Lords. It will affect corporations and contains the  measures which will be of great interest to all of our coporate clients:

What's New: Employment Law 2015

What's New: Employment Law 2015

Published: 29 January 2015  |  Category: Employment News

UK employment law continues to develop at an unabated pace. With January almost at an end, the coming year promises several major changes in the legal landscape

Paula Abrahamian is one of Super Lawyer's Rising Stars

Published: 26 January 2015  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Property Partner Paula Abrahamian has been chosen by the publication Super Lawyer as a Rising Star. The Super Lawyer publication features the top lawyers in London. Read more.

Paula Abrahamian

Licensees are Too Scared to Call the Police

Published: 14 January 2015  |  Category: Licensing News

Licensees in Warrington claim they will no longer call the police when there are incidents at their premises for fear that it will be used as evidence against them in licensing reviews.

Settlement Agreements

Published: 17 December 2014  |  Category: Employment News

Settlement Agreements – a guide for employers Whilst Christmas is traditionally a time for "glad tidings of comfort and joy", it is potentially also a difficult time of year for both employers and employees. 

Employment Law Changes

Published: 16 December 2014  |  Category: Employment News

Happy New Employment Year! 2014 promises to be another year of substantial change in UK employment law. Whilst the timetable is subject to amendment, currently the Government is intending to make the following changes in 2014:

Christmas Parties

Christmas Parties

Published: 16 December 2014  |  Category: Employment News

The Employer’s Survival Guide

John Yianni Joins Fletcher Day

Published: 15 December 2014  |  Category: Property News

John joined Fletcher Day in December 2014 and is Legal Adviser to the firm’s commercial and property litigation department.

The New Parental Leave Rules

The New Parental Leave Rules

Published: 14 December 2014  |  Category: Employment News

The New Parental Leave rules - what they mean for the workplace

All that Glitters

All that Glitters

Published: 12 December 2014  |  Category: Corporate News

Christmas can be a bumper time for business but get your consumer contracts wrong and you could pay the price.

Has Property Lost its Christmas Cheer?

Has Property Lost its Christmas Cheer?

Published: 12 December 2014  |  Category: Corporate News

At Christmas, Capital Gains Tax might be the last thing on your mind, but if you are non resident and own property in the UK, you might want to think again.

Fletcher Day is Moving...

Published: 10 December 2014  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

We are pleased to announce our move to new offices at 25 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 2ER from Monday 15 December.

George Cselko Joins as Head of Residential Property

Published: 3 December 2014  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day is proud to welcome George Cselko to the firm, who joins as a Partner and Head of Residential Property.

Gary Nelson Joins as Partner in the Property Team

Published: 3 December 2014  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day is pleased to announce that Gary Nelson has joined the firm, as a Partner in the Property Team.

Fletcher Day Welcomes Tudor Alexander

Published: 3 December 2014  |  Category: Corporate News

Tudor Alexander has joined Fletcher Day

Stamp Duty Land Tax Budget December 2014 Changes

Published: 3 December 2014  |  Category: Property News

George Osborne has finally listened to the calls of many to overhaul the stamp duty land tax “slab system” making it a progressive tax, much in the same way that income tax is.

Stamp Duty Land Tax changes: What does it mean for you?

Published: 3 December 2014  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

George Osborne announced a radical overhaul to the Stamp Duty Land Tax system today. Read more here

Rise in UK Living Wage Good News for Low Paid Workers

Rise in UK Living Wage Good News for Low Paid Workers

Published: 8 November 2014  |  Category: Employment News

A rise in the  "living wage" rate has been announced this week meaning more than 30,000 low paid workers will receive a pay rise worth up to £400 a year.

Tier 1 Investor Route Is Changing

Published: 6 November 2014  |  Category: Immigration News

The Tier 1 (Investor) route is being reformed following recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee.

Settle Your Differences

Settle Your Differences

Published: 1 November 2014  |  Category: Employment News

Employers should be aware that important changes have been made regarding the circumstances in which a compromise agreement (now called settlement agreement) may be offered to an employee when considering a parting of ways. 

All Change: New Employment Rules of Procedure & Introduction of Fees

All Change: New Employment Rules of Procedure & Introduction of Fees

Published: 30 October 2014  |  Category: Employment News

On 29 July 2013, the UK employment tribunal system saw substantial change. Following the Government consultation,  Resolving Workplace Disputes , and a Fundamental Review of the Rules of Procedure for Employment Tribunals led by Mr Justice.

Fletcher Day Launches New Business Immigration Brochure

Published: 20 October 2014  |  Category: Immigration News

The Business Immigration department is delighted to announce the launch of its new brochure. Download a copy here

Employment Law Round Up

Employment Law Round Up

Published: 18 June 2014  |  Category: Employment News

UK employment law continues to develop at a rapid pace. The last few months have brought about several important employment law changes.

Have a Clue Before you say I do

Have a Clue Before you say I do

Published: 16 May 2014  |  Category: Family News

Prenuptial Agreements: The Current Position The Law Commission published its long awaited report  “Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements” on 27 th February 2014 in which it recommended the introduction of legally binding

Stamp Duty Land Tax for Companies

Published: 15 May 2014  |  Category: Property News

Two years have passed since George Osbourne raised  the cost of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for 'non-natural persons' (NNPs) on residential dwellings worth over £2,000,000 from 7% to 15%.

World Cup 2014 News!

World Cup 2014 News!

Published: 12 May 2014  |  Category: Licensing News

Today, following a debate in both houses, the House of Commons and the House of Lords approved the relaxation of licensing hours for the 2014 World Cup, being staged in Brazil.

Copy that! New Copyright Laws Affect Music Downloads

Copy that! New Copyright Laws Affect Music Downloads

Published: 10 May 2014  |  Category: Corporate News

The UK government has issued final legislation covering changes to copyright law, in particular updating the exceptions to copyright infringement.

Legally Bound: When is a Contract a Contract?

Legally Bound: When is a Contract a Contract?

Published: 26 March 2014  |  Category: Property News

There is no escaping the fact that we live in a digital age. Digital technology has revolutionised the way we communicate, not just socially, but professionally.

Removing Commercial Tenants: Any Old Reason?

Removing Commercial Tenants: Any Old Reason?

Published: 26 March 2014  |  Category: Property News

Can landlords get rid of commercial tenants for any old reason? Perhaps not, but there is a recent reminder that the reasons for doing so are theoretically wider than is usually appreciated.

Isn't it Lush?

Isn't it Lush?

Published: 26 March 2014  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

A recent high court case concerning ethical cosmetics company LUSH has clarified the law surrounding the use of registered trademarks in keyword advertising. 

Business Success in Brazil

Published: 20 February 2014  |  Category: Corporate News

The eyes of the world are on Brazil right now. With the forthcoming 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in Rio in 2016, many businesses are evaluating the country as a potential export market, investment destination or collaboration partner.

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air

Published: 12 February 2014  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

Valentines Day is a celebration of love, but for those who are currently embroiled in a court dispute, there won’t be love in the air this February. 

Fletcher Day Dispute Resolution Team Expands

Fletcher Day Dispute Resolution Team Expands

Published: 10 February 2014  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

Fletcher Day is delighted to welcome Jovita Vassallo as our new Head of Dispute Resolution.

Fletcher Day commissioned study re flexible working published in the Law Society Gazette

Published: 18 November 2013  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Law firms accept flexible working arrangements reluctantly and requests to work flexibly are made with the expectation that the arrangement will be poorly supported and will damage a lawyer’s career, a study of lawyers working at larger firms has concluded.

Top Tips for Handling Commercial Disputes

Published: 27 October 2013  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

Nobody wants to think about disputes unless they have one. Unfortunately all too often, businesses find themselves stumbling into disputes they didn’t see coming.

Employment Health Check

Employment Health Check

Published: 27 October 2013  |  Category: Employment News

With UK employment law continuing to develop at a rapid pace, it is important to ensure that your employment contracts and procedures are fully compliant and up to date so as to avoid unanticipated liabilities for your business...

Managing Absenteeism in the Work Place

Published: 27 October 2013  |  Category: Employment News

The London 2012  Olympic and Paralympic Games have come and gone and are becoming a distant memory.

Consent Orders and Family Mediation

Published: 27 October 2013  |  Category: Family News

Many couples think that a consent order ensures that all financial links have been severed.  This is not necessarily the case

Off-Licence Saved from Revocation

Off-Licence Saved from Revocation

Published: 21 October 2013  |  Category: Licensing News

Whether you agree with the practice employed by Trading Standards officers to make undercover test purchases to catch out the unwary, it remains a tried and tested way for local councils to ensure that their licensees are complying with the law.

Property Pearls of Wisdom

Property Pearls of Wisdom

Published: 21 October 2013  |  Category: Property News

PCE Investors Ltd v Cancer Research UK (2012) made an important ruling in favour of landlords so far as break clauses are concerned.

Fletcher Day's Brazil Desk Delegation in the News

Published: 15 October 2013  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Our Brazil Desk delegation of lawyers last year, has won them another mention in the press, this time: the trade publication MD Communications White Paper.

Basement Vaults: What Lies Beneath?

Basement Vaults: What Lies Beneath?

Published: 18 June 2013  |  Category: Property News

There are many properties in central London with basement vaults under the pavement or the roadway, with no clear indication at all on who (if anyone) owns them.

Fletcher Day Appoints a New Partner

Published: 17 June 2013  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Abrahamian as a Partner in our Property Team. Paula joined Fletcher Day as a Senior Associate in August 2012 and is a welcome addition to the management team at Fletcher Day, as we continue to build on our success and future growth.

Luiz Costa appears with President of the Brazilian Law Society

Luiz Costa appears with President of the Brazilian Law Society

Published: 4 March 2013  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Solicitor Luiz Costa from our Brazil Desk, appears (middle) with the recently elected president and vice-president of his city’s Brazilian Law Society. This photo was taken during a ceremony Luiz attended in January.

The editor of the local Gazette has invited to write a series of articles explaining the differences between the Brazilian and English legal systems, which he gladly accepted.

Conference: Doing Business with the BRICS: Legal and Business Perspectives

Published: 20 February 2013  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Solicitors Luiz Costa and Dominic Minett, from our Brazil Desk, will be speakers at the conference “Doing Business with the BRICS: Legal and Business Perspectives."  This is a one-day, CPD-accredited conference, providing delegates with key legal and commercial insights into doing business with or in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the “BRICS”).  Each BRICS country will be covered by a qualified lawyer, or other legal and/or business affairs expert on the BRICS market. There will be also be Q & A time.  This will be an excellent networking opportunity for delegates, both during and after the conference.

Date:  Friday 19 April 2013 ▪ 6 CPD hours/points

Venue: The Regency Room, Charing Cross Hotel, Strand, London WC2N 5HX.

For more information please email Luiz Costa by clicking here

Employment Health Check

Published: 18 February 2013  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

To mark Julian Cox's arrival at the firm as our new Head of Employment we are offering businesses a free, complimentary employment health check.

With UK employment law continuing to develop at a rapid pace, it is important to ensure that your employment contracts and procedures are fully compliant and  up to date so as to avoid unanticipated liabilities for your business. We appreciate that you may have little time available to do this.

We can help your business by providing you with a free employment health check.  We will come to you and review your employment documents and procedures to ensure your business is compliant with the latest developments in employment law.  At the same time we will work with you to ensure your documentation and processes are tailored to the particular needs of your business. Based on this report we will then send you a complimentary report setting out our recommendations with no obligation to you.

Please contact Julian either by telephone (0207 632 1442) or email to make an appointment.

The Permanent Guide to Temporary Events Notices

Published: 16 February 2013  |  Category: Licensing News

It should be relatively simple to get a TEN, but the application process is paved with pitfalls.  Maria Guida,Partner and Head of Licensing explains the problems which range from not giving enough notice, service on the wrong parties and misunderstanding the rules on late applications.

Warning: High Value Property Tax

Published: 16 February 2013  |  Category: Property News

Here is a serious health warning to all property investors.  Just when you thought you had enough complications and taxes to deal with, the Government are soon to introduce the Annual Residential Property Tax (ARPT) which will come into effect from 1st April 2013.

Property Taxes and the Overseas Investor

Published: 16 February 2013  |  Category: Property News

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has had the overseas investor in UK property in his sights for some time and in particular the anti-avoidance schemes, that some investors adopt.  Yasmin Uddin, a Solicitor in our Property Team, considers the implications.

Live Music Act Reprise

Published: 23 January 2013  |  Category: Licensing News

As we reported on in our earlier artcle on live music and recorded music, the Live Music Act came into effect in October last year.

Music to My Ears (Reprise)

Published: 17 January 2013  |  Category: Licensing News

As we reported on in our earlier artcle on live music and recorded music, http://fdlicensing.com/2012/10/06/music-to-their-ears-musicians-and-pubs-alike-celebrate-as-restrictions-on-live-music-are-lifted/ the Live Music Act came into effect in October last year.

Irresponsible Drinks Promotions

Published: 8 November 2012  |  Category: Licensing News

In these difficult trading times many clubs and bars like to offer cheap drinks offers in order to boost sales.

Planning Laws to be Relaxed

Published: 8 November 2012  |  Category: Property News

You may have read recently that planning restrictions on home and business extensions are to be eased by the Government as part of a package of measures to help kick-start the economy.

The End of Chancel Repair as we know it?

Published: 27 October 2012  |  Category: Property News

The subject of chancel repair is set to become a hot topic of conversation in the property market, because an age old tradition will soon be changing

Fletcher Day's Brazil Desk has been featured in the Law Society Gazette

Published: 25 October 2012  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Click here to read the article.

Solicitors from our Brazil Desk were warmly received by representatives of the Brazilian Bar Association and dignitaries last week when they accompanied the visits of the Law Society and Lord Mayor of London, to Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Not only did partner Carolina Uribe and solicitors Dominic Minett and Luiz Costa take part in consular reception parties, they were also involved in a series of high-level meetings with partner law firms and companies.  Our Brazil Desk has put companies in Brazil and the UK in touch with each other and catalysed growth for both countries.

Music to Their Ears: Live Music Restrictions Lifted

Published: 11 October 2012  |  Category: Licensing News

Pubs and other venues have been celebrating since the Live Music Act went live this October. Smaller venues with an audience of 200 or less  no longer need a licence to stage live music.

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