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Corporate
Stamp Duty Land Tax
Published in June 2004. 3 pages, 40kb.
This article summarises the new regime.
Debt Collection
Published in December 2003. 7 Pages, 48kb.
suggested stages to keep abreast of your credit control.

A Guide to Agency Agreements
Published in June 2003. 12 Pages, 138kb.
This guide to agency agreements discusses the principal items to be considered when entering into a agency agreement and explains the terms which are commonly found in such agreements.

A Guide to Distribution Agreements
Published in June 2003. 8 Pages, 111kb.
This guide to distribution agreements discusses the principal items to be considered when entering into a distribution agreement and explains the terms which are commonly found in such agreements.

Preparing a Business for Sale
Published in June 2003. 14 Pages, 69kb.
This is an extract from a joint presentation given with Woolford & Co Chartered Accountants and VA Corporate Finance on 17th June 2003 entitled Maximising the Value of a Business with an Eventual View to Sell - A Three Year Plan . These seminar notes are in two parts, this first part providing an overview on the legal aspects of a sale.

Advantages of using "Heads of Terms"
Published in August 2002. 3 Pages, 41kb.
This short article looks at the advantages to companies of using non-legally binding Heads of Terms both when selling or purchasing a business or when selling or purchasing shares.

The effect of the distance selling regulations
Published in March 2002. 7 Pages, 57kb.
This article reviews the basic rights given to a consumer entering into a contract at a distance under the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000.

Guide to directors' responsibilities
Published in March 2002. 8 Pages, 57kb.
This article reviews directors' responsibilities.

Protecting intellectual property in a "brand"
Published in January 2002. 8 Pages, 53kb.
Many companies do not pay sufficient attention to the legal protection of the intellectual property in their products or their brand. This can sometimes have disastrous commercial results. This document explores how your "Branding" can be legally protected.


Employment

Employment Law News February 2005
Published on 25th February 2005. 84kb.
This article covers Stress; EAT v EAT; Payroll giving; Employers liability insurance; Collective redundancies; Burden of proof in discrimination cases and New claim and response forms in tribunals.

Employment Law News January 2005
Published on 17th January 2005. 96kb.
This article was prepared on 17th January 2004 and covers Age discrimination; Information and consultation regulations; New Employment Act; Data Protection employment Code of Practice; Rolled up holiday pay and Tax and changes to terms of employment.

Employment Law News December 2004
Published on 8th December 2004. 95kb.
This article was prepared on 8 December 2020 and covers TUPE and Pensions; Increases in Tribunal Compensation Limits; Equality and Human Rights Commission; Smoking at Work; Homeworkers; Working Hours; Freedom of Information; Costs in Tribunals and Employers Liability Insurance.

Mandatory Dismissal and Disciplinary Procedure
Published on 3rd December 2004. pages, 104kb.
This is the Seminar hand-out and Powerpoint presentation on the talk given by Melanie Smith on the new statutory dispute and dismissal procedures.
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Employment Law News October 2004
Published on 1st October 2004. pages, 43kb.
This article was issued on 1st October 2004 and covers 1st October Changes; Employment Relations Act 2004; EC changes to Working Time Rules; Consultation with staff; Pension Bill amendments and Increases in immigration fees.

EU Employment Law Developments
Published on 30th June 2004. 18 pages, 101kb.
These are the notes accompanying the presentation given by Melanie Smith and Alison Gair to the Institute of Directors in June 2004.

Employment Highlight June 2004
Published on 20th June 2004. 4 pages, 46kb.
June update on employment law.
Employment Highlight May
Published in May 2004. 3 pages, 45kb.
This article was issued on 14th May 2004 and covers Stress; Grievance Procedures; Pregnancy and refusal of job applications, and Redundancy and Consultation.
Employment Highlight April
Published in April 2004. 3 pages, 46kb.
This article was issued on 2nd April 2004 and covers illegal working in the UK (new rules from 1st May); holidays and holiday pay; minimum wage; unfair dismissal avoidance scheme allowed; compensation on unfair dismissal within 12 months; agency workers; and disciplinary and grievance procedures.
Employment Highlight
Published in March 2004. 3 pages, 44kb.
This article was issued on 8th March 2004 and covers TUPE and Pensions, Compensation for injury to feelings in unfair dismissal cases, Backdated holiday pay, Homeworkers new regulations, New EU members restrictions on benefits for employees, Criminal Records Certificates, Data Protection Act guidelines revised, Sex and Race discrimination rules apply more widely than previously thought, and Resignation or dismissal.
Trafford Presentation
Published in February 2004. 17 pages, 115kb.
This is the handout from the half hour presentation given to Trafford Enterprises on the evening of 18th February 2004 aimed at small business covering basic contractual issues. Powerpoint slides of Trafford Presentation
Published in January 2004. 20 Slides, 721kb.


Employment Highlight
Published in January 2004. 3 pages, 41kb.
This article was issued on 30th January 2004 and covers New Compensation Limits, Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, Employment Agency Arrangements, Staff Dress Codes, Equal Pay and Common Commencement Dates for Employment Law Changes.

Termination, Data Protection, DD Bill and Unfair Dismissal
Published in January 2004. 3 pages, 42kb.
This article was issued on 22nd January 2004 and covers Tax on Termination Settlements, Data Protection, Disability Discrimination Bill and Unfair Dismissal Awards

Business Belts and Braces
Published in November 2003. 42 Pages, 160kb.
This is the handout from the talk given to Elmbridge Women in Business on 12th November 2003

New Laws for 2003
Published in July 2003. 3 Pages, 77kb.
A summary of employment regulations for 2003

TUPE Issues of Preparing a Business for Sale
Published in June 2003. 11 Pages, 61kb.
This is an extract from a joint presentation given with Woolford & Co Chartered Accountants and VA Corporate Finance on 17th June 2003 entitled Maximising the Value of a Business with an Eventual View to Sell - A Three Year Plan . These seminar notes are in two parts, this second part looking specifically at TUPE issues and briefly at pension issues

Implementation of the Employment Act 2002 - Maternity Leave and Maternity Pay
Published in April 2003. 4 Pages, 41kb.
This is the third in a series of articles on the Employment Act 2002, which looks at maternity leave and maternity pay.

Implementation of the Employment Act 2002 - Paternity Leave and Paternity Pay
Published in April 2003. 4 Pages, 40kb.
This is the second in a series of articles on the Employment Act 2002, which looks at paternity leave.

Implementation of the Employment Act 2002 - Flexible Working Hours
Published in April 2003. 5 Pages, 47kb.
This is the first in a series of articles on the new rights implemented by the Employment Act 2002.

Fixed term contracts - the new anti-discrimination rules
Published in July 2002. 4 Pages, 47kb.
Recommendations to prepare for the new fixed term employee regulations.

Employment law for business
Published in May 2002. 31 Pages, 151kb.
This document is a detailed handout of a talk given in May 2002. The first part identifies recent and anticipated developments in employment law to assist the participants in implementing changes to their business practice, contracts and policies to comply with ever-changing employment regulations. The second part looks at the basic principles of the Data Protection Act in the light of the recently published part one of the Data Commissioners Code of Practice.

A guide to the role of a company secretary
Published in March 2002. 6 Pages, 52kb.
This article looks at the role of company secretaries.

Guide to directors' responsibilities
Published in March 2002. 8 Pages, 57kb.
This article reviews directors' responsibilities.

Employment law for business
Published in January 2002. 21 Pages, 113kb.
This document is a detailed handout of a talk given in January 2002 identifying recent and anticipated developments in employment law to assist the participants in implementing changes to their business practice, contracts and policies to comply with ever changing employment regulations.

Dignity at work bill 2001
Published in January 2002. 4 Pages, 41kb.
A bill has been introduced in the House of Lords providing that a clause to the effect that all employees "shall have a right to dignity at work" will be implied into all contracts of employment. This article explores the effect of this and the statutory defence available to employers.

Employment law planning for business
Published in November 2001. 16 Pages, 92kb.
This document is a detailed handout of a talk given in November 2001 identifying recent and anticipated developments in employment law to assist the participants in implementing changes to their business practice, contracts and policies to comply with ever changing employment regulations.

The Impact of the Human Rights Act.
Published in June 2001. 6 Pages, 48kb.
This article highlights some important areas where the human rights act will impact on the area of employment law.

Future employment law developments - a brief overview
Published in May 2001. 26 Pages, 131kb.
This document is from a talk given in May 2001 highlighting some of the numerous new laws and regulations in the area of employment law which have forced every employer to review its practices and procedures.

Giving references
Published in January 2001. 6 Pages, 46kb.
This article looks at obligations and policies on giving references.

Statutory trade union recognition
Published in September 2000. 4 Pages, 44kb.
From 6th June 2000 new obligations on employers to recognise trade unions were introduced. This article sets out the basic definitions, obligations and key procedural points, including relevant stages and time limits.

Dealing with absence
Published in March 2000. 26 Pages, 148kb.
This document comprises of the notes on the talk given by Melanie Smith on dealing with absence.

Right to paid time off for study or training
Published in December 1999. 4 Pages, 41kb.
This articles looks at regulations which came into force on 1st September 1999 giving certain employees, age 16 or 17, a statutory entitlement to paid time off during working hours for study or training (the right also applies to 18 year olds who started their study or training before they reached 18).

Employment Relations Act 1999
Published in November 1999. 29 Pages, 165kb.
This article looks at key elements of the employment relations act 1999 from the employer's perspective.

Age discrimination
Published in September 1999. 3 Pages, 39kb.
This article looks at the non-statutory code of practice on age discrimination, newly issued by the Government.

Working time regulations re-visited - opting out of the 48 hour weekly limit
Published in August 1999. 5 Pages, 45kb.
This article looks at opting out of the 48 hour weekly limit under the working time regulations.


Immigration Law
Ensuring your Employees are Eligible to Work in the UK
Published in June 2004. 11 pages, 81kb.
This article was issued June 2004. It summarises the documents that employers are now required to see, and the appropriate checking procedures, following the new employee identification regulations that came into effect from 1st May 2004.

Immigration and work in the UK
Published in February 2002. 4 Pages, 51kb.
One of the major categories of permission to enter the UK is for work purposes. This document explores in more detail the definitions relating to this "Work" category.

Immigration notes - general provisions regarding permission to enter or remain in the UK
Published in July 2001. 4 Pages, 41kb.
Any person who is not a British Citizen, a Commonwealth Citizen with the right of abode, a National of a member country of the European Union or a family member of a National, requires leave to enter the UK. This document looks at the categories for leave to enter.


IT and Commerce
Data protection and websites
Published in March 2002. 6 Pages, 49kb.
This article looks at the basic principles of the Data Protection Act as it relates to websites.

Misuse of e-mail and the internet
Published in June 2000. 5 Pages, 42kb.
Misuse of e-mail and the Internet can expose you to unforeseen liability. This article looks at how a clear policy on what constitutes acceptable use of e-mail and Internet systems will go a long way to reducing that risk.

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