Setting Up a Business – Types of Funding

by Stephen Downie December 11, 2014 Business

Whilst funding is critical to a company’s business it is also vital to ensure the right product is obtained relevant to the company’s business needs. Whilst there are numerous financial products available out there, the most common forms of lending to companies are as follows: Fixed Charge – this is similar to a personal mortgage […]

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Company director fined for illegally accessing EE’s databases

by Redmans Solicitors December 11, 2014 Employment Law

The Information Commissioner’s Office has reported that a company director has been heavily fined by the courts after he was found guilty of illegally accessing and using information belonging to another company. Mr Matthew Devlin, 25, was prosecuted by the ICO after he illegally gained access to Everything Everywhere’s (“EE”) customer database by pretending to […]

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“I want a mortgage and I want it now!”

by JamesBooker December 5, 2014 Construction and Engineering

We are in the midst of a crisis – a housing crisis. This is not new news. I may even be stating the obvious. I am a married woman in my mid-40s – when I split from my first husband I was fortunate enough to be housed in a housing association property which offered me, […]

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Will writing made not-so-easy

by JamesBooker November 27, 2014 Family Law

For many of us, thinking about making a Will smacks of the biggest show of pessimism known to man – because we all believe we are going to live forever so why should we plan for our death. And yet, in the back of most minds will be that little niggle about who would get […]

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Oldham manufacturer fined over £100,000 after death of worker

by Redmans Solicitors November 20, 2014 Employment Law

An Oldham manufacturing company has been ordered to pay over £100,000 in fines and costs after one of its employees was killed in a workplace accident. Refinery Supplies Limited, a business specializing in the manufacturing of kettles for the zinc and lead smelting industries, was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £125,000 by the […]

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Sentencing Council review publishes new guidance on health and safety offences

by Direct 2 Lawyers November 20, 2014 Employment Law

A Sentencing Council review has proposed that much tougher sentences for breaches of health and safety could be handed down. The Sentencing Council, which has no legislative powers itself, has recommended that tougher sentences be given for corporate manslaughter offences and that greater fines should be imposed on businesses where health and safety offences result in […]

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Remarketing: a useful but risky online advertising strategy

by Wayne Beynon November 20, 2014 Law

As technology advances, so does the marketing and advertising industry, with companies using a myriad of automated online strategies in order to optimise their targeted advertising requirements. Remarketing is a form of targeted advertising, and an effective way that companies can draw in more business by advertising to people that are interested in their products. […]

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There are no bad cars, there are bad manufacturers…

by Mary November 20, 2014 Legal Aid

Vehicle recall is a rather painful process both for car owners and carmakers. Of course, it’s time consuming and not comfortable to take your car for repairs or replacement, however it’s necessary for your family’s safety, especially when some major defects are revealed. So car owner’s motivation is obvious. Now let’s look at the problem […]

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Can incidents of medical negligence be reduced if NHS trusts shared more data and information on medical errors?

by Wright Hassall November 8, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Jeanette Whyman from Wright Hassall is a medical negligence solicitor with over 25 years’ experience and has acted both for and against Hospital Trusts. She now represents patients who are victims of medical negligence. It would be a truth universally acknowledged among sensible people that the sharing of information on best practice, and the identification of meaningful […]

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Smart Motorways – How Will They Affect Our Roads?

by Sheldon Davidson November 8, 2014 Law

Smart motorways, sometimes referred to as active traffic management or managed motorways, were introduced to the UK in 2006. Since then, a number of smart motorways have been developed across the country. They were initially implemented to prevent traffic congestion and reduce journey times for commuters, particularly during peak times, by adjusting the speed limit […]

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Whiplash personal injury claims slashed following reform

by JamesBooker October 30, 2014 Accident Claims

Motoring personal injury claims have fallen by a third this year as changes to the claims process for whiplash have been enforced. It’s estimated that whiplash is one of the most common personal injury claims made by motorists, but many cases are believed to be made fraudulently as an easy money-making scam. The government has […]

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Misappropriation in the 21st Century

by ASchlossberg October 30, 2014 Commercial Law

There may be no more perplexing legal issue in today’s fast-paced, exploitative world of apps, smart watches and 4G than protecting one’s work product. Commercial Division Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer recently ushered New York into the 21st century by creating a new cause of action in Schroeder v. Pinterest, Inc., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3083, […]

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Waste firm heavily fined after contractor’s arm severed in workplace accident

by Redmans Solicitors October 20, 2014 Personal Injury

A Scottish waste recycling firm has been heavily fined by the courts after a worker’s arm was severed in a workplace accident. Steve Dawson, who was 28 at the age of the accident, was employed as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys Limited at its premises at the Oldhall West Industrial Estate when the accident […]

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Alibaba.com … and the 40 (or more) counterfeit and infringment thieves

by Wright Hassall October 16, 2014 Intellectual Property

The Alibaba Group (Alibaba) is the world’s largest e-commerce company, its revenues for 2013 were more than Amazon and Ebay combined. Alibaba owns a variety of websites which facilitate online sales: www.alibaba.com: manufacturer to retailer wholesale sales. www.tmall.com: retailer to consumer sales. www.taobao.com:  consumer to consumer sales. The presence of counterfeit and infringing products on […]

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Common Personal Injury Claim Misconceptions

by laurenknowles October 16, 2014 Accident Claims Law

Misinformation in the press has caused negative perceptions of the personal injury claims industry. This unfortunately means that there are many possible claimants who are missing out on compensation due to fear and misunderstanding of the claims process. We have researched three of the most common claimant misconceptions and offered advice on how to reassure […]

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UK workplace safety standards continue to improve

by taylorwatson October 16, 2014 Law

With health and safety becoming a fundamental part of the UK’s workplaces, and with employers increasingly aware of the dangers that could lead to accident at work compensation claims, the number of serious injuries caused by accidents at work has fallen in recent years. New figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that […]

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Stamp Duty Mitigation: The Facts

by laurenknowles October 15, 2014 Tax Law

The house price growth that has recently taken place has resulted in more home buyers having to contend with stamp duty payments. Between 2012 and 2013, £4.9bn was paid in stamp duty and the amount is set to continue growing. It has been predicted that by 2018, at least 75 per cent of buyers will […]

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Difference between change of status and consular processing

by Peter Park October 15, 2014 Immigration Law

Most people without much knowledge in how the US immigration system works tend to think in terms of legal vs. illegal.  When people say legal or illegal status, what is being talked about is the legality of one’s status in the United States.  While that may be the only way of thinking for US residents, […]

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Why are Antibiotics on the Rise?

by John Pollitt October 14, 2014 Law

According to a recent study by University College London and Public Health England, the proportion of patients given antibiotics for coughs and colds has risen by 40% in just over a decade. The research, which focused on 500 UK GP practices, discovered that 36% of patients were prescribed antibiotics for these symptoms in 1999, rising to 51% […]

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Howard Hughes – the billionaire whose handwritten will was contested

by Tim Bishop October 13, 2014 Wills

Howard Hughes was one of America’s most pre-eminent business magnates in the 20th century, having become a Hollywood film producer in the 1920s specialising in big-budget controversial films. He was also a keen aviation enthusiasts, setting many world air speed records and forming the Hughes Aircraft corporation. Throughout his life, Hughes amassed a fortune worth […]

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Insurers hoping for inequality

by JamesBooker October 9, 2014 Personal Injury

Since 2012 the Government has begun taking steps to reduce the toll wrought by fraud, whiplash and unscrupulous claims management companies. And perhaps this goes some way in explaining why motor insurance premiums have become more affordable, with prices dropping by 14 per cent at a time when inflation has been the watchword in just […]

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Compensation for cosmetic surgery; the dangers of seagull surgeons

by Wright Hassall October 8, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Pearl Richman was awarded more than £43,000 in compensation after her life was ‘almost ruined’ by a procedure carried out in 2010. After the operation, the 69-year-old developed necrosis – a form of cell injury which results in the premature death of skin cells – and was left with open flesh wounds. But despite a […]

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Implementing Managed Print Services within your Law Firm? Watch Out for BELLS & WHISTLES!

by Alex Hutchinson September 24, 2014 Law

We were recently invited to meet with a Law Firm, as they had just reviewed their Multifunctional Devices, Photocopiers & Network Printers with 3 x Resellers / Dealers. They had been offered “FREE PRINT AUDITS” and had taken the dealers up on their offers hoping to find a more suitable solution / way forward for […]

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Road Traffic Accidents caused by Bad Roads

by MichaelLewin September 24, 2014 Road Traffic

With winter rapidly approaching and the temperatures tumbling in the oncoming months, the state of the UK’s roads come into question again. Counsels spend millions of pounds repairing the roads however many of you will know examples of where there is a pot hole which has remained a hazard for quite some time. Between March […]

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Solicitor’s negligence – has loss been caused by the breach?

by Wright Hassall September 24, 2014 Professional Negligence

The Court has recently given judgment in Hirtenstein v Hill Dickinson, a case which considered whether a solicitor had been negligent when acting on the purchase of a super yacht.  The case provides another example of the need for bad advice to have actually caused loss.  In this case the solicitor was unprotected by the […]

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