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Monthly Archive December 2011

Goodbye 2011

For many of us (lawyers included) 2011 has been a challenge with prospects of the recession returning, cuts in the public sector, a squeeze on lending and a rise in inflation (not to mention VAT going up to 20%!). The government has promised the private sector and in particular small businesses/entrepreneurs government secured loans and changes in employment law (though the finer details are yet to be announced) in 2012 in a bid to get the economy back on track but only time will tell how that will come to fruition.

Reflecting on 2011, I have mixed emotions about the riots which started in London and travelled all the way up to Manchester (luckily Leeds was not on the hot list!). The local police forces did everything in their power to put a stop to the riots and punish the offenders, sending a message to the public that such volatile behaviour will not be tolerated. Unfortunately this did not deter people and businesses suffered great loss and three men in the West Midlands lost their lives.

I think the riots have made everyone think about whether greater power should be restored to police officers, having worked with officers I understand there are limits on how, when and by which methods offenders can be restrained. A very important debate that needs to be redressed…

I am however still optimistic that 2012 will bring many of us opportunities because ‘where there is a will there is a way’… I hope all my followers and readers have a great start to 2012 and a prosperous year and thank you all for following and reading my tweets and blog posts!

When TUPE applies what does the business agreement need to cover?

Most small business owners don’t understand the importance of taking legal advice before they agree to sell or purchase a business due to perceived costs associated with approaching a solicitor and this is perhaps due to the fact that they do not understand the importance of warranties and indemnities particularly when it comes to transferring employees under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).

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Alternative Business Structure (ABS) Friend or Foe?

ABS’s are soon going to hit our streets; they are advertised as being “simpler, cheaper and more accessible legal services for consumers”. Is that going to prove to be a reality?

Are local governments and private companies going to look at whether they can turn their in-house team into a commercial entity? High street firms and sole practitioners have shown increasing concern that this de-regulation of the legal sector can only end in disaster but will it also bring with it opportunity for some. 

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Employment reforms–how will they affect you?

On 23 November 2011 Vince Cable announced a number of reforms, some of which came as no surprise for employment experts however the real question is – will the changes kick start recruitment in small and medium sized businesses? 
In my opinion the key proposals for employees, businesses and employment law specialists are as follows:

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