Trick or Treat! – The legal lowdown on our most horrible holiday

Whether you regard it as an unwelcome American import, or the chance to be downright naughty for an evening and dress up as a little devil, Trick or Treat is part of the UK’s culture. Every October 31st you’ll see hordes of ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties (and at least one Captain Jack Sparrow, for some reason) of various ages, wandering the neighbourhood and demanding munchies with menaces. It’s adorable to open your door to a ghost, two fairies, and a skeleton all carrying pumpkins, but could offering these…

New dinosaur themed adventure golf course officially opens

"We are delighted to announce the grand opening of Playgolf's newly themed Dinosaur Adventure Golf Course! We have been acting for Playgolf for many years." - Dinesh Raja Mighty Adventures celebrated the opening of its new crazy golf course, Viking Valley, in Hedge End, Southampton on Saturday, May 18. After hosting a VIP launch in the morning, complete with a book reading by Nat Luurtsema, author of the Mighty Adventures children’s books, the course was opened to the public where visitors received 50 per cent discount on tickets. Click Mighty…

Making sure the work environment is safe

Winter has slammed into the UK with a vengeance this year, with record snowfalls and Arctic winds blasting the length of Britain. It can be difficult enough trying to get through hazardous weather conditions to reach work on time, but what if when you get there the office is only marginally warmer than the outside temperature? Here’s a quick guide to your employer’s obligations when it comes to creating and maintaining a safe working environment during cold weather. The legal requirements Despite what a lot of people think, there is…

Businesses face bigger penalties on data leaks

Businesses are on final countdown to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, bringing with it a tighter rule and greater penalties for data processing, and the outcome of a landmark High Court case has made the preparation even more pressing. The case involved an online leak of payroll data by Andrew Skelton, a disgruntled ex-employee of supermarket chain Morrisons. Skelton received an eight year conviction for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). However, over 5,000 current and…

Overseas expansion for Bowling & Co

As part of the Firm’s 60th Anniversary we are looking at expanding our International connections and practice. This month saw our two Senior Partners (Dinesh Raja and Huseyin Huseyin) undertake a business development trip to Istanbul where our Head of Turkey Desk, Ayla Toprak Zengin, hosted them in conjunction with OXO Investments, a property consultancy specialising in assisting Turkish investors to acquire UK real estate. In addition to meeting contacts and clients Dinesh and Huseyin attended the launch of a new development in Turkey held near the Ortakoy Mosque, See…

No rabbits, just selfies come out of Hammond’s hat in pre-Brexit budget

The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Budget, which avoided headline-grabbing shake-ups and tax breaks in favour of economic stability.   In the run-up to the announcement, sterling slipped to a seven-week low, reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the move towards exiting the European Union, but the Chancellor pointed to robust economic growth, record levels of employment and a falling deficit, saying real GDP had grown by 0.7% in the final quarter of 2016 and by 1.8% over the…

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