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Blog: Critical corporate reporting for company relocations during the pandemic

A complex court case over conflicting dispute resolution provisions has highlighted a simple, but vital, takeaway on the importance of critical corporate reporting for company relocations during the pandemic. It applies to all UK registered companies and has come about as the result of an increase in unattended offices or those subject to permanent closure due to the pandemic. The case involved an aircraft operating lease for a Boeing 737 between Helice Leasing and PT Garuda[1], an Indonesian company with a UK office. When Garuda defaulted on the payments, the…

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Court rules in favour of business interruption insurance claims

  As coronavirus continues its freeze on normal life, with strict lockdown measures back in place, many businesses will have breathed a sigh of relief following a Supreme Court ruling (on Friday 15th January) confirming when business interruption insurance claims should be paid out during a pandemic. Lockdown and tier restrictions since March 2020 have seen many businesses temporarily closing down or making significant operational reductions for weeks or months at a time, resulting in huge damage to their operations and loss of income. Court rules in favour of business…

Corporate insolvency: the proposed new rules

On the 20th of May the House of Commons carried out the first reading of the new proposed Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which is set to bring substantial changes to the current rules. Of course, the below is not yet law, however, it provides a good indication in the direction in which things are heading. A second reading is scheduled for the first week of June 2020. The aim of the bill is to provide more debtor-friendly provisions that will assist in rescuing struggling companies. These include: •             New…

Official launch of new Osbon Pharmacy

On 31 January 2019 Osbon Limited (a company owned by Daniel Osei-Bonsu and his wife, Benedicta Osei-Bonsu) purchased the entire issued share capital of AMF Medica Limited which owned a pharmacy at 52/54 Dorothy Sawyers Drive, Witham, Essex. The sellers were Meena Patel and her husband, Neelesh Patel. AMF Medica Limited, through Neelesh Patel, also had entered into an agreement for lease with Bellway Homes for purpose built premises near the existing pharmacy to relocate the pharmacy (and convenience store) to the new premises once the new premises were built.…

It’s all in the planning when it comes to selling privately-owned companies

For the shareholding directors of many privately-owned companies, the end-game is focused on selling up before moving on to new ventures or sometimes retirement. But many owners under-estimate the time involved in making a business market-ready, or do not seek advice on the different options before they start, nor the route-map to follow to secure a successful sale. Ideally, an advisory team should be put together, involving a lawyer and an accountant specialising in company transactions, to guide the company on the preparation for sale, before any moves are made…

Crowd-funding property investments: open to anyone with a spare £10

Successive political, cultural and financial developments over recent years have led to the emergence of a generation of people for whom property ownership is a distant dream. For some, property ownership is not appealing in itself. For others, the chance of saving a meaningful deposit is so remote that the prospect isn't even entertained. Even successful Landlords with vast and profitable property portfolios are losing interest in the sector, as taxation and regulatory disincentives dampen the mood (is the age of the amateur landlord over?). The good news is that…

Restrictive Covenants

In this article we look at the differences between the use of Restrictive Covenants in employment contracts and commercial contracts such as share purchase agreements. Background Restrictive covenants have been in the headlines recently, triggered by the government's consultation on whether their use stifles entrepreneurship by preventing workers from starting up their own business after leaving a job. Restrictive covenants are commonly used in employment contracts to prohibit ex-employees from competing with their previous employer by soliciting or dealing with their clients or poaching their remaining staff. As a matter…

Panama Papers fallout will impact every business

Media reporting on the so-called Panama Papers has focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and international organisations, but the hacking of client files at Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has implications for every business. The largest leak in history, with some 2.6 terabytes of data involved, the shockwaves of the Panama incident have been felt around the globe, and the hacking is a wake-up call to companies that don’t already treat their cyber-security with the same stringency as their legal, regulatory, financial or operational risks. This was a…

What do solicitors look for when evaluating contracts?

As Corporate lawyers we are regularly asked to read through and assess various contracts for clients. In today’s busy world most clients only need to know whether or not it is a well-written contract and whether or not it covers everything. However, when evaluating contracts there are many more points we look to cover. Essential terms One of the first things to check is whether or not all of the essential terms of the contract are there. Whilst a contract can technically be formed orally in most jurisdictions, a solid…

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