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Bowling & Co Solicitors – History of the firm

The firm was founded by the late Gilbert Bowling, who in the summer of 1957 set his sights on his own sole practice in Stratford. He located some rooms above the Burtons menswear shop and moved in by late June 1957. However with no working telephone at first and decorators still in refurbishing the offices he did not actually start practising as “Bowling & Co” until 17th July 1957. The premises above Burtons comprised of just a few rooms - numbers 1, 2, 3 and 3a on the first floor…

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…

Choosing the right legal structure for your business

Choosing a suitable legal structure for setting up your new business is a very important part of the process and a key decision to be made when you decide to start your business. In most cases you will want to choose between sole trader, partnership, limited company or limited liability partnership. There are other structures that can be used for social enterprises or not for profit businesses, but in this article we will focus on the four most common business structures. Sole Trader Setting up as a sole trader is…

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