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This Blog is dedicated to offering help and advice to people who run or want to run a business of any kind. In addition to the information contained in the posts we also offer a number of free business guides, usually around 12 pages long, on a wide range of subjects. You can access these via […]

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The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 (the “Act”) came into force on 16 January 2009, increasing penalties for health and safety offences. Principally the Act: raises the maximum fine that can be imposed when a case is brought in a lower court from £5,000 to £20,000; broadens the range of cases that can be […]

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One of the world’s longest running cases was settle out of court 67 years after it started in 1941. The case, known as Re Jahre, concerned a dispute over the recovery of assets alleged to belong to the shipping magnate Anders Jahre. Jahre died aged 90 before the main trial started in 1983. Although the […]

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The implementation of Section 69 of the Companies Act 2006 gives a person who has goodwill in a name a statutory right to make application to the Company Names Adjudicator objecting to the same name, or something so similar as to suggest an association between the company and the applicant, being registered as a company […]

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From 1 October 2008, there is a new right for individuals, partnerships or companies to object to the registration of a new company with the same or similar name as they use for their own business. This new right has been established under the 2006 Companies Act which itself is being introduced in stages over […]

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The Law Society has just published a report entitled Reforming Bribery setting out proposals which it intends should clarify and simplify the existing laws. Anyone in business should be aware that there already are established offences of bribery and corruption on the United Kingdom statutes. International pressure is increasingly being applied to stamp out activities […]

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Google recently reached an agreement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) under which the firm will pay $125 million to resolve outstanding legal actions against it in relation to its Google Book search service, which offers full-text searching facilities to users. The agreement, reached after two years of negotiations, is subject […]

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Must all companies have a secretary? Yes and No. From 6th April 2008 private companies will not need to have a company secretary but public limited companies still will. Furthermore companies registered before 6th April 2008 will have to change their Articles of Association at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the shareholders to remove the […]

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The one aspect most likely to delay the start of business for a new company is not the actual incorporation but the printing of stationery, design of website and so on.. Letter headings and other stationery cannot be printed until after the company is incorporated. This is not just commercial prudence in case a name […]

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The basic ways to structure your business are as a sole trader, in a partnership, or as a limited company. If you trade as a Limited Company you are said to be an “incorporated business” any other structure is called “unincorporated”. You should think carefully about which structure would be best for your business. There […]

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On 2nd July 1890 the US Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act. This was the first national legislation to try and deal with price fixing deals between companies, which in theory were competitors, to the detriment of their customers.  The act, named after its author, Senator John Sherman, an Ohio Republican and chairman of the […]

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In the UK there are four main ways you can structure your business: as a sole trader; in partnership with one or more other people; as a limited company; or as a member, with one or more persons or companies, of a Limited Liability Partnership. When deciding on the appropriate structure for running your business […]

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