Commercial Debt Collection

Allegations of misconduct

Allegations made against a member of staff in a school, college or university can be very damaging to everyone involved.  These are not easy situations to deal with, but particularly so if the individual seems to have deliberately not told you about...

The cost of staff on strike

How do you calculate how much pay should be withheld from staff who go on strike?  Three teachers, who had been on strike for a day, claimed that the college that they worked for had withheld more pay than it was entitled to in respect of that day. The...

Maintaining a steady cash flow

Steady cashflow is vital to all businesses and ensuring that debts are recovered promptly and efficiently is a crucial part of that.  We can assist you in this...

Government considers late payment fines for businesses

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is currently considering imposing fines on businesses should they fail to pay their suppliers on time. The move comes after Whitehall’s failure to persuade larger companies to sign up to the...

Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013

21 February 2013 saw the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 (“Regulations”) being passed to come into force on 16 March 2013, meeting the Government’s obligation to implement the European Late Payment Directive. The...

Legal facts you can't do without - Show me the money!

  In the current austere times, it is even more important than normal for companies and individuals to get their bills paid on time. Good cash-flow is the lifeblood of all businesses.  Our debt recovery team offers a fast and effective debt...

Are you getting your retention money?

Many construction contracts contain retention clauses but it is not always easy to recover the cash once the contract is complete.  Retention clauses offer a form of security that the works carried out have been completed properly.  The retention...

Show me the money!

Have you ever had a cheque bounced on you or a bank payment stopped?  If you have you will know how annoying and time wasting this is. It is trite law that a cheque is equivalent to cash! The leading case on bounced cheques and stopped bank payments...

When the going gets tough, the tough get restructuring

Tougher economic environments often see a greater amount of restructuring within businesses, including a demerger. There are a number of reasons why a company may want to demerge: - to unlock shareholder value (sometimes enabling an exit by one party); - to...

Your business property. It does not have to cost the earth

David Rayner, partner from Birkett Long’s Commercial Property Team discusses the “big themes” that are likely to affect commercial premises during 2012. From the perspective of both landlords/investors on the one hand and tenants/occupiers...

Cash is King

According to The Insolvency Service “more than half of Britain’s small businesses collapse because of cash-flow problems.” Good cash-flow is the lifeblood of all businesses. Our debt recovery team offers a fast effective debt collection...

Landlords of Commercial Premises Beware

Author: Melanie Yates In the current climate some landlords will find their commercial tenants unable to pay their rent. Landlords who foresee problems may wish to take pre-emptive action rather than wait for tenants to get into arrears or, worse, become...