Private Finance Initiatives

Workplace pensions auto enrolment

Over the next few years all employers will have to auto-enrol all “eligible” workers into a workplace pension scheme.  The biggest employers started doing this in October 2012, when the Pensions Act 2008 came into force. An employer must...

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...

Assisting the regions SME power houses

It is an unquestionable fact that the revival of the UK economy will be dependent upon the success of our SMEs.  East Anglia boasts a higher percentage of SME businesses than other parts of the country, and the lawyers at Birkett Long LLP have been...

Credit card cheques 'like candy through a letterbox'

Price comparison website Moneynet.co.uk has welcomed the government's announcement today that credit card cheques are to be banned, describing their 'power' over people in debt as equivalent to "posting candy through a letterbox". The Government plans to...

Now is the time to fix your mortgage, expert says

Britons considering a fixed-rate mortgage for a property investment have been told to "get in now, or miss out". Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at UK mortgage broker John Charcol, says several lenders could increase the cost of some of the fixed-rate...