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Commercial and Corporate Finance Team

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We add value through our expertise, which is applied in a commercial way to ensure our clients are fully appraised of the likely risks and obligations involved with the contractual, corporate and transactional work we carry out.

Tracey Dickens
    • Tracey Dickens

    • Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Finance
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Government plea to act responsibly in contractual relations

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On 7 May 2020 the Cabinet Office issued guidance requesting that parties to contracts should act responsibly and fairly. Particularly in dealing with potential disputes and enforcement of terms, in order to support the response to Covid-19. ...

What should you consider before using video conferencing?

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Video conferencing app Houseparty’s owner, Epic Games, has been accused of enabling other apps of those using Houseparty to be hacked. This accusation could have appeared through a commercial smear campaign. However, it made me think more...

How the furlough scheme works for office holders and LLP members

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On 4 April 2020, the government updated its guidance for employers in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which enables employers to claim for employee wages, up to specified limits. The updated guidance addresses office holders, company...

Directors' personal liability - breach of employment contract

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There are a number of circumstances where directors can be subject to personal liability arising from their wrongdoing while managing a company. These can include: breach of duties under the Companies Act 2006 ...

Tracey Dickens: LGBTQ+ training at Birkett Long

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Birkett Long had some excellent training from Outhouse East, introducing us to the terminology the LGBTQ+ community wishes to use, and helping us to understand some of the prejudices and discrimination they face. It really helped me to understand the...

Data Protection - In the name of transparency

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GDPR has only been in force for just about eight months and the first casualties are starting to appear. The record fine (so far) of €50million is imposed on Google for its breach of data protection rules. This could be a starting point to what...

Avoid ending up with an unexpected business partner!

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Our Commercial & Corporate Finance Team has seen an increase in new clients experiencing difficulties following the death of a shareholder, whereby the deceased’s shares are being passed to their relatives. Business owners have been seeking our...

GDPR - Big Brother is watching you...

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The research of a privacy watchdog, Big Brother Watch, has identified that HMRC is capturing voice biometric information without being transparent about its use or giving users the ability to opt out of providing that data. Big Brother Watch says...

Birkett Long continues to assist Healthcare Homes Group's expansion with latest acquisitions

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Birkett Long LLP has helped Healthcare Homes Group boost their portfolio of residential and nursing homes to 37 homes, following the acquisition of two care homes in February and March 2018 under two separate transactions. Healthcare Homes Group provides...

GDPR - being aware of any exemptions or adjustments

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While the GDPR will be directly applicable in all EU members states with effect from 25 May 2018, a new Data Protection Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech has started its route through parliament. The Bill will replace the Data Protection Act...

The tightening of data protection law

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Following the news that 143 million people have been hit by a data breach at Equifax , Tracey Dickens comments. The tightening of data protection law with the new GDPR is aimed very much at security breaches like this. The new General Data Protection...

The right to be forgotten

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The Government is ramping up its visibility of this new law. Failure to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation could result in your business receiving a heavy fine. Businesses that deal with consumers need to: 1. Be aware that their...

Confirmation statements - revised guidance

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Companies House has revised its guidance on confirmation statements, clarifying that if a company is filing its first confirmation statement and hasn't previously filed a new style statement of capital (after 30 June 2016), it must file a full statement...

New look Essex Top 100 Business survey launched for 2015

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The fastest growing businesses in Essex will take their place under the spotlight alongside the county’s top 100 performing companies, when the results of the new format Essex Limited 2015 study are unveiled by financial and business advisers Grant...