Starting and Running a Business

Corporate insolvencies

A recent report by the Insolvency Service has shown that corporate insolvencies have risen to...

Corporate insolvencies

A recent report by the Insolvency Service has shown that corporate insolvencies have risen to...

Protecting your interest in your Limited Company

It is often the case that I am asked to draft a shareholders’ agreement or provide advice...

Improving the running of UK companies

  Prompted by some high profile company failures, such as BHS and Carillion, earlier this...

Do you value your property?

  How does your business value its property assets in its balance sheet? Accounting...

Landlords beware

  The Assured Shorthold Tenant Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations...

Are you burning your profits?

  Is your business losing thousands of pounds on energy or fuel costs every week? It is...

Sale of a domestic and commercial security company

Birkett Long’s Commercial & Corporate Finance team has recently completed the sale of a...

a revised loan facility

Birkett Long’s Commercial & Corporate Finance team recently completed a revised loan...

"No Oral Modification" (NOM) clauses are binding

The Supreme Court recently decided that “No Oral Modification” clauses are binding,...

New 'Goods Mortgages' Bill

Fairer for borrowers and purchasers of used goods, and more straightforward for lenders? The Law...

Why a business needs shareholders' agreements

Often when going into business the last thing that people think about is regulating the...

Crowdfunding - Could it save the village pub?

Crowdfunding typically involves a large volume of small donations in exchange for something, such...

The biggest change to data privacy in 20 years

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.  Some of...

Protecting the value in your business

Wealth in many families comes from family businesses.  Tracey Dickens, a specialist in...

Brexit - be prepared

With Brexit fast approaching and the Government about to start negotiating the exit strategy,...

Partnership agreements - take the time to review yours!

A partnership agreement is an important document for all individuals conducting business together...

Data protection shield

The EU Data Protection Directive only permits transfers of personal data from the EU to...

Guarantees and consumer law

Can individuals claim consumer rights protection when acting as guarantor? It is not uncommon for...

Charity trustee's duties

If an Earl’s charity can get it wrong, are you sure you are doing it right? Overview The...

Not reporting is not Sporting

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) are pretty clear about data...

Your terms and conditions have never been at such risk!

You may think that if a case comes to court, the only facts that will be considered are the ones...

What's New with EU? - Data Protection

The EU have new Data Protection legislation, which will apply automatically throughout the EU due...

Brexit's affect on UK laws - business as usual!

Whilst the government has suffered the recent set back of loosing a court case requiring...

Brexit's effect on UK laws - business as usual!

Whilst the government has suffered the recent set back of loosing a court case requiring...

The Modern Slavery Act for SMEs

How does the Modern Slavery Act affect the small to medium size businesses? Since 26 March...

How to keep your website legal

If you are setting up a new business you are going to want to create a new website – your...

Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights post Brexit

Legal safeguards businesses have put in place to protect their trademarks and design rights in the...

A whirlwind of resulting changes

We have been on tenterhooks since the Referendum was promised in the Conservative’s...

Bribery and corruption!

If your business deals with large organisations, local authorities, schools, hospitals, social...

Certificates of title

Birkett Long were requested to provide certificates of title for 24 freehold properties owned by a...

Asset purchases with long-term interests

Birkett Long acted on behalf of a partner selling their interest in a farming partnership. The...

More regulations - higher costs

All businesses know that energy costs are only going in one direction and that regulations are...

The end of the annual return

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which received royal assent on 15 March...

Companies alerted over law change

Essex Chambers of Commerce and law firm Birkett Long have welcomed a change in the law that will...

Where's my bank loan?

With the economy strengthening and confidence returning, many businesses are now looking for...

Sales and international affairs

Birkett long acts for a number of multinational corporations providing assistance on cross border...

Lawyer's warning over massive hike in court fees

Businesses in Basildon, Southend and the rest of south Essex that are planning legal action...

Legal firm's support for small businesses

A new team has been created at Essex law firm Birkett Long specifically to support small...

Directors - do you understand your responsibilities?

Being a director of a company gives rise to a number of responsibilities – and not all...

Do terms and conditions really matter?

In all the excitement of clinching a sale, the terms and conditions of the contract are often...

Compliance - making it a business priority

All manufacturers will come across environmental compliance at some point in their manufacturing...

Moving: an opportunity to protect or utilise key assets?

When you relocate your business you might also consider taking the opportunity to ring-fence key...

Dilapidations - tips for tenants when moving premises

The natural tendency when a business moves is to focus on the new premises.  However, when a...

Think early - think property

You may be moving your business, or just moving your business premises into a pension scheme and...

Getting the move right - staff considerations

An employer looking to expand its business will often need to move in order to accommodate that...

What is an Agent?

We often find that clients are confused about what constitutes an agent. Essentially, an agent is...

Boost for businesses run from home

The government has announced more help for budding entrepreneurs, making it easier to start and...

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (“the Bill”) aims to help small...

Colchester - a great place to buy commercial property

Colchester industrial property is proving a great long-term investment without the risk of the...

The rights of grandparents

As far as family law is concerned, under the Children Act 1989, grandparents are grouped into the...

School's out for summer

You’re browsing through a holiday brochure, deciding where to go for that hard-earned...

Make your 'mark' to avoid legal woes

Businesses across Chelmsford and the region are urged to protect their products or brands by the...

"Wrongful trading" warning for company directors

Directors of limited companies are being warned that their personal assets could still be at risk...

Directors Responsibilities: a quick summary

Being a director of a company gives rise to a number of responsibilities – and not all...

A risky investment

We frequently come across situations where people have invested in private companies without...

Regulating the Crowd

From 1 April 2014, the Financial Conduct Authority will regulate lending and borrowing using...

Buying and selling your business

Confidence has returned and local businesses are proving to be prime targets for purchasers who...

Change to CITB levy deduction from 6 April 2014

Historically a contractor seeking to recoup the CITB levy from its sub-contractors has made a...

Red7Marine Investment

Birkett Long LLP acted for Red7Marine Group Limited and its shareholders on the sale of an...

Sale of Seatrade Communications Limited

Birkett Long acted for executive chairman and owner Chris Hayman on the sale of Seatrade...

Major freight deal with Simarco

Birkett Long has advised on a deal involving one of the UK’s leading independent freight...

Birkett Long helps sell established lettings agencies

Birkett Long LLP acted for Jeremy Goddard and the other shareholders of 3 separate companies...

The importance of checking contractual terms

A recent case highlighted the importance of checking contractual terms of supply when entering...