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Health & Safety Dismissals relating to Covid-19

With the easing of lockdown, it is no surprise that there has been an increase in the number of Health and Safety dismissal claims relating to Covid-19. Section 100(1)(e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) provides a protection for employees who...

Working from home - Flexible Working Application

Many employees will have been working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic and given the recent Government announcements removing the work from home requirement and guidance (in England) some may not be looking forward to returning to the workplace.  ...

Buying a business - due diligence more important than ever

When buying a business, whether by way of an asset or share deal, the process of due diligence is used to assist the buyer. This also raises detailed questions about the business about to be acquired.  This process assists the buyer to be comfortable...

Sustainable growth - doesn't have to cost the Earth!

No matter which sector your business is in, or where it is located, we are all coming under pressure to carry on business in a more sustainable way. You may be finding pressure from your employees, your customers, those you contract with or, possibly, even...

Are you a first-time commercial tenant?

Here at Birkett Long, we act for many different types of landlords and tenants. But, if this is your first time taking on a commercial property as the tenant, it can be quite daunting. Especially when trying to negotiate the Heads of Terms with a seasoned...

Death benefit where suicide is suspected

Blog updated 12/7/21 Some contracts of employment entitle the employee to a death in service benefit of two to three times the annual salary if they die in service. However, employers will often caveat the payment by drafting the clause in such a way...

Private water supplies, good or bad?

Many would extol the virtues of a private water supply (PWS). Well think again.  There are many potential pitfalls which need to be addressed from the outset otherwise the sale/acquisition could become problematical. First, as PWS are not maintained in...

Equality for LGBTQ+ families when someone passes away

As it is Pride Month, I thought what better time to reflect on the laws that have come into force to provide equality for LGBTQ+ families. In particular, I want to look at what happens when dealing with someone’s estate when they pass away.  ...

The LGBTQ+ community and the Family Courts

We have come a long way in the Family Courts in recognising all members of our community when considering what is acceptable in family law.  A prime example is marriage.  Historically, only a heterosexual couple could formalise their union...

Take care when declaring dividends

What is a dividend? A dividend is a distribution of a company’s post-tax profits to its shareholders. For a company to be able to pay this lawfully, it must have sufficient distributable profits that are justified by reference to “relevant...
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