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Blog archive: November, 2015

Sherrards takes the Big Apple by storm at the Alliott Group Worldwide Conference

Partners from Sherrards Solicitors attended Alliott Group’s Annual Worldwide Conference in New York City from 21 – 25 October 2015.  Now in its 36th year, the conference brought together 111 lawyers and accountants from 30 countries to network, share strategies and discuss issues facing their clients and the professional services sector. Paul Marmor, Head of Litigation and …

Sherrards takes the Big Apple by storm at the Alliott Group Worldwide Conference

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Chancellor’s Autumn Statement introduces increased SDLT rates for second homes and buy-to-let properties

From 1 April 2016, higher rates of SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) will apply to the purchase of second homes and buy-to-let properties where the chargeable consideration exceeds £40,000 – as announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. What are the higher rates? The higher rates will be 3% above the current SDLT rates for residential property. …

Chancellor’s Autumn Statement introduces increased SDLT rates for second homes and buy-to-let properties

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The Benefits of International Alliances & Networks, IBA Vienna 2015

The Law Firm Management Committee Business Development Group held a key-note panel at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Vienna on the “Benefits of International Alliances & Networks” . The session was hosted by Paul Marmor of Sherrards Solicitors and co-chair of The Law Firm Management Business Development Working Group. Well over 200 delegates …

The Benefits of International Alliances & Networks, IBA Vienna 2015

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Employment References: Worth the paper they are written on?

How many times have you, as a prospective employer, sought employment references from an individual’s ex-employer and either not received a reply or, more commonly, received a reference which contains no meaningful information about the individual concerned?  Employment lawyer Mark Fellows explains why this trend has emerged and provides tips on approaches prospective and previous employers …

Employment References: Worth the paper they are written on?

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The Essentials of a Franchise Agreement

Franchise solicitor Manzoor Ishani outlines what should be in a franchise agreement. A franchise agreement should achieve three fundamental objectives: FIRST: It should set out clearly what the franchisor has promised SECOND: it should seek to protect for the benefit of both franchisor and franchisee, the franchisor’s know-how and the brand THIRD: It should clearly …

The Essentials of a Franchise Agreement

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Sherrards chic with the Alliott Group

Jean-Paul da Costa presented Sherrards’ corporate credentials at the recent Alliott Group EMEA meeting in Paris as part of ‘Team Sherrards’. Jean-Paul’s key message was that the UK is very much open for business.   Jean-Paul da Costa observed that investors are attracted to London and the UK because of a number of reasons including the fact …

Sherrards chic with the Alliott Group

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Spycatcher: Taking down Russian spy Robert Hanssen

Washington DC is a city pulsating with political intrigue, power and indeed spies. I was there as chair of Alliott Group Legal at a meeting of the American Bar Association, seeking members for the alliance.   The meeting was just a few blocks from Capitol Hill at the heart of Washington’s establishment. While there, I …

Spycatcher: Taking down Russian spy Robert Hanssen

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Dispute? Serve a statutory demand

If you’re owed money, you want paying quickly. And if appropriate to the circumstances, the statutory demand is often the best tool at your disposal. Serving a statutory demand is an aggressive tactic to adopt to recover a debt. It ups the ante and is often much more effective than a threat to issue a …

Dispute? Serve a statutory demand

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The Franchise Agreement from the Buyer’s Perspective

Read & Watch: buyer’s perspective to franchise agreements. I often get asked by those buying a franchise, “What is the franchise agreement and what should be in it?” As a franchise solicitor I have come across some interesting scenarios, so let me explain  below or you can watch the short video below. When you buy a franchise, …

The Franchise Agreement from the Buyer’s Perspective

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Making Restrictive Covenants Bite

How do you prevent a former employee from competing, soliciting and dealing with your clients, and from poaching your other employees? Restrictive covenants are the answer, but are also notoriously difficult to enforce because they are, as a starting point, considered to be a restraint of trade. Follow the steps below to ensure that your restrictive covenants …

Making Restrictive Covenants Bite

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