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Barney Laurence specialises in actions involving High Court injunctions and franchise related disputes. Barney works out of the firm’s St Albans and London offices and has achieved notable success including cases in the High Court and a defining ruling in the House of Lords.

Back-dooring: An overview for recruiters

Backdooring: As the pandemic continues to suffocate the economy, recruiters are facing an even tougher time when it comes to collecting payment of fees. Clients are exploiting any and every possible way to avoid having to part with money and the classic “back door” scenario is something that seems to be cropping up more than …

Back-dooring: An overview for recruiters

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Default judgments: don’t be lulled into deadline complacency

A recent case has shown that courts are willing to be sensible in their interpretation of deadlines for accepting or defending proceedings. But defendants should not allow this apparent leniency to lull them into missing deadlines. When a claimant serves proceedings on a defendant, the latter has a prescribed period to either accept or defend …

Default judgments: don’t be lulled into deadline complacency

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Recruitment: Enforcing Restrictive Covenants

It is all too common to see employees of recruitment companies break the law by contacting candidates or clients after leaving and joining a rival agency. Fortunately, the law is there to protect these companies against the actions of rogue former employees, and in June Sherrards helped one of its long standing  recruiter clients obtain …

Recruitment: Enforcing Restrictive Covenants

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Don’t forget the Estate Agents Act 1979

Omitting to issue written terms and conditions can prove to be a very costly mistake indeed for any estate agent.  Regardless of the circumstances, you must ensure that you follow the so-called “information requirements” contained in the relevant legislation, otherwise you put at risk your prospects of receiving your commission. At the outset of any …

Don’t forget the Estate Agents Act 1979

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Recruitment Agency Fee Disputes

Recruitment agency fee dispute: A recent case handled by Sherrards’ recruitment specialists, Barney Laurence brought into sharp focus the importance of the client recruitment agency (“Company A”) following its own terms of business. Company A was engaged by Company B to source a candidate for a role. Company A supplied a quality candidate, whom Company B subsequently engaged …

Recruitment Agency Fee Disputes

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The ‘Shot across the bows’ letter

Unless you intend to – and are in a position to – follow through with formal action, think twice before sending a warning letter to an ex-employee. So-called shot across the bows letters are commonly sent out to warn against breaching post-termination restrictive covenants, but they invariably do little more than tip the individual off …

The ‘Shot across the bows’ letter

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