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Protecting your assets from any potential downturn in trading

21 Sep 2020

With uncertainty in the market, now is a good time for businesses to be considering how they best protect their assets from any potential downturn in trading. Key assets, such as business premises, intellectual property rights, plant and machinery, etc. - even cash - can all be ringfenced by moving them…

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Why every company should have a Shareholder Agreement

21 Sep 2020

What is a Shareholder Agreement? In short, a shareholder agreement is what it says on the tin, an agreement between the shareholders of a company. The agreement contains terms that govern the ownership of the business, including the issue and transfer of shares and company management. A…

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A Taxing Tax Covenant?

21 Aug 2020

It is standard practice for Corporate documentation to include covenants. Covenants can have a multitude of purposes and provide contractual parties with legal assurances that something will, or will not, be done in an agreement. The recent judgment in Dodika Ltd v United Luck Group Holdings Ltd [2020]…

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Share purchase agreements and limitation periods

09 Jul 2020

The recent case of Towergate Financial (Group) Ltd & Ors v Hopkinson & Ors [2020] has provided some guidance in relation to the wording of contractual limitation clauses and their interpretation into corporate share purchase agreements (SPAs). A contractual limitation period is a form of…

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Shareholders Agreement - what they are and why you need one

24 Jun 2020

Owning a company on your own is great, it means you have ultimate control over any decision which the company makes, without having to consider what anyone else thinks. However, as soon as a company is owned by more than one person, things become a little more complicated. The more shareholders of a…

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Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2020

10 Jun 2020

The government is seeking to provide support to companies that may be facing financial difficulties by introducing new measures designed to maximise chance of survival. The Bill will temporarily suspend parts of insolvency law and amend Company Law and other legislation to relax rules around company…

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How can I buy a property owned by a company?

27 May 2020

The most obvious answer is to simply buy the property, as a company asset, from the company. But there is another option - to buy the company itself! Whilst this may not be the immediately obvious choice, there can be benefits to this - but each option needs to be considered on its merits. Here are some…

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COVID-19: Emergency changes to insolvency law

03 Apr 2020

Last week, the Business Secretary announced temporary changes to insolvency law in order to protect businesses from the effects of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The impending legislation will introduce a new moratorium for businesses and will suspend wrongful trading laws for the duration…

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COVID-19 and AGMs

31 Mar 2020

The AGM season is well under way for many businesses, but recent restrictions on group gatherings, and the UK 'lockdown' as a result of COVID-19 is posing difficulties for meetings to be held as planned. Businesses may find themselves in a position where holding an AGM is no longer possible…

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