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Company

Setting up a Company in China

Setting up a company in China requires in-house counsel teams who are tasked with ensuring the correct documentation is in place, to essentially forgo their Western sensibilities regarding how they believe that things ‘should’ work and understand and embrace Chinese corporate culture. Little things make such a difference when working in China. For example, a business card should be handed to the recipient using both hands, with the writing facing them. Also, Chinese people are very concerned about losing/saving face, so it is imperative to keep this in mind when negotiating. more

Brexit

Brexit and Farming – A Shaky Future?

The agricultural sector stands to lose a lot from Brexit. On average, 60% of incomes from farming rely on EU subsidies. In 2015, the agricultural sector received some €3.1 billion in EU funding. Yet according to the Farmer’s Weekly, 58% of farmers voted for Brexit and UK rural areas favoured leaving the EU more than the cities. So what could be the effects of Brexit on the agricultural sector? more


Commercial Law

All You Need To Know About Breach Of Commercial Contracts

Breaches of contract. Expensive, time-consuming, and something most businesses can do without. They are one of the most common reasons businesses turn to litigation funding. And because contract law permeates over so much of the day to day workings of a business, breaches are inevitable – what matters is the consequences of the breach to your business reputation and bottom line. more

Commercial Law

All About Arbitration

Arbitration is where a dispute is submitted, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a decision on the disagreement. The decision is final, binding and enforceable throughout domestic and international jurisdictions. Arbitration is used extensively to resolve international contractual disputes. more

Personal Injury

The Montreal Convention and Air Accident Claims

Your bags are packed, and you’re getting the holiday jitters; it is time to enjoy the sunshine or skiing that you have been looking forward to for months, nothing can spoil it for you… more


Residential Property

A Guide to Buying a Holiday Home Abroad

Note: On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a 52% majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The legal references in this blog are accurate as at the date of writing, 25th March 2017. Do you dream of watching the sun set on a Greek Island? Or living amongst the locals in a French village, visiting the produce markets and drinking the local wine? Then a holiday home may be the best purchase you ever make. So how do you go about purchasing a holiday home? What are the pitfalls you should watch out for? Our guide will answer all your questions and more. more


Company

The Most Common Types of Business Disputes and How to Avoid Them

Warfare and business are often synonymous with each other. Consider the many phrases we use in business such as; strategy, tactics, great leaders and ruthlessness. These can all be applied to war. more

Residential Landlord and Tenant

Anti-social Behaviour Issues

A vast majority of private and social housing tenants exhibit responsible, decent behaviour and treat their homes and neighbours with respect. Unfortunately, sometimes landlords do have to deal with tenants who behave in anti-social ways. This can be stressful and time consuming, robbing landlords and neighbours of peace of mind. more


Civil Litigation

CFAs and DBAs – Why They Are Good For Lawyers

Ever since they received the Right Honourable Lord Justice Jackson’s endorsement in his landmark 2010 report, the use of Conditional Fee Arrangements (CFAs) and Damage Based Agreements (DBAs) has increased substantially in the UK. Not only have these types of agreements provided clients who may have struggled to fund litigation greater access to justice, their growing acceptance has opened the door for solicitors and their clients to take advantage of litigation funding on a more strategic level than ever before. more

Company

Starting a Business in the UK? Here are the Documents you will Need.

Britain has always been a world economic powerhouse, punching well above its weight, especially considering it is a small, drizzly island on the edge of Europe. According to the recent research, the UK economy is, “the fifth-largest national economy in the world measured by nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and ninth-largest in the world measured by purchasing power parity (PPP), comprising 4% of world GDP. It is the second-largest in the European Union by both metrics”. more

Wills and Trusts

The Winners and Losers in the New Intestacy Laws

On the 1st October 2014, the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 came into force, and the legislation brings about some major changes regarding the rules of intestacy. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what changes have occurred, and who benefits most from the revamping of the intestacy laws, we must make clear that it is still highly advisable you organise a valid Will. This is still the only way to ensure that your estate will be divided up according to your express wishes. more


Immigration

Is Your Marriage A Sham?

In 2016, the Home Office published its new guidance on Marriage Investigations. According to the document, the guidance is, “aimed primarily at Immigration Enforcement staff involved in investigating allegations of sham marriage, civil partnerships and marriages of convenience.” more


Trusts & Wills

Do You Qualify For The New Residence Nil Rate Band?

From 6th April, new changes to the Inheritance Tax (IHT) regime will come into force. One of the main beneficiaries of the new rules will be those whose residential home is valued at £2 million or less. By 2020, if they are married, they may be able to leave up to £1 million to their direct descendant's tax-free thanks to the residence nil rate band. more

Company

Show me the Money

If you are thinking of starting your own business, one of the most important factors to consider at the beginning of your journey is how you plan to finance your venture. This guide will provide a quick overview on the funding options available. more

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