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A six-step guide to protect your business against breach of restrictive covenants

A six-step guide to protect your business against breach of restrictive covenants

Breaches of employment contracts happen every day – being vigilant and making employment contracts water tight is critical.  St Albans dispute resolution solicitor Gemma Newing provides a six-step guide to protecting your business. 1. Seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity  The relationship between your employees and your customers is …

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Is an employee breaching the restrictive covenants in their employment contract and destroying your business in the process?

Is an employee breaching the restrictive covenants in their employment contract and destroying your business in the process?

So what happens when an employee leaves for a competitor taking not only a database of clients, but also confidential information about the company’s products? We all think it won’t happen to us, but unfortunately the litigation team (as well as colleagues in the employment law team) see this happening …

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Creditors bankruptcy petitions– A change is going to come

Creditors bankruptcy petitions– A change is going to come

Changes to the Personal Insolvency debt threshold have recently been announced which are due to come into effect in October 2015.  The proposed changes would mark a significant shift in the options available to creditors pursuing debtors for relatively small debts, and have received mixed views. How the land lies …

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Non Payment of Rents: A Guide for Landlords and Managing Agents

Non Payment of Rents: A Guide for Landlords and Managing Agents

While the financial climate is much healthier than it has been in the previous five years, landlords and managing agents of commercial properties I speak to still tell me they have problems with their commercial tenants failing to pay the rents and services charges. So, what can you do when …

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Does the end of the recession signal an end to bad debtors?

Does the end of the recession signal an end to bad debtors?

I frequently hear that the occurrence of bad debtors worsens during a recession. Indeed, recent figures published by the Registry Trust, the organisation which records all Judgments entered in England and Wales, shows that the number of County Court Judgments (CCJ’s) entered against businesses in England and Wales has dropped …

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How can companies avoid bad debt?

How can companies avoid bad debt?

Bad debtors are the thorn in the side of every business. While unfortunately, every business will face a bad debtor at some point, in my experience, there are number of preventative steps you can take from the outset that will help put you in the best position possible when a bad …

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Behind the mic – it’s debt recovery solicitor Gemma Newing!

Behind the mic – it’s debt recovery solicitor Gemma Newing!

I’ve been basking in the glow of being a “local media star” this week following my interview with Three Counties radio station Radio Verulam. Without wanting to give away too much, (as we do want you to tune in!) I’ll be talking on the one-hour show about debt recovery and …

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Retention of Title claims and Administrators

Retention of Title claims and Administrators

When a company is placed into administration, it is typical for a creditor of that company to seek to exercise their retention of title (“ROT”) clause.  But to what extent are administrators under a duty to identify an ROT claimant’s property? The recent case of Blue Monkey Gaming Ltd v Hudson …

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Is a 12 month non-competition restrictive covenant enforceable?

Yes says the High Court in the case of Merlin Financial Consultants Ltd v Cooper! In this case, a ‘goodwill’ agreement between an employer and a financial adviser contained a restrictive covenant preventing the financial adviser from ‘competing’ with the business of the employer for 12 months post termination.  The …

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