Archive November 2015
Do you trade online? Are you responsible for sales and marketing? Do you deal with customers face to face?
Consumers now have more protection than ever; leaving businesses open to losses and claims if they are not compliant. Avoid being caught out by these changes: use our contact form to let us know if you are able to come along. Please feel free to share this with colleagues and business contacts.
What is Consumer Rights Act 2015 and how does it affect you and your business?
Following on from our article last year talking about distance selling laws, the “biggest overhaul of consumer rights in a generation” comes into force tomorrow (1 October) with the introduction of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA”); if you trade with consumers, whether face-to-face or online, you need to be aware of it and how it can affect your business.
Existing consumer law is unnecessarily complex and is considered out of date and inconsistent. It also fails to mention the ever developing world of digital content. The new legislation aims to bring important updates to existing laws and clarify and streamline areas which are unclear.
Inheritance in France – Change in 2015
Bringing together expertise on both French and English law, Maitre Laurent Dallet and Mervyn Rundle are giving a FREE seminar to explain the implications for your Will following the adoption of new European Regulations on inheritance laws
If you are a British citizen, you can now opt to have your assets in France covered by British inheritance law – but you need to get advice to ensure you understand the implications of such a change.
All of the team at Solicitors Title are delighted that the firm is a finalist in this year’s Western Gazette Business Awards. Partner, Richard James, said “having only had our office in Yeovil for just over a year, this is great local recognition for what we originally set out to do in opening our second office.”
This year, Solicitors Title is a finalist in the Best Business Website category, a new award for 2014. The majority of law firm websites that we looked at simply talked about the firm and how expert they were in various areas, but they seemed to miss the point that the purpose of their website is to help existing and prospective clients understand how hiring a lawyer can help them, whether they have a personal issue or a business one.
… is what you would think when your business hires a creative professional to help with your marketing efforts; however, it may surprise you to know that marketing agencies, web development companies and similar organisations in fact own the material that you ask them to produce for you!
Noise nuisance at Race Track – Court Decided that Planning Permission has little if any relevance to the private nuisance. No defence of “the track was here first”. Possibility of a right to make a nuisance if it can be proven over a period of 20 years. Cessation of activity upheld as primary remedy instead of damages.
Serious implications for all those affected by noise or responsible for making noise in particular track operators and track day organisers.
The recent Supreme Court decision in Coventry v Lawrence regarding the Mildenhall speedway and motocross track is a very important case for motorsport and noise nuisance providing much needed clarification of a number of issues which had been in doubt following the Court of Appeal’s ruling over the Croft race track some 4 years ago.
As you’re busy establishing your new business, often your accountant will suggest that you have a shareholders agreement between you; but as these are not legally required, why should you bother?
Below, we’ve outlined 7 common scenarios that you or your business might face; a well drafted shareholders agreement seeks to cover or resolve these issues with the minimum of fuss, and certainly without the need to call on the lawyers!
Solicitors Title has strengthened its company commercial team with the appointment of Guy Curry to the practice.
Mr Curry, a former partner at one of the larger Exeter law firms, is presently company secretary of Goodridge, the high-tech manufacturer of components to the automotive and motorsport industries, based near Exeter International Airport, and a director of FC Fund Managers, investment and fund managers based in Truro, Cornwall.
Exeter firm Solicitors Title will establish the office, which will see Somerset lawyer Richard James join existing partners Janet Milton and Mervyn Rundle to develop the business law side of the practice.
Mr James’ experience in corporate and commercial law, in addition to franchising – he is one of only a few specialist lawyers in the UK in this field – will be crucial to the new enterprise.
Having gained a law degree at the University of Southampton, Mr James went on to work in a number of high-profile practices, including in the City of London, and previous clients have included such blue-chip firms as Alliance Unichem, Fujifilm and Clarks shoes.
Ms Milton said: “Since relocating to the South West in 2009, Richard has built up a loyal following.
“This complements Solicitors Title’s ethos of providing a competitively-priced, high quality, personal service.”
Mr James said: “For the majority of clients, the traditional law firm business model
doesn’t appeal any more – they are demanding a different approach, and it is up to us to engage with them through channels such as social media to understand what they want from a 21st century law firm and then to deliver it; and we plan to do just that. We should be open in Yeovil by the spring.”
Explaining the decision to relocate to the heart of the city’s independent stores sector, partner Janet Milton said:
“We are a small practice offering a very personal service to our private and business clients and as such we have a very different ethos to many of the larger, corporate legal firms. When looking for new premises we wanted somewhere which reflected this.
“Gandy Street is a perfect new location for us; being the home of small, independent shops and businesses that offer something just a little bit different without compromising on quality.
“We were amused when we realised that Gandy Street was the inspiration for Diagon Alley of Harry Potter fame – a little bit of magic would certainly have helped ease the upheaval of an office move!”
Partner Mervyn Rundle, Exeter born and bred, is also delighted by the move from their old South Street offices. A former pupil of Clyst St Mary primary and Exeter School, he returned to the city after university.
He said: “Exeter is the kind of place people always come back to. Gandy Street is an iconic Exeter street which today offers a quality, up-market feel which is an alternative to the mainstream. We are already feeling very much at home here: we are ‘Gandy Street people’.
“When looking for new offices we were keen to avoid a ‘glass palace’: they can be very expensive and we don’t want to have to pass on unnecessary costs to our clients.”
Previously based at 92 South Street, the firm has moved to 17 Gandy Street, taking two floors above the Moko shop.