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  • Solicitors Title to Launch Comprehensive Business Support Hub

    Covid-19 Business

    In response to the current difficult times, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, award-winning South West law firm, Solicitors Title, will be launching a Business Support Hub, to provide comprehensive information for businesses during and beyond the current crisis.

    Head of our corporate practice Richard James explained the initiative: “Having had many conversations over the last few days and with the rapidly changing situation for businesses, we recognised the need for the Business Support Hub, to help business owners navigate the risks, understand latest developments and to identify opportunities; for example, we have been impressed as we have watched the many businesses up and down the UK rapidly deploy an online offering, as a result of their traditional business model being impacted.”

    Some will know that we had a bigger project in the making, along similar lines before the Covid-19 outbreak, as announced at our Solicitors Title’s 21st birthday celebration last year and therefore the Business Support Hub will act as a trial for the much bigger business support package that we have in preparation.

    We will announce when the Business Support Hub is available and, of course, the resources and information will be entirely free.  In the meantime, please see our guidance to businesses, via our Business Perspective in light of Covid-19 article.

     

    Posted: 27/03/2020
    Categories: Uncategorized

  • Coronavirus – Working Together

    As the Prime Minister has said, we have not known a situation like this in peacetime. Our objectives, like with many other businesses, are to ensure the safely and wellbeing of our staff, to support our clients and to ensure, as much as we can, that any disruption to the availability of our services is minimised. We have therefore considered whether we can deliver services in a more novel way, if the need arises or in particular cases and we are keeping this under review.

    Our offices are open and we will aim to ensure minimal disruption to our service levels, but please bear in mind that all businesses are having to manage this fast-moving situation, keeping developments and how they respond to those developments under constant review. However, for our clients, referrers and contacts, we can confirm the following:

    • We have full remote working capability and a secure IT infrastructure, meaning that we can continue to operate even if our offices needed to close (at present, all of our offices are open as usual)
    • Our compliance team have reviewed critical deadlines and areas of work that cannot be disrupted, if at all possible, to ensure continuity in these respects
    • We have considered any risks to our business and are taking steps to mitigate these
    • We have deployed updated guidance on hand washing and good hygiene and are taking practical steps to avoid unnecessary contact (for example shaking hands) and this is ongoing
    • We have already moved some meetings to alternative methods of communication; for example, phone, video conferencing/Zoom/Skype

    This situation may inevitably lead to consideration of advice that businesses and others need or to look at putting various things in place -we will be publishing some outline thought of things to consider, from a business perspective, later on today.  For the moment, and as always, please do get in touch with your usual contact at Solicitors Title, to see what we can do to help.

    The Partners and staff at Solicitors Title

    Posted: 18/03/2020
    Categories: Uncategorized

  • Mary Berry’s Stout – Infringement of a Name Trademark

    It is recognised that celebrity endorsement of a product can add real weight to how it’s received by the public, particularly where the product is in a competitive or crowded marketplace.  Such was the case last week when, in California, a brewer chose to associate a new beer, called a pastry stout (owing to it being made with the kinds of ingredients you might usually associate with the familiar baked item), with a celebrity baker, without their endorsement!

    Posted: 23/09/2019
    Categories: Uncategorized

  • Does your Business Need a Staff Handbook?

    A staff handbook serves many purposes – yet surprisingly, many businesses still choose to operate without one. However, most HR professionals recommend that you provide every member of staff with a copy, as it ensures employees are familiar with all company policies and procedures.

    In this article by our employment specialist Wendy Harris, you’ll find out what a staff handbook should contain, and how it can support your business in the future.

    What is a Staff Handbook?

    Quite simply, a staff handbook is a document that’s supplied to all members of staff (preferably when they start working with you). It contains important information about your company policies and procedures, and ensures that every employee fully understands what’s expected of them – in terms of behaviour, protocol and responsibilities.

    Posted: 09/09/2019
    Categories: Uncategorized

  • Proposed Sainsbury’s and Asda Merger Blocked by Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

    An intended tie-up between two of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains has been blocked and does not now look like it will go ahead.

    Merger and Acquisitions specialist, Richard James, explores the competition law aspects of the decision and why the law exists to regulate potentially anti-competitive behaviour or situations which might create market dominance.

    Posted: 25/04/2019
    Categories: News

  • Over £100 Raised in World Cancer Day Take2

    On Valentine’s Day this year we were delighted to once again collaborate with Cancer Research UK in raising money for their work towards eradicating this awful condition. Held at Solicitors Title’s Yeovil office, based at Yeovil Innovation Centre, the many businesses based at the offices enjoyed a variety of cakes whilst learning more about the work being undertaken, the impact of cancer and how you can help (including via Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service, operated in collaboration with Solicitors Title.

    For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or contact us

    2019 marks Solicitors Title’s 21st Anniversary year and the firm’s 6th year based in Somerset making their team accessible to local individuals and families.

    Posted: 26/02/2019
    Categories: News

  • Supporting World Cancer Day 2019; CRUK

    Together with Cancer Research UK, Solicitors Title is delighted to be holding an event on Thursday 14th February 2019 at Yeovil Innovation Centre (our Yeovil office) raising awareness around the impact of cancer, how you can help (including via Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service) and the international research undertaken from the money raised, in support of World Cancer Day 2019.

    Cancer Research UK is working with a number of other cancer charities, through World Cancer Day, to raise awareness and further support the work that they do. Each year, funds raised support thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses to accelerate progress in the fight against over 200 types of cancer.

    Over a third of the research undertaken by Cancer Research UK into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity via their will; as a result we are proud to be part of CRUK’s Free Wills Service, locally.

    Sadly, one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. The generous gifts left by people through wills help cancer charities to continue their work to beat cancer sooner.

    For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or contact us

    2019 marks Solicitors Title’s 21st Anniversary year and the firm’s 6th year based in Somerset making their team accessible to local individuals and families.

    Posted: 16/12/2018
    Categories: Uncategorized

  • Wanting to Expand but don’t know how: Considering how to Franchise your Business

    How it begins:

    You start your own business; it may initially be for you but in time you might think about how you might grow – a natural option would be a new location. This starts a journey towards growth.  So you might hire someone in the new area.  But, after all of your hard work building your brand, money, time resources, making your product or service unique, can you really entrust your business reputation into the hands of an employee who might start doing things that are not in line with your original vision; next might come bad reviews, customer service issues, considerable management time overseeing your new location to get them back into line with your original blueprint.  So in reality, you don’t grow.  Instead, how are you going to grow without these potential issues in the way?

    The Solution:

    There is one word that alleviates all of these problems: franchising.

    Posted: 12/08/2018
    Categories: Uncategorized

  • A Toolkit and a Practical Solution for GDPR – 25th May

    We have been actively working on GDPR for almost a year now, helping clients and contacts navigate the changes that this new data protection law will bring about. Sadly, many have been misled, remain confused or, despite attending lots of seminars, are still lost as to what to do! Is this you?

    With GDPR taking effect one week today, there is little time, but there is time to address and formulate a plan to achieve compliance. And although it is about compliance, in reality it is about setting yourself apart from those of your competitors who will simply choose to do nothing.

    Posted: 18/05/2018
    Categories: GDPR

  • With Only a Month to Go: Why GDPR will be a Watershed Moment for Marketing

    As consumers, we’re tired; tired of spam, tired of being gamed into receiving marketing that, in fact, we don’t want and tired of companies that have no regard for our values and, indeed, adopting an approach that that might, in fact, lead us to engage more fully with them, if only they could get away from the old-school approach to marketing. Consumers now want engagement; they don’t want to be ‘sold to’ – the goalposts have moved; to a different pitch!

    Posted: 25/04/2018
    Categories: GDPR