Author Archives for Alex Lyttle


Service Charges in Commercial Property Explained

For commercial landlords and tenants, service charges are an essential issue to get right as they are one of the most common areas of dispute. They must be set at an appropriate level, each party must fully understand what they cover and there should be a clear process for resolving any problems that arise. In…

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How to prepare your business now for bumpier times ahead

With widespread economic uncertainty and potentially difficult times ahead, commercial legal expert Jaron Crooknorth and disputes expert Alex Lyttle look at how to make sure your business is in the best possible shape to weather approaching storms. Jaron and Alex are both partners at Gloucester law firm Tayntons, where they head up the Commercial and…

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Is a company director an employee?

Employees have a range of employment rights in respect of issues such as unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, notice pay and holiday pay. When a dispute arises, it can be crucial to define whether an individual is an employee or not. Many directors are also shareholders and work for the company.  They split their earnings between…

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How to deal with an employee request for flexible working

As an employer, you are required to consider an employee’s request for flexible working reasonably. If you want to decline the request, then you need to give a valid business reason for doing so. When dealing with a flexible working request, you should follow the ACAS Code of Practice on flexible working requests. Receiving a…

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Free money can be bad for your business’ health

If you’re unfortunate enough to be the director of a company in pandemic-related financial trouble, you’re likely to be focusing all your attention on keeping your business afloat, looking after your staff and minimising losses. What about the personal risks to you as a director? Have you thought about the knock-on effects of continuing to…

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Government Updates: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Job Support Scheme, Job Retention Bonus, and paying back claims made in error

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme As the nation once again adjusts to a second national lockdown, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a five-month extension of the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) from 31 October to 31 March. The CJRS more commonly known as the furlough scheme required employers to contribute from 1 August 2020. From…

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