Category Archive: Alex Lyttle

Are you Futureproof?

By now I am sure your families and you have developed a new if slightly surreal daily routine of working from home and homeschooling (also known as riot police training) the kids.  Some parts of Europe have eased their lockdown restrictions and though in the UK the government have announced another 3 weeks of lockdown…

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Furlough Leave

Furlough Leave, a phrase which you have possibly never heard of but has an increased significance to both employers and employees.  So, what do we know about it so far? Apart from the announcement by the Chancellor, at the minute very little is known about how the new “Coronavirus Retention Scheme” or “Furlough Leave”, as…

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Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best

The Prime Minister has declared this the “worst health crisis in a generation”, big words, lots of hype but what effect will this have for the business community in Gloucestershire? Worst case scenario is best explained by the now historic TV show Dad’s Army.  “Don’t panic, don’t panic” is the cry.  Another thought is “we…

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A Well-Meaning Marketing Campaign ruled as ‘Discriminatory’

There is a risk that well-meaning or light-hearted marketing or advertising campaigns inadvertently stray into the realms of discrimination. A brewery fell into that trap when it marketed a cut-price beer only to those who identified as women in a satirical attempt to highlight the gender pay gap. What Happened? A customer issued proceedings against…

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Liquidator’s Reach Extended Beyond UK Borders – Test Case Ruling

Judges are keen to support insolvency practitioners in their quest to recover funds for the benefit of creditors, and a ground-breaking High Court ruling will no doubt be greeted as a welcome extension of their reach beyond the borders of the UK. Outline of the case The case concerned an English-registered meat wholesaling company in…

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Long Leaseholders Ignore the Terms of Their Leases At Their Peril!

Many long leaseholders mistakenly believe that they have much the same rights as freeholders and can do pretty much what they like with their properties. As one case strikingly showed, however, ignoring the terms of your lease can put both your home and your investment at risk. Outline of the Case The case concerned a…

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Oral offers are easy to make – but make sure it’s on paper!

Those intent on changing jobs can easily have their heads turned by glittering offers of remuneration and benefits made over lunch and a handshake. As one case strikingly highlights, it is written terms of engagement that matter.  Taking expert advice is the best way to avoid bitter disappointment. What happened? The case concerned two very…

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Watching your back

Every business person who has that entrepreneurial sixth sense to smell out opportunity and the courage to grasp it will need good professional advice. They might consider any professional advice to be too staid and cautious but after having their fingers burned once, they can see that correct professional advice is indispensable if they are…

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Settling Your Differences

 With both the current economic uncertainty regarding Brexit and the lead up to the Christmas period, the number of Settlement Agreements (previously Compromise Agreements) being offered to employees has greatly increased.  They are typically used in redundancy situations. It is a document that many of us have heard of but what is it and what…

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