Businesses in Kent and Medway are facing increased costs and will be looking to pass them on to their customers, finds a new survey of business leaders attending the Kent and Medway Business Summit.
As part of the Kent & Medway Business Summit, Jason Varney shares the wider commercial teams’ views on the five crucial challenges facing businesses
Thomson Snell & Passmore was recently delighted to provide pro bono legal advice to The Good Company People, a Community Interest Company.
As we look ahead to 2022, there are a range of commercial law issues which organisations from across industry sectors need to be mindful of. Here, we examine the top three, and explore what steps businesses can take to ensure they are doing all they can to be prepared.
Poh-Leng Devare explores the ways in which business can promote sustainability across their supply chain.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important when it comes to banking and finance. Here, Katya Batchelor explores what borrowers and lenders should consider when looking to incorporate sustainability elements into their loan agreements.
Obtaining good quality legal advice is vital at every stage of the lifecycle of a business to reduce the risks to both you and your organisation.
Jason Varney, partner in the corporate team and Poh-Leng Devare, partner in the commercial team recently spoke to South East Business Magazine about the business landscape in the South East.
We have advised long-term client Rhokett on its sale to PE backed Palacios. A great joint effort, led by Head of Corporate Joanne Gallagher and supported by our commercial property, banking and finance, employment, tax, pensions and commercial teams.
Leading South East Law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore, has advised long-term client the Motorline Group (Motorline) on its sale to Marshall Motor Holdings plc (Marshall), in a multi-disciplinary and complex M&A transaction which involved the acquisition of the entire share capital of Motorline for a cash consideration of £64.5million.
With supply chain issues impacting many businesses across all industry sectors, Commercial Partner Poh-Leng Devare recently wrote a piece for The Times of Tunbridge Wells, looking at what organisations can do to protect themselves.
Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has advised long-term client Nurture Landscapes on its most recent acquisition of interior landscaping specialist Indoor Garden Design (IGD).
As the countdown to the end of LIBOR continues, banking and finance specialist Katya Batchelor has updated her advice piece on how to prepare for SONIA.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has recently launched a new £375 million fund to drive investment into research and development intensive companies that are looking to grow within sectors including technology and life sciences. Here, Jason Varney explores this new Future Fund: Breakthrough and how it could help fast growing technology organisations.
Our Corporate and Commercial team has been incredibly busy in recent months. Here, we look at some of the commercial work we have been helping clients with during the pandemic.
A new sub-regulator – the Digital Markets Unit (DMU) – has been launched to give consumers more choice and control over their data, promote online competition and crack down on unfair practices within the digital marketing/advertising sector.
Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak’s, statement in the House of Commons, many businesses across the UK will be pleased to see a planned route out of the economic uncertainty caused by the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
Head of Corporate and Commercial Joanne Gallagher recently shared her thoughts on 2020 and her hopes for 2021 with Kent Life Magazine.
Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore announces 11 promotions from across its core practice areas.
UK Export Finance (UKEF), in partnership with the UK’s leading commercial banks, has introduced a new guarantee scheme to help cover the costs of international trade.
Jason Varney from our corporate team gives his reaction to the Chancellor’s Spending Review.
Back in December of 2019 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) held a consultation outlining guidance for dealing with Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs.)
Last month, the Government published its response to a consultation process initially undertaken in 2019 as part of its plan to enhance the role of Companies House and increase the transparency of UK corporate entities.
The High Court has handed down judgment in an expedited test case, which examined whether a selection of business interruption (BI) insurance policies provide cover in relation to COVID-19. The Court found in favour of the policyholders on the majority of the key issues.
The German branch of the Swedish clothing manufacturer H&M have been handed a huge fine in excess of €35 million by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority, as a result of a breach of GDPR rules concerning employee data.
As a general rule, when transferring an interest in land, any fixture which forms part of the land will be transferred with the land unless expressly stated in the sale contract. Unlike fixtures, fittings do not attach to the land and therefore do not pass on a sale.
In this month’s commercial law article, we look at how businesses can retain the rights to computer software developed on their behalf
Faye Cook from our corporate and commercial team responds to the Chancellor’s statement.
Katya Batchelor recently wrote a piece on the move from LIBOR to SONIA, for Finance Monthly.
We look at best practice when it comes to working with agents, especially in light of the booming new market for personal protection equipment.
Leading South East Law firm, Thomson Snell & Passmore, has advised North Kent College (NKC) on its acquisition of the education related assets of Hadlow College. In a complex education administration transaction involving a number of different parties, Hadlow College, including Princess Christian Farm and the equestrian centre in Greenwich, and the Tonbridge campus of West Kent and Ashford College (WKAC) have been transferred to NKC, including all students and the education-related facilities of the two colleges.
On 29 May 2020 the government announced that it is working with businesses and trade associations in order to publish a Code of Practice to support high street businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.
South east firm Thomson Snell & Passmore, the world’s oldest law firm, has appointed Joanna Pratt as senior partner.
As lockdown measures start to be lifted, from a commercial point of view, businesses are now stepping away from discussion of force majeure and frustration where performance is impossible (as opposed to commercially undesirable) and instead stepping into performance in a vastly different commercial context.
Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanna Pratt as its new Senior Partner.
Commercial relationships evolve and contracts at the heart of business deals need to accurately reflect the current agreement between the parties.
Nearly all businesses have business interruption insurance as part of a “commercial- combined” policy. This may be wrapped into a small business package aimed at your business sector or part of a bigger portfolio of covers pulled together with your insurance broker.
In most businesses, large and small, the day to day in the accounts department, is working out how much money is coming in, and what money needs to be paid out.
The ICO has issued brief guidance to data controllers in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19: understanding how Coronavirus can impact commercial contracts
As much as us lawyers love to draft contracts (the longer the better!) you don’t need a written agreement to make a contract. This is obvious really – no one demands your signature to buy a Wispa at the corner shop – but when matters are beyond the merely routine, a written agreement is essential in ensuring that risks are agreeably allocated, there is consistency of understanding between the parties and that all the aspects of the agreement needed to make the agreement work, are included.
If you control personal data, you will need to register with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and pay a fee unless you are exempt. You can check whether you are required to register here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-fee/self-assessment/
During the bit between Christmas and New Year, it is great to watch old movies and eat leftovers, but there is also plenty of time for the mind to wander.
Business people often type their name at the end of emails setting out agreements. And some have taken to inserting images of their signatures onto documents with a signature block, but most will not have considered whether this actually constitutes valid execution of a document.
It sounds harmless enough. Who wouldn’t want to deal with their counterparties “in good faith?” But these three little words, like their more famous counterparts, can imply more than was intended when included in a commercial contract.
It is fair to say, that businesses are still mostly uncertain about what impact Brexit will have on them.
As a firm, we take pride in being a constant in a changing world. We hope this collection of articles will be helpful and provide food for thought on a number of topics.
We regularly answer frequently asked questions from across the practice and bring them together to help bring clarity to your legal needs. Each of the sections below lead off to a more comprehensive bank of information.
Contracts form the basic features of any business and play a significant part in how you carry out your business. It is also a very common area for mistakes with even the simplest agreements proving challenging. The following reveals the most common errors and the best way to avoid them.
We have provided commercial, IT and IP advice.
Intellectual Property (IP) is often referred to as “creations of the mind” and intellectual property rights help you to stop people from taking those creations without your permission.
Curious about how Brexit will affect your intellectual property (IP) rights after the UK leaves the EU? Here’s a high level summary of some key points to consider.
Senior Partner, James Partridge speaks to the Times of Tunbridge Wells and describes the impact that the Leave vote will have on businesses and looks at five key areas including commercial contracts, dispute resolution, employment, commercial property and data protection.
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Warnings have been issued for Monday as February provides us with an extra day this leap year. Signing contracts or completing property transactions which refer to anniversaries of the date of agreement, could leave you waiting for a very long time.
Q: My business partner and I run a successful company together. We are both directors and each have a 50% shareholding. We want to protect our shares should the unexpected happen and one of us dies. How can we do this?