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  • Disputes in the EU - Rules on Applicable Law

    Where a dispute has a foreign element, one of the common problems is deciding under what jurisdiction legal action should be taken. This is avoided in many commercial contracts by specifying the applicable law in the contract, but in consumer contracts there...
  • Agency Workers Legislation Update

    Alan Kennedy discusses the implications of new agency worker regulatons and the impact this will have on employers. This article which was published in the Sheffield Telegraph on 20th October 2011 for further information.    You can also...
  • Ashley Birks Sponsor's Day

    SCUNTHORPE Speedway played host to a day of fun-filled speedway sliding as Ashley Birks took his sponsors to the track. The Scorpion’s youngster began the day by demonstrating full-throttle action around the tight Scuntorpe circuit, before hading...
  • Bank Deposit Protection Rules for Businesses : Guide

    In December 2010, new limits were announced for the levels of protection available for different investments underwritten by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS protects the deposits of small companies, which are those which meet...
  • Birks Wins National Title

    Sports Development Fund athlete lands Speedway National League Title. Birks had raced unbeaten around the Rye House circuit, outpacing many well-seasoned National League riders. Then, during an action-packed final race, Birks met home favourite Raider...
  • Bribery Act Guidance

    The Government provides guidance for businesses on complying with the Bribery Act 2010 , which came into force on 1 July 2011. The Act was originally scheduled to take effect in April 2011, but its implementation was delayed to allow the final version of...
  • Business Relief - Traps for the Unwary

    Most business people know that for family businesses there are generous Inheritance Tax (IHT) reliefs, which generally operate to make assets used in the business exempt or partially exempt from IHT. The reliefs take various forms, but are  have been...
  • Buying from an Administrator - Take Care

    With businesses becoming insolvent in large numbers, opportunities abound to acquire assets from their administrators. However, the low prices sought for the assets are due, at least in part, to the additional risk to the purchaser. Here are some of the...
  • Changes to the Law - Asifa Rehman

    This article is taken from our monthly Sheffield Telegraph column. To download this article, click here . ...
  • Commercial expertise at Wosskow Brown

    Wosskow Brown, is delighted to announce that it has been joined by commercial law specialist, Kiley Tan, to head its busy commercial department. Kiley, who specialises in dispute resolution and non-contentious commercial law qualified as a solicitor in...
  • Companies Act 2006 Overview

    The Companies Act 2006 became fully effective from October 1st 2009. Here are some useful sources of information on the Act. For more information and advice on your circumstances, contact us. Companies House Overview . Changes which came into...
  • Companies Act Model Articles - Think First

    Since the Companies Act 2006 came into effect, the incorporation of a company has been straightforward as the Act provides an easy to use set of model articles of incorporation. However, before you rush off and buy an ‘off the shelf’...
  • Company Name Rules

    You cannot incorporate a company using any name you like. Some names are prohibited (for example, those which suggest a connection with the Government or the Crown) and names will not be allowed if they are too similar to the names of existing companies. It...
  • Company Disclosure Rules - The Basics

    The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 set out the the requirements as to where and when company trading names, names of directors etc. need to be shown. The Statutory Instrument implementing the changes is both short and straightforward. In...
  • Company Formation Checklist

    You may have come across advertisements which make forming a company sound very easy, but before you go ahead there are some serious issues to think through. If you have decided that a company is the best vehicle for your new venture then here is a...
  • Company Late Filing Fees

    Companies filing their accounts after the due date are subject to late filing penalties which were last changed in February 2009. Private companies are required to file their accounts within 10 months of the end of the accounting period. Those that file...
  • Considering Outsourcing

    These days more and more processes are being outsourced (run by external contractors under a service agreement) by more and more businesses. It is particularly common to outsource IT functions and telephone call management. Outsourcing can offer many...
  • Contractors Are Your Responsibility

    A handbook  produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines the responsibilities of both the contractor and the client in situations in which work is carried out by contractors rather then employees. It does not apply to circumstances in...
  • Courtroom Drama Advice for Employers - Sheffield Star

      The Sheffield Star features an in-depth review of our latest Mock Employment Tribunal. Read how our witnesses got on throughout the gruelling questioning and learn how businesses owners can stay clear...
  • Dancing the Night Away for Master Cutler's

    This year the Master Cutler’s Challenge is supporting Cavendish Cancer Care... And to do our bit for local causes, we're holding a sealed bid auction. Thanks to Sheffield City Hall we're in possession of 2...
  • Difficult Start to Elite League for Stars

    The Sheffield Wosskow Brown Stars are facing up to life in an increasingly competitive BCTG Elite League. Following a dream start to their 2012 campaign, the Stars have struggled to make an impact on leading clubs in the top flight competition. The...
  • Employee Fraud - Fraud Act 2006

    Employee fraud continues to rise as the recession continues to bite - however,  the Fraud Act 2006 provisions make it easier to obtain convictions for fraud a than was possible under the predecessor legislation. Under the Act, fraud offences are: ...
  • Employee Fraud: Warning Signs

    Employee fraud was a boom area even before the recession started.  ‘Targeted’ frauds, often backed by organised criminals, are also becoming more common. In these cases, an employee (often using a stolen identity) is ‘planted’ in...
  • Employment Law - Sheffield Star

    Alan Kennedy discusses what to expect from new year employment law changes. This article was first published in the Sheffield Star 23rd November 2011.    You can read this article by clicking on this link . Alan can be contacted on 0114 256...
  • Financial Fraud - What Not to Do!

    With recent surveys showing that instances of employee fraud are still on the increase, and HMRC showing regrettable lack of ability to safeguard personal data, eliminating poor security practices which make fraud easier is becoming even more important....
  • First Win for WB Cricketers

      In their first game Wosskow Brown cricket club beat local rivals Sheffield Warriers in impressive style.   WB opened the batting, scored 186 runs in 20 overs,  only able to hit 105 before their last wicket was taken. Wosskow Brown...
  • Harry Tees off in English Championships

    19 year old Knibb fights hard at major event. GOLFER Harry Knibb, battled hard through a tough field to compete in the Enlgish Amateur Championships. The prestigious event got underway at the Silloth on Solway and Seascale Golf Clubs, with a 300 strong...
  • Insurers Target Vulnerable Motorists

    UK motorists are easy prey for insurance under-valuations, according to a recent report.  As a result, motor insurance complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service rose by 6% last year – with key criticisms surrounding pay-outs following an...
  • It Wasn't in the Contract

    A common problem in contract disputes is that matters that create disagreement are sometimes not referred to specifically in the contract. However, as well as the express terms of a contract, there are also terms that are implied that is, they apply without...
  • Leicester Cycle Speedway Receive Huge SDF Boost

    Leicester Cycle Speedway Club have become the latest sports club to benefit from the WB Sports Development Fund. Leicester club secretary Tim Jarvis (pictured left) accepted £1968 on behalf of the Elite League side, for referring legal work to...
  • Leigh Revitalises WB Private Client Team

    Wosskow Brown Solicitors are pleased to announce a new addition to their expanding private client team. Having worked with a regional practice for five years, Leigh Purdy, who specialises in family law and probate, fits straight into the new look private...
  • Letters of Intent - Getting Them Right

    What Is a Letter of Intent? Letters of intent, commonly referred to as 'heads of agreement', are used to indicate the terms under which two or more people intend to enter into a contractual relationship when doing business together. The term 'letter of...
  • Limited Liability Partnerships: Procedures and Guide

    Limited liability partnerships (LLPs) were first introduced in April 2001 and are becoming an increasingly popular way of structuring a business, especially with professional practices. The big advantage of the LLP is that it allows the liability of...
  • Making Retention of Title Work

    Prior to the recession, Retention of Title (RoT) clauses probably received less attention than they should have from many businesses. However, RoT is now back in the spotlight. An effective RoT clause will normally allow you to recover the goods you have...
  • Money Laundering Regulations

    Money laundering is the process by which criminals turn their 'dirty' income – which is usually earned in cash – into 'clean' money, by undertaking transactions which hide the original source of the cash and/or turn the cash into...
  • New Consumer Protection Regulations

    Suppliers of goods to the public should be aware that the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 apply to contracts concluded on or after 13 June 2014. The Regulations implement into UK law the EU Consumer...
  • New Contract, New Danger

    Every business needs customers, but every customer, especially a new one, represents a risk to your business. It is a very serious issue but there are many things you can do to make sure that you increase your chances of getting paid. Clearly, the...
  • Olympic Torch in Attercliffe

    The Olympic Torch left Sheffield yesterday after a short trip through the Attercliffe region of the city. 14 year old Lucy Brunt led the way from Don Valley Stadium, with an impressive crowd looking on. Following a brief spell around...
  • Outsourcing the Processing of Personal Information - Guidance

    The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance for small businesses on how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when you outsource the processing of personal information, such as your payroll function or customer mailing...
  • Partnership agreements are essential

    Zoe Li explains why partnerships should invest in proper agreements to protect their business. Please read this article which was published in the Sheffield Telegraph on 22nd September 2011 for further information.    You can also...
  • Record number of employment claims

    This year will see a record number of employment claims brought against employers according to recent figures published by Her Majesty's Court Service. Staying on top of legislation and resolving grievances effectively is key to staying out of the...
  • Remedies for Breach of Contract

    Having the right contract is always a good idea, but no matter how much protection it offers, no contract can prevent a breach of contract by the other party. If you enter into a contract and it is breached, there are several possible remedies available to...
  • Retirement Planning and Your Business

    It is arguable that the whole point of any business should be to enable the owners to retire when they want and with the lifestyle they want on retirement. Of course, enjoying it as you go along is a good idea too, but retirement comes to most of us...
  • Sheffield Lawyers Fear Government Red Tape Challenge Health and Safety Cuts Will Lead to More Retail and Restaurant Accidents

    - firm already handling compensation claims against city centre shops and restaurants   A law firm that is currently handling a number of personal injury claims against several shops and restaurants in Sheffield has issued a warning that the...
  • Sheffield Solicitors warn DIY packages could add to wave of bodged divorces

    The Co-op announced its £99 DIY divorce kit today, to be made available through its 2,800 supermarkets across the UK. The divorce pack is the first low-cost consumer law service since the introduction of alternative business structures. Critics have...
  • Sheffield law firm voted best in Yorkshire by its peers

    Local law firm Wosskow Brown has been voted Law Firm of the Year for firms with 1-10 partners.  The Attercliffe-based firm has received the accolade from a panel of its peers including other law firms, judges and the presidents of the Leeds,...
  • Step by Step Plan for Health and Safety Compliance

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a ‘ step by step plan’ for businesses for protecting the health and safety of workers and others . The key recommended actions are: 1. Register a new business with the appropriate authority...
  • The Banker, Accountant and Lawyer

    Kiley Tan discusses the roles of the three key areas of business support: The Banker, Accountant and Lawyer. This article was first published in the Sheffield Telegraph, December 2011.    You can read this article by clicking on this link . ...
  • Tips for Business Borrowers

    With the economy seeming to be slowly improving, businesses will be thinking about financing the expected expansion of trade. Borrowing cost often dominates the thinking, but it isn’t all about the cost of the loan. In order to negotiate the right...
  • VIDEO: Sports Development Ambassador - Ashley Birks

    Highlights from the Ashley Birks Sponsor's day   ...and some falls: ...
  • Wosskow Brown launches new event programme for businesses

    Long established Sheffield Solicitors, Wosskow Brown, launched its new series of business events with a breakfast seminar at Ice Sheffield on 26th January. The event, an update of recent and up-coming changes in employment legislation and regulations was led...
  • Your Home Office - The Legalities

    If you run your own business, working from home, there are legal ramifications which need to be considered. There are few regulations that apply to 'normal' businesses that do not apply to 'home' businesses: you are not exempt just because you operate...

News

New Competition Law Has Real Teeth
Court Underlines Duty of Candour in Contract Negotiations
New Consumer Protection Regulations - Traders Take Note
Potential Insolvency Brings Stay of Payment
Wrongful Termination Argument to Go to Court of Appeal