Assignment of a contract

17/10/2018

The concept of assignment applies to many types of contracts ranging from business contracts to property contracts and to personal legal issues such as life insurance policies also. Assignment is simply the legal term for transferring legal rights in a contract, but it is crucial to understand from the outset that it relates to rights READ MORE

Shareholders Agreement – the key reason a small business needs one as much as a big one

11/10/2018

Many small businesses do not appreciate the importance and value of a clear and well thought out shareholders agreement. Here’s why it’s so important. The vast majority of companies in the UK are very small, typically family owned businesses. Owners of those businesses tend to believe they can rely more on informality than a large READ MORE

LLP Agreements – key considerations

03/10/2018

One of the potential disadvantages of creating an LLP is that it needs to be formally incorporated at Companies House and accounts filed and the LLP’s financial position is therefore available publicly. The key areas to consider when setting up an LLP and/or converting from an existing general partnership to an LLP are: Will all READ MORE

Bribery Act advice, policies & procedures

08/08/2018

Since the introduction of the Bribery Act 2010 (Bribery Act) which came into force in July 2011 a number of our clients have contacted us to ask whether or not they need to concern themselves with this and whether they need any policies in place. The answer to both of these questions is yes. The READ MORE

How we can help with a fast exchange of contracts

04/08/2018

In the video below James Swede explains that Darlingtons are highly efficient and experienced in securing a fast exchange of contract on property transactions. In many cases, where a property is in demand, moving quickly to exchange contracts is the difference between success and failure. To move quickly, you need a solicitor who is experienced READ MORE

Buying a property – valuation or survey?

04/08/2018

In the video below James Swede explains why buyers should always seriously consider a full survey or at least homebuyers report rather than the lender’s standard valuation. Valuation or survey ? READ MORE

Cease and desist letters – take care

31/07/2018

A carefully worded legal letter can result in a swift and satisfactory resolution but a badly worded letter can result in lost credibility, ongoing litigation and may even hold significant evidential weight against you at a full court trial. The above is why a cease and desist letter should only be drafted and sent in READ MORE

Informal lease extensions – the lowdown

31/07/2018

Strictly speaking there is no such thing as an informal lease extension – what I mean by this is that there has to be a degree of formality, legal paperwork, time and cost involved in any extension of a long residential lease. The issue therefore is how to minimise cost and save time and it’s READ MORE

Differences between agents and distributors and legal implications

30/07/2018

Solicitors for agency agreement or distributor agreement Agency or distributor agreement? Under a distribution arrangement, the supplier or manufacturer sells products directly to the distributor, who then sells the products on to his customers, adding a margin to cover his own costs and profit. An agency relationship exists where one party (the agent) has permission READ MORE

Freelance contracts – it’s all in the detail

27/07/2018

Solicitors for freelancer contract Are you a freelancer who needs a contract for a project or a general freelance contract template? Perhaps you are a business using a freelancer and you need to ensure things are very clear and you understand what you are getting and are legally covered. Either way, we hope what follows READ MORE