LLP Agreements – key considerations


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


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


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?


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


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


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

Freelance contracts – it’s all in the detail


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

Cohabitation Agreements


With more and more relationships, including very long term relationships, being outside of marriage, it’s always important to think about legal issues and the future. Very much like wills (where no-one actually wants to think about death) it isn’t always a comfortable feeling talking about what happens if things don’t work out in a relationship. READ MORE

Non compete contracts – getting the balance right


“Signed, sealed and delivered”  – getting an agreement signed off is generally seen as a clear result and reassurance that you have got what you want and/or protected yourself and/or your business. Often the above is largely correct and without the whole process of negotiating and drafting contracts, lawyers would be out of business! But READ MORE

Licence for alterations


At Darlingtons we get a lot of enquiries and instructions about residential lease issues relating to flat owners with long residential leases. Licence to alter – why needed? The first point to be aware of is terminology, there can be confusion about whether there are any differences between a deed of variation and a licence READ MORE