Business sale and purchase – shares or assets? Which is best?


Pros and cons of buying/selling business assets An asset purchase involves the buyer only acquiring the assets (and certain agreed liabilities) that make up the business. The assets of the business may include tangible assets, such as land, machinery and stock, as well as intangible assets, such as intellectual property and goodwill. After the acquisition, READ MORE

Getting an injunction against an employee


Employment Law Injunctions What is an Injunction? An injunction is an Order from the Court which either prevents a party from doing something or forces a party to do something. An injunction is not easy to obtain and as it is an equitable remedy made at the Court’s discretion. An injunction will only be granted READ MORE

David Swede


With great sadness we advise that David Swede passed away late last week. Known for a long and highly distinguished legal and business career, David was a highly trusted and respected adviser, lawyer and friend to countless clients. He was a colleague, mentor and friend to a huge number of Darlingtons staff, both past and READ MORE

We’re recruiting for trainee solicitors


The 2018 Trainee Solicitor intake for Darlingtons will be made up of 2 and potentially 3 individuals undertaking at least 3 seats in various departments within the firm. Start, closing date and requirements Start Date: January 2018 / July 2018 Closing Date for applications: Friday 3rd November 2017 Academic Requirements: All candidates must have completed READ MORE

Secured business loans and personal guarantees


Secured loans v personal guarantees – some important differences and implications It is very common for business loans, especially to fairly new businesses or small businesses, to involve some form of security or guarantee. Understandably, especially in the case of a personal guarantee, generally sought from a director in a business where the shareholders are READ MORE

Immigration Act 2016 – Landlords are you ready?


Landlords will already be familiar with changes that were introduced by the Immigration Act 2014. This piece of legislation obligated Landlords (from 1 February 2016) to check that their tenants or lodgers can legally rent property in England. This is known as the ‘right to rent’. In summary, UK citizens, EEA citizens, Swiss Nationals and READ MORE

Early Stage Investment Rounds


Funding considerations for start up businesses One of the most exciting aspects of being a corporate lawyer is advising start ups and entrepreneurs on how to make their idea a reality. One of the main issues with being a start up is that you may have the idea, the connections and even the contracts in READ MORE

Rail Misery, Mobile Phones and UK Class Action Claims


UK rail commuters are in the headlines at the moment complaining about overcrowding, poor service and seem to be having a bad time generally. This group of consumers cite majorly underperforming services on privatised contracts, which is often leaving some commuters bereft of ideas on simply getting to work. There are also (unverified) reports that READ MORE

I received a default judgment. What do I do?


D Rosen A claimant brings a claim. A defendant defends a claim. This subject is time-sensitive. You must act promptly to do something about, it or you may forgo your right to do so through passage of time. This blogpost is aimed at the uninitiated who have never been involved in the court legal system READ MORE

Have channel 4 forgotten the yeast when buying the Bake Off rights?


Sometimes real life situations which genuinely impact people offer the easiest and best way to demonstrate important legal issues which can otherwise seem remote or dry. Let’s face it, people care about Bake Off! It looks as though Channel 4 are in a pickle – a vital ingredient in the show, the rights to which READ MORE