December 10, 2018
We are now living in a society where a business’ intellectual property – whether that be a trade secret, invention, or brand name – is more valuable than their physical assets. You may not expect your ideas to be copied and, as a business owner, seeking out protection may not seem like a priority. But intellectual property theft does happen, and it is important to be prepared for the worst.
December 3, 2018
Solicitor and notary are two words that are often used interchangeably in the legal profession. However, it’s important to note – although they both provide legal services – there are a number of important distinctions between them. In fact, becoming a notary public is a completely alternative career path and the day-to-day role of a notary public is very different from that of a solicitor. (more…)
November 28, 2018
With winter descending and other factors such as strikes, remedial works and timetable revisions threatening to cause chaos for commuters, travel disruptions are inevitable. Employers need to understand their employees’ rights and have a strategy in place for minimising disruption. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions: (more…)
November 14, 2018
What is an employment contract?
In accordance with employment law, an employment contract is a legally binding agreement between an employer and their employee, which states the conditions of employment.
All employment contracts vary depending on the specific occupation of the employee, which are usually drawn up, agreed and signed before employment commences.
An employment contract does not legally have to be written down, however it is preferable if they are, as in the case of court proceedings a written contract can provide evidence of legitimacy or negligence. (more…)
November 14, 2018
The North West Law Society Commerce & Industry Group Annual Dinner is an evening event of networking and dining to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
The prestigious event included a champagne reception, 4-course meal, live entertainment, and a charity auction and raffle. The ticket sales, auction and raffle raised an impressive £18,000, with all the proceeds going to the charity. (more…)
October 30, 2018
The checking of a candidate’s social media is now a standard part of pre-employment screening. According to recent research by YouGov, up to 80% of employers are likely to check a candidate’s social media accounts as part of their recruitment and onboarding procedure. Employers are also involved in checking social media belonging to current employees of the company. But with the highly publicised onset of GDPR, along with the severe repercussions of not complying (fines can run into their millions), employers must ensure that their checking processes are appropriate and do not put them at the risk of breaking the law. (more…)
August 1, 2018
Whether you’re a first-time employer or you’ve been managing teams of workers for years, the question of the necessity of providing a contract is a valid one to ask. Depending on the size and complexity of the role in question, official employment documents can take a long time to draft and make watertight, and it can sometimes feel that a lot of the information that is required to be included is somewhat self-explanatory. So are employment contracts actually mandatory, and can you be prosecuted for failing to provide one? Prosperity Law, a team of highly experienced commercial solicitors based in the north of England, is well-versed in navigating the sometimes rocky terrain of manager/worker relationships, contract law and employment tribunals. Here is their advice regarding contract law. Read on to discover your legal requirements and inform yourself further about how having an official legal employment contract might benefit you, your company and its employees. (more…)
July 20, 2018
A commercial property lawyer is a legal specialist who works within the field of commercial property legislation. This type of practice is one that covers the use and management of structures and land that are intended for business purposes. If a company has purchased any building or premises for commercial reasons and the generation of profit – i.e. as a site on which its headquarters will be positioned or a location for any additional outlet or base – then that business will be subject to commercial property law. (more…)
July 12, 2018
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public, also sometimes known as a Notary Public of the Common Law, is a person qualified and appointed to witness, administrate or authenticate documentation and other elements involved in non-contentious matters of common law. These are issues that concern the law but that do not involve opposing sides. They usually include estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and matters of foreign and international business. Broadly speaking, the matters dealt with by a Notary Public tend to fall into three categories. These include: (more…)