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01/08/2018

Company Voluntary Agreements – how businesses are using them to fight landlord agreements

Jane Gregory

In recent months, there has been a growing interest in the way businesses are using a particular type of insolvency prevention procedure – known as a Company Voluntary Agreement – to reduce the amount they’re paying to landlords. Here, we explore the issue and look at the way retailers in particular are... Read More


25/07/2018

Landlords must check they hit the spot with deposits

Jane Gregory

Claims for incorrectly handled property rental deposits are soaring and landlords should be alert to the danger and ensure they or their agents are complying with the legal requirements, if they want to avoid high penalties.  

According to figures from insurers, the number of claims relating to deposits... Read More


24/07/2018

Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd win Business of the Month Award

Philip Clarke

Smith Brothers (Contracting) Ltd is the latest winner of Eaton Smith’s Business of the Month Award. The Huddersfield-based family business was established in 1999 to provide a range of turnkey power engineering services. Smith Brothers has established a specialist reputation in its market and works with many large... Read More


16/07/2018

Pass me the invisible ink James…

Chris Taylor

Mention spies and you may think of James Bond scaling a building in the dead of night, but when it comes to commercial espionage it’s more likely to be Jim in product development, who has a new job with a competitor, or a cyber specialist sitting a thousand miles away, acting on commission to hack into your... Read More


12/07/2018

GDPR - Consent Emails

Hannah Strawbridge

Suffice it to say that we are all thoroughly sick and tired of hundreds of ‘please can we have your consent?’ emails flooding our inboxes.

 However, the vast majority of emails from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, following... Read More


12/07/2018

Data Protection Act 2018

Hannah Strawbridge

 The Data Protection Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018, sets out how data protection law applies in the UK and widens the enforcement powers of the ICO that are not contained in the GDPR.

 Most notably, the ICO has started consultation on its draft regulatory action policy, which sets out... Read More


12/07/2018

Disability Discrimination

Hannah Strawbridge

Disability Discrimination continues to be a hot topic in the Employment Tribunals. The Court of Appeal has now delivered its judgements in two such cases:

Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd

This case dealt with the extent to which employers have knowledge of an employee’s disability, and the... Read More


12/07/2018

Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Strawbridge

As there is no legal requirement for employers who provide enhanced maternity leave to provide enhanced shared parental leave as well, it is questionable whether the introduction of shared parental leave has been a success.

However, the case of Hextall, heard by the EAT at the beginning of 2018, may open the... Read More


10/07/2018

Arrow Self Drive win Business of the Year 2018

Deborah Melluish

Nearly 200 business people from Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield gather together for Eaton Smith’s Business of the Year Awards. Now in its 23rd year, the competition is run annually in conjunction with the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade. The awards recognise the hard... Read More


04/07/2018

Divorce and the school holidays

Richard Buckley

The long summer school holidays mean a new routine and possible challenges and conflicts for divorced parents who find themselves clashing with their ex even if their term-time arrangements run smoothly.

In this article Richard Buckley, Senior Solicitor from Eaton Smith's family team provides some advice on... Read More


28/06/2018

Football crazy, football mad – how to manage your workforce ahead of Russia 2018

Hannah Strawbridge

Britain is undoubtedly a nation of football lovers and with England making their best start to the World Cup since 2006 it is generating excitement and anticipation among fans throughout the country.

With the group stages almost at an end, businesses need to think ahead to ensure that the World Cup does not... Read More


05/06/2018

Concepts Beauty is Business of the Month April 2018

Deborah Melluish

Concepts Beauty & Wellbeing, an award-winning beauty and well-being salon in Huddersfield, has added the Eaton Smith Business of the Month Award to its list of accolades. The monthly business awards recognise the achievements and celebrate the success of local businesses.  

Concepts Beauty was... Read More