Legal guides

A simple guide to Interest Rate Hedging Products or ‘Swaps’

A diverse range of small businesses have been affected by ‘hedging products’ that were sold by the banks over the last ten years. Intended to protect borrowers against exposure to interest rate rises they actually resulted in huge on-going exposure to pay large sums to the banks each month following the fall in interest rates. This has led to a huge number of claims against the banks that mis-sold these products, often known as swaps.

Guide to bereavement and probate

When a loved one or friend passes away, there are a number of matters that need to be dealt with during a difficult time. Probate, which includes administering an estate, dealing with HM Revenue & Customs, and communicating and providing information to beneficiaries can be challenging. Some tasks need to be dealt with quickly whilst others can be carried out at a later date.

Guide to how Wright Hassall can help with your agricultural disputes

Wright Hassall’s agricultural team includes specialist dispute resolution lawyers with experience in all areas of farming-related litigation. One of the leading legal directories, Chambers UK 2013, describes the agricultural team as ‘winning plaudits’ due to their hands on approach and “being across the kitchen table" from their clients.

A guide to celebrity endorsements

Whilst celebrity endorsements can be valuable for brands, it is important to ensure that the risks are managed and that a contract is in place to protect the brand owner should things go wrong. This article highlights some of the key contractual issues to consider from a brand owner’s perspective when engaging a celebrity to endorse its products.

Guide to green energy

There is a myriad of legislation relating to green energy designed to mitigate climate change, much of which imposes mandatory requirements and obligations on the UK. The legislation has evolved greatly since the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol back in December 1997, and the targets for reductions in greenhouse gases and energy consumption set then are now closing in rapidly.
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