Legal guides

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.

Guide to property protection trust wills

A property protection trust will is a will designed to help protect your property from an assessment to long term care fees. The half share of the family home belonging to the first person to die, passes into the trust. This type of trust is also known as a life interest trust in favour of the survivor which means that they can benefit from the share of the house in the trust during his/her lifetime and on their death the trust fund passes to others, usually children of the family.

Guide to wills

Did you know that if you die without having made will then everything you own could end up going to the state rather than the people you intended to benefit? For example, if you die leaving family members who are financially dependent upon you (such as a spouse or children), it is the law that stipulates who will inherit your estate. This guide covers everything you need to know about a last will and testament.

Guide to administering an estate

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about administering an estate. What is a grant of representation? This is the court order authorising the personal representatives to deal with the administration of the estate. Where the deceased left a will the grant of representation is known as a grant of probate and where the deceased died intestate (did not leave a will) the grant of representation is known as a grant of letters of administration.

Guide to Farm Business Tenancies

Tenancies created under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 allow land to be let as a Farm Business Tenancy if all or part of the land is farmed for a business or trade that is wholly or primarily agricultural. This could include farm shops, food processing, and the provisions of recreational facilities. Rent reviews under FBTs are dealt with by the Act.

Guide to selling a leasehold property

This guide outlines some of the additional matters you need to be aware of when selling a leasehold property. If the property is leasehold and you have a landlord or make payments to a management company then in addition to the usual forms we shall also require a number of others. These will need to be supplied by your landlord or managing agent who may charge for this.

Guide to risk assessments for new and expectant mothers

Employers are obliged to look after the health and safety of all of their employees and carry out general workplace risk assessments. In addition, pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace have special health and safety protection derived from the EU Pregnant Workers Directive. If an employer fails to undertake a risk assessment, the employee will be able to claim damages for breach of statutory duty and the employer may be prosecuted under criminal law. This guide looks at when general or individual assessments are required, what should be considered when carrying out risk assessments, reviewing assessments and risk avoidance.

Guide to the Bribery Act 2010 for charities

In 2011 the government released its guidance on the Bribery Act 2010 (“the Act”). Here we review what every charity and not-for-profit organisation needs to know. The original draft guidelines were published in September 2010. These were heavily criticised as it was not clear how the Act would be implemented and what impact this would have on UK commercial organisations, and organisations which carry on business in the UK. The Act came into force on 1 July 2011.
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