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Lower Rent!

Property solicitor, Iain Robinson, explains how commercial property tenants can reduce their rent by serving a simple legal notice.... more

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Change of Use Planning Laws to be Relaxed

Commercial property solicitor and planning lawyer, Nick Arthur reports on the Government’s proposed reforms aimed at making it easier to convert commercial premises to residential accommodation... more

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Changes to Paternity Leave

Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 now allow fathers of babies born on or after 3 April 2011 (or adoptive parents who are notified of being matched with a child for adoption on or after 3 April)... more

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New retirement age provisions now in force

The Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011 are now in force. The new Regulations abolish the default retirement age of 65... more

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The Equality Act 2010

Roger Cheves, employment lawyer with Slee Blackwell Solicitors offers some explanatory notes for employers... more

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The Bribery Act 2010: Are you prepared?

Sam Hannon reviews the likely impact of this latest piece of legislation... more

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Franchise Success in the Recession

Franchise Businesses are more likely to thrive in a recession than a non Franchise Business. UK Franchise turnover in 2009 was 11.8 billion. Today there are... more

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2010 Deals Review

We are delighted to be the only North Devon law firm listed in the 9th annual Western Morning News 2010 Deals Review which illustrates we are continuing to compete with the national firms... more

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Council tax and HMOs

A recent High Court decision is likely to provide welcome relief to landlords that are being pursued by local authorities in respect of tenants that have failed to pay their council tax... more

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Tenant Insolvency and Landlord's Remedies

In these difficult times Landlords are increasingly finding their Tenants are experiencing difficulties in paying their rent... more

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High-value lettings risk to residential landlords

Some high value residential lettings will change status shortly, and an unwary landlord could find themselves... more

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What are a landlord's gas safety obligations?

Most landlords do not know and it is important that they do as failure take the correct action is a criminal offence... more

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Coalition Government Prepares to Make it’s Mark

It was smiles all round at the recent press conference held by Conservative PM David Cameron and Lib Dem Deputy PM Nick Clegg, but will the cheer extend to the businesses and individuals who put them in power?... more

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Rent Arrears: What are the Options for Commercial Landlords?

Many tenants of commercial are likely to have been adversely affected by the economic downturn and may, as a consequence, be struggling to pay the rent due... more

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Provision of Services Regulations 2009 checklist for businesses

The Provision of Services Regulations 2009 came into force on 28 December 2009. The Regulations apply to the majority of private sector businesses in the UK... more

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2009 Provision of Services Regulations

Recent legislation means businesses that provide services have to make information about themselves available. Iain Robinson of Slee Blackwell’s Commercial team unpicks the latest bit of red tape... more

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Retailers: Are you ready for VAT change?

Retail businesses need to be aware the standard rate of VAT on goods and services will revert to 17.5% from 1 January 2010... more

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Social companies are the CIC of the bunch

Iain Robinson of Slee Blackwell Solicitors explores Community Interest Companies, a new option for people setting up social enterprises... more