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It’s time for a change – restructuring and reorganisations

June 15, 2017

During their life-time all companies, businesses,  partnerships and sole traders will have to react to personal, economic, financial and political change (or indeed anticipate it and take proactive action) as certain factors become more salient at any given point in time. Organisations that refuse to change with the times face the risk of becoming obsolete…

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The changing landscape of Maidenhead

May 15, 2017

Michael Stone, managing partner at Colemans Solicitors LLP, talks about the changing face of Maidenhead over the past 30 years Who we are Colemans have been servicing both the commercial and private legal needs of the community in Berkshire since 1948 and in this article, I shall look at the Maidenhead area particularly over the…

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Government shelves increase in probate fees

April 21, 2017

The government has announced this morning that the proposed dramatic increase in probate fees has been shelved. Whether this is (as announced) because there is no Parliamentary time available before the election, or whether the government has belatedly responded to the overwhelming public opposition to the proposal, we welcome this announcement. There was no moral…

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Share options beat the Christmas bonus

April 15, 2017

Finding new and inexpensive ways to reward good staff can prove to be very challenging for many businesses. However, incentivising employees in the form of share option schemes can be a great vehicle for rewarding staff especially if you are a new start-up company and you don’t necessarily have the resources to meet your best…

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Ilott –v- Mitson: Back to Square One

March 20, 2017

The case of Ilott v Mitson hit the headlines in July last year, because a court overturned a mother’s Will, taking £164,000 (out of about £450,000) away from the charities she intended to benefit, and giving it to the daughter from whom she had been estranged for much of her life. Now the Supreme Court…

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Probate Fee Hike

February 28, 2017

Government proposals just announced will add thousands of pounds to the cost of winding up many estates in this area, up to £20,000 in some cases. Probate Court fees are set to rise from a flat £155 to a sliding-scale fee related to the value of the estate.  This will impact most on estates where…

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The impending sale of your business

February 27, 2017

How many of you pick up the phone to a solicitor only after a verbal agreement has been reached? Your possibilities of achieving a more profitable outcome are increased significantly if solicitors are contacted much earlier. There is so much more we can do to help you achieve optimal results as a seller and make…

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Private Landlords – Beware

January 25, 2017

I am a private landlord and I want to re gain my property from tenants, what do I need to do? Landlords can serve a Section 21 notice which gives the tenant 2 months Notice to Quit the tenancy. Is there anything that I need to be aware of before serving a Section 21 Notice?…

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Shareholders Agreements

January 25, 2017

What is a Shareholders Agreement? A shareholders agreement is an agreement entered into between all or some of the shareholders of the company to regulate the relationship between the shareholders, the management of the company and the actions which the company shall or may not undertake. It thus governs the way in which the company…

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