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Business Update Spring 2014

25th March 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of the Mundays Business update providing you with a summary of the latest legal changes and briefing of issues affecting you and your business.

Personal smartphone and tablets – bring your own
Smart phones and tablet computers have become increasingly commonplace with advancing technology increasing their available features and capability.  Employees are also increasingly using their personal mobile devices for business purposes and, whilst this can no doubt benefit businesses by reducing the costs, there are a number of risks for employers.  have a clear Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in the workplace.  fiona.moss@mundays.co.uk

Fracking – locations and legals
Energy firm Cuadrilla have recently announced their intention to apply for planning at two more exploration sites in Lancashire but how easy is it for energy firms to obtain permission to carry out such a controversial practice? catherine.wigmore@mundays.co.uk

Couples in business
What happens to the business if we separate or divorce?  How can I protect my business if I marry?  These are the sort of questions we are often asked by clients.  Whether you have a small family business, if you have built up a valuable business during the course of a long marriage, if you are thinking of marrying and have an established business or you are thinking of setting up a new business it is sensible to take some legal advice so that you know exactly where you stand. sarah.duckworth@mundays.co.uk

All change for the law of distress
On 6 April 2014, the law of distress, being a landlord’s ancient legal remedy to seize a tenant’s goods from the premises the subject of the lease for non-payment of rent, will be abolished and replaced with a more tenant-friendly alternative, known as Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (“CRAR”). james.picknell@mundays.co.uk

Building your business - how solid are your foundations?
In February Mundays and WSM accountants hosted the first in a series of four highly interactive business workshops dealing with the lifecycle of a successful business.  Using an innovative case study format we will follow the fortunes of a fictional business (Bloomers Bakery) from its inception and growth, all the way to succession planning and sale.

The contents of this newsletter are intended as guidance for readers. It can be no substitute for specific advice. Consequently we cannot accept responsibility for this information, errors or matters affected by subsequent changes in the law, or the content of any website referred to in this newsletter. © Mundays LLP 2014.

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