Mergers and acquisitions involving UK companies: Jan to Mar 2016

Data from the Office of National Statistics reveals that in Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2016 there were 114 successfully completed domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disposals involving UK companies. Despite quarter-on-quarter volatility, the total number of M&A involving UK companies remains at a historically low level of activity.   The full report is available Read More …

Start Me Up

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) – Starting Up Start-Ups As a SME business investor, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) may not be for you, but you may like to try Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), or as the late Steve Jobs may have termed it, “EIS Nano”. The idea for SEIS came out of the Read More …

Trademark Hijackings, Part Deux

Internet Sales On 22nd September 2011 the Court of Justice of the EU reached its long awaited decision in the Interflora v Marks & Spencer case. Interflora sued M&S for buying “Interflora-themed” Google Adwords (see previous blog entry entitled “Trademark Hijackings” on the use of Trade Marks as Search/Adwords terms) such that when customers searched “interflora” Read More …

Bribery Act – Prosecution #1

Bribery Act 2010 The first prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010 which came into force earlier in 2011 is of a court clerk, Mr Patel at a county court in Essex. The CPS said “It is alleged that Patel promised an individual summonsed for a motoring offence that he could influence the course of criminal Read More …

Restrictive Covenants

A Restrictive Covenant is a negative covenant that restricts the way in which a party can act. They are commonly used in the context of Property (to govern the way in which land may be used), Employment (what an employee cannot do after a period of employment or service) or in a company purchase or Read More …

Company Loans, Debenture, Fixed and Floating Charges Explained

Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors’ basic overview of Company Loans, Debentures, Fixed and Floating Charges. Should you have any questions about either debentures, fixed charges, floating charges, or other aspects of company finance please contact Jonathan Abrams on 020 8209 0166 or email jabrams@gadllp.co.uk. Read More …

Intellectual Property and SMEs

A brief overview of Intellectual Property; Trade Marks, Patents, Copyright and Designs. Read More …

Contractual “Black Holes”

Court of Appeal holds that phrase “a formal contract will follow” did not make an agreement subject to contract Read More …

Are You A Distance Seller?

I was recently asked by a client who runs a successful online business information service about the UK laws governing distance selling to both consumers and businesses. So after researching his particular issue, I thought I would write a general note on the topic. The Distance Selling Regulations The Distance Selling Regulations (full title: Consumer Read More …