The HR Dept Exeter Celebrates 250 Number of Clients

The HR Dept Exeter has just reached its 250th client, providing practical employment law advice and support to small and medium-sized businesses. Since starting the business under The HR Dept national brand in 2010, Belinda Newton (Director) has built up a varied client base to help business owners prevent people problems and focus on the day to day running of the business. The HR Dept helps local businesses access the levels of expertise and practical support usually reserved for large organisations with in-house HR professionals. Acting as an HR department for SME employers, local HR professionals are on call to […]

Donna Hart – The Woman behind the Business. 

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Donna Hart is a family lawyer and Director/Shareholder at the prestigious Family Law Company; a long-standing business at the heart of Exeter’s community. All but written off at school, her rise to the top of her law firm is yet another remarkable journey and proof of the power of positive intent and belief.  I caught up with Donna at the city’s Southgate Hotel where she spoke, with passion, about her commitment to supporting and mentoring those making their way in law and of overcoming her own struggles as a young, trainee lawyer.  On […]

Law Students to Give Free Legal Advice

University of Exeter law students are helping vulnerable people who are missing out on legal services by providing free information and advice clinics in Devon. Cuts to legal aid over the past four years have left many people without funding to pay for legal services. Undergraduates at the University of Exeter Law School hope the new clinics, run as part of their course, will help fill the gap. The University of Exeter Community Law Clinic opened its doors this month. The first of the clinics to open was the Access to Justice Clinic. Academics and students working in the Clinic […]

PKF Francis Clark achieves Gold Standard rating for Cyber Security

New data protection regulations have post-Brexit trade implications In anticipation of the introduction of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), an EU-wide stricter version of the current Data Protection Act which come into force in May 2018, PKF Francis Clark have got ahead of the game by achieving a Gold Standard IASME accreditation for cyber security the highest of the four levels of accreditation available. IASME (Information Assurance for Small and Medium sized Enterprises) is one of the 5 accreditation bodies set up by the UK Government to roll out the Cyber Essentials Scheme which provides a set of five controls […]

Changes To Debt Claims – Don’t Get Left Behind

On 1 October 2017, the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (the “Protocol”) will come into force. The Protocol will apply to any business, including sole traders and public bodies, (the “Creditor”) looking to bring a claim against an individual or a sole trader (the “Debtor”). It does not apply to: business to business debts (unless the debtor is a sole trader); claims where the debt is covered by another Pre-Action Protocol (for instance Mortgage Arrears); and claims issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs  (Claims for the Recovery of Taxes and Duties). The Protocol has four aims: to encourage early […]

Exeter Firm Confirmed In the Legal 500

Solicitors Title receives national recognition for its corporate work in Legal 500 Solicitors Title is delighted to have been recognised as a go-to firm for corporate and commercial work in this year’s Legal 500 rankings.  Legal 500 is an independent directory of the leading law firms and lawyers.  Published annually, the guide is compiled after extensive research, including confidential references from clients and contacts and following assessment of the work carried out by each practice being reviewed. Our corporate practice was singled out as offering “particular expertise in the technology and media sectors” with head of department Richard James described […]

So you’ve been offered a directorship; now what?!

You may have worked hard for a long me in a company or business and whether you expect it or not, you end up being called into his or her office for a chat! Fortunately, it’s not to present you with your P45 but instead to offer you a step up to become a director of the company, reflecting your skills and contribution – Great you think – but what is really involved? Many people see a directorship as a title, an honour, a privilege, but it’s a risky business and you must ensure you don’t underestimate your obligations to the company and its […]

Revisiting who owns your business: SBEE Act and PSC Register updates

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act contains a number of measures which represent significant change for companies. The aim is to increase trust in UK businesses and improve the transparency of their ownership and control and in turn it will help combat tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing. All companies will be affected in one way or another as some of the changes are to your legal requirements, and what you file with Companies House, so your systems and processes will need to be updated to reflect the changes. In this article we will explore what has come into […]

Help! My franchisor has gone bust – What now?

Franchising has a number of advantages for both franchisor and franchisee. One of which, centred around the fundamental principle of franchising, is that franchises replicate a tried and tested business model and therefore are thought to be a more stable economic bet than entrepreneurial ventures. This is often the case and is reflected in the franchise agreement being seemingly one-sided in the franchisors favour. Most deal with the situation where a franchisee cannot pay their way but very few deal with what happens if the franchisor finds themselves in difficult circumstances. So, what if your franchisor goes into administration? If it […]

Protection and Exploitation of a name using Trademark Law: Jose Mourinho

A trademark is reportedly holding up the appointment of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. In an unusual situation, the media have suggested the deal is being delayed because Chelsea Football Club own, amongst others, the European Trademark to the name ‘Jose Mourinho’ in five classes of goods, which runs until 2025. Of course, Jose still has the right to use his own name but Chelsea own the rights to using his name or image on certain items; effectively merchandising rights which Chelsea retain and presumably continue to profit from. So, if the reports are true, what’s the issue? Trademark registration […]