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  • Tuesday 20th September 2011

    Legacies - 'the next 21 years'

    Next year, The Heart of Kent Hospice celebrates 21 years of providing very specialist palliative care to patients with a life-limiting illness. Kate Bosley, Chief Executive, reflects on the charity’s early years and the present day. “When the Hospice opened in 1991 it consisted of ...

  • Monday 19th September 2011

    Three-point test for duty of care responsibility

    Leisure and hospitality businesses want to ensure guests and customers enjoy their time and feel as safe as possible, but to what extent does a nightclub owner have a duty to protect guests from the actions of a third party? Well this was the question dealt with in a recent interesting case ...

  • Sunday 18th September 2011

    Loss must be proven to be actionable

    Losing a professional or sales team can be a severe blow to a business and it is not uncommon for companies to poach rival firms’ teams. To minimise the risk of such a loss there are steps that a firm can take, although the extent to which protection is available is limited. This is because ...

  • Saturday 17th September 2011

    Website privacy rule change

    A new EU directive has been imposed to force member states to make changes to their national legislation around how websites collect cookies. Many websites only allow full access to features if cookies – a small text file placed on your computer which allows the website to identify the ...

  • Friday 16th September 2011

    Tackle rent arrears without delay to mitigate losses

    There are always risks when renting out residential property to tenants. If you have a mortgage on the property, payment of that remains your responsibility so if your tenant fails to pay the rent, you may have no income but your outgoings will still need to be met. Here is a practical guide ...

  • Thursday 15th September 2011

    Guard against id fraud to prevent home from being sold

    A person’s home is usually their biggest asset, and one which is looked after and protected by the owner. But imagine a situation where your home is sold by someone pretending to be you. Property identity theft is a growing trend. A person who has enough information about you, ...

  • Wednesday 14th September 2011

    Acting on Bribery is now a must for all businesses

    The Government’s new Bribery Act came into force on 1 July. It has generated much discussion and many myths have arisen around it, the most preposterous being that corporate entertaining will be disallowed. The Act replaces old legislation, creating offences of offering or receiving ...

  • Tuesday 13th September 2011

    Protecting land rights - how long do short-term covenants last?

    Clearly written covenants will ensure clarity and prevent misinterpretation in the often complex area of property and land rights. Some disputes can end up in court if a covenant hasn’t been plainly drafted and one difficulty with this area of law is that it is not always easy to predict the ...

  • Sunday 11th September 2011

    Seek legal advice before drafting letters of intent

    Letters of intent are widely used in the building trade, because it is not unusual for both developer and contractor to wish to make progress on a building project without having to wait until the formal contractual arrangements have been fully agreed. However, letters of intent are fraught with ...

  • Saturday 10th September 2011

    Charity trustees - balancing financial return and social return on investment

    One of the more frequent problems faced by charity trustees is that of balancing the need for charity investments to produce financial benefits with the desire for them to also produce social benefits. Fortunately, the Charity Commission has now updated its guidance for charity trustees, outlining ...

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