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Data Protection: ICO and Insolvency Service work together to disqualify directors in new record
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has carried out investigations into nuisance marketing which, by working with the Insolvency Service, has led to 16 company directors being banned from running a company for more than 100 years in total. One of the worst offenders was Richard …
Information Commissioner: Recent enforcement action and warning for directors
The ICO has published details of one of its latest enforcement actions against NWR Limited, which is a supplier and fitter of renewable energy products, based in Kent. The company is said to have made 827,883 calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) between May 2016 and May 2018. …
ICO publishes ‘An Introduction to the Data Protection Bill’
The Information Commissioner’s Office has now produced a document to help people and organisations navigate their way around the Bill and focus on the sections most relevant to them: ‘An Introduction to the Data Protection Bill’. Whilst the Bill is has not yet been enacted, it is such a major piece of …
The EU General Data Protection Regulation and your business
SPEEDREAD: A summary of the main issues you and your business need to be aware of regarding the GDPR. It will replace the Data Protection Act and so if you deal with personal or sensitive data in your business (all employers process personal data) you NEED to read this and make sure you are getting ready.
What is the …
Written Shareholders’ Resolutions
SPEEDREAD: We have set out a quick summary of the main points that private companies should be aware of to enable them to use written resolutions, with an explanation of what is usually needed and how they will be passed.
Private companies are able to pass shareholders’ resolutions by way of written resolutions rather than holding a general …
The Taylor Review’s recommendations are now out
The Taylor Review started at the end of 2016 to consider the implications of the new models of working on the rights and responsibilities of workers, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations. The review has now released its recommendations (Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices) and will assist the …
Hospitality: Hotels & Restaurants
SPEEDREAD: This is a brief note looking at some of the headline issues for those entering the hospitality sector (hoteliers and restauranteurs) for the first time. It is written from the perspective of the business as run by a limited company.
Running the business
The company acts through its board of directors and shareholders. Directors have day to day …
Keeping Company Records
SPEEDREAD: A summary of the main types of company registers and documents that are required by law to be held and maintained by a private limited company, with brief details of their content, and how the law has changed in recent years.
The Companies Act 2006 defines “company records” as being: any register, index, accounting records, agreement, memorandum, …
Board Meetings – the Basics and Good Practice
SPEEDREAD: This is a very brief guide to some of the points you should be aware of about calling, holding and recording board meetings of private limited companies. References to the Act are to the Companies Act 2006.
Articles: A company’s articles normally contain provisions regarding board meetings and minutes (either expressly or by …
Companies: Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association
SPEEDREAD: A quick guide to the purpose and effect of a private limited company’s Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association, and how the Companies Act 2006 affects those of companies registered prior to October 2009 and since.
The Companies Act 2006 (the “2006 Act”) defines a company’s …
Health and safety: Serious consequences for directors over serious breaches
Manchester Police report the case of two directors who were imprisoned for gross negligence manslaughter and both they and their companies were heavily fined for various breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act, the CDM Regulations, and the Work at Height Regulations.
C. Smith and Sons (Rochdale) Ltd won a …
Competition Law Compliance Checklist
SPEEDREAD: A brief overview of the main principles of competition law and what is prohibited, followed by a quick checklist of actions that businesses can take to ensure compliance with competition law. It may also assist businesses to identify illegal anti-competitive behaviour by others.
Competition law is designed to ensure that companies compete fairly …
Debt Collection - A Basic Guide And Why A Solicitor May Be Required
CREDIT CONTROL – SUGGESTED STAGES TO HELP PREVENT A DEBT COLLECTION SITUATION ARISING
The below are suggested stages to keep abreast of your credit control – and hence cash flow – crucial to any business. The suggested stages are drafted with a ‘provision of services’ business in mind but …
Product Safety - Key regulations to be aware of
The sale, manufacture, labelling and distribution of many products are governed by wide-reaching regulations intended mainly to protect consumers against unsafe products. The principle regulatory framework in force in the UK is set out in The General Product Safety Regulations 2005, which implement into UK law the EU General Product Safety …