COMPANY LAW - 29.11.2023
Company’s class rights variation determined by court
Companies must follow the right procedure when changing the rights attached to a class of their shares. A recent case illustrates the confusion that can arise if a bespoke procedure in the articles is not drafted carefully enough. What happened here, and how can other companies avoid this tricky situation?
DATA PROTECTION - 31.10.2023
How to respond to a subject access request
A council has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner’s Office for failing to process data subject access requests (SAR) quickly enough. Responding to these requests can be onerous. How can small businesses comply with the law without wasting time and resources?
COMPANY LAW - 28.09.2023
Company left in limbo after director’s death
A family business was plunged into conflict when its sole director died. In a case that illustrates the need for such companies to think about succession planning, one side tried to get the court onside in its power grab. Did it succeed?
COMPANIES HOUSE - 06.06.2023
Companies House “Find and update” expansion
Back in October 2020, Companies House announced its intention to close its Companies House Direct (CHD) and WebCheck services. It has now confirmed that both services will cease on 30 November 2023. Instead, if you want to find out information on a company, you should use the free “Find and update” company information service. ...
HEALTH & SAFETY - 04.05.2023
Recycler convicted of corporate manslaughter
A recycling company has been convicted of corporate manslaughter following its employee’s death. Fatal accident prosecutions are more commonly based on health and safety legislation, so why was this company charged with corporate manslaughter?
EXIT PLANNING - 06.04.2023
Accounting for share buybacks
One of the director shareholders has died and the executors of the estate are keen to sell her shares. None of the other shareholders has sufficient funds to purchase them but the company does. How should you account for the share buyback?