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News & knowledge

Parent company liability

It has long been held that parent companies, as separate legal entities, can rarely be held liable for the actions of their subsidiaries. Arguments around the degree of supervision, direction and control required to trump limited liability have proved extremely difficult.

Madrid Protocol: Quick and cost-effective international trade mark applications

Since the UK’s departure from the EU, the Madrid Protocol has become a popular method of filing trade mark applications in foreign jurisdictions.

“Half-Dead Dave” – Banter or age discrimination?

Age Discrimination. So held the Employment Tribunals in David Robson v Clarke’s Mechanical Limited. The Tribunal concluded that R had been subject to direct age discrimination due to R having to endure the nickname of “Half-Dead Dave.” The case was principally about unfair redundancy, however the Tribunal found that R’s age was the effective cause of his selection.

Age discrimination – old fossils & millennials

Despite running into some 75 pages the judgment in Cowie v Vesuvius & Ors makes for interesting reading, especially as direct age discrimination cases tend to be few and far between. The use of words like “old fossil” has brought it to the attention of some national newspapers.

Holiday pay

In Smith v Pimlico Plumbers Limited, the Court of Appeal ruled that Smith, a worker who was previously wrongly classified as self-employed by Pimlico Plumbers, was entitled to holiday pay for the whole time he was engaged by the company. It is an important judgment for organisations which engage self-employed contractors on a long-term basis.

Murrell Associates advises on the sale of Falmouth’s beloved “Fives”

Murrell Associates advises on the sale by Upper Deck Limited and Five Degrees Falmouth Limited of Falmouth’s popular independent bar and pizzeria Five Degrees West.

Cornish marine renewables business completes multi-national £2m capital raise

Murrell Associates are pleased to advise Penryn-headquartered Inyanga Marine Projects on a £2m capital raise comprising a minority £0.8m equity investment backed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) and £1.25m debt facilities.

Employment Settlement Agreements: A brief guide

What’s the appeal, why are they useful and what are the risks?

The distinction between a lease and a license

Thousands of tourists visit Cornwall and the South West each year, thanks in part to the region’s reputation for wonderful food and drink. Renowned for its Cornish cream tea, hearty pasties, fresh fish and locally reared meat; the region has something to offer for everyone.

So you are buying a pub?

When buying a pub in England and Wales, particular care must be taken with the premises licence. A premises licence is a licence from the local authority for the sale of alcohol and the provision of other licensable activities.

The importance of shareholders’ agreements in family businesses

A shareholders’ agreement is a private contract between the shareholders and the company. It regulates the way in which the company is run and arrangements as between shareholders. Unlike a company’s articles of association, a shareholders’ agreement does not need to be filed with Companies House and is kept confidential.

Can you be fired for talking about politics at work?

Many people have very different views. Some people are keen to express their views; others would prefer to keep their politics private.