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News & knowledge

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.

Registering unregistered land – 5 benefits of land registration

Historically, all land in England and Wales used to be unregistered. When a property or land changed hands, lawyers would hand write documents transferring the property or land from one party to the other.

Employer guides: Should I give a reference?

References are often an area of confusion and concern for employers. Many decline to provide a reference for fear of the potential legal consequences of responding honestly. This has the negative side-effect of reducing the worth of a valuable recruitment tool.

Murrell Associates helps The Great Cornish Food Store to become 100% employee owned

The Great Cornish Food Store, based in Tregurra Park, Truro and exclusively stocking food and drink sourced from around 200 local suppliers, celebrated its sixth anniversary and transitioned to employee ownership on 30 June 2022. Nikki Reid, supported by Megan Bingley, was delighted to provide assistance and advise on the legal aspects of the transition.

New UK standard contractual clauses

Businesses will no doubt be aware that they cannot transfer personal data to countries outside the UK (a third country) without ensuring that certain safeguards are in place.

Employer guides: Should disciplinary and grievance meetings be recorded?

Well obviously, the answer is no isn’t it? Your policies probably say so. Why would you let that happen anyway?

Buying and selling a small business: What to expect and how to prepare

Whether you are selling a business that you have developed and worked hard at, or you are embarking on a new venture or lifestyle change, you should make sure that you are fully prepared and protected.

What does the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) mean for landowners in Cornwall?

Landowners in Cornwall who are considering, or in the process of, selling land for the purpose of residential or commercial redevelopment, are likely to be affected by the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) introduced by Cornwall Council on 1st January 2019.

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