• Dismissing a member of staff – how to do this within the law

    Having to dismiss an employee is something many employers dread, due to the possibility that the dismissed employee may take them to an employment tribunal if they feel they weren’t treated fairly. This is why…

  • Guide to Auto Enrolment – 12 key facts small businesses need to know

    Automatic enrolment is looming large on the horizon for hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the UK. With many small firms unfamiliar with company pensions, tackling auto enrolment (AE) can feel daunting, so this…

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    Companies Act 2006 & derivative claims by shareholders

    Stephan Weber of Sykes Anderson LLP discusses the new statutory provisions under the Companies Act 2006 in respect of derivative claims by shareholders

  • Health & Safety compliance for small businesses – where do you start?

    When you are starting a business, sitting down and grappling with Health & Safety legislation isn’t one of your top priorities. It’s fair to say that it’s not one of the more exciting parts of…

  • How to prepare for and handle an employee grievance

    Being an employer comes with all manner of responsibilities, not least ensuring the happiness and safety of your staff. So when an employee approaches you, or the person responsible for HR within your organisation, with…

  • What is a confidentiality agreement or ‘NDA’ and when might a small business use one?

    Picture the scene. You’ve spent years developing an amazing new product, the likes of which has never been seen before. It will truly revolutionise the market and give your competitors many sleepless nights of agonising…