Technology and Law

Technology and Law Article Written by Matthew Stewart, Partner in our Property department. Cryptocurrency is very much in the news and most of us are aware of its massive fluctuations in value. But is it the future? A property was recently purchased for £350,000.00 using Bitcoins and a multi-million- pound property has been listed for Bitcoin […]

The Family Company

  The Family Company Article written by Tony Mead, Senior Partner. Family owned companies are often assumed to be small businesses which pass from generation to generation. Sometime they are, but many also global companies and international brands. In reality two thirds of companies globally (as reported by the Family Firm Institute) are family-owned and […]

LANDLORDS  –  What is the EPC rating of your rental  properties?

  LANDLORDS – What is the EPC rating of your rental  properties? On 1st April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) will come into force. It will require both domestic and non-domestic properties to have a minimum EPC rating of E. Subject to certain requirements and exemptions: from 1 April 2018, landlords of  domestic […]

Fixed Term Employees

Fixed Term Employees Article written by Louise Rogers. I am often asked by employers and HR advisers to either prepare, or advise on, fixed term employment contracts. There are many reasons why a fixed term contract can be more suitable than a permanent one. Examples include maternity cover; for the duration of a project; or […]

Shareholders Agreements – Are They Desirable

Shareholders Agreements – Are They Desirable January 18th, 2018 by Tony Mead I am often asked, especially by entrepreneurial clients embarking on a start-up venture where the budget for legal services can be limited whether it is really necessary to have a shareholders agreement or whether they can rely upon the Model Articles under the Companies […]

The Rise and Rise of Streaming

The Rise and Rise of Streaming written by Irving David Partner at DWFM Beckman Solicitors Media & IP Lawyer Until quite recently, if you wanted to listen to music or any other type of audio, you would download a digital audio file in a format such as MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, or FLAC. But now the question is: along with vinyl, the cassette and […]

Breastfeeding – what are your rights in the workplace?

  Breastfeeding – what are your rights in the workplace? Article by Louise Rogers, Senior Associate.   What does “breastfeeding” mean? It covers both feeding the baby and expressing milk. What are an employer’s obligations towards breastfeeding employees? All employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in the […]

Naylah Hamour

Naylah Hamour Employment & Dispute Resolution Partner with DWFM Beckman Solicitors The Deloitte Multicultural Network celebrated Black History Month with the theme of “Black Futures”. As part of this they sought reflections from black leaders in their fields, from within and outside Deloitte, to reflect on their careers and to provide insight on how they […]

Introduction of new immigration checks on UK Bank accounts

WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY BANK ACCOUNT IS FROZEN? Introduction of new immigration checks on UK Bank accounts If you are currently living in the UK without an appropriate visa you may soon find your bank account frozen or closed if you are unable to prove you have the right to live in the United […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace – Don’t suffer in silence!

Article written by Anna Crayton, Solicitor in our Employment and dispute resolution team. Sexual harassment in the workplace – Don’t suffer in silence! Hollywood film mogul, Harvey Weinstein has been fired by the board of his own company, Miramax, after revelations about his inappropriate sexual behaviour towards past colleagues had created a toxic working environment […]