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Trial by Twitter part 2

14 Feb 2014
In the second of her guest blogs, Kate Anthony Wilkinson shares 5 more Twitter lessons you should learn   Recruitment checking More recruitment agencies are now checking for on-line information as part of the recruitment process, so once more that silly joke, rude comment or embarrassing photo may come back to haunt you. Companies may wish to consider... Read More AboutTrial by Twitter part 2 »

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Non-executive directors - making or breaking a business?

14 Feb 2014
Are you a non-executive director? Do you have non-execs on your board? Along with directors’ remuneration, one topic of conversation that never seems to be out of the headlines these days is the role of non-executive directors (“NEDs”) and their impact on the companies that they are appointed to. In response, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (“ICSA”) has recently published... Read More AboutNon-executive directors - making or breaking a business? »

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Trial by Twitter

14 Feb 2014
Twitter is great tool for communication and sharing of views. But it can create a host of issues and potential problems for companies, employers and individuals. Many problems do not yet have firm answers but awareness of the issues is key. In the first of two guest blogs, Kate Anthony Wilkinson shares her top 5 Twitter tips. Libel - Lord McAlpine has announced that he... Read More AboutTrial by Twitter »

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Family businesses – fair shares?

14 Feb 2014
Family dynamics are such that within family businesses there is greater potential for disagreement than in other types of business. Conflict can often arise around the issue of shares. But much of this can be avoided by making changes to the constitution ( the articles ) of the company from the outset. Here are our top 10 points to consider in this area before taking the... Read More AboutFamily businesses – fair shares? »

By Adrian Healey

Joint shareholders Q and As

14 Feb 2014
A quick round-up of frequently asked questions. Q : Do joint shareholders have equal rights? A : The simple and straightforward answer is “no”. Under s286 of the CA06 (previously regulation 55 of Table A) the first person named in the register of members (the senior holder) has the right to vote at meetings, appoint a proxy and sign a shareholders' written resolution... Read More AboutJoint shareholders Q and As »

By Adrian Healey

Top regional newspaper chooses Jordans business data again.

14 Feb 2014
We were delighted to be consulted once again by the Western Daily Press to provide data on the South West’s top companies for this year’s Business Guide. In last year’s guide, we highlighted how the most successful business were increasingly focusing on risk management. It is clear that this is a progressing trend given the growing numbers utilizing our company information... Read More AboutTop regional newspaper chooses Jordans business data again. »

By Ray Ruffels

Shares or guarantee - getting it right from the start

14 Feb 2014
Kathleen O’Reilly, our Head of Internal Legal Services highlights the importance of getting the right corporate structure from the outset. Clients often ask if it’s possible to change from a guarantee company to a company limited by shares and vice versa. Unfortunately it is not and this highlights the importance of getting the right company structure for your needs from the... Read More AboutShares or guarantee - getting it right from the start »

By Carol Prince

Companies House say mandatory online filing on hold

14 Feb 2014
Jordans were always slightly sceptical of the ambitious targets set by Government for the mandation of electronic services by Companies House. Given the success of various Companies House electronic filing initiatives (which compares starkly to the dismal failures of other Government led IT projects) we feel Companies House are right to concentrate on the "80/20" rule. Jordans, for... Read More AboutCompanies House say mandatory online filing on hold »

By Adrian Healey

Family companies – can children hold shares?

14 Feb 2014
In England and Wales* there is no prohibition on a person under the age of 18 (a minor) becoming a member of a company and holding shares.  However, the child can reject or set aside the agreement for the shares while they are still under the age of 18.   The best practice, therefore, is to avoid a minor becoming registered as a member of a company. This is especially so... Read More AboutFamily companies – can children hold shares? »

By Carol Prince

Incorporating Academy Schools

14 Feb 2014
An academy is a centrally funded independent state school run by an Academy Trust.  The Academies Act 2010 received Royal Assent on 27 July 2010.  Since then, all maintained schools have been able to apply to become an academy.  There are currently more than 800 academies open and over 1350 schools have applied to become academies since June 2010.  The legislation... Read More AboutIncorporating Academy Schools »

By Wendy Rees

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