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Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”

Why now is the time for a first-class outsourced switchboard

Where others see obstacles, let us see opportunities. Now we are starting to move back into our offices, we’re all looking for ways to make improvements and savings. Especially with additional measures in place to receive staff and visitors. Here is how outsourcing your switchboard can greatly improve your front of house team. And ultimately, your firm’s operations.

Employers should prepare for long-term changes to the world of work

There are of course many negatives arising from the crisis presented by COVID-19. However, there could be real benefits for businesses and their staff if we take some of the opportunities that have been presented and do not just look to revert to the old ways of doing things.


Tax lawyers attack shadow ACT rules

The Inland Revenue’s proposals for “shadow” Advance Corporation Tax (ACT) are overcomplicated and are likely to give rise to litigation, according to Francis Sandison, the Law Society’s tax expert. The society’s corporate tax sub-committee, chaired by Sandison, submitted its criticisms to the Inland Revenue last week. Sandison, a Freshfields partner, said that parts of the […]

Listed building VAT decision

Mr Justice Moses has ordered that a VAT tribunal decision that VAT was not due on the bill for repairs to a Grade II listed building following severe fire damage should now be reconsidered by a freshly constituted tribunal. His order follows an appeal by Customs and Excise against the decision of Malcolm Palmer, chairman […]

In brief: Lester Aldridge revamps its management

Twenty-eight partner Bournemouth practice Lester Aldridge has introduced a radical management structure. The firm has set up a management board with a majority of non-solicitor members who include newly appointed director of sales and marketing Louis Greenblatt, pictured above left with managing partner Barry Glazier. The firm has also closed its two-lawyer Poole office.

Fined Streeter left partnership in May

Tory shadow cabinet member Gary Streeter, who was fined £1,000 last week for professional misconduct, resigned from the partnership at Foot & Bowden in May, it has emerged. Streeter, who joined the partnership at the Plymouth firm in 1984, has now become a consultant. Both Streeter and the firm said the decision was prompted by […]

London solicitor jailed for bribes

A London solicitor who bribed an Inland Revenue official to help him track down his clients’ debtors has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. At the Old Bailey on 10 July, John Cornillie admitted conspiracy to bribe a public officer and cheating the Inland Revenue of £11,265 by giving untaxed money to staff at his firm, […]

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