Party Wall Act Injunction

Are you faced with a Party Wall Act Injunction? Are you contemplating applying for one? There are a number of important facts that should be considered very carefully before you do anything else. What is a Party Wall Act Injunction? A court order which tells a party to do something or to stop doing something. Read more […]

HSE Investigations and Interviews under Caution

Whenever serious incidents do occur (whether or not they are subsequently subject to HSE investigation) companies must seek to ensure that their policies and systems are designed to quickly and effectively respond; in order to minimise any potential likelihood of repetition and to properly manage any potential consequences for affected parties. Where the Health and […]

“Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful” – Supreme Court

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has held that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal Fees Order 2013 is unlawful under both domestic and EU law. The Court ruled that it was unlawful as it prevented access to justice, imposed unjustified limitations on an individual’s ability to enforce EU right and was indirectly […]

ORJ wins new client.

ORJ wins new client: The Stafford based law firm has been instructed by one of the country’s largest independent travel companies, in place of city firm Penningtons to defend a claim valued by the claimants at £13.5M. The case is already issued but following an adverse interlocutory hearing, the company decided it was time to […]

Employment Contracts – FAQs

When it comes to Employment Law, our Specialist Andrew Lester is usually asked these 11 questions by Employers to ensure they’re covering all the bases in Employment Contracts. Here are his responses: 1. Do I have to give all employees a contract? Employers are only legally required to give every employee a Section 1 written statement of […]

If you’re selling your business, how long can you count on Entrepreneur’s Relief?

If you’re at the stage where you’re considering selling your business as part of your exit strategy, how long can you count on Entrepreneur’s Relief being available? ORJ’s corporate and commercial law specialist, Lorraine Smith, responds to a question a number of clients have asked, given the current political uncertainty. It has been government policy […]

Father’s Day Child Arrangements

Did you have amicable child arrangements for Father’s Day? Father’s Day is often a wonderful celebratory time for many families. However, it can also be a painful reminder of difficult circumstances if you are unable to spend time with your children on this special day. It can be the small things that can make you feel […]

Successful £1.7m management buy out

The ORJ Corporate Team headed up by Lorraine Smith, Partner, have recently completed the £1.7m management buy out of a local environmental services business who is a key supplier to Network Rail. Lorraine commented on the transaction “This was a particularly complicated transaction. The vendor had received external offers for the Company but was committed […]

Selling a business – Entrepreneurs relief

Entrepreneurs relief is a key concern to anyone selling their business. Entrepreneurs relief is a CGT relief applying to a limit of £10m in qualifying capital gains, effectively reducing the rate of capital gains tax payable from 28% to 10%. The limit is a lifetime limit and is cumulative but it is an individual limit, […]

Share Buybacks

A Company own purchase of shares is a great way to enable a return of capital to the company’s shareholders. In simple terms a buy back enables a company to purchase its own shares from one or more existing shareholders. Once the buyback has been completed, the shares are cancelled, having the effect that the […]

The Pros and Cons of a Business Sale Via a Management Buyout

If you are thinking of selling your businesses, then one of the most common ways of doing so is by a management buyout. Virtually every professional service business deals with succession planning in that way so we are all used to the idea having bought into our businesses under such arrangements. However these deals are not second […]

Dismissing Employees

Can an employer simply dismiss an employee who has been with them for 1 year and 51 weeks, having not acquired 2 years continuous service? Employees with less than 2 years’ continuous employment do not qualify for the right to claim unfair dismissal and therefore it is usually relatively straight forward to dismiss such employees, […]