Facing the Prospect Of A Legal Dispute?


Nick Parker, a dispute resolution partner at Berry Smith Lawyers, considers the issues that can arise with customers, suppliers and competitors, as well as the possibility of shareholder or partnership disputes.

Many businesses face the prospect of a legal dispute from time to time. Issues can arise with customers, suppliers and competitors, as well as the possibility of shareholder or partnership disputes.

Berry Smith HR Breakfast - 26th September 2017


Berry Smith welcomes you to its HR breakfast at our Cardiff Office

This event is aimed at HR professionals and managers and will be hosted by Fabio Grech, Partner, and Jennifer Pinder, Senior Associate, of our Employment & HR team.

Fabio and Jennifer will provide an overview of recent case law and new legislation along with the implications for your organisation.

The second half is intended to be an interactive session where you can exchange ideas and experiences and ask questions in a relaxed environment.

Developer must pay damages following contract dispute


A developer who failed to co-operate in seeking additional planning permission for a proposed tower block has been ordered to pay damages to the company selling the site.

The seller had obtained planning permission to construct a 34-storey tower on a large site. The grant was subject to a s.106 agreement, under which the seller had assumed affordable housing obligations.

The seller hoped to obtain enhanced planning permission for extra storeys to the tower.

Berry Smith Sponsors Prizes for Law Students at the University of South Wales

Berry Smith was proud to continue its longstanding sponsorship of two prizes for the academic achievements of law students graduating from the University of South Wales.

Berry Smith’s Dispute Resolution department sponsored the award for the Best Performing Student on the MLaw (Legal Practice) Course which was won by Evie Griffiths.

Rueben Agyenim received the prize for Outstanding Performance in Equity and the Law of Trusts which sponsored by Berry Smith’s Corporate Finance department.

Directors’ Relief from Liability

In the role as manager of a company, a director is exposed to numerous claims for personal liability arising from potential wrongdoing.  This can include liability for breach of their general duties under the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006), liability to third parties for misrepresentation or to the company’s employees for discrimination etc.

In this article, we examine the ways in which directors may be relieved from, or protected against, personal liabilities incurred in undertaking their role.

More top companies commit to paying small businesses on time


More than 30 of the government’s biggest suppliers have voluntarily committed to pay 95% of invoices within 60 days - and to work towards adopting 30 days as the norm.

The commitments are part of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) initiative, which aims to ensure that small businesses are paid on time.

Government plans to ban leasehold sales of new houses

Government plans to ban leasehold sales of new houses

The government has announced plans to clampdown on unfair practices involving leasehold homes.

The measures include a ban on new build houses being sold as leaseholds as well as restricting ground rents to as low as zero.

Leaseholds generally apply to flats with shared spaces, but increasingly, developers have been selling houses on these terms.

Thinking of selling your business? What you should consider…

Emma Borrington, partner at Berry Smith, highlights some initial thoughts when considering the sale of your business.

When it comes to the time for you to sell your business, whether that be through retirement or moving onto new ventures the thought of your exit can be a daunting prospect.