Director recovers money after colleague diverted funds


A director has succeeded in recovering money from the estate of a colleague who breached his legal duty by diverting funds and business opportunities to a rival company.

The case involved two directors, Nigel Clegg and Andrew Pache, who were joint shareholders in a company trading steel.

Clegg alleged that from 2004 until shortly before his death in 2010, Pache had carried on a steel trading business for his own benefit through a second company.

Child Maintenance – Answering your questions


Child Maintenance – Answering your questions

Q. My ex-husband and I managed to go through our divorce amicably and, as part of our financial order, agreed that he would pay child maintenance over and above what he was told he should pay by the Child Maintenance Service online calculator. He since changed his mind and is now only paying the amount that the online calculator has told him he should. What can I do?

Mental Health in the Workplace - a time for change?


October brought World Mental Health Day 2017. This year's theme was all about tackling the issue of mental health in the workplace.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year.  Worryingly 9 out of 10 of those people believe there is a stigma attached to mental health issues in the workplace and consequently they suffer in silence. 

Has an important family relationship broken down?


Has an important family relationship broken down – Answering your questions

Q. Four years ago my daughter-in-law died leaving four children. I looked after the youngest two in the school holidays and at the weekends. This went on for several years until there was a minor disagreement with my son’s new girlfriend, after which I never saw the children again until they visited for an hour last Christmas. Is there anything I can do to see more of them?

Berry Smith are proud to be a sponsor of the 5th Annual Bridgend Business Forum Awards

BBC Presenter and Broadcaster Sian Lloyd with Andrew Follant, Managing Director of Kontroltek Ltd, winners of Service Business of the Year 2017, and Alison Hoy of Berry Smith who sponsored the award.

The winners of the fifth annual Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2017 were revealed at a glittering gala dinner and awards celebration held at the Coed-y-Mwster Hotel, Bridgend.

Business Matters: Why Protect Intellectual Property in your Business?

Are you aware that the Intellectual Property within your business is a highly valuable asset, with the potential to generate income?

Intellectual Property is an intangible asset which protects the application of ideas and information of commercial value. It is considered a key tool that enables businesses to safeguard their unique assets whilst providing an advantage over competitors and differentiating you from other organisations and their products.

Addison Lee drivers have worker status


The so called ‘gig economy’ has seen a host of cases before the Employment Tribunal in recent times, the key question being whether the individuals engaged are self-employed contractors or workers.

Self-employed contractors have no employment rights, whereas workers are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay amongst other things.

Bank loses ‘unrealistic’ negligence claim against surveyors


A bank was being unrealistic when it brought a professional negligence claim for £750,000 against a firm of quantity surveyors.

That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving the Bank of Ireland and the Watts Group plc.

The bank agreed to lend £1.4m to a company to develop a city centre property into apartments. It engaged Watts to provide an appraisal of the borrower's building costs estimates.

The borrower later entered creditors' voluntary liquidation and building work ceased.