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Cost of Living – Options for Employers

31 January 2023

With the end of the current tax year approaching, many employers will likely start looking at conducting pay reviews and awarding bonuses shortly.  With the cost-of-living issues that are currently well publicised, employers may wish to also consider implementing further measures to assist their staff during this difficult time. While there is no obligation to […]

Employment Law Changes – 2023

31 January 2023

In this article we look ahead to the proposed legal changes within the employment field and have also set out some of the increased statutory pay rates which will apply from April 2023. Increase in statutory pay rates The new statutory rates are as follows: New employment rights The Government has backed a number of […]

Trade mark Appeal is Louis Vui-Gone

19 December 2022

In a recent European Court decision, fashion powerhouse, Louis Vuitton, have been denied a trade mark. The check pattern in question, named Damier Azur, failed to have the required distinctiveness to be a registered trade mark in the EU. It’s not the first time that Louis Vuitton have made headlines in relation to trade marks, […]

Price Adjustment Clauses: Helping Businesses Survive the Cost-of-Living Crisis

6 December 2022

What impact will the cost-of living crisis have on your business? Three quarters of small businesses have cited the cost-of-living concerns to be the biggest immediate threat to their business over the next year. This comes from a recent report published by PayPal titled ‘Build Business Resilience’ which identified that alongside the issues caused by […]

Christmas Do’s (and Don’ts) for Employers

2 December 2022

With the festivities around the corner, too many employers will be letting their guard as well as their hair down this Christmas. The aftermath of the office party can be open season for employment claims. In legal terms, no other time of year should come with quite so many health-warnings. We set out some tips […]

FIFA World Cup 2022: Goals for Employers

2 December 2022

With the FIFA World Cup 2022 well under way, many employees up and down the country will no doubt be looking to book some annual leave over the next 2 weeks ahead of the final, or may even ask to work flexibly to watch certain matches. However, with some matches kicking off as early as […]

Berry Smith Lawyers has advised on the sale of Europest Environmental Services

1 December 2022

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised Andrew Housley and his team on the sale of Europest Environmental Services Limited to a subsidiary of US based Rollins Inc. Europest was founded in 2001 by Andrew Housley with three former colleagues, including Richard Edwards, Morgan Francis and Lee Davison and was part of the Eurogroup of […]

A New Direction for Data Protection? What we know so far.

22 November 2022

This article is providing a recap on the first reading of the new Data Protection and Digital Information Bill and the changes proposed within it. While this was due for a second reading on 5th September, this was delayed and subsequent changes in Government mean that we are now left to wait and see where […]

The Overseas Entity Register – what does this mean for Land Ownership?

15 November 2022

The Register of Overseas Entities (“The Register”) came into effect on 1st August 2022 and will change the registration requirements for all foreign company owners of UK property. In this article Martin Pursall, Partner in the Commercial Property department at Berry Smith Lawyers, considers what these changes will be, the impact of these changes and […]

Berry Smith Advise on Brand Ambassador Agreement between Marks and Spencer and Tom Kerridge.

8 November 2022

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised on a Brand Ambassador Agreement between Marks and Spencer and Tom Kerridge for their client Brand Pilot Ltd. Renowned Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge has partnered with M&S in a 3-year collaboration. The celebrity chef is set to initially produce delicious recipes for budget-friendly family meals using the […]

Industrial Action: What does this mean for employers?

26 October 2022

In recent weeks, we have seen widespread and recurrent examples of industrial action, including most notably, train strikes, waste collecting strikes and postal strikes. Such action has of course, been taken by workers in these industries to place pressure on their employer to respond to specific employment needs. The cost of living crisis has meant […]

The New Brexit Freedoms Bill: Impact on Employment Law

25 October 2022

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022-2023 (‘the Bill’) has now been published and it follows that the employment law landscape in the UK may change significantly very soon. The Bill provides that by the end of 2023, the UK government will either amend, repeal or replace any EU-derived employment law. The Bill […]

Berry Smith Lawyers has advised on the purchase of Ceaton Security Services

12 October 2022

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised Angie Beasley on the purchase of Ceaton Security Services Limited from Deane Ceaton. Ceaton, established in 1991 by brothers Gordon and Deane Ceaton based in Cardiff, has grown today to be highly reputable and well respected in the security industry. Ceaton specialise in the design, installation, service and […]

Berry Smith has advised on the sale of Vision Flor

19 May 2022

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised Mark and Sabrina Fisher on their sale of Bristol based Vision Flor Limited to the management team. Vision Flor offers both commercial and domestic flooring services throughout the UK. Established by Mark in 2011 the company has grown from strength to strength providing services to well know businesses […]

Berry Smith advises on $1m funding round in Enclave Networks

1 February 2022

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised Enclave Networks Limited on its recent $1m fundraise by a number of overseas venture capital firms. The fundraising round was led by Berlin based Next Big Thing AG (NBT) together with US cyber investors Gula Tech Adventures (GTA). Enclave Networks is the Company behind a computer networking technology […]

Berry Smith Acts in the sale of Watkin Davies to A-Plan Group

9 January 2022

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised on the sale of Watkin Davies Insurance Consultants Limited to fellow insurers, A-Plan Group. Since 1978, Watkin Davies have been one of Wales’ largest independent insurance brokers. The business is a market leader in commercial and personal insurance brokers in the region and is the trusted insurance advisors […]

Berry Smith Acts in the Sale of Box Litho to the Management Team

9 November 2021

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised the shareholders of their sale of South Wales based Box Litho Limited to the management team. Box Litho, originally founded by Glenn Griffiths and Thomas Melay, has gained the expertise and experience to be able to become specialists in the manufacture of litho laminated packaging, recognised as leading […]