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Archive for November 9, 2021

Jon Davage, Head of Corporate and author!

Jon Davage

Jon Davage

Some of you may be aware that Jon Davage is head of our corporate team but did you know he has also contributed a chapter to a book?

Working with our clients, Guy Remond and Ian Brookes from The Start Up Factory, they developed an idea to share their experience of the journey from founder to exit in a tech-based business. They are also involved in Manchester’s first potential “unicorn” business Bankifi.

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Insolvency update – are businesses facing a tough few months?

Phil Farrelly

Phil Farrelly

The world of insolvency has been becalmed over the last 18 months as a result of Government support and restrictions on creditor action as part of its response to the Covid 19 pandemic which removed a number of the typical pressure points on directors.

As we head into a new phase of ‘living with the virus’, the support and restrictions are being withdrawn. The furlough scheme ended and some of those restrictions expired on 30 September 2021. From 1 October, the heat was back on or at least partially. There are still some restrictions on creditor action.

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Business Immigration offer

Neil Gouldson

Neil Gouldson

Address labour market shortages by becoming an Employer Sponsor.

Bermans specialist Business Immigration team provides professional advice to UK and international businesses and investors.

Since the UK exited the EU there has been substantial changes to the immigration rules and there is an opportunity to recruit people from anywhere in the world.

Read more details about the new UK immigration system here.

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A review of some interesting developments in employment law

Robert Maddocks

An update on some recent developments

Have your say on the flexible working proposals

The Government launched a consultation on 23 September 2021 regarding proposals to reform the Flexible Working Regulations 2014 to make flexible working the default position.

Currently, an employee has the right to request flexible working arrangements after 26 weeks’ service but the employer can refuse such a request for any of the following reasons:

  • extra costs that will damage the business
  • the work cannot be reorganised among other staff
  • people cannot be recruited to do the work
  • flexible working will affect quality and performance
  • the business will not be able to meet customer demand
  • there is a lack of work to do during the proposed working times
  • the business is planning changes to the workforce.
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