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What are my duties as a director?


If you are a director of a limited company in the UK, then you owe a wide range of duties to that company. Breaches of duty can give rise to personal liability and, in some cases, criminal sanctions so a proper understanding of your duties and responsibilities is essential.

Often, a director will be ignorant of his or her responsibilities (or some of them). Sometimes, a director will also be a shareholder and/or employee of the company and this can lead to confusion as to how the director is to exercise his or her powers. Both of these situations can lead to serious problems if they result in breaches of the director’s duties, whether those breaches are deliberate or not.

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Holly Bartlett

Trainee Solicitor


Holly studied Law at York Law School within the University of York, graduating in 2016. She then went on to study at the University of Law in Manchester where she completed the LPC with a Masters in Law, Business and Management in July 2017.

Before joining Bermans Holly was a member of the management team at the Disney Store in both Liverpool and York. She also has had some experience with the Walt Disney Company’s legal team and worked as a civil clerk at 7 Harrington Street Chambers.

Outside of work Holly loves the outdoors and enjoys doing anything creative or with a competitive element.

Holly is currently working in Bermans Litigation & ABL departments.


Tel: 0151 224 0524




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30 Years a Solicitor


Article by Andrew Koffman, Litigation Partner

1 October 1987, a typical grey autumn day in Manchester, a far cry from the hurricane-strength winds that buffeted Britain exactly 2 weeks later. But a big day for me; after 6 years of study and training, I was finally admitted as a solicitor. I had a moderately exciting morning serving a search order on a defendant although the location (a block of multi-storey flats) was about as unglamorous as it could get!

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Mediation – a less costly way of resolving civil disputes


The Law Gazette recently shared this article titled ‘Low-cost Manchester mediation pilot aims to ‘fill a gap’ which discusses a new initiative involving the launch of new a pilot scheme encouraging mediation as a less costly way of resolving civil disputes.

Nick Harvey Partner and Head of Litigation, comments on this recent article, whilst discussing Bermans new dispute resolution product – Escalate.

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Will I get my costs back now?


In February we shared this article which discussed recovering costs lost in legal disputes.

Lord Justice Jackson has now published his review of civil litigation costs.

A regime of “fixed recoverable costs” had been expected for all civil claims up to £250,000 in value, with a table setting out how much the winner could recover from the loser towards their costs. This would have had a major impact on the economics of resolving disputes in court.

In fact the recommendations are somewhat diluted and more flexible. He has proposed the following.

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Bermans new starters round up

At Bermans we are committed to continual development to ensure that our clients have access to the best service possible. Our recent additions to the firm reflect this and our dedication to providing high quality services to our clients.

Read on to learn more about Bermans recent new-starters.

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