Business Bulletin

Spotlight on Rick Bunch

Rick is an Associate in our Tax, Trusts and Estates department and is based at our Alderley Edge office. He specialises in advising local high net worth individuals and families in relation to their complex tax and trusts affairs. One of Rick’s most satisfying tax cases was when he successfully negotiated with the Revenue for […]


How should you deal with an employee who is under the influence of alcohol?

Q: We suspect an employee is coming into work under the influence of alcohol because we can smell it on her breath and she is slurring her words. She has a history of alcoholism and was given a final written warning five months ago for coming into work tipsy, which at the time she admitted […]


What employers need to know about shared parental leave

The new shared parental leave (SPL) regulations have come into force and apply to your business now. Although they only affect your employees if their baby is due to be born or adopted on or after 5 April 2015, if a baby is born prematurely the new regulations will apply and so you need to […]


Don’t get caught in a dilapidations disputes

At the end of every commercial lease the landlord will consider pursuing a dilapidations claim against the tenant. Dilapidations are repair works which have not been undertaken by the tenant meaning they are in breach of the terms of the lease. If a lease contains repairing obligations, then the landlord is entitled to recover the […]


Spotlight on Caroline Calverley

Caroline is the practice manager at Chafes Hague Lambert and is responsible for all the departments which support our team of solicitors. Her most memorable moment with the firm was realising that we could enter the annual Wilmslow Scarecrow competition. Every year around mid-July, she climbs out onto a metre-wide window ledge which looks over […]


Managing cancer in the workplace

There are currently more than 700,000 people of working age living with a cancer diagnosis and many more people in work who have some connection to cancer via their family and circle of friends. 57% of people diagnosed with cancer have to give up work or education, change role or change hours as a direct […]


No second bite of the cherry

If you refer a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), can you accept their decision and then pursue a civil court claim for damages incurred over and above the amount awarded by the FOS? Not anymore after the Court of Appeal overturned a decision from the High Court which allowed claimants to pursue further […]


Are your contracts in order?

If your company is up for sale, a serious buyer will carry out a detailed due diligence exercise, gathering as much information as possible to help them decide if they should proceed, at what price and on what terms. One area which invariably undergoes detailed scrutiny is the company’s commercial contracts, in particular contracts with […]


Spotlight on Alison Close

Alison Close specialises in employment law and has been with Chafes Hague Lambert for five years. Her career highlights include providing employment law advice in the context of a complex sale to a FTSE 100 listed PLC earlier this year. What is the one piece of advice you would give to businesses? Review your contracts […]


New holiday pay ruling

For some time now, following European decisions, employers have been unsure whether they are obliged to include overtime payments (particularly overtime which is not guaranteed and regularly worked) when calculating holiday pay. However, yesterday the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled on these points and found that it must be included. It was clarified that: Non-guaranteed […]