25 Mar

Lockdown Stage 2 – What does it mean for the hospitality sector?

With just two weeks to go until we reach Stage 2 of the Government’s provisional roadmap, many businesses will be busy preparing to reopen and capitalise as soon as they are able. Non-essential shops, personal care premises – such as barbers, hairdressers, and nail salons – and public buildings including libraries and museums can reopen…. Read More »

23 Mar

The Importance of Preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are important legal documents which enables individuals to act on another person’s behalf, should one become incapacitated.  The documents themselves consist of two types and deal with an individual’s Property and Financial affairs and Health and Welfare. The Property and Financial affairs LPA… Read More »

18 Mar


In commercial negotiations, both parties often attempt to rely on their own standard terms and conditions (“T&Cs”) as forming the basis for a contract. This to-ing and fro-ing over the incorporation of T&Cs between supplier and customer is known as the “battle of the forms”. It has been a long held principle that the battle… Read More »

11 Mar


A shareholders’ agreement is a vital tool for shareholders to regulate the relationship between themselves and the company. Here are the top 10 tips for shareholders (and future shareholders) to consider before entering into a shareholders’ agreement. Think why you need one Despite it not being a legal requirement to have a shareholders’ agreement in… Read More »

09 Mar

National Minimum Wage increase from 1 April 2021

Following the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission, the Government has announced the increased National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from 1 April 2021. The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2% to £8.91, and will apply for workers aged 23 and over, for the first time. These… Read More »

05 Mar

Do we really need a shareholders’ agreement?

What is a shareholders’ agreement? A shareholders’ agreement does what is says on the tin. It is an agreement between at least two shareholders in a company and is designed to provide a framework for how the company is run and decisions will be taken, the regulation of the shareholders’ relationship including their rights and… Read More »

02 Mar

Spire advises Centurion on agreement with helmet safety technology company Mips in U

Spire Solicitors LLP have advised above-the-neck PPE specialist Centurion Safety Products, in their agreement with Swedish helmet safety technology company Mips, which will see Centurion incorporate the Mips (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) patented helmet-based technology within their market leading Nexus helmet. When the Centurion Nexus with Mips helmet technology is launched in March 2021, Centurion… Read More »

24 Feb

A further extension to SDLT holiday could be on the horizon

It has recently been reported that Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to announce a 3-month extension to the Stand Duty Land Tax holiday in the Budget on March 3rd. Currently, the SDLT holiday is set to finish on March 31st, 2021, with the proposed extension of the holiday to coincide with the end of social distancing… Read More »

18 Feb

Digital Assets – Things to consider when making a will

It is typical these days for people to own digital assets or store information online and many will have some sort of social media or email account.  Examples of what are termed as ‘digital assets’ would include: Social media posts Photographs and videos stored online Blogs Information contained in emails Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin But… Read More »

18 Feb

Is a “no jab, no job” policy a sensible approach for employers to take?

The UK is making great strides with its voluntary vaccination programme.  Employers are now having to grapple with their approach to employee vaccinations, including whether they can require employees to be vaccinated as a pre-condition of attending the workplace, and if an employee refuses whether they are permitted to dismiss or exclude the employee. Currently… Read More »