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News & Insights

Here you will find a few blogs on legal insights, news about Sewell Law and something a bit different.

Legal Insights

Promises, promises - Contractual Consideration

The notion of reciprocity is the core of contract law and this is the main feature that distinguishes a contract from a deed or a gift. Consider a situation where a person loans a sum of money to a friend, colleague or family member. The parties may informally agree on a repayment plan. If the arrangement is not documented or witnessed there is...

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How can I protect my business from an inside threat?

You need to seek legal advice . . . and quickly. We often see a situation where a manager or senior employee who has been with a business for several years decides to jump ship and set up in competition. In this digital age, employees now have access to more information than ever before – client lists with full contact details, confidential...

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When is a director liable for debts of the company?

We are often asked by shareholders and directors whether they can be made liable for the debts of their limited company. It is a long established pillar of English law that a limited company has its own legal identity. This means that each limited company is its own “person” separate to its directors and shareholders. A limited company can enter...

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As a director can I be prosecuted for health and safety failings in my company? Yes.

This can occur in circumstances where the offence in question has been committed with the consent or connivance of the individual or when the offence was attributable to any neglect on the part of the director or manager. In this situation, consent, connivance and neglect have the following

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Litigation: Is there trouble brewing?

Whilst protection is better than a cure, when there is a potential dispute, litigation and Court proceedings on the horizon what should you do? Don't panic, take stock and carefully evaluate the situation. Before lacing up the boxing gloves, and throwing a few air shots, here are some of the things you should think

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When is prejudice to a shareholder “unfair”?

You may have heard the term “unfair prejudice”. You may be involved in a dispute with a fellow shareholder where this term has been mentioned. So what does it mean and in what circumstances does it apply? The conduct concerned is usually any matter that the board of directors deal with. Examples of prejudicial conduct include allotting new...

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Is it worth a risk?

Goethe may have said that "the dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety", however this is not the case when it comes to the health, safety and well being of your employees and workers. The employees had no method statement to follow when they climbed onto the roof and there were no preventative measures in place to prevent a fall...

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Workplace Risk Assessment

“It’s how we’ve always done it”. “Nothing has ever gone wrong” “We just pick up the phone and get it agreed”. “It’s always been a gentleman’s agreement”. On this page, we will help dispel some of the myths in contract law in a way that will assist you in the day to day running of your

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Guarantor Beware

Think twice before signing on the dotted line . . . In the turbulent aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the business world is considering ways to ease recovery and steady the ship into more settled waters. Many businesses have coped with financial losses, a furloughed workforce, and the collapse of supply

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Welcome Serena

We are delighted to announce that Serena Collins has joined Sewell Law as a Business Administrator. culture within the firm is exceptional client service and relationships. Our focus is on the character and personal attributes of the applicant, which is why, during the process, we do not ask for or look at any CV’s until we reach the final...

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Office Move

We've been evicted....by ourselves....to a new office. It comes complete with a tropical aquarium (hope its not too distracting for our fabulous clients), a few decorative but real plants, a mini fridge near to the client meeting area, and a fully serviced fruit basket.

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Sewell Law in Commerce & Industry Journal

This month the focus is on the transport and logistics sector. We discuss the recent changes to licensing for Light Goods Vehicles and the Future of Freight Plan. Commerce & Industry is a leading trade journal for businesses in the Humber area and beyond.

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A New Addition

 

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We have moved!

Beverley Enterprise Centre The BEC opened for business in May 2022. The building is distinctively modern benefitting from excellent conference facilities (pic below), a break out room, showers and plenty of parking.

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Something Different

The Sewell Family (Fruit Business)

It is unclear what happened to the children and to this day, some of them are unknown, both Ron and Gordon followed in Bob’s foot steps as local fruiterers. ​ Sewell fruiterers was well known in Hull with shops dotted all over the City. This was down to a combination of hard work, offering only the best produce and service and above all, taking...

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What a breach!

Are you aware of what a breach of contract is? A breach of contract could be anything from a late payment, to not supplying the goods as originally agreed in the contract. Once a breach is established, there are four classifications that it will fit under: ·         Minor

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What is a "boilerplate" clause?

Here is a quick look at boilerplate clauses, what they are and why we have them. Boilerplate clauses set out things like the duration of a contract, jurisdiction, how it should be interpreted if there is a disagreement about its terms, whether the benefit of the contract can be transferred to another party, and whether the contract includes all...

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You cannot breach a "contract" that does not exist.

A legally binding contract has four key elements: 1.  An offer. 2.  Acceptance of the offer. 3.  Consideration.

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Team member number four, show yourself!

We are super pleased to announce that Sewell Law is growing! Committed to providing the best possible service to clients, Lucy is an exciting addition to the team. She will be on hand working side by side with our solicitors to deliver the best possible outcome for our clients. Throughout the group and individual interviews, Lucy's enthusiasm...

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