Two recent cases broaden what may constitute ‘public interest’ whistleblowing

Those looking to incorporate a limited company this year may wish to take note of two important cases that have broadened what may be considered in the public interest when determining whether a whistleblowing disclosure is protected.

It was back in June 2013 when the government made the legal protection provided to whistleblowers conditional on the worker holding a reasonable belief that their disclosure was in the public interest. Although this was not defined, the intention of the law was to ensure employees couldn’t depend on allegations about breaches of their own employment contracts being given the status of protected whistleblowing procedures. Continue reading

Good intentions are major factor in ‘market value’ intra-group transfers

One subject that may puzzle those approaching London Registrars for commercial law consultancy services is that of intra-group transfers of assets – including shares in other group companies – by sale or distribution. While such transfers are common in corporate transactions such as group restructurings, demergers and pre-sale reorganisations, ensuring that such transfers are at ‘market value’ has long worried some company directors. Continue reading

Half of companies unaware of Bribery Act according to new research

As part of its corporate governance and legal support services, London Registrars (http://www.london-registrars.co.uk/) regularly updates clients on the ramifications of the Bribery Act 2010, which fights against bribery and corruption in the corporate arena. This is clearly a warranted service, given the fact that new research has revealed that half of companies in the UK are unaware that the Act even exists. Continue reading

Ensure your Company Compliance with the Bribery Act with the Help of London Registrars

The Bribery Act has been in effect for nearly a year but many companies still are unclear about its impact on their business and what they should be doing in accordance with it. London Registrars (http://www.london-registrars.co.uk/) helps ensure company compliance with the Bribery Act by advising on how the Act affects issues such as policies, contracts, recruitment and disciplinary procedures. Continue reading

How London Registrars’ legal support extends far beyond the Bribery Act

Such recent developments such as reports of widespread and unnecessary refusals by many companies to accept offers for Olympics tickets last year for fear of being accused of bribery, and even the new lobbying allegations surrounding Conservative MP Patrick Mercer, have shown that bribery and corruption have remained at the forefront of the public mind-set. It’s one reason why London Registrars (http://www.london-registrars.co.uk) takes so seriously the assistance that it provides to clients with anti-bribery policies in relation to the Bribery Act. Continue reading

Why companies need to take the Bribery Act 2010 seriously

Since 1st July 2011, a piece of law came into effect which recent statistics have suggested many business owners remain worryingly unaware of. That legislation is the Bribery Act 2010, which individuals and businesses across the UK and elsewhere could potentially be greatly affected by. It is widely accepted that the best corporate governance covers the prevention of bribery, and London Registrars (http://www.london-registrars.co.uk) is able to assist organisations in this aim. Continue reading

Office of Fair Trading Bans Gym Unfair Contract Terms

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) secured a High Court order earlier this year which sought to ban gym unfair contract terms in the UK, reports company secretarial services provider London Registrars (http://www.london-registrars.co.uk/). The case highlighted the need for gyms to check their contract terms to ensure they are within the law and whether they need to let their customers know of any changes to the terms of their contracts at any time. Continue reading