A Side Letter to a Lease; a valuable accessory for Vivienne Westwood

3rd July 2017

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When negotiating a lease, a landlord may agree to certain concessions to attract and secure a desirable tenant.  The agreement is often personal between the landlord and tenant, and documented by way of confidential side letter.  In the recent case … Continue reading

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The dangers of agreeing to agree

22nd June 2017

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The feeling is a familiar one during many drawn out contract negotiations: time is marching on, both sides just want to finish the process but the important logistical details are just not being agreed upon. The temptation to leave various … Continue reading

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Tamsin Mann joins law firm Murrell Associates Limited!

16th June 2017

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Solicitor Tamsin Mann has joined the property team at the Truro office of commercial law practice, Murrell Associates. Previously at Coodes in Falmouth, Tamsin has a good background in commercial property; with particular expertise in the field of charity law. … Continue reading

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Granting a lease to oneself

26th May 2017

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English law does not permit a landowner to grant a lease to him or herself. A lease is a tenancy agreement based upon an agreement between two people and contains covenants made by one person with the other. The logic … Continue reading

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Recruitment and Retention in Smaller Firms

22nd May 2017

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With smaller recruitment budgets and smaller budgets for staff extras, there’s no doubt that smaller firms like Murrell Associates can’t compete on salaries or financial rewards with large firms. We are a specialist corporate and property firm with 11 fee-earners … Continue reading

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Caroline Daly has qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive!

12th May 2017

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Caroline Daly has qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in the commercial property team at Truro-based commercial law practice, Murrell Associates. Caroline first joined the commercial property team in September 2011, gaining valuable experience on a range of renewable energy and … Continue reading

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The Food and Drink Sector Post-Brexit

12th June 2017

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The long-term effects of last summer’s ‘Brexit’ vote are almost impossible to predict in terms of our relationship with the European Union but the one already visible by-product is the weakening in the pound. The falling pound creates problems for … Continue reading

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Rachel Plunkett qualifies at Murrell Associates!

27th March 2017

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Rachel Plunkett has joined the corporate team at Truro-based commercial law practice, Murrell Associates, after completing her training with the firm. Rachel has qualified as a solicitor in the firm’s corporate and commercial team, having gained valuable experience in the firm’s commercial … Continue reading

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The difficulties of implied terms

22nd March 2017

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When entering into any kind of contract it is essential to expressly include clauses on all matters that are crucial to the parties and the arrangement at hand. Unfortunately this does not always happen. Where a contract is silent on … Continue reading

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Electronic signatures

9th March 2017

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For years, it has been common place for modern commercial lawyers to accept scanned copies of ‘wet ink’ signatures to exchange and complete agreements remotely to avoid the need to have all parties present in the same room. However until … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates advises Hub Box Limited on £3.2m equity investments

3rd March 2017

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Niche corporate commercial law practice, Murrell Associates has advised long-standing client Hub Box Limited on two rounds of equity investment worth £3.2m. Hub Box serves American style burgers, dogs and beers using locally sourced food and drink in relaxed urban … Continue reading

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The Importance of Good Plans for Land Registry Applications

30th January 2017

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When you are dealing with transactions involving a property it is common to submit various applications to the Land Registry. Whether you are making an application for registration or carrying out a search on the property, you will need to … Continue reading

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

27th January 2017

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Brief Property: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards It’s just over a year before new regulations covering energy efficiency of properties come into force. The minimum EPC rating – Level E – will apply to all new leases from 1 April 2018 … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates’ client Classic Cottages has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Wight Locations on the Isle of Wight

27th January 2017

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This latest acquisition – the second in 12 months – sees Classic’s parent company, Worval Holdings, grow to become the second largest privately-owned holiday cottage company in the UK. Worval, whose brands include Aspects, Boutique Retreats, Classic Glamping and, at … Continue reading

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Choosing The Right Business Vehicle

12th January 2017

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One of the first considerations when setting up a new business is deciding the form it should take. There is no one perfect business vehicle to suit all ventures; there are various advantages and disadvantages to every option. It is … Continue reading

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Selling a Business – What they don’t tell you

4th October 2016

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In the heat of negotiations and in anticipation of potential receipts and new horizons it is all too common for those selling their business (whether in whole or in part) to lose perspective as they get drowned in professionals and … Continue reading

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Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) – 10 Things you always wanted to know about EPCs

4th October 2016

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  The Requirement -EPC’s have been a requirement on the construction, sale or letting of a building since the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.   What it does – An EPC … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates features again in the 2016 Legal 500 guide to law firms in the UK

3rd October 2016

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The Legal 500 is a well-respected independent guide and we are really pleased to be included in the guide since 2010. As part of the application process, the judges review the type and quality of work we do as well … Continue reading

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Murrell Assassins placed 2nd in the Cornwall Business Challenge at BF Adventure!

4th October 2016

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Murrell Associates Sponsor the Great Cornish Food Store Opening Event

5th September 2016

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Murrell Associates is proud to reveal its involvement with the launch of the Great Cornish Food Store co-located with the new Waitrose in Truro. The creation of a specialist local food area enabled the development of the Waitrose store and … Continue reading

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Success doesn’t just happen; it’s planned for

5th September 2016

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Owning and managing a fast-growing company, like those listed in The Growth 100, can be both an exciting and a terrifying challenge.  Although companies on a steep growth trajectory have to contend with the same issues as all other businesses … Continue reading

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ISO Spaces raises £450k

4th August 2016

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A Cornwall business that converts shipping containers into bespoke modular buildings is set for further expansion after raising £450k from a crowdfunding campaign. ISO Spaces used Crowdcube to raise the capital which it will now invest in hiring new staff, … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates Advises Great Cornish Food Store

20th July 2016

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Murrell Associates is proud to reveal its involvement with the launch of the Great Cornish Food Store co-located with the new Waitrose in Truro. The creation of a specialist local food area enabled the development of the Waitrose store and … Continue reading

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EU Data Protection – a new regime

18th July 2016

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After only three years of EU discussions (brief by EU standards!), agreement has been reached on a new data protection regulation with the catchy title “the General Data Protection Regulation”. When implemented (this is likely to be spring 2018) it … Continue reading

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The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining

15th July 2016

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Every owner managed business operating through a company should consider entering into a shareholders’ agreement to regulate the way in which the owners manage their business. Whilst business is going well and relationships between the owners are good, it may … Continue reading

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Will Brexit make its mark on EU Trade Marks?

13th July 2016

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There are numerous ‘what if’ type questions flying around at the moment, so here’s another: what happens to EU trade marks if the UK decides to leave the EU? Guess what? The answer is that nobody really knows, which sums … Continue reading

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Trunki: the difficulty of enforcing registered design rights

11th April 2016

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The case of PMS International Ltd v Magmatic Ltd [2016] UKSC 12 has acted as a warning for those seeking to protect their registered designs after the Supreme Court found that the Kiddee Case does not infringe the Trunki Community … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates now advising on Irish law

22nd March 2016

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Murrell Associates Limited is delighted to announce that Chris Wills, director of corporate and Jenny Harbord, Head of Renewable Energy, have both obtained dual qualification under English and Irish (Republic of Ireland) law and hold current practising certificates for both … Continue reading

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Persons with Significant Control Register – the April deadline for compliance looms

22nd February 2016

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From 06 April 2016, companies and LLPs will be required to keep a register of people with significant control as part of their statutory company books. A failure to do so will be a criminal offence.   Companies, and any … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates switches to SOS Connect as it targets further growth

22nd February 2016

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Bristol law firm Murrell Associates has invested in new legal software to boost its growth plans. Established in 2007, Murrell Associates offers specialist corporate and commercial legal services to businesses throughout the South West and beyond, and has been recognised … Continue reading

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Early stage or ‘seed’ investments into small business

4th February 2016

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When reviewing business performance and strategy, many business owners will be looking to grow their businesses and a lack of available finance will often be a key obstacle to delivering those growth plans.   There are a huge number of … Continue reading

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Deals Review 2015

28th January 2016

“Murrell Associates have been recognised as one of the most active South West based legal advisers for mergers & acquisitions in the latest Western Morning News Deals Review 2015. The review, prepared in partnership with Francis Clark LLP and Experian, … Continue reading

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Classic Cottages expands portfolio

20th January 2016

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Classic Cottages has expanded its portfolio by more than 80 properties, following the acquisition of Roseland Holiday Cottages.   Roseland’s former owners, Leonie and Rick Ibbotson, will continue to run day-to-day operations with the back-up of digital expertise and support … Continue reading

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The Deepend of Copyright: who owns the copyright of your logo?

20th January 2016

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A recent High Court case has highlighted the importance of ensuring that the copyright in logo, created by a design company on behalf of a commissioning party, is properly assigned to the commissioning party. This case, Fresh Trading Ltd v … Continue reading

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Establishing a share option scheme for Celtic Sheepskin & Co Ltd

3rd December 2015

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Over the last few months we have been supporting a longstanding client of ours, Celtic Sheepskin & Co Ltd, on the creation of a new enterprise management incentive (EMI) share option plan for the benefit of its employees. Cornwall based … Continue reading

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Estoppel by convention: the dangers of neglecting to check the legal and factual position before acting in business

27th November 2015

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The case of Dixon and another v Blindley Health Investments Ltd [2015] has reiterated the need to check the legal position on a particular matter properly and thoroughly, as well as any historic documents or agreements between the parties.   … Continue reading

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Punitive or a pre-estimate of loss: Clarity is shed on penalty clauses after a century of confusion

15th November 2015

The two recent cases of Cavendish and ParkingEye have clarified the position in relation to penalty clauses for breach of contract.   The issue in Cavendish related to a clause that prevented the seller from being engaged in any business … Continue reading

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An examination of director’s duties in light of the VW emissions scandal

10th November 2015

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A resignation at the top of VW illustrates the importance of satisfying your duties as a director of a company. Company directors have a duty (amongst others) to be diligent and keep themselves informed of the company’s affairs. When determining … Continue reading

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The consequences of misleading advertising – a discussion of Iceland’s #Powerof Frozen campaign

29th October 2015

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A recent Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decision concerning Iceland’s print and video adverts highlights the importance of ensuring your advertising is not misleading.   Iceland’s recent advertising campaign was investigated by the ASA for misleading customers about the nature of … Continue reading

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Landlords beware: Your obligations under the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015

20th October 2015

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As of 1 October 2015, all landlords in the private rental sector in England will have to fit and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental properties under with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. … Continue reading

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Historic England’s new listing screening service: A new weapon in the armoury for developers

9th October 2015

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What’s the status quo? Archaeo-geological jokes about “rocking all over the world” aside, the present situation with HE is straightforward. The current services offered are free … Continue reading

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Law firm expands to Bristol

7th October 2015

We’re delighted to announce that our new boutique Bristol office is now open. Based right in the heart of Clifton Village, the team is well placed to advise on a wide range of corporate, commercial, renewables and commercial property matters. … Continue reading

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Understanding the Renewables Obligation Certificate cuts to solar subsidies

23rd September 2015

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has recently announced further measures to reduce its support for renewable energy, to curb what it predicts will be an overspend of £1.5 billion by 2020 over the Levy Control Framework budget. … Continue reading

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Harrods ‘My Green Man’ Competition: The need for clear Terms and Conditions

22nd September 2015

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The recent Green Man photography competition case highlights the need to establish clear terms and conditions for consumers to avoid ambiguity. The renowned department store, Harrods, has established itself as a world-leading retailer on the back of its reputation for … Continue reading

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2015 Legal 500 Rankings – Murrell Associates continues to ascend the rankings!

17th September 2015

Murrell Associates is once again delighted to be recognised as a key legal services provider in the South West in the Legal 500 rankings, which were released on 16 September 2015. As well as being recognised for our corporate, commercial … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates advise on the sale of Mojo Maritime Limited to James Fisher and Sons plc.

25th August 2015

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Murrell Associates was instructed by the shareholders of Mojo Maritime Limited to advise them on the recent sale of the entire issued share capital of Mojo Maritime Limited to James Fisher and Sons plc. Henry Maples, Associate at Murrell Associates … Continue reading

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Locked and loaded: the rise of Community Interest Companies (CICs)

30th July 2015

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The rising trend in investing in social enterprises and renewable energy projects, for the good of the community. Since their inception in 2004, Community Interest Companies (CICs) have become increasingly popular for limited liability companies wishing to invest their profits … Continue reading

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Limiting liability and feckless fraud: the need for clear warranty claim clauses in your contract

17th June 2015

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The recent case of The Hut Group Limited v Nobahar-Cookson concerned whether a buyer’s warranty claim under a share purchase agreement was barred by contractual limitation of liability. The recent case of The Hut Group Limited v Nobahar-Cookson and another … Continue reading

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The Consumer Rights Act 2015 comes into force this October: are you ready for it?

15th May 2015

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The new Consumer Rights Act 2015 will come into force on the 1st October 2015 and harmonises the current laws surrounding business to consumer contracts for goods and services. On the 1st October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 will … Continue reading

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Contracts are complex beasts. Do priority clauses help you find your way through the jungle?

15th May 2015

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Clauses stating which provisions trump others in the event of inconsistencies can be helpful, but the courts have indicated they will only turn to them when an inconsistency is clear and irreconcilable. Contracts can be complicated beasts. As business lawyers, … Continue reading

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Back to school: Our staff visit aquarium to support University of Plymouth law careers evening

25th March 2015

Three ‘up-and-coming’ professionals from Murrell Associates attended the University of Plymouth law faculty’s ‘cheese and wine’ evening, an opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate law students to network with the profession and get the inside track on boosting their career prospects. … Continue reading

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Cornwall Law Society holds 131st annual dinner

4th March 2015

His Honour Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC praises the high standards in the profession within Cornwall. The event, held at Newquay’s Hotel Bristol on Friday 27 February 2015, attracted lawyers from the full range of legal disciplines, and from across … Continue reading

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Rapid growth as Anthesis Group buys resource experts LRS Consultancy

25th February 2015

Anthesis Group has been growing fast, since its inception 18 months ago, and now has 130 people across Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East, as well as boasting an impressive client base. The company aims to fill a gap … Continue reading

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Doffing your cap: how effectively are you limiting your liability under contracts?

24th February 2015

A recent case in the Technology and Construction Court illustrates the importance of precise drafting when providing for caps on liability under contracts.

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Does your business supply goods or services? Would you like to strengthen your relationship with your customers?

23rd February 2015

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A properly drawn-up set of terms and conditions will go a long way. Most businesses we come across have great relationships with their customers. They provide high quality goods and services, and customers come back again and again. When things … Continue reading

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Experian Deals Review 2014

12th January 2015

Murrell Associates is pleased to be recognised as one of the most active legal advisers in the South West mergers and acquisitions market during 2014 according to a new report compiled by Experian. Murrell Associates is placed fifth equal alongside … Continue reading

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Industrial and provident societies revamped and rebranded

12th January 2015

On 1 August 2014, the term industrial and provident society (also known as IP society) was replaced by two new terms, co-operative and community benefit societies. The changes were brought into force by the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act … Continue reading

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Don’t let your standards slip

2nd January 2015

On 1 January 2015, a new set of accounting standards (FRS 100, FRS 101 and FRS 102) came into force in the UK which will apply to all companies unless they are already following the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). … Continue reading

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The rule against penalties means you must not be too greedy

13th December 2014

In the recent case of El Makdessi v Cavendish Square Holdings, the Court of Appeal has considered whether certain clauses in a share purchase agreement that were penal in their nature were unenforceable as a result. The clause in question … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates’ expertise secures funding deals for wind farms

12th December 2014

In-depth knowledge of the renewable energy sector, combined with specialist corporate and commercial property expertise, has enabled the South West-based legal team at Murrell Associates to secure prized finance deals for three wind farm projects in north Devon and one … Continue reading

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South West UK and Australian Towage fleets combine to form Global Marine Company

12th December 2014

Maritime legal expertise from Westcountry firm Murrell Associates has helped a South West marine company combine its fleet with that of a major Australian firm to operate across the world’s oceans. Brixham and Falmouth-based Marine & Towage Services received expert … Continue reading

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Bishop’s checkmate is a reminder of court’s power to dissolve partnerships

1st December 2014

The Court of Appeal case of Bishop v Golstein of earlier this year serves as a reminder of the court’s discretion, under the Partnership Act 1890, to dissolve a business partnership. Section 35 provides that the court may exercise this … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates have advised Kernow Sausage Company on their acquisition of Vealls of Newquay, the Cornish food wholesaler for an undisclosed sum.

25th November 2014

The deal follows the decision of Veall’s founders, brothers Ron and John Veall, to retire after forming the business in 1964. It will also safeguard the roles of the company’s 13 staff at its base in St Columb. Ron Veall … Continue reading

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Tripped up by Trip Advisor

21st November 2014

Last week a couple discovered that £100 had been charged to their credit card by a Blackpool hotel where they had recently stayed. The justification? The couple had posted a bad review on Trip Advisor. The hotel – in its … Continue reading

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You don’t need a parachute to skydive – you only need a parachute to skydive twice!

15th November 2014

Amanda Bonnick (Solicitor) and Olivia Baker (Executive Assistant) will be jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane on Saturday 15th November 2014 in aid of the local charity BF Adventure. Amanda and Olivia have already raised in excess of £1,000.00 … Continue reading

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Eminent lawyer and founder member of Amnesty International visits the Westcountry

28th October 2014

Plymouth University was proud to host on 28 October 2014 Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC FKC, who spoke to lawyers, academics and students about the abolition of the death penalty and differing attitudes towards ‘life’ in prison. Sir Louis was involved … Continue reading

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Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty Five… Key voting thresholds in UK limited companies

21st October 2014

An analysis of your shareholding in a private limited company is not as simple as percentage held equals proportion of power. There are key thresholds which must be borne in mind when gauging how much power a shareholder really wields … Continue reading

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If it’s not confidential you might be harming your potential

3rd October 2014

In any arm’s length investment or business sale process, an incoming investor or purchaser will want to conduct a thorough review of the target business’ legal affairs. In the case of an large equity investment or a share sale this … Continue reading

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Dentists’ case highlights the need to drill down into completion accounts provisions

23rd September 2014

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal considered the accounting criteria in a sale and purchase agreement for shares in a dental practice, sharpening the focus on the need for precision when drafting provisions for completion accounts. The sellers and … Continue reading

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The Monkey’s Selfie

28th August 2014

It is difficult to perceive simply how a macaque monkey taking a photograph would cause mass worldwide debate. Yet, as the age of modernised technology and social network grows, the ‘selfie’ taken on the camera of British photographer David Slater … Continue reading

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UK firm Murrell Associates selects HighQ Collaborate for value added client services

27th August 2014

London, 27 August 2014 – UK law firm Murrell Associates have chosen HighQ Collaborate as their latest offering to clients. The firm sought a virtual data room solution to offer to their clients as a value-added service. Hugh Murrell, the … Continue reading

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Balance is Key – Regulation Vs Rights

20th August 2014

“Reducing red tape – a red herring” , our article of 27 July 2014, queried the value of some of the corporate commercial changes proposed by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill currently making its way through parliament. As … Continue reading

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Reducing red tape – a red herring?

27th July 2014

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is currently passing through the Parliamentary process and still faces a drawn-out process of review and amendment before becoming law. The bill is being hailed as the next stage in cutting the red … Continue reading

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Companies Nous – from next Spring it will be free to access digital data held by Companies House.

16th July 2014

Knowledge is power and from the second quarter of 2015 business intel will be easier to access. Companies House took £8.7 million last year (2013/14) from customers accessing company information (such as annual returns, accounts and articles of association) from … Continue reading

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Consumer Contracts Regulations

13th June 2014

The new Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 came into force on 13 June 2014 and replaced the old distance selling and door to door selling laws. Businesses which form distance, off-premises or on-premises contracts with consumers … Continue reading

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“ESCos – What, Why and How”

25th May 2014

Development is changing, there are several factors pushing development to low carbon state.   This talk looks at in-practice models of the use of energy services companies and how they can achieve localised low carbon energy services in a development … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates ranked again in the Legal 500 for 2014!

25th May 2014

“We are delighted to be ranked again in the Legal 500 rankings for 2014 for both corporate and commercial and renewable energy work.” Murrell Associates was recognised as a leading firm in the well-known industry guide to law firms in … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates Charity Quiz Night!

14th April 2014

Come and join us for an evening of quiztastic fun at our Easter quiz night! Everyone is welcome to come along and take part so please bring your friends and family with you. There will be prizes for those ‘eggheads’ … Continue reading

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Western Morning News Deal Review

23rd January 2014

Murrell Associates is delighted to be ranked as sixth in today’s Western Morning News Deals Review. Partner Hugh Murrell said “We have seen an increase in corporate transactions this year and, judging from our current level of instructions, we see … Continue reading

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Acquistion of West Cornwall Cottage Holidays

10th January 2014

Henry Maples of Murrell Associates recently acted for specialist self-catering holiday lettings company Aspects Holidays on the acquisition of West Cornwall Cottage Holidays. Aspects, which is part of the Classic Cottages group, will operate the business under the Aspects banner … Continue reading

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Business Cornwall

25th October 2013

Murrell Associates gains recognition for its corporate and renewable energy work in the international publication “The Legal 500 “. The firm has been recognised as a leading practise in the West Country in two categories of legal work, corporate and … Continue reading

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Breakfast Briefing – Raising money from the public as an SME

24th October 2013

Murrell Associates’ head of corporate, Chris Wills, will be a guest speaker at a business briefing hosted by leading South West accountants, Francis Clark, on 24 October 2013. Chris will be addressing the topical issue of crowd sourced funding for … Continue reading

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2014 Murrell Associates Jump!

16th October 2013

Two brave members of the Murrell Associates team will be free falling from the sky!! Amanda Bonnick and Olivia Baker will be taking part in a tandem Skydive in aid of BF Adventure. If you would be interested in making … Continue reading

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17th November 2013 – The BF “Santa Challenge” Quarryathon!!

16th October 2013

The Murrell Associates team will be taking part in a timed ‘race’ around BF Adventure’s 60 acre site. The course will involve outdoor activities, flying through the air, travelling over water, navigating, solving challenges and working together as a team. … Continue reading

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Sale of shares in H2 OK Systems Limited

25th September 2013

Murrell Associates Limited were pleased to advise the shareholders of H2 OK Systems Limited on the sale of shares in the company to the Nijhuis group in September 2013. “The transaction was another example of a growing trend we have … Continue reading

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“I did not have legal relations with that person…”

14th August 2013

A recent High Court decision provides a timely reminder that, when negotiating the terms of a commercial transaction, the words ‘subject to contract’ should be used to ensure that a legally binding agreement has not inadvertently been created before a … Continue reading

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The legacy of Henry VIII – changes to Chancel Repair Liability

14th August 2013

By way of background, chancel repair liability has its origins dating as far back as the reforms set in place by King Henry VIII. In simple terms, a chancel repair liability is a requirement for a landowner to pay for … Continue reading

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Contracting: An Identity Crisis

20th May 2013

A recent Court of Appeal decision has highlighted the importance of identifying the parties to a contract, particularly where a limited company uses a trading name that is different from its company name. Case Facts Dr Hamid was the director … Continue reading

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New Trainee Solicitor

2nd October 2012

Hugh is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Bonnick as a trainee solicitor with the firm. Hugh said: “I am very excited by this new development which demonstrates the firms committment to bringing on new local talent to the … Continue reading

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Legal 500

27th September 2012

The new Legal 500 2012 results have been published. Murrell Associates has been ranked as follows: South West : Corporate and commercial Murrell Ashworth LLP is a third tier firm, Murrell Ashworth LLP acted for The Liddimore Group of companies … Continue reading

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Linked In

2nd August 2012

Murrell Associates now have their own Linked In page. You can follow Murrell Associates via Linked In

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New appointment

1st August 2012

Murrell Associates appoints new company/commercial paralegal Luk Trewhela

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Consumer Law Minefield

1st June 2012

Consumers are currently safeguarded by a range of consumer protection laws applying to the sales of goods and services in the UK. Whilst businesses recognise the need for consumer’s interests to be protected and for public confidence to maintained, they … Continue reading

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How The Cookie Crumbles

1st June 2012

The law relating to the use of cookies changed on 26 May 2011 and website operators had a period of twelve months to prepare for the change (ending on 26 May 2012). Cookies are small files that are downloaded on … Continue reading

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I Owe You and You Owe Me: Let’s Set-Off?

10th May 2012

At the tail end of a global recession, businesses are now faced with a challenging economic climate which rears its ugly head in the form of the green-eyed debt dragon. Some businesses are struggling to meet the burdens imposed on … Continue reading

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Bribery Act

1st July 2011

The Bribery Act came into force as of 01 July 2011 – Are you ready? For more information on how this may affect you and your business please contact Hugh Murrell.

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Solar farm in Cornwall

25th June 2011

Work is underway on farmland in Cornwall for what promises to be the UK’s first large-scale commercial solar farm. The 5MW project, comprising of almost 22,000 solar panels, will be arrranged across 19 hectares of land at Trefullock near Summercourt … Continue reading

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Twitter

13th June 2011

Murrell Associates now have their own Twitter page. To follow please click on this link http://twitter.com/Lawyers4Biz

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Jenny Harbord gives talk

25th March 2011

On 25 March 2011, Jenny Harbord gave a talk to South West Women in Construction on Energy Service Companies. Please click on link for more information. ESCos – What, Why and How

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Reaping the solar harvest – a landowner’s guide on what to avoid and what to look for

28th January 2011

The inception of the Feed-In Tariff in 2010 had a major impact on the South West. Recognised as the region offering the most potential to developers, the initial trickle of developers looking for sites has turned into a raging torrent. … Continue reading

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The Push Towards Low Carbon Development

11th October 2010

The property industry is being inexorably pushed to change the way it does things, the built environment is gradually going to look different around us all. There are several factors driving this change but one of the most effective at … Continue reading

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Defra Consults on the Possible Release of an Insect to Control Japanese Knotweed

30th September 2009

Defra is currently consulting on its proposal to release an insect into the UK as a biological control against Japanese knotweed. Japanese knotweed is renowned for its ability to damage the built environment, particularly drainage concrete and foundations and has … Continue reading

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Landlord Opposes Renewal of Business Lease on Redevelopment Grounds – But His Friendly Covering Letter Gets Him into Trouble

30th September 2009

In a recent case Inclusive Technology v Williamson a landlord who was on good terms with his tenant warned his tenant that he was thinking of opposing any renewal of the tenant’s business lease due to the statutory ground that … Continue reading

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Can the Landlord Object to the Assignment of a Lease to a Brand New Company?

30th September 2009

The landlord is entitled to consider the financial strength of a proposed assignee. In a recent case Royal Bank of Scotland v Victoria Street (No 3) Limited RBS wanted to assign a lease due to expire in three years’ time. … Continue reading

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No Right to a View – But a Right to Prevent an Annoyance

30th September 2009

In law there is no right to a “view”. However, a recent case Dennis v Davies  shows that if you have the benefit of a restrictive covenant against neighbouring land not to cause “nuisance or annoyance” then the “annoyance” factor … Continue reading

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Listed Buildings – Points to Remember

30th September 2009

The government has issued new guidance to local authorities aimed at more enforcement of the listed buildings regime. Bear in mind the following:     There is no limitation period for breaches. Something done years ago may still be liable to … Continue reading

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A Legal Right to Lay Cable Over a Neighbour’s Land – But There Was Still a Problem

30th September 2009

In a recent case of particular interest to developers, William Old International Limited v Arya, a developer was given by a neighbouring landowner the standard legal right to lay service media across the neighbour’s land. However, one of the statutory … Continue reading

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Interference with a Right of Way – How Far Can the Grantor Go?

30th September 2009

If you grant a right of way you cannot then interfere with it if the right of way cannot be “substantially and practically exercised as conveniently as before”. Any interference producing this result will be unlawful. However, in a recent … Continue reading

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What is a Material Change for Insurance Purposes?

30th September 2009

An insurance contract being a contract of “the utmost good faith” the insured must disclose to the insurer all “material” facts (and not misrepresent material facts). In deciding what is material a statutory definition says “every circumstance is material which … Continue reading

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UPDATED ARTICLE – New coastal access provisions are on their way – what might they mean for landowners?

16th July 2009

The Marine and Coastal Access Bill has completed its progress through the House of Lords and has recently had its second reading in the House of Commons.  According to DEFRA’s website, Royal Assent for the Bill is planned for 2009 … Continue reading

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Beware of wrongful trading

18th May 2009

In these challenging economic times it is tempting for company directors to try and “trade the company out of trouble”. This can be guided by the mistaken beliefs that “good times must be just around the corner” and “I’m just … Continue reading

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Directors’ Address

18th May 2009

With the recent increase in concerns about privacy and, in particular, use of personal data, company directors are becoming increasingly concerned about the legal requirement to have their residential address listed in the company’s own statutory registers, and the public … Continue reading

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Terms of Business

18th May 2009

Making sure you have carefully drafted terms and conditions of business in place is extremely important, especially in the current market where people are tightening their belts and looking at ways to cut corners to save money and ease cash … Continue reading

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Surely it’s implied?

18th May 2009

You would think contracts were simple things really, a few express terms, some mutual obligations, throw in a bit of consideration… no problem. Why then is it that people so often realise that some fundamental point they thought was covered … Continue reading

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New Coastal Access Provisions are on their way – What Might They Mean For Landowners?

20th April 2009

The Marine and Coastal Access Bill is currently in the House of Lords Committee stage. The Bill is expected to go to the House of Commons after Whitsun. According to DEFRA’s website, Royal Assent for the Bill is planned for … Continue reading

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Can Landlords Afford to Accept Monthly Rent Payments?

20th April 2009

Some tenants are asking their landlords if they can pay their rent monthly rather than quarterly for cashflow reasons. Before agreeing to this landlords should bear the following in mind:     Check any loan facility arrangements which usually anticipate that … Continue reading

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When is a Property Transaction Not a Property Transaction?

20th April 2009

…….When it can be set aside under insolvency law on the basis that it is a transaction at an undervalue. In times of recession as businesses suffer it can be tempting for a company to move assets into what is … Continue reading

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Energy Performance Certificates – What are they and do I Need to Have One?

20th April 2009

Energy Performance Certificates contain summary information about the potential energy performance of a building. For commercial properties they are generally valid for 10 years. They are now required on the construction, sale or letting of all commercial buildings. Note that … Continue reading

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