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Welcome to our April Ewire

We like to keep you up to date with ideas and information that will help you gain the maximum advantage from working with us.

Our Ewires will be sent to you regularly to keep you in touch with the latest legal news and we hope you will find these bulletins interesting.

In this edition, we consider the issues surrounding the ownership of family businesses, a crackdown on SDLT avoidance schemes and how Silverman Sherliker is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day by offering clients a free IP review.

We also examine the role of break clauses in commercial agreements, the latest licensing and pensions news, as well as special opportunities exclusively for our clients.

The Ewire concludes with a look at how one of our team ensured he kept his New Year’s resolution and valuable pointers for businesses in China.

If you would like further information on any of the issues reported here, please contact us.

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Acting for the Small Family Business

Anyone who follows the fortunes of ITV’s Coronation Street will currently be enjoying a dispute played out on screen between Audrey and her grandson David over the ownership of the hairdressing salon run by Audrey but "transferred" to grandson David last year.

Jonathan Silverman, who advised on the script, considers the key points that family business should take into account to avoid ending up in a similar position.

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World Intellectual Property Day – 26th April 2012: Free IP Review

Each year on 26th April, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates World Intellectual Property Day, “to raise public awareness about the role of IP in daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe” (www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2012/article_0007.html). 

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2012 Budget: A Crackdown on SDLT Avoidance Schemes

The Budget on 21st March 2012 introduced fundamental changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable on residential property transactions effective from 22nd March 2012. The changes will have a significant influence on the sale and purchase of high value UK residential properties. Senior Property Partner Richard Gordon and Trainee Solicitor Lina Isaac examine the effects…

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Finding a Way Out – the Role of Break Clauses in Commercial Agreements

Situations change. Given the current economic climate – where strikes, bail-outs, insolvencies and defaults are seemingly rife – is there a way to extricate yourself from a contract which has turned sour?

Trainee Solicitor Christopher Street and Company Commercial Partner Adam Powell explain the ‘get out’ clause…

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A Spring Seminar: Business Partners: Let No Man Set Asunder

The teams at Silverman Sherliker and Barnes Roffe invite you to join them for an hour-long seminar covering how ways to safeguard business partnerships. Please see below for details and simply click to register. 

We look forward to seeing as many Ewirereaders there as possible.

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Licensing News

Licensing Partner Maria Guida comments on the licensing issues surrounding a neo-Nazi event at a pub in Newport:

Police probe pub gig Nazis

For further advice on any licensing issues, please contact Maria Guida on +44 (0)20 7749 2700 or meg@silvermansherliker.co.uk.

Pensions in the News

Jennie Kreser, Pensions Law partner, was recently quoted in FT Adviser and elsewhereon some topical stories:

Lawyer calls into question High Court pension ruling

Why isn't the Pensions Regulator chasing Lufthansa?

Bankruptcy verdict could create conflict for trustees: Lawyers

Jennie Kreser has recently been appointed to the Editorial Board of LexisPSL Pensions.
For further advice on any issues regarding pensions, please contact Jennie Kreser on +44 (0)20 7749 2700 or jik@silvermansherliker.co.uk.

Specialist HR Audit and Meeting Tailored to your Needs

At Silverman Sherliker, while we appreciate that people are at the heart of every business, we also understand the multitude of legal responsibilities and obligations that employers face on a daily basis.

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Cycle Training In Ealing: Bike Buddy Scheme DSC9

It was Solicitor Stefan Arestis’ 2011 New Year's resolution to ride his bicycle confidently from his flat in Acton to his office at Silverman Sherliker in Old Street – and then never renew his monthly Oyster card again.   

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Protecting Know-How and Trade Secrets in China: The Role of a Well Organised Management and Internal IT

This month, Nicolas Musy of fellow IPG member firm Chi-Na dispels a few myths about protecting trade secrets in China, and provides some valuable pointers for businesses.

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What’s on your Mind?

Is there any particular topic or area of law (business, private client or family matters) that you would like to see us focus on in a future edition of Ewire?

Please contact the Editor, Robert MacGinn, with your requests and suggestions: rm@silvermansherliker.co.uk.

Client Showcase: Penny Black

Making Sense of London’s complex top-end Property Market

This month, we feature a client who understands the complexities of purchasing exquisite properties in Central London.

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