Articles & Downloads / 2019

Catherine Cooney

The growth of franchising

19 February 2019

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit and continuing economic pressures, franchising in Northern Ireland continues to expand. Irish fast food chain Four Star Pizza has confirmed plans that it is to open 10 more stores this year, 20 years since it opened its first store on the Beersbridge Road. Read More

Janeen McKay

Title indemnity insurance: how it could help you

06 February 2019

You have found your first home or your dream home and you are eager to sign on the dotted line and get the keys. However, when you meet with your solicitor to discuss the contract and title to the property, you are advised that there is a title issue. Read More

Chris Wallace

How insurance can insulate you from legal costs

04 February 2019

Starting and indeed running a business can be both rewarding and challenging in these uncertain times. There are many legal and other pitfalls that can beset a growing business, including non-payment of a debt by a customer, contractual disputes with customers, suppliers or agents, employment disputes and regulatory investigations. Dealing with such issues can divert time and resources from your business and worse, could expose the business to legal costs, which in the event legal action is unsuccessful and factoring in the risk of the opponent’s costs or adverse costs, can be considerable. Read More

John Kelly

Criminal offences outside work: what should employers do?

23 January 2019

Following the sentencing of Irish League footballer Jay Donnelly earlier this month for the distribution of an indecent image of a child, there has been much debate around the response of his employer. Some have suggested that Cliftonville F.C. should have taken firm action much more quickly, whilst others say the whole saga has little or nothing to do with his employer. Whilst I don’t intend to comment on the specifics of that case, the story does give rise to an interesting discussion around what action employers should take in such circumstances. Read More

Celia Worthington

Check your Bank Terms

15 January 2019

Most businesses borrowing from a Bank will consider carefully the terms of the Bank facility agreement. Even in situations where there is no scope for amendment it is prudent to consider the document carefully to ensure that as a borrower you fully understand the risks. Many of the terms in the facility letter are standard but many are obviously case specific and some may be up for negotiation if circumstances permit. Read More

Clare Curran

Top Tips for a Healthy Separation

08 January 2019

When a relationship breaks down, the parties involved can often feel overwhelmed by the multitude of issues that need to be addressed and it is often difficult to know what to do. Legal experts in family and matrimonial law are trained to deal with the many and varied problems which arise when this happens. Read More

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