5th October 2015

Project Black

Pitmans has acted on behalf of White Knight Laundry Services Limited in the recent sale of its Reading based business to Berendsen UK Limited.

5th October 2015

Project Apple

Pitmans corporate team acted on behalf of The Romans Group (UK) Limited in its recent acquisition of Campsie Estate Agency, which has branches in Staines-upon-Thames, West Drayton and Windsor from national property services group, Orchard and Shipman Group Plc.

30th September 2015

What’s in a name? – Choosing a “sweet” name for your company

If you are considering running your restaurant or bar or other business in the hospitality sector through a private company, then choosing its name will be something you will take a lot of time and care over. Whilst there is technically no need for your company name to be the same as your business name, most people tend to make these names one and the same to enhance the recognition of their brand. The name you choose will need to stand out and quickly and easily represent your business, but there are also legal requirements to consider when choosing a “sweet” name for your company.

25th September 2015

The national minimum wage, the living wage and tips, what should you be paying your employees?

There has been significant coverage recently by national and trade press into the question of pay in the hospitality and leisure sector. Are workers getting paid at least the national minimum wage? Should they be paid the living wage instead? How high does the government intend to take the national minimum wage? Are workers getting the tips they deserve?

25th September 2015

Maiden victory for Pitmans LLP Solicitor Alex Morgan in European SEAT Championship

Pitmans LLP Solicitor Alex Morgan secured his first win in the SEAT Leon Eurocup Championship last weekend at the prestigious Nürburgring circuit in Germany on 19-20 September 2015. Driving for Baporo Motorsport, the Reading-based driver/solicitor showed grit and determination to defend his race-leading position and bring home his first victory of the season.

25th September 2015

Fair (and transparent) trade: time to wake up and smell the coffee

On 1 October 2015, a significant change is going to happen to consumer law, a change with implications for any business which sells goods or services to consumers. The familiar landscape of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (“UCTA”) and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (“UTCCR”) (among others) are going to be swept away, and replaced with the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Touted primarily as a piece of consolidating legislation, pulling many separate strands of consumer protection law together under a single umbrella, the reality is that this act significantly extends consumers’ protections in several key respects. The changes which it is bringing about are ones that any supplier of goods and services in the consumer sector needs to have prepared for, and taken into account.