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Looking to Move Office in 2011?

Miller Samuel are excited to announce they are recommended property solicitors for Help Moving Office.

Help Moving Office provides businesses with the information, guides and contacts needed for a successful office move. Help Moving Office guides you through the office relocation process and gives you the information you need to make the right decisions at the right time. Check out their website at http://www.helpmovingoffice.co.uk/ for useful relocation advice and contacts.

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The ‘Retirement’ of the Default Retirement Age?

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations were introduced in 2006. One of the most significant changes introduced by the regulations was that of a Default Retirement Age (“DRA”) which made it possible for an employer to fairly dismiss an employee on the ground of retirement once they reached the age of 65. So long as the employer complied with the statutory procedure, any dismissal on the ground of retirement would be fair.

This law has been under constant scrutiny since its introduction, even leading to Age Concern raising a legal action against the UK Government which was pursued all the way to the European Court of Justice. Whilst the (then Labour) Government successfully resisted this action, they did give an indication that the DRA would be reviewed in 2011. This is a nettle which has been firmly grasped by the new coalition Government who have now announced plans to phase out the DRA by 1 October 2011.

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Miller Samuel Shortlisted at Law Awards of Scotland 2010

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for three categories at the prestigious Law Awards of Scotland 2010. The awards are a recognised highlight in the Scottish legal community and celebrate, in their own words, “fantastic thinking and brilliant execution”.

We are shortlisted in the following categories:

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Take Action to Appoint a ‘Human’ Director before 1 October 2010

Is your board made up exclusively of corporate directors?

If so, then you have been making use of the transitional provisions under the Companies Act 2006. Under the Act all companies must have at least one natural person (otherwise, a ‘human’) as a director, although if your company was already incorporated before the new law came into effect then a grace period applies until 1 October 2010.

Failure to appoint a natural person by the end of this month could result in hefty fines being levied against both the company and the defaulting directors of up to £5,000 with the possibility of additional daily fines accruing for continuing default.

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