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Employment Law

It is advisable for all employers to have a basic understanding of Employment Law.
However, when drawing up Contracts of Employment and Disciplinary Procedures, the help of an experienced employment lawyer can ensure regulations have been satisfied and strengthen your position if an issue arises.
At Thomas Dunton, our Employment Team can advise and draft contracts that will help to avoid problems in the future.

Debt Recovery and Cash Flow

Cash flow is the life blood of any business and most businesses at some stage suffer the problem of late or non payment of debts.
Efficient accounting methods and an effective debt recovery plan are essential to the future well being of your business.
We can help you with outstanding debts, leaving you to run your business.

Please click here for more detailed information on about debt recovery.

Buying or Selling Business Premises

Whether your business is starting out, relocating or expanding, Thomas Dunton have a wealth of experience and expertise to draw on. Whatever your Commercial Property needs you can feel confident that you are in safe hands. We can help you with all aspects of Commercial Property including:

  • Sales and purchases of commercial properties
  • Commercial lettings
  • Lease renewals and rent reviews
  • Business sales and acquisitions

All the terms of the lease or contract need to be fully understood.
Amongst other matters, you need to be aware of rent reviews, service charges, responsibility for repairs, and about change of use.

Licences, Permissions and Insurance

Special licences are required for the sale of certain products such as alcohol. Failure to acquire these licences or permissions could result in fines or the closure of your business,
If you employ staff you are legally required to have Employer’s Liability Insurance and if the public or suppliers visit your premises you will also need Public Liability Insurance.
Talk to us about what other insurance cover you may require such as Product Liability Insurance.

Finance and Taxes

Raising finance is often an issue with a new or existing business and taking out a loan or remortgaging your home are just two options available to you. It is important that the terms of any loan are fair and that you are aware of the legal implications of remortgaging.
Thomas Dunton are able to advise on the most suitable options and if necessary help negotiate on your behalf.

Dispute Resolution

Whether business or personal, most of us would rather avoid a dispute; however sometimes it’s just not possible. That’s when you need specialist advice, both about the strength of your argument and how best to resolve the issue.
Taking your matter to Court is always an option but alternative routes like mediation and negotiation can be less traumatic and more effective than the Courtroom in solving disagreements. We can help you to choose the right course of action and can assist in a full range of disputes including Commercial matters, Employment and Debt and Insolvency.
Vernon Hadida is accredited both as a Mediator and a Mediation Trainer.

Protecting your trading name and ideas

The name that you trade under is very important as it will create an image of you in the minds of the public. Equally important
Make sure that a web domain name is available or you may not be able to create a website using your business name.
Talk to us about safeguarding your trading name or logo and protecting your ideas and designs from competitors.

Sole trader, Partnership, LLP or a Limited Company?

The legal form of your business provides an opportunity to influence how much financial and legal liability you take on and how much tax you pay. We can advise you on the differences between each form. We can then draw up the appropriate paperwork.

Health and Safety

It is required that all employers with five or more employees must have in place written policies and procedures and Risk Assessments to address health and safety issues in the workplace.

There are legal obligations on employers to address such matters as general risks, manual handling, fire, noise etc.

Under legal health and safety requirements, an employer is required to have:

  • A Health and Safety Policy
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Training and Information

Should a business fail to comply, action can be taken against managers, directors and employees by The Health and Safety Executive. Penalties can include unlimited fines and imprisonment.

Focus on the basics

Businesses with Health and Safety policies in place should not become complacent. The following are some helpful tips to focus on key areas.

  1. Review your risk assessments at regular intervals and at least yearly. This will highlight any new operations or equipment that is being used.
  2. Operational procedures and Safe Systems of Work should also be reviewed regularly. This helps to ensure that there is training for new procedures or new or modified equipment.
  3. Talk to your employees to benefit from their experience and ensure that H & S documentation is meaningful, easily understood and relevant to them. Also remind them that they have a legal responsibility to ensure that they take reasonable care to protect their own health and safety and that of their fellow workers.
  4. Ensure that training is adequate. Induction and operational training must be sufficient with regular refresher meetings to ensure employees understand the issues. Employees should sign attendance records at training sessions.
  5. Keep all employee training records up to date. These records, together with risk assessments and procedures will be essential should action ever be considered by the The Health and Safety Executive.

We can help you avoid breaches which could mean criminal prosecutions as well as civil proceedings. It is certainly advisable to take advice from your solicitor or the local authority.

Data protection

Our legal team are able to advise you on the legal aspects of the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Whether you are a small or medium-sized business it is essential that you comply with this complex area of the law and are aware of your responsibilities if you are storing, copying or transferring personal data or replying to requests for confidential information.

Legal advice is highly recommended to ensure that you fully understand the legal requirements of this legislation.

Trading on Internet and mail order

If you sell online, by mail order or over the telephone, there are strict rules and regulations under legislation called The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 or simply DSR.
It was introduced to protect the consumer who purchases goods or services without first seeing them. It is essential that the seller is fully aware of his legal responsibilities; otherwise they may not only be breaching the law but also incurring unnecessary costs.

Please see below for further information.

The Consumer Rights Act 2015

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 replaces a number of laws with regard to business-to-consumer transactions, including the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.

The following links provide useful information on different aspects of the new Act.

http://www.businesscompanion.info/en/news-and-updates/consumer-rights-act

We have been serving busines clients in all areas of Kent and the South East for nearly 40 years including Bromley, Chislehurst, Orpington, Petts Wood, West Wickham and Hayes, Bexley, Dartford, Swanley, Biggin Hill, Westerham and Sevenoaks.

Contact us at 01689 822554 or email business@thomasdunton.co.uk

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What our clients say about us:

  • “We have both been impressed with Catherine’s diligent and thorough conveyancing, highlighting issues with the property that had been missed during the previous sale, so we are both very happy with our choice of solicitors!

    We’d be delighted to use Thomas Dunton again.”

  • “Catherine Westcott truly helped us beyond her duty and was always there for us, going that extra mile made all the difference”.

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  • “Wonderful and understanding of my circumstances. Guided me through the process and presented all the options in a way that I could understand”.

  • “Thank you for all your hard work. You have been amazing. I will forever be thankful that you were my solicitor”.

  • “The service was exceptional —  friendly, welcoming and sympathetic. I do not think that I could have received a better service anywhere else“.

  • “No words to express my gratitude to your amazing work and patience”.

  • “Thank you very much for the courtesy, care and efficiency which we have received from you and everyone we have dealt with at Thomas Dunton.  We made a good choice when deciding to go with yourselves!”.

  • “Thank you so much for all your help for my family and I.  I am so very  grateful.  You’re  my little Christmas angels”

  • “What you all do for people is amazing. You should all be proud of yourselves for putting a little bit of light back in my life and I’m most certain that of others”

  • “The firm give their clients very detailed and clear advice in plain English.”

  • “Extremely friendly, did not feel that anything was too much trouble”.

  • “I received a very prompt, professional and caring service from you at a very sad and distressing time”.

     

  • Dear Lisa, Maria and Tessa,

    Thank you all for your amazing support throughout last year. It really was a hideous experience, but every time I got to the point I couldn’t breathe and I spoke to one of you, I felt instantly strong again. You really are a fabulous team.

    When Margaret left, I was really worried, but Maria you picked up the baton and ran with it brilliantly. Then when Maria you obviously had to put your own family first, Tessa picked up the baton and just kept running for me. Lisa you made me giggle and reassured me whenever I was about to cry or hide in a cupboard, often picking up the phone to check I was ok – so very kind. Crackerjack will now forever remind me of you!

    I will recommend you to any of my friends who decide they need to take this brave step. You are simply the best. I hope you all enjoy your acorns, and remind you of how much you’ve helped people like me get out of unhappy situations. As they say, from acorns mighty oaks grow.

    Many thanks to you all,

    I kind of miss you!!

  • “Vernon Hadida is by far the best solicitor I have ever dealt with.”

  • “Extremely satisfied with the service which I considered excellent value for money.”

  • “I was very happy with the service. I was always able to speak to somebody that could help me when I telephoned.”

  • “Thank you for all your work on my claim. I am extremely grateful for your assistance.”

  • “Thomas Dunton exceeded my expectations in terms of both service quality and value for money.”