Business structures – the risks of getting it wrong – part two

In our previous blog ‘Business structures – the risks of getting it wrong – part two‘, we explored a range of structures you could use to set up your business. These included sole traders where you could be your own boss, receive the profits but be personally responsible for all the trade’s losses. We also discussed partnerships, where two or more partners can agree to share profits and losses and again be personally liable for all such losses.

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Business structures – the risks of getting it wrong – part one

Welcome to the first in a series of blogs prepared by BLM’s Commercial Litigation team that will take you through the life cycle of a company from the beginning until the end. Each blog will focus at a different stage such as forming a business and the different options available, making an impact in the business world to potentially getting ‘divorced’ in a partnership and parting ways. Our experts’ advice and knowledge will help guide you to understand and deal with litigation risks. 

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Zombie companies – be very afraid

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The acclaimed comedy film Shaun of the Dead featured Simon Pegg and Nick Frost trying to keep hordes of zombies at bay, as they infiltrated a leafy suburb. The humans sought refuge in a pub called The Winchester Tavern, where the final grisly showdown takes place.

In the business world, there is no shortage of zombies. Whilst there is no set definition, a regular symptom of such a business will be that is getting by through paying interest due on its debts, but not the underlying debts. Absent parental company or third party support, the business may only be surviving courtesy of the continuing low interest rates in the UK. Its viability in the future may therefore be questionable.

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Cybercrime – you can’t stop it, but can you minimise it?

In the wake of the GDPR coming into force we have seen a heightened awareness of cyber risk.  We are seeing the news carry stories around the latest high-profile “hack”, a word rarely mentioned in the business news until recently. Now, however, cybercrime has moved up the risk agenda of businesses all over the world, who could find themselves targeted by a malicious actor, every computing milli-second of every working day. It’s a term that covers a multitude of evils, from the compromise of customer data to bullying and harassment. This article focuses on cyberattacks that seek to damage or drain a business of financial or information assets.

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Litigation funding – is your business getting enough information to make the right choices?

Stuart Evans, partner and head of commercial litigation, London examines different litigation funding options.

So, you are a manager in an SME and you have been dealing with an important claim relating to your business. You have worked hard to prepare a case which has strong merits, to calculate a range of settlement options that work for you and, vitally, establish that your opponent has sufficient asset value to meet any judgment in your favour should the case have to go to trial. You have, therefore, a viable asset that your business can utilise as an investment to get a substantial return and properly compensated for the problems your opponent has created.

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Defamatory and offensive comments on social media – why employers and delegators are being drawn into the liability trap

In what seems like no time at all, we now see the incredible speed, reach and influence of online postings. Quick tweets, retweets, backlashes and the “wisdom of the crowd” in the world of social media are a daily news item. Some postings can be defamatory or give rise to other civil or criminal liability. More and more, it is not only those who have hit the keyboard that can find themselves in the firing line, it can also be those who employ them, hire them or delegate tasks to them, with serious consequences for their individual and corporate reputation and, importantly, their bank balance.

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