Other commercial topics

We offer workplace drug & alcohol testing services to ensure legally defensible results with full chain of custody maintained. Fast lab confirmation. Expert sample collection service across the UK.

Leading UK employment law solicitor, in all areas of employment law, including constructive dismissal, whistle blowing, discrimination at work. The firm helps large corporations, small businesses & individual employees.

AABRS are a firm of UK-based Insolvency Practitioners. Their website provides free guides, FAQs and articles as well as useful information surrounding specific areas of business insolvency. They are happy to provide a free initial consultation.

Adlex Solicitors are expert in trading online, website law and internet law. The site includes information on the regulations which apply to business trading on the internet, relevant data protection laws, web contracts, hosting legal issues and domain name disputes. A free initial consultation by telephone is available.

AP Partnership – Peterborough. Specialists in UK employment law, business and management development providing an online Newsletter covering topics in employment law, including industrial tribunals, Health & Safety, recruitment, outplacement and management training.

Ashursts – London. Articles on many topics of corporate law including taxation, pension fund pooling vehicles, and modernisation of transfer pricing legislation.

Azrights, solicitors of Islington Green, London, provide information on Intellectual Property and Internet law including patent registration and licensing. They also have a special site on trademarks with extensive free information and you can also submit a question for a (free) initial reply.B

Berwin Leighton Paisner – London, Brussels, Paris and Singapore, provide information to help private and public sector organisations comply with data protection law and practice.

Brabners Chaffe Street offers a site called Shareholder Rights which aims to outline the legal position of shareholders in a Private Limited Company, the pitfalls, the precautions that can be taken and what can be done if it all goes sour. There are major sections on company structure, rights of a shareholder, selling your shareholding, shareholder disputes and valuing a shareholding.

Bevan Brittan, with branches across the West of England and Wales, make all the firm’s printed publications available free on line in a section called “Knowledge”. These include Claims Online (Claims), Onsite Insight (Construction), Healthline and Mental Healthline (Health and Social Care) Technology Transfer (IT) and Resources (Employment). (Most of the information is in pdf form).

Bird & Bird – London and International, provide articles written by Lawyers at the firm, on Multimedia, Intellectual Property, Communications and Information Technology law.

Blandy & Blandy – Reading, provides an employment law newsletter, covering topics like contractual obligations, liability for racial and sexual harassment, failure to return from maternity leave, TUPE and redundancy.

Boyes Turner – Reading, offers information on personal injury, commercial property, corporate & commercial, IT, intellectual property , employment, insolvency and litigation.

Bretherton Price & Elgoods (BPE), of Cheltenham & London, offers a series of free email “Legal Alerts” in employment, company/commercial, corporate finance, commercial property and commercial litigation.

Brethertons – Rugby, Banbury and London offers information on intellectual property and copyright (what you can and cannot protect, and how to go about it). Business tenancies are discussed, with a description of the types of tenancy available. There is a monthly business newsletter online called corporateFILE.

Business Inc Ltd is a company providing free company registration guides pertaining to company law in the UK and all of the offshore jurisdictions they incorporate in. Their offshore guides cite the various Acts and company legislation in each jurisdiction. They also provide UK company statutory forms and whilst these are available from Companies House many users find them convenient to download from here.C

CMS Cameron McKenna provide Law-Now which features many free information services including e-commerce, European competition law, including Poland and the Czech Repulic in particular, Financial Services and markets Act 2000, Human Rights, Employment Law, and topics related to Pensions and the Pensions Ombudsman.

Clifford Chance – London and International. A truly massive site with a great deal of information. Online newsletters include: Budget 1998, Public Policy – Freedom of Information, Dealing with the Millennium – The Year 2000, European Monetary Union: The Legal Framework. There are also online newsletters on Europe in Prospect, China, Private Finance Initiatives, Asian Financial Markets, Asian M&A, Legal Risk In The Financial Sector, China Banking News, European Financial Markets, Employment News, Media Briefing, Russia and the other states of the CIS, Securities and Derivatives, and International Funds.

Company Debt is a company which provides free insolvency and company rescue advice to UK directors. The services covered on the website include Tax, VAT, Administration, Company Voluntary Liquidation, Members’ Voluntary Liquidation and Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation.

Company Law Club offers a number of services for members (it is free but you have to register) including access to a database of company law (similar to a basic company law textbook online) and access to forms from Companies House. The site is supported by company registration agents Incorporation Services Ltd. From January next year, there will also be a Newsletter providing a Digest of reported cases and New legislation (including statutory instruments).

Company Rescue is the site of the KSA Group. They provide free services to businesses relating to different aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery. There is a large amount of free information on the site and in particular, readers can download a 90 page guide on the CVA rescue mechanism. They will meet company directors, free of charge, to go through all the options.

Corporate Financial Solutions are Independent Licensed Insolvency Practitioners, helping businesses throughout the UK who are struggling with financial pressures. Their web site contains free information about dealing with debt pressures, such as HMRC debt, compulsory liquidation, Winding-up Petitions and cash flow problems. CFS are happy to offer a free initial consultation.

Corporate Law and Governance is a blog from Robert Goddard of Aston Business School Birmingham. It provides news from the UK and beyond concerning corporate law and governance. These areas are broadly defined to include capital market regulation, financial reporting and the legal environment in which companies (of all sizes) operate.

Corporate Recovery Help is a company which helps UK businesses facing financial challenges such as creditor pressure, insolvency and the threat of liquidation. There is extensive information on the site including a 60 page free guide to download in PDF form. The news section provides tips and guides on how to keep a business solvent.

Cousins Business Law, lawyers working with SMEs and owner managed businesses, have published a Guide to Solving Business Disputes. Available to download for free from their website the guide provides proven strategies to keep problems under control, a 5-step process for the effective management of business disputes as well as tips on how to save money when instructing a solicitor.

Croskerrys – Dublin, specialise in debt collection and the site conains a large amount of information on the courts, processes and stages involved in debt collection in Ireland.

Cruickshanks – London – provide information on Purchasing Property and also on Immigration and Relocation matters.D

Davenport Lyons – London, offers material on employment, licensing, e-commerce and other commercial law topics.

David Price Solicitors & Advocates – London, are experts in media law and they provide a Guide to Media Law covering Defamation, Breach of confidence and privacy, Malicious falsehood, Contempt of court and Copyright. They provide a newsletter on the site (or you an sign up to receive it by email) containing reports and comment on media law. They aim to cover all cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of expression and relevant adjudications of the Press Complaints Commission and the Broadcasting Standards Commission.

DavidsonMorris – London and UK wide, provide information on all aspects of commercial immigration, including visas, PBS licence applications, appeals and compliance and there is extensive information on the site on all these topics. They host free monthly webinars on recent changes to the immigration rules, and publish a regularly updated immigration blog. They also have several multi-disciplinary teams concentrating on a variety of industry sectors, including energy, oil & gas, education, financial services and sport with information on the site relevant to all these sectors.

Dickinson Dees – Newcastle upon Tyne provide information, articles and documents (some on subscription only) on their main site and also on hralert.com for specialist HR related topics.

Discrimination Law Blog comes from Brabners Chaffe Street. The blog forms part of their specialised web site Discrimination Law which itself provides a great deal of information on this general area of law.

Duncan Grehan & Partners – Dublin, provides information on Advertising Law, Copyright Law, Company Formation and other topics.E

EEF is an organisation providing engineering and manufacturing support & employment advice for business. They provide manufacturing and engineering support and advice as well as general business support to over 6000 manufacturing, engineering and technology companies. There is information on HR matters.

Elborne Mitchell provides case reports, articles and commentary on re-insurance, shipping and regulatory matters.

Ellis Whittam & Partners of Chester, provides information on changes in UK employment law and health & safety regulations, picking out the things which really> matter to UK employers (in plain english!). There are also some substantial articles on employment topics.

Emplaw Online is the leading online resource for British employment law. The site provides almost 5,000 pages of comprehensive up-to-date information, covering all aspects of employment law, from Age Discrimination to Unfair Dismissal, more technical topics such as TUPE and Data Protection, and major developments such as the Equality Act 2010. They also provide summaries of employment law cases with links through to full text judgments. There is a free version and also an enhanced subscription service.

Employment Law Clinic is a site with a range of articles & tools to assist employers, including a disciplinary flowchart & an annual leave calculator. The site was set-up by Karl Limpert, previously a trade union representative who now works mainly for small businesses, advising them on a whole range of HR & employment law issues, using the experience of how employees fight their corner to help support employers.

Employment Law Mailing List is a free email bulletin service contain updates on employment law, sent out two or three times a week by barrister Daniel Barnett. Widely recognised as the leading employment law update resource, this email bulletin currently goes to over 24,000 recipients.

Employment Relations Solicitors provide information on Discipline and Grievance Discrimination, Dismissal, Family friendly policies, Pay and Reward, Performance Management, Personnel Administration, Recruitment and Redundancy.

Environmental Waste Permit Lawyers provides information on environmental permitting, pollution prevention and control together with guidance and assistance for waste, recycling and other industries. As it says on the site “If you have been served with a regulatory notice by the Environment Agency or local authority, if you are threatened with a criminal prosecution in the context either of environmental permitting or the handling of waste, or if the regulator has refused you a permit, then this site is here to help you.” It also provides information about other pollution- and waste- related matters such as court actions in private nuisance (including fire and flooding). The site is maintained jointly by Yogesh Patel of Edward Hayes solicitors and Gordon Wignall of 6 Pump Court. The site is intended to help businesses to identify and understand key legal issues.F

Farrer & Co. – London, provide “Briefings” on Agricultural Estates and Private Property, Intellectual Property and Media Topics.

The Federation of European Employers (formerly The EU Employers’ Network) is an association for progressive employers operating across Europe. The Federation was founded in 1989, with financial assistance from DGV of the European Commission. Today it has members in all EEA states – plus Switzerland, The Czech Republic, Russia, USA, Canada, Japan and Israel. The site is a major source of pan-European national pay, employment law and collective bargaining data on the web. It includes legislation from the many countries it represents.

Field Fisher Waterhouse – London, have set up a series of specialised sites for business viewers, all of which provide free online information of various sorts. These are sportsbusinesslaw.com, Ecomlex.com, equityincentives.co.uk.

Forwarderlaw is an international resource for legal information on freight forwarding and multimodal transport operations. On the site there is online commentary on developments in the law, a database of past articles, recent cases on the law of international transport, information on mediation and dispute resolution and biographies of the national editors.

Fox Williams – London. They provide electronic Newsletters, which can be delivered by email, on Company Concerns, Employment Update, Personnel News, IT & Cyberlaw Update. Described as “Legal advice from ebusiness and online community specialists Fox Williams” the site offers current news in these topics and basic briefing documents. You can also sign up for a regular (free) email update along the same lines.

Future Law – Wells, Somerset, offer information on Corporate and commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Employment Law on their web site, as well as providing up to date news on commercial law topics and free legal articles written by the partners.G

Gherson are specialists in UK immigration and nationality law and their site covers a whole range of these topics with options for further information developing as the viewer investigates, rather than being all thrust at the viewer at the beginning. The site is in 9 languages as well, including Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Indian. There is an extensive set of articles on UK immigration law and practice as it relates to the relocation of companies and personnel in the UK, and related matters.

Gillhams – North West London – provide a section of legal publications with information and guidance relating to commercial legal issues, particularly intellectual property and IT focused enterprises.

Global Permits is a company which provides information and updates about working in the UK and particularly about employing migrant workers. All sorts of visas and permits are described, and the processes needed for each type.

Gordons – Leeds, Bradford and Keighley – provide information on Company and Commercial matters, Commercial Property, Employment and Litigation.

Graphite HRM is a company specialising in Human Resource Management in Ireland and which provides an online reference manual on the translation of employment law into practice. This includes “Personnel Policies and Procedures: The Law in Perspective” which is updated regularly in line with legal changes. The manaul is available on subscription but there are sample sections which can be viewed free of charge on the site.

Gudeon & McFadden is an American law firm based in London practising exclusively in U.S. immigration and nationality law. The majority of their clients are British companies doing business in the USA. There is a large amount of information on the site and also links to US and other bodies involved in this topic. There is a useful “What’s New” page on the site for the latest news.H

Harbottle & Lewis – London. There are articles on the theatre, the film industry, artists’ royalities and copyright, as well as computer topics. There is an online newsletter called New Media News.

Harrison Goddard Foote is a full-service intellectual property firm in the UK with 9 UK offices around the country and more than 50 qualified attorneys and solicitors. There are free updates on intellectual property topics, particularly European patent issues, on the site (take “News” and then “Legal Updates”).

Highstone Company Formations offers a fast and easy online company formation system. There is also information about the process of forming companies on the site.

Hill Dickinson – London, Dubai and Piraeus, offer guides and bulletins on shipping, dispute resolution, insurance and reinsurance, commercial property and the Middle East.

HSEdirect has been developed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in partnership with Butterworths Tolley. The site is designed to cater for anyone who has a responsibility for health and safety issues and management in the workplace, “whether youre a dedicated health and safety professional, a personnel manager, or a managing director of a small business”.
The free area includes daily news summaries, all HSE press releases, current consultative documents, Year 2000/2001 health and safety conference diary, useful contacts, FAQs (frequently asked questions) and links to other relevant sites.
The subscription area includes commentary health and safety policy, employers duties to employees, employment protection and enforcement, and also approved Codes of Practice and HSE guidance on legislation, a selection of the most commonly used HSE forms, fully amended and annotated text of health and safety legislation, European Directives which relate to health and safety issues, and practical summaries of key cases, recent cases and cases of special interest.I

Intellectual Property Office, the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom, provides Information on patents, trade marks, copyright and intellectual property. The information is designed for use by companies and members of the public as well as patent experts.

International Correspondence Lawyers is a directory provided by a German publisher Daten Info Service Eibl GmbH. The directory provides lawyers worldwide with an opportunity to present their company details, correspondence languages and fields of expertise. There is also an associated directory of financial advisors and tax consultants. The site also provides general information on tax rates, legal forms of companies and requirements for setting up a company in more than 70 countries. There is also a section called Law National Organizations which lists significant organisations (Bar Associations, Law Societies, Courts, Parliament, legislation) for all these countries which would be a good starting point for any search relating to legal information. There is a similar listing of International Law Organizations.J

Jeffrey Green Russell – London. They offer an “Internet Law Digital Newsletter”, (delivered by email) and there are also articles in Construction Law, Computer Topics and Licensing Law.K

Kidd Rapinet (several locations in London and the South East including Aylesbury, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Farnham, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Reading and Slough) provide articles on many business topics. Recent areas covered have included taxation, privacy and electronic communications, monitoring employees at work, software licensing, mergers, outsourcing, e-commerce and due diligence.

Kingsley Napley – London, provide information on current topics of business, e-commerce, employment and commercial law generally. They also offer a separate site called WebLAW.co.uk which focusses on the topic of e-commerce and legal aspects of web site development and maintenance. There is information on domain name disputes and SAAS and virtualisation agreements. They offer template and bespoke solutions.

Kirks is a specialist firm of Licensed Insolvency Practitioners who help and assist businesses facing financial problems. There are offices in Exeter, Barnstaple, Poole, Cirencester, Bristol, Hereford, Swansea and Glastonbury. There are over 150 articles on the site (in pdf, free to download) on insolvency, business debt, tax advice and liquidation. Sample guides include What is a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation?, What is Administration?, What is a Company Voluntary Arrangement?, What is a Members Voluntary Liquidation?, What is a Pre-pack?, What is a Section 110 Scheme of Arrangement?, What is an Individual Voluntary Arrangement? and What is Compulsory Liquidation?L

Lawbuild provides an archive of newsletters on construction law and related topics, including a glossary of construction law expressions. Articles are non-academic and practical, aiming to give non-lawyers and non-construction lawyers basic information in an interesting way. However, the firm’s Principal, David Lewis, has now retired and the site is not kept up to date.

Lawrence Graham – London. Articles on business, energy, building, commercial property and IP.

Laurence Kaye provides information on technology, media, intellectual property and e-commerce law. There is a major section called “Knowledge Zone” with a large number of FAQ’s, articles and checklists. The FAQ’s cover Is linking to other websites legal?, Legal rights involved in a website?, Who owns a website?, When do I have to notify the Data Protection Commissioner?, Can I still send unsolicited e-mails?, Can employers monitor their employees’ e-mails?, Has UK Copyright law changed?, What are moral rights?, Intellectual Property and how to protect it, Contracts – ten key deal points, Business Online – top ten points.

Lawrite HR provides employment law and HR solutions for employers in the UK. The Lawrite Employment Law software was first launched in 1999. The current version works through the web browser and seamlessly combines locally-stored document templates, PDF guides and manuals, with web-based news and update files. There are more than 120 templates including employment contracts, policies and procedures and sample letters to employees. The software is available as part of a range of services including 24/7 telephone legal support, an insurance-backed Employment Tribunal indemnity scheme and different levels of HR support including bespoke drafting of contracts, staff handbooks and other HR documents.

Lawyers in France are a team of experienced French lawyers with a strong background in financial and corporate law, public procurement law, criminal business law, industrial and labor relations. There is a very large amount of basic information on the French legal system and on business in France, e.g. a short guide to French Courts, Civil Law in France, power of attorney in France, opening a business, buying property, debt collection, VAT in France, taxation and many other topics.

Lexology is an innovative, web-based service that provides company law departments and law firms with a depth of free practical know-how that would be impossible to produce internally. By collaborating with the world’s leading commercial law firms (who write the articles), Lexology is able to deliver fully tailored intelligence to the desktops of business lawyers worldwide on a daily basis. It is usually free to subscribe to Lexology. You can register on the site and create your own legal newsfeed service, geared to your practice or business interests.

LK Shields, of Dublin, offer a large amount of free legal information on the site, including an extensive section called Investing and Working in Ireland. Other publications online cover Banking and Financial Services, Business, Company Secretarial, Data Protection, Employment and Industrial Relations, EU and Competition, Intellectual Property, Technology and E Commerce, and Pensions and Benefits.

London IP is a firm of UK and European patent attorneys and trademark attorneys providing patent application, trademark registration and design registration services in the UK, EU and internationally. The site contains free information on all these topics and they offer a free initial consultation on any intellectual property matter.M

Mace & Jones – Manchester & Liverpool, provide a series of online guides (in pdf) to help business owners deal with legal minefields. The Guides are on Business Sales Share Sales, Management Buyouts, Shareholders Agreements, Limited Liability Partnerships, Employee Share Schemes, Agency and Distribution Agreements, Terms of Trading, Contracts of Employment, The Data Protection Act 1998, Intellectual Property Rights Commercial Leases, Civil Litigation, The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, and The Enterprise Act 2002.

Macfarlanes – London and International. Topics covered include financial services, commercial property, tax and employment law. One particular feature is a “Maternity Rights Calculator” which can be used to calculate the eligibility of an employee for Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Leave and Extended Maternity Absence.

MacRoberts – Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, provide a large amount of material (under “knowledge”) on employment, construction, corporate litigation, health and safety, property, pensions and technology media & communications – a major source of news and current information here. You?can sign up for an email alert in these topics. There is also an extensive set of links to other legal resources (internationally) under the “Links” section.

Marketing Law is a site offered by Osborne Clarke, provided for brand owners and suppliers of marketing services such as advertising, direct marketing and promotion marketing agencies. There is information on laws and regulations affecting this market sector. You have to register for parts of the site, including an email update service, but its free.

Marriott Harrison – London, provides a news section on media topics and also a series of articles on media developments and on SME business and company startups.

McCann FitzGerald, based in Dublin, provides extensive information on Ireland as a business location and on many other commercial topics, including commercial property, construction, e-commerce and information technology, employment, energy, EU and competition, intellectual propertly, the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin, inward investment, maritime, mutual funds and telecoms.

Mewburn Ellis LLP is one of the UK’s largest firms of Chartered Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorneys, European Trade Mark Attorneys and European Design Attorneys. They cover the full range of intellectual property issues: Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, Industrial Copyright and related matters. There is “basic” information in the site as well as detailed practice sheets for those already knowledgeable.

Mondaq is a provider of free legal and professional articles online. The sections “UK Briefing”, “International Briefing” and “Offshore Briefing” categorise information on the legislative and regulatory framework affecting business and investment in the UK and European Union, Eastern Europe, North America, South-East Asia & China, Africa and the Middle East and major offshore centres. Mondaq also provides these articles to Dow Jones, Reuters, Datastar, Lexis Nexis, WestLaw and FT Profile. Mondaq Professional Surveys provide details of peer-nominated practitioners around the world. Mondaq has recently formed an alliance with Butterworths Tolley.N

Nabarro – London and International. Their Legal Briefings includes: Brussels Update, on significant EC developments prepared by the firm’s Brussels-based EC/Competition unit; PropertyEdge and Quarter-Day, on commercial property law and property generally; Inform, on the IT, communications and new media industries; In The Public Interest on issues concerning statutory powers and PFI. It is possible to receive these in email form.

Nationwide Employment Lawyers have over twenty years experience in employment law claims including discrimination of all types, unfair dismissal, redundancy, compromise agreements, bullying and harassment, stress claims and whistleblowing. They have descriptions of many types of employment issue on their site, together with a FAQ (e.g. what is unfair dismissal), articles on current developments and case studies.O

Olswang – London. Some information on the rental of films and sound recordings and an article on digital audio broadcasting.

OUT-LAW from solicitors Pinsent Masons, provides a vast amount – 10,000 pages – of free legal news and guidance, mostly on IT and e-commerce issues, and including data protection, employment and intellectual property issues, with many new items posted every day. There are also a large number of quite detailed “Guides” on technology and laws for the technology sector.P

Page Hargrave, Trade Mark and Patent Attorneys, provide a detailed review of the latest legal developments in UK and European Intellectual Property Law (take the “What’s New” section) as well as much background information on the subject.

Patent and other Intellectual Property Information Resources from the British Library. The site has sections describing free databases for patents around the world, trademarks, designs and patent offices. There is information on the resources contained in the BL itself, and also lots of general information on patents for non specialists.

Pattinson Brewer – London, offer online “pocket guides” to maternity rights, the disability discrimination act, the rights of casual, temporary and fixed term employees, TUPE, protection from harrassment and labour law updates for trade unions.

Phoenix Company Consultants is a national UK service advising Directors on business recovery through pre-pack administration. A phoenix company arises from the ashes of another. The Directors of an insolvent company start a new company to buy its assets via an administrator or receiver. This accomplishes the recovery of a business that has a viable core but is unable to repay outstanding debts. It is a pragmatic arrangement that protects the interests of employees and private enterprise.

Philippsohn Crawfords Berwald – London, provide a series of comments and briefings on forthcoming and existing legislation relating to property (particularly commercial property) as well as developments in the courts.

Poppleston Allen – Nottingham, provide a very large amount of information on licensing law, betting and gaming, employment and planning related to the licensing trade. They provide a free Enews Bulletin on licensing, gambling, planning and employment issues which affect the licensed trade. You can subscribe to a free newsletter on these topics or access the site itself as a mine of information. They offer a free 30 minute face to face consultation, to potential clients, at their offices in London or Nottingham.

Prettys – Ipswich. Numerous articles on general commercial topics including employment law, contracts, landlord and tenant, disability legislation and other topics.Q

Ralli Partnership Law are solicitors who can advice on the law which governs partnerships, a form of business entity which arises automatically when two or more people carry on a business together with a view to making a profit. The site provides information on many of the legal complexities in this area, including setting up a partnership, dealing with disputes within it and exiting a partnership.

Real Business Rescue provides answers to some of the most common questions that relate to company directors facing business distress. There are articles, questions and answers and information relating to all the different business insolvency issues. The company is also in the process of creating ‘bitesize’ guides that will enable directors to download information in order to understand what solutions are available.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain – London. Many articles and on-line newsletters on insurance topics, general business law, construction law, health law and e-commerce.

Rogers & Norton – Norwich. Updates on line in employment, tax, family, motoring, business, employment and property.

RT Coopers – London, provide regular updates on IP, data protection and IT security, pharmaceuticals and biotech.

Russell-Cooke – London, provide a monthly update with information on charity law. (Take the “Services for Charities and Organisations” link and then “Charities Team” and then “events and updates”).S

Sacker & Partners – London, provide information on pensions from a company point of view. There is a Pensions Survival Guide, information on the Regulation of Pensions Schemes and information on Incapacity. There is also a page of recent news.

Semple Fraser – Glasgow & Edinburgh. Articles on many topics of commercial, environmental and corporate law.

Shepherd+ Wedderburn – Edinburgh, provide newsletters on and articles on Commercial Property Law, Commercial Law, Construction, Corporate Finance, Employment, EU & Competition Law, IT & Intellectual Property Law, Pensions, Planning, Private Finance Initiative (PFI). There are also general newsletters on commercial topics.

Silverman Sherliker LLP are now offering an addition site uktrademarkregistration.com. There is information on trade marks and registration and case studies of people who did not do this. As a special promotion, the firm is also offering free trade mark searching at the moment and fixed fee trade mark registration in the UK, EU and Internationally.

Simmons & Simmons provides elexica, their free online legal resource. elexica offers an email current awareness service, legal updates, weekly EU Diary (also available in Palm(TM) format), training modules (with CPD hours), legal checklists (also available in Palm(TM) format), a legal discussions forum and an extensive library of categorised web links. There are also regular ‘specials’ such as detailed analysis of the Budget 2004, a detailed review of Japanese law and a comprehensive guide to the EU Financial Services Action Plan All material on site is produced by the firm’s professional support lawyers and, although predominantly in English, includes a growing number of items (some in their local language) from Simmons & Simmons’ international offices, including the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The site content is regularly reviewed and older material either removed or updated. elexica has more than 20,000 registered users and its email alerts are sent out to a distribution list of 15,000. The current awareness emails are on the following subjects: Budget 2004, Commercial Contracts, Construction, Corporate, Corporate Recovery, Employment, Environment, EU Diary, Finance Litigation, Financial Services, Global Counsel Handbooks – Japan, Insurance, Intellectual Property, IT & E-commerce, Key UK Legal Developments, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology, Property, Securities & Derivatives, and Tax.

Simpson Millar – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, London, Manchester, Wimbledon and Gateshead, provide articles and guides on employment law for employers and trade unions.

Shoosmiths – National, multi-branch firm. Bulletins on Commercial Finance, Banking and Commercial Lending, Transport Law, Construction Law, Food Law, International, Private Finance Initiative (and especiallly as affecting Local Authorities), Commercial Property and Building Services, Parallel Importing, Insurance, EMU – The Legal Implications for Businesses and other topics.

Stone Joseph – London provide information on employmentlaw.co.uk, and londoncompromiseagreements.co.uk.T

Tax Planet is a global network of legal and accounting professionals focusing on tax (domestic and international). International tax work without a global team of professionals is virtually impossible, even for SMEs and individuals. Tax Planet strives to achieve a global presence in numerous countries with the size of the team in proportion to a country’s size, complexity and international impact. The site has a research section containing mainly tax and tax-related links and information on countries, international organisations and global issues. There are many deep-links to selected pages with useful contents to facilitate research work.

trademarkdesignprotection is a service from Fordelaw, Solicitors of Downpatrick, Co. Down. The site offers a free trademark search which checks both the UK and OHIM (EU) Trademark Registry Databases along with free legal advice in relation to registration of trademarks and designs in the United Kingdom and EU. Fordelaw is a niche firm of specialist commercial, intellectual property (IP), information technology (IT) and media lawyers based in Northern Ireland, advising clients both in the UK and the EU.

Truman & Co – Exeter provide Legal Advice Centre which has information on many business topics, including business structure (company formation, company secretary and so on, and business agreements, and will also provide initial legal advice without charge.U

UK Corporator is an expert system for generating limited company formation documents online. The system operates on a question and answer basis to obtain the information needed for the forms, providing full explanatory notes at each stage so that the user is in effect “coached” in the process of preparing the documents, and taking account of the relevant Companies Act provisions. There is also a considerable amount of free information available on the site relating to the incorporation process for people to use whether or not they are using the system on a paid basis. At the end of the generation process, the user can decide whether he or she wishes to go ahead with the formation and pay the £49.99 (plus Government charges payable direct to Companies House) required for the finished documents and delivering them automatically. All content has been written by the directors of the company who are also solicitors. The system can be used directly by the person wanting to set up a limited company, or by a solicitor wishing to carry out the process quickly and efficiently on behalf of clients.

UK Employment Law is a blog written by Gustav Patrick, UK employment lawyer at Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors, with information for individuals and companies on major developments in the tribunals, courts and legislation. The overall site in which the blog is embedded provides an overview of the main areas of employment law that affect both employers and employees.V

v-lex limited – Gateford, Worksop, are a firm of solicitors who are specialists in IT Law and they provide several short documents free on their site: simple short offer of employment letter, simple software licence, simple confidentiality agreement, and simple working time regulations agreement.W

Watmores – London, provide advice and commentary on the Woolf reforms with particular reference to Insurance Companies and designed to assist the companies themselves (not just other lawyers). There is also a section of insurance case law and a section of current law digests (from Sweet & Maxwell).

Williams Powell – London (Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys) provide lots of information on patents, trade marks and intellectual property.

Woolley & Co are a firm of lawyers linked by mail, phone and email (e-lawfirm.co.uk). They provide information on internet trading, e-commerce, online terms and conditions, data protection and other topics. You can also receive information on these topics by email.

Workplacelaw.net is the web site of Asset Information Ltd, a publisher and conference provider based in Cambridge. The site offers legal information for companies on Employment, Premises and Health & Safety. There is already news on these topics on the site with cases and articles to follow.

World Link for Law is a leading international association of law firms. It was established as Euro-Link for Lawyers in the late 1980s and now comprises a network of 70 law firms with 80 offices in 47 countries worldwide. It is one of the largest international law networks in the world. It is formed as an association in Zurich and there are also regional centre firms in Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. Their web site provides free business information (country by country) in relation to company formation options, debt collection and enforcement, commercial property acquisition and labour law. They also provide World Trade Links, a business matchmaking service.Y

Young & Lee – Birmingham, provides information on law for employers and also commercial law.

Young & Pearce – Nottingham, provides extensive information on licensing law, a corporate law guide (for small limited companies) and a guide on business leases.

Yuill & Kyle, in Glasgow, provide information on debt collection in Scotland with continually updated news on debt recovery and credit control. You can also use their downloaded documents to send letters to debtors on your own headed notepaper, complete with interest due (which is otherwise very tedious to calculate).