Corporate & Commercial

We are forward thinking.

Our trusted corporate lawyers and commercial lawyers—many of whom are City trained—are experts in M&A and business law. Working with our colleagues in our other teams, we bring together a wealth of experience of helping clients in many different sectors. Quite simply, we enjoy what we do. This is why, as your trusted business advisors, you can count on us to give you the advice you need, when you need it, no matter how complex the business issue.

Running a business is tough, buying or selling one is even tougher. At Downs, our corporate and commercial lawyers recognise this. This is why we get to know your business and give you practical, no-nonsense advice, which you don’t need a legal dictionary to understand.

There are a number of complexities around any business transaction, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and restructuring, right through to emerging areas of business law. Our corporate lawyers have a depth of experience and a breadth of understanding which enables us to produce rigorously-researched solutions to the most complex business issues.

Our business lawyers have been helping our business clients protect their commercial interests for many years in the major areas of business law including:

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended Until March 2021

On Thursday 5 November 2020, the Chancellor announced that the furlough scheme is to be extended until the end of March 2021. During this period you will be able to claim up to 80% of an Employees salary up to a cap of £2500.

 

Coronavirus Update - CJRS Extended

The Chancellor announced over the weekend that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) that was due to end on 31st October will be extended until 2nd December.  The level of support available under the extended scheme will mirror that of what was available under the CJRS in August, with the Government paying 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500.

Chancellor announces changes to the Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor announced on Thursday 22 October that the Government contribution to employers’ wage costs under the Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be increased. Employers will be expected to pay 5% of the cost of unworked hours instead of the 33% originally announced.

GDPR – A Snapshot

There are just a few days to go before the GDPR legislation will come into force, but according to a recent poll, 89% of organisations in the UK remain “confused” by GDPR. Organisations will need to act fast if they have not already made progress with the new legislation – here are a few tips from us to help you along the way.

GDPR Compliance Review - Are you ready?

With less than two months to go until the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, are you and your business ready for the new requirements?

Persons With Significant Control Register

Author: Neil Pfister

What is the PSC Register and why has it been introduced?

From April 2016, nearly all companies and LLPs in the UK will be required to keep a ‘PSC’ or 'persons with significant control' register to ensure that the individuals who are its ultimate beneficial owners and controllers are identified, and crucially that details of their holdings in these companies and LLPs are made public.

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