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09.02.24 Strictly Boardroom

Becoming a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC)

Applying for Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) status is something that amateur sports clubs should consider when deciding upon the most suitable legal structure for the club. In this article, we explore what CASC status is, who is eligible to apply for it, how to apply for it and the main benefits of it.
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01.02.24 Strictly Boardroom

FCA proposals on the regulation of stablecoins in the UK

In November 2023, the FCA published its updated proposals on how cryptoassets will be regulated within the UK through Discussion Paper 23/4. With the announcement back in April 2022 that the Government plans to become a ‘global hub for cryptoassets trade and investment’, it is no surprise that they are working on getting the regulatory framework into shape. This latest paper sets out Phase 1 of the series of measures proposed, with stablecoins being the first cryptoasset to be fleshed out under the new regime.
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22.01.24 Strictly Boardroom

Companies House is changing - here's what companies need to know

On 26 October 2023, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill received Royal Assent, and the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (‘ECCT Act’) was published. The ECCT Act makes significant changes to the Companies Act 2006.
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13.01.24 Strictly Boardroom

Why heads of terms are key to a successful M&A transaction

The nineteenth century actor-philosopher Will Rogers once said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Heads of terms in an M&A transaction are a good example of this as they set the tone for the whole relationship between the parties.
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13.11.23 Strictly Boardroom

How to control the cost of M&A legal due diligence

The American writer and biochemist, Isaac Asimov, was not a fan of the concept of 'let the buyer beware'. He said he preferred the idea of 'let the seller be honest.' If only life were that simple, there would be little need for anyone to do due diligence before they buy anything.
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27.09.23 Strictly Boardroom

Five key things to include in a shareholders' agreement

It has been said that too much agreement kills a chat. But when it comes to shareholders, the existence of a shareholders’ agreement will almost certainly improve a chat.
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22.09.23 Strictly Boardroom

The value of using a solicitor for legal advice

There is certainly no shortage of legal advice in the world - most of it completely free and much of it, no doubt, technically correct. A Google search for ‘legal advice’, for example, produces over two billion results.
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03.05.23 Strictly Boardroom

Managing personal data when selling a business

A question that sellers often ask corporate lawyers when they are about to start selling their business is how to share information about the business as part of buyer’s due diligence process i.e. the process by which a buyer seeks to understand the business with a view to identifying risks and verifying the price offered for it.
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24.03.23 Strictly Boardroom

Avoiding common bear traps when incorporating a business

Having made a strategic decision to convert your business to a limited company - whether from being a sole trader or a traditional partnership - there are some potential bear traps to avoid when doing so. Here is our guide to some of the main ones and what you can do to avoid them.
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01.03.23 Strictly Boardroom

Five key risks for unincorporated sports clubs

Sport England has recently reaffirmed the common principles shared by organisations that demonstrate good governance. These common principles are structure, people, communication, standards & conduct, and policies & processes. In this article we focus on the first, and arguably the most important, of these common principles, namely structure.
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