Asos sees strong sales over Christmas

Online fashion retailer Asos saw strong sales over the Christmas period as total sales rose by 30% to £790m in the final four months of 2017.

Online Manchester-based rival, Boohoo, which also owns PrettyLittleThings and Nasty Gal brands, saw revenues double to £228m in the four months to the end of December.

The performance of online retailers is putting pressure on the likes of Next and Marks and Spencer.

If you are considering a company merger, acquisition, takeover or joint venture or are in the midst of a shareholder dispute or share capital transaction or need business advice please contact us. Call 0161 785 3573 to speak to John Porter and Soibi Iketubosin in our Company/Commercial Department or email jap@wrigleyclaydon.com or si@wrigleyclaydon.com

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Toys R Us on brink of administration

Toys R Us, which has 100 stores and outlets in the UK, has put forward a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which is a step short of going into administration.

Under its CVA plans, Toys R Us is proposing to close at least 26 loss-making UK stores, which would put up to 800 jobs at risk and mean rent cuts for landlords.

The company says that their warehouse-style stores are now "too big and expensive to run". It is also finding it hard to compete against online toy retailers.

Administration solicitors

If your company is facing administrations, or you are considering a company merger, acquisition, takeover or joint venture or are in the midst of a shareholder dispute or share capital transaction or need business advice please contact us and speak to our administration solicitors.

Call 0161 785 3573 to speak to John Porter and Soibi Iketubosin in our Company/Commercial Department or email jap@wrigleyclaydon.com or si@wrigleyclaydon.com.

family court solicitors

Care and supervision cases in 28 week wait for court date

Latest statistics released by the Ministry of Justice show that the average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal, i.e for the court to decide how to deal with a case, was 28 weeks in July to September 2017

There were 65,247 new cases started in family courts in July to September 2017, up 2% cent on the corresponding period in 2016. This was mainly due to increases in domestic violence remedy order applications and private law cases.

The removal of legal aid for many private law cases in April 2013 has resulted in a change in the pattern of legal representation. In July to September 2017, the proportion of disposals where neither the applicant nor respondent had legal representation was 35%, an increase of 18% since April to June 2013.

Family court solicitors

At Wrigley Claydon, we fight on your behalf to make this difficult family situations a little easier. We are experienced family lawyers and can assist you with the legal aspects of any family situation in which you may find yourself. We deal with our cases sensitively.

If you are looking for family advice then please call 0161 785 3521 to speak to Terri Pickup, Olaide Awogbile or Corinne Bailey-Brown in our Family Department or email tp@wrigleyclaydon.com, oa@wrigleyclaydon.com or cbb@wrigleyclaydon.com.

Judge grants Louise Redknapp divorce from husband Jamie

A family court judge has drawn the 19-year marriage of former footballer Jamie Redknapp and his pop singer wife Louise to a close. Judge Ian Mulkis granted a divorce decree at a hearing in the Central Family Court in London. Neither party attended the hearing. The judge granted a decree nisi – a marriage formally ends when judges grant decree absolute. A wife or husband can apply for a decree absolute six weeks after a decree nisi is granted.
The public hearing lasted 25 seconds. Paperwork showed that Mrs Redknapp had filed for divorce and said the marriage had irretrievably broken down because of Mr Redknapp’s “unreasonable behaviour”.

Wrigley Claydon, we fight on your behalf to make this difficult time a little easier. We are experienced family lawyers and can assist you with the legal aspects of any family situation in which you may find yourself. We deal with our cases sensitively.

If you are looking for family advice then please call 0161 785 3521 to speak to Terri Pickup Olaide Awogbile or Corinne Bailey-Brown in our Family Department or email tp@wrigleyclaydon.com, cbb@wrigleyclaydon.com oa@wrigleyclaydon.com.

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Litigant in person to get second chance in court

The High Court has dismissed an attempt to stop a former litigant in person getting a second chance at making their claim after the first was struck out due to a technicality.

Philip Davies is pursuing the second action against a company of boiler installers after his first attempt was struck out due to him failing to meet the court’s unless order.

The defendants applied to have the second action struck out on the basis that the claimant was guilty of an abuse of process given his failure to advance the original claim.

The case is another example where the courts are attempting to grapple with issues arising from people representing themselves. It is thought that judges are minded to give litigants in person a little more leeway in compliance with rules and procedure, while trying not to interfere with court processes.

The Judge said that the Claimant, who was a litigant in person when the first claim failed, had not shown a ‘wholesale disregard’ of the civil procedure rules and it had been struck out for a technical problem rather than an inordinate or serious delay.

Litigant in person

Suffering a financial or contractual dispute can have serious implications on your business. Our business solicitors will quickly and efficiently put your case together and act on your behalf. We can advise you on the appropriate course of action and assist with any legal documents or proceedings that may occur.

Call Shalish Mehta in our civil and commercial litigation department on 0161 785 3534 or email sm@wrigleyclaydon.com.

business acquisition solicitor

Talk over sale of Newcastle Utd as owner Ashley meets investment firm

Newcastle United Football Club owner Mike Ashley and British businesswoman Amanda Staveley have met for the first time in London to discuss the sale of the Premier League club. Investment firm PCP Capital Partners run by Staveley made a fresh offer of around £300m.

Newcastle are yet to comment, but they have not denied the meeting took place.

Ashley said in October he wanted to sell the club after 10 years in charge.

Staveley helped broker the purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour in 2009 and it was reported she led Dubai International Capital's £400m bid for Liverpool in 2008.

Use a business acquisition solicitor

If you are considering a company merger, acquisition, takeover or joint venture or are in the midst of a shareholder dispute or share capital transaction or need business advice please contact us.

Call 0161 785 3573 to speak to John Porter and Soibi Iketubosin in our Company/Commercial Department or email jap@wrigleyclaydon.com or si@wrigleyclaydon.com.

family court

Financial Remedies Court pilot set for February 2018

On 1 December 2017 the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, released a circular stating that he is proposing to pilot the Financial Remedies Court (FRC) concept in London, the West Midlands and South-East Wales. The pilot with start in February 2018. He envisages that further pilots will follow quite shortly.

Initially the FRC will deal with ancillary relief cases and this will be extended to all financial remedy cases dealt with in the Family Court or Family Division.

The FRC will function with paper files, as at present Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is already working on transition by the FRC to a fully digitised model.

Family court

At Wrigley Claydon, we fight on your behalf to make the difficulty of a family situation a little easier. We are experienced family court lawyers and can assist you with the legal aspects of any family situation in which you may find yourself. We deal with our cases sensitively.

If you are looking for family advice then please call 0161 785 3521 to speak to Terri Pickup, Olaide Awogbile or Corinne Bailey-Brown in our Family Department or email tp@wrigleyclaydon.com, oa@wrigleyclaydon.com or cbb@wrigleyclaydon.com.

copyright solicitor

Victory in Lego copyright case

Lego says it has won a landmark copyright case in China against rival products almost identical to its famous toy bricks.

It is the first time Lego has won a competition case against Chinese copycat products. The victory follows an earlier court ruling that Lego's name and logo are well-known trademarks in China.

Firms making copycat versions have been a big problem for Lego as some of them are so convincing even Lego's China boss could not tell them apart when tested by the BBC earlier this year.

Copyright solicitor

If you have a brand, something you have invented, or an original piece of work that you have written and someone infringes your rights we can help. We can assist you in securing an injunction and/or damages or account of profits and the delivery up and destruction of the offending item. If you have been accused of infringing someone’s intellectual property rights then we can also help by raising various defences and minimising your liability.

If you feel you have an intellectual property case and need some legal advice then please speak to Shalish Mehta, our copyright solicitor. Please call us on 0161 785 3534 or email sm@wrigleyclaydon.com.

business takeover solicitors

GVC gambles on Ladbrokes Coral takeover

Gambling organisation Ladbrokes Coral is in talks over a takeover by online rival GVC, who own the Bwin and Sportingbet brands in a deal that could value the group at up to £3.9bn.

Under the proposals, GVC would hold 53.5% of the combined group.

Ladbrokes Coral became the UK's biggest high street bookmaker following last year's merger of Ladbrokes and Coral.

The maximum price GVC will pay will depend on the outcome of the government's review of gaming machines. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has said it will cap the size of stakes gamblers can make on fixed-odds betting terminals, due to concerns they may harm vulnerable people.

GVC and Ladbrokes Coral said that the review could impact on the profitability of Ladbrokes Coral's UK business.

Ladbrokes Coral shares increased to 23% on news of the talks, while GVC's were up by 4%.

Business takeover solicitors

If you are considering a company merger, acquisition, takeover or joint venture or are in the midst of a shareholder dispute or share capital transaction or need business advice please contact our business takeover solicitors.

Call 0161 785 3573 to speak to John Porter and Soibi Iketubosin in our Company/Commercial Department or email jap@wrigleyclaydon.com or si@wrigleyclaydon.com.

advice on separation

The last tango for dancing duo?

Dancers Kevin and Karen Clifton on the popular BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing are barely speaking to each other and are on the brink of divorce, show insiders claim.

The news comes after Karen Clifton was spotted with her rumoured boyfriend in London.

The couple has been married for two years.

Advice on separation

At Wrigley Claydon, we fight on your behalf to make this difficult time a little easier. We are experienced family lawyers and can assist you with the legal aspects of any family situation in which you may find yourself. We deal with our cases sensitively.

If you are looking for advice on separation then please call 0161 785 3521 to speak to Terri Pickup or Corinne Bailey-Brown in our Family Department or email tp@wrigleyclaydon.com or cbb@wrigleyclaydon.com.