You would have to be living under a rock not to recognise that environmental issues have become much more of a focus in recent years as ‘going green’ has become a greater priority for everyone, both at an individual level (think tote bags, keep cups and paper straws) and at a corporate level too, as many sectors and organisations make environmental, social and governance (or, “ESG”) criteria, a higher priority.
Up to now you’ve been operating as a sole trader. Your business is growing, your contracts are becoming more lucrative, and you want to limit your potential personal liability. You decide it’s time to incorporate a company and join the other 4 million private limited companies on the UK Company Register.
You own your own home, and potentially have a second investment property. You make the maximum payment you can (while still receiving tax relief) into your pension each year and have funds invested in the stock market. You have maxed out your yearly ISA allowance, using it as a tax efficient wrapper for your investments into stocks and shares.
If you are a trader selling to consumers online, whether that is through a web-based platform or a mobile app, it is important that you understand and comply with relevant consumer protection laws. Eager to launch, many traders fail to satisfy the key legal requirements of fairness and transparency in their online consumer terms despite serious consequences for non-compliance.
We are often asked about the meaning of certain terms used in lending transactions. As such, we thought it would be useful to publish a helpful guide to some of the key terms of a secured lending transaction in a handy A-Z format.