Monday, 29 March 2010

Mayo Wynne Baxter backs a winner in the ‘Let’s do Business’ exhibition in Brighton

Mayo Wynne Baxter is to be proud sponsor at the hugely popular business exhibition ‘Let’s do Business’ at Brighton Racecourse on May 13th. Let’s do Business is well known for the networking events it stages in Eastbourne and Hastings, but will be the first time that Brighton has hosted the event.

With our offices situated in Brighton and across Sussex, we are fully aware of the popularity and buzz that surrounds the exhibition having previously sponsored the event in Eastbourne. The entire Mayo Wynne Baxter team knows that the event will appeal to the business community in Brighton & Hove and look forward to mingling with some familiar faces!

“Literally thousands of people visit Let’s do Business every year and the feedback from businesses that exhibit is universally positive,” says Dean Orgill, Partner at Mayo Wynne Baxter. “The move into Brighton makes perfect sense for the exhibition and represents a great opportunity for us. We’re delighted to be a main sponsor and looking forward to meeting lots of new people in May.”

Jonathan Dolding is the organiser behind Let’s do Business and is keen for Brighton to see why the event is increasingly considered the number one networking event in the South.

“It is great to have our friends at Mayo Wynne Baxter on board. The response from the Brighton & Hove business community has been terrific and confirms our decision to launch Let’s do Business here,” says Jonathan. “There are still opportunities for businesses to become sponsors or book exhibition space. This will be a big day in the business calendar and one that I’m sure will become our biggest event anywhere.”

Dean Orgill is a Partner within the Litigation Department and will be attending the event, along with others from the Mayo Wynne Baxter team.

Please contact Jonathan Dolding on (01424) 205507 for more information about becoming a sponsor or exhibiting at Let’s do Business.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Best foot forward- Mayo Wynne Baxter support Brighton 10k Legal Walk

A team of lawyers and support staff from Mayo Wynne Baxter are taking part in the 3rd Annual Brighton Legal Walk on 21st June this year.

The event, which is organised by the London Legal Support Trust, has gone from strength to strength in recent years and raised over £10,000 in 2009.

The 10km “after work” sponsored walk will raise vital funds for legal advice charities in and around Sussex and begins at 5.30pm at Brighton Combined Court Centre.

Alan Larkin, Family Partner and ‘chief walker’ says “We were delighted with the support received from colleagues and clients last year, with one generous client even sponsoring us for £1000. Mayo Wynne Baxter are delighted to be taking part again this year and hope to raise even more money for this fantastic cause which benefits those vulnerable members of our community most in need of legal advice and support.”.

Walkers will include lawyers from firms, chambers, in-house legal departments and law schools as well as members of the Judiciary. Non lawyer colleagues and family and friends are also very welcome.

Visit our fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/Mayo-Wynne-Baxter

For further information please visit http://londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk/

Monday, 15 March 2010

Daredevil Linda Sky Dives to Help War Heroes

Hats off to Linda Lamb, partner within the family law team, who has boldly undertaken to do a sky dive for the charity Help for Heroes.

Linda’s challenge takes place on Sunday April 18 when she will jump 12,000 metres from a small plane with just a parachute for company.

Talking about her forthcoming ordeal, Linda said: “My husband did a tour of duty in Iraq so I have a lot of empathy with our soldiers and their families. When the opportunity arose to do something to help them, I felt inspired to say yes. But as the date draws nearer, the prospect of jumping out of a plane is becoming increasing daunting. The most frightening thing I’ve done is an abseil going headfirst. It was terrifying but I don’t think it will prepare me for my 12,000 metre fall!”

“The important thing is to raise money for our wounded servicemen and women. I’ve had lots of sponsorship support from my colleagues, friends and family but I hope to raise a lot more in the next few weeks.”

Linda will be accompanied in her endeavour by a team of teachers and pupils from Eastbourne College. They are hoping to collectively raise £15,000 for Help for Heroes. All funds will go directly to the charity which provides practical direct support to those servicemen and women wounded in the line of duty in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you would like to sponsor Linda, please follow this link www.justgiving.com/ebcskydive

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

How to improve payment performance within your business

From our point of view there’s one simple, fundamental solution to improve payment performance: make it easy for your clients to pay.

According to a recent publication from the Institute of Credit Management (ICM), only half of all businesses offer their clients the facility to pay by direct debit. This is cashflow madness considering that direct debits are cheaper to process than cheques, and gives the business total control over the payment dates and amounts.

Cashflow is as crucial to your client as it is to you. Enabling your client to budget its payments to you reduces the likelihood of unpaid invoices. Transparency about what costs need to be paid and when, significantly lowers a business’ aged debtors and increases cashflow.

In case they need persuading, another benefit your client may not be aware includes the added protection of the Direct Debit Guarantee which protects them against payment error.

With the future of cheques in the balance (no pun intended), why not use this opportunity to streamline your collection process and eliminate the oldest and well-worn excuse for non payment: “The cheque’s in the post”!

You can contact Lucy Tarrant, Head of our Debt Recovery Team for more information, by email: ltarrant@mayowynnebaxter.co.uk or tel: (01273)223226.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Private landlords hit by rent arrears

Nearly 75% of landlords have been hit by rent arrears as tenants struggle in the recession, a new report reveals. Figures recently released by The National Landlords Association (NLA) show that more than 40% of the landlord’s lobbied have experienced problems with non payment of rent within the last twelve months.

With the credit-crunch hitting last year, the property market was sent into disarray and unemployment figures soared. Inevitably this has affected the ability of many tenants to meet their rent obligations. As a result many landlords, who are themselves financially reliant upon the receipt of rent payments, simply cannot allow their tenants a prolonged period of leniency before taking action to regain possession.

Steven Holt, a litigation solicitor in Mayo Wynne Baxter’s Eastbourne office, has seen a marked increase in the number of landlords requiring advice on rent arrears and tenancy repossessions. “The problem of rent arrears and regaining possession of a property from a tenant can be a real headache, both in the procedure involved in the eviction process, and the costs involved in taking action,” he said. “Many landlords are naturally nervous of starting legal proceedings against their tenants for fear of incurring a large bill which adds insult to an already injured bank balance!”

“The decision of what to do is a bit easier to make if landlords know in advance what their overall financial commitment will be. We have a fixed price scheme for residential landlords where the total cost of obtaining possession and rent arrears is a maximum of £600 plus court costs. We hope this will help landlords recover lost revenue and keep in the black.”

For further details on the scheme or to speak to one of the Mayo Wynne Baxter team, please email ast@mayowynnebaxter.co.uk or telephone Steven Holt or Carolyn Olive on (01323) 730543 or (01273) 775533. Remember you can call any of our expert and friendly solicitors in Sussex with your legal issues at anytime.