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Peter Millican Law, the central Newcastle law firm specialising in corporate law and commercial property, has appointed Rhaynor Garvin as Managing Partner.

Rhaynor commented: “This new role allows me to take the reins of the day to day running of the firm, ensuring our Corporate Law and Commercial Property teams can continue to deliver for our clients. Peter Millican Law is a firm that gives its staff the freedom to be ambitious, and to develop their careers. Working here has given me the opportunity to develop my strengths and talents, and grow the business at the same time. Hopefully my career will inspire others to come and talk to us and see if this would be the perfect place for them to develop their careers too.”

Peter Millican added: “By appointing Rhaynor to the Managing Partner role, we’re recognising not just the part she has played in growing the firm, but also her strengths in directing our teams, identifying and nurturing talent, and steering the company as a whole. We continue to grow, and now do so with Rhaynor at the helm.”

Read the full at BDaily News
Also printed in The Journal | Wednesday, December 12th 2018




We believe that every business needs a set of legal documents that set out how it operates, and to protect the business, its owners, and its employees.

We call this Business Protection.

As a minimum, there are seven legal documents that you should have in place. Yet very few businesses have the full set, and even if they do, they’re often out of date. Here’s the list – have a look down it, and ask yourself if you’ve got each of these documents, and if there have been any major changes in the business since they were drafted:Are you operating as a Sole Trader (and therefore personally liable for all the business’ debts), a Limited Liability Company, a Partnership (in which you’re also liable for the business debts run up by your business partners), a Limited Liability Partnership or one of the many different structures used by not-for-profit firms? Is the legal structure of your business still appropriate?No-one starts a business with the intention of falling out, but life has a habit of upsetting applecarts. Business partners find they want different things, people get divorced, and people die or suffer life-changing illnesses. Agreeing what will happen up front makes these problems a whole lot easier to resolve from the business perspective. This is a very important document for business owners. At their simplest, these document the rights, responsibilities and duties of the employees and directors. They don’t actually have to be in writing (but problems with verbal contracts can be expensive), though employees are entitled to a written statement of their main employment terms. This is the foundation of your contract with your customers. It defines the nature of the work, how much and when you’ll be paid, and can also be used to limit your liability. This last point is especially important for Sole Traders or Partnerships.You need this to make clear what your website is, and what it isn’t. Even if you don’t sell through your site, you still need to exclude yourself, other directors or staff from being bound by offers that seem to be made on the website.Leases can be full of pitfalls, exclusions, and commitments to make expensive repairs for which you can suddenly find yourself liable. Promise that you’ll NEVER EVER sign a lease without first getting it checked by a commercial lawyer, who explains in plain English what you’re committing to or advise against proceeing! [/icon_box][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][icon_box title=”Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights” icon=”awesome-book”]Whatever business you’re in, you trade on intellectual property. You need an appropriate level of protection for this, to make sure no-one else can trade on your hard work.[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Have a look down that list, and ask yourself if you’ve got each item covered.

If there are gaps, you do need to make a commitment to deal with them, to ensure you and your business are as protected as possible.

Ryecroft Glenton advises on recruitment MBO

Peter Millican Law provided legal advice on the deal.

Read the full story here.


Expo 2014 held at the Newcastle Falcons Stadium, Kingston Park on Wednesday 19th November 2014.

Peter Millican | Seminar: 1:30 – Seminar Arena 4

Peter Millican Law Team | Exhibiting at Stand B15 – Gold North Suite on Level 1.

Words from Peter Millican

In putting together the Seminar I have tried to give practical examples, and, hopefully, much food for thought when looking at whether your business, or your Client’s businesses, are at risk for lack of legal documentation. I will explore key areas of risk, and how pitfalls can be avoided or at the very least, minimised. I would invite you to think about any specific questions you may have as the Seminar will be fairly relaxed. I always find the more audience participation we get, with businesses sharing issues, the better it is for all attendees. All I ask is that you come with an open mind. Legal seminars do not have to be sleep-inducing!

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and if you have a specific question in advance of the Seminar (or after it) we are also exhibiting at Stand B15 – Gold North Suite on Level 1.

I hope you enjoy the Seminar and I hope you enjoy the day overall. See you tomorrow”

Image credits to EXPO North East 2014.