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Markel Law LLP (Markel Law) is an independent SRA authorised and regulated legal business offering services to both insured and non-insured clients. We are expert in legal services and specialise in civil and employment disputes and regulatory law. Our legal advice line helps over 200,000 callers every year and our award winning Law Hub is used by thousands of businesses on a daily basis. Our clients and business partners comprise businesses, high net worth individuals, and associations across a broad spectrum of industries. We are owned by Markel Corporation, a US based diverse financial holding company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange, with combined assets of $32.8 billion. Abbey Protection Group Limited, also part of Markel Corporation, is a corporate member of Markel Law LLP. We operate out of offices in Manchester, London and Croydon and employ over 60 specialist solicitors. Our legal teams guide, support, defend and protect clients through a wide range of key legal services.

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Money, money, money

It's a scary thought. Losing money. Recent research suggests £1,658 per SME is lost per year from invoice fraud. Of 1,000 companies...

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What's in a name?

Choosing your business name can be one of the most important decisions that you'll ever have to make. And yet picking a name for your...

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I’m taking the plunge – You’re hired

Except it shouldn’t feel like you’re taking the plunge, should it? Hiring someone – or more than one person – is a big deal for most of...

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Your sins will find you out

If you’re a trader, how can you be really certain that your suppliers aren’t selling you fakes? Buying fakes can happen completely...

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Brexit tremors rattle houses

I recently reported signs that wealthy investors were migrating away from prime residential property towards commercial property.  Now...

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Make it easy to complain

Ok, so none of us want to be complained about. It's horrible if someone isn't happy. But whatever the reason for their unhappiness,...

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How laughter drives results in business

My team laughs a lot. Even in a crisis, even when sleep-deprived, or discouraged, they keep their sense of humour and they plough on....

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A place for us both

'My advice to new businesses would be to be bold and approach the big brands with your ideas. Business needs economies of scale so...

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The good life...

...or how the self-sufficiency movement of the 1960's and '70's has much in common with the modern, entrepreneurial co-working...

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Big data for small business

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar (American author).

This is pretty...

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Renew, renew, renew!

Renewal is the key. As one of my bosses and mentors said here recently, the key to a brand’s long-lasting success is being able to...

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Hello?! Are you even listening?!

It's become a sort of rallying cry for business. 'Listen to me.' 

Not 'hear me', but 'listen to me'. 

Don't shoehorn me into your 'house...

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Make the answer 'yes'

By that I mean that we have to make law work for business. We asked our head of business legal services what 'yes' means when it comes to...

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Forget me not. I've changed...

If Madonna, Kylie and Victoria can all reinvent themselves, so can you...

Seriously. You can do it. There's plenty of guidance in...

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Shooting stars and misery for employees

We are all familiar with these few but regrettable situations where businesses fall out of the sky without warning or protocol.

It is...

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The devil may no longer wear Prada

You may gasp at the insolence of such a notion. But hear me out. Because change is afoot in the luxury goods industry. And as most of us...

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Are you satisfied?

Some may think customer surveys are outdated and useless but as far as we’re concerned, this isn’t the case. Our experience is that if...

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The spirit and strength of a brand...

If you have both, it makes you able to push boundaries and any business, large or small, can do this.

It's about your ethos, not what you...

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Know thyself

It was the first hot day of the summer, and your first summer since you began your new job in January. You consider whether you can part...

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Buy-to-Let: the storm before the calm?

There are storm clouds ahead for the buy-to-let market according to our friends at Simply Business and the article attached below, which...

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Zero Hours goes a La Carte for employees

Zero contract hours can be brilliant for start-ups and employees who genuinely need the flexibility, but their use as a comfort blanket...

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It can pay to restrict (sometimes)

Imagine this. You arrive at work one morning, brew a coffee, tune into your regular newsfeeds, and discover a new company in your field...

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The business of the unintentional landlord

If you rent out property, you’re in business. For a professional landlord with a portfolio of properties yielding significant income,...

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Investors Rush to Commercial Property

According to the Financial Times, wealthy investors are migrating away from the residential property market and they’re turning to...

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Let's get together

What do you get when you cross a bunch of accountants, some lawyers, some folks in insurance and some damn fine technology? No... it's...

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Stop standing in your own way

We're all guilty of this at times. I know I am. I over-think stuff, worry about whether I'm just a bit crazy or that I've missed...

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"I'll trade you for it... "

Sound familiar? It would if you worked in one of the many co-working spaces rising up in cities and countries around the world. A new...

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Get the crisis out of care

Most local authorities are outsourcing their statutory duties to care for vulnerable adults to private healthcare providers, and the...

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Does management stifle employee creativity?

Lucy Kellaway, on Radio 4 yesterday evening, asked whether managers merely stifle creativity or in fact have a positive function. She...

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A stitch in time...

You look around your enterprise and smile. It’s 8pm and all of your employees are still hard at work, having been slaving away since 8am...

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Between a rock and a hard place

A young occupational therapist, in her first post-training placement at an NHS Trust, complained about a more senior colleague. There...

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Squeezing the carers

It has been a difficult time for care funding. The government has made cuts, partly by way of reductions in local government grants....

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The sharing economy

This is truly encouraging information for budding entrepreneurs. Millennials are changing the way that business is being done. Flexible...

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You can’t turn water into wine.

Knowingly selling cheap alcohol branded as the good stuff is obviously a very bad thing to do.  Selling horse meat and calling it lamb is...

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To flex or not to flex?

Within the vast sea of employment rights, most employees are vaguely aware that they have some sort of right relating to flexible...

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Landlords Count the Cost of Renting

The Bank of England has recently proposed that buy-to-let landlords should be subject to more stringent financial checks before lenders...

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