Carillion – What next for you?

The following companies are all now in Compulsory Liquidation:

  • Carillion Plc
  • Carillion Construction Limited
  • Carillion Services Limited
  • Planned Maintenance Engineering Limited
  • Carillion Integrated Services Limited
  • Carillion Services 2006 Limited

What steps do you need to take?

As construction law specialists, we suggest the following steps to protect your business as a subcontractor or supplier:

  1. Ensure you are aware of the legal identity of the company you contracted with. Check all of your contracts.
  2. Ensure you submit your claim to the liquidators as soon as possible with supporting documentation of the sums due.
  3. Check if any of the above companies did a Joint Venture (JV) with any other company.
  4. Some contracts will be continuing, understand the new process.
  5. You will have creditors to pay that may have an impact on cash-flow.

Seek advice early, seek it now.

Contact Legatus Law for specialist advice:

Rashmi Dubé
Leeds: 0113 302 1330 or
London : 020 787 32279

Siobhan Dexter
Leeds: 0113 302 1330

Do you have a Trump card?

There are many factors that affect small and medium-sized businesses (“SME”), not only the economic climate but the political one too. Given recent events – the UK deciding to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the next US president – trade relations and costs of manufacturing and production are bound to be affected. The SME will inevitably be hit by these political changes.

But when there is so much uncertainty about exactly what the impact of these events will be and when they might be felt, what can SMEs do now to protect themselves and ensure they are in the best possible shape to steer a steady course through these turbulent waters?

Here are eight things to consider and review in your business today:

  1. Terms and conditions – do you have these in place with your clients/customers? Do they actually cover what services/products you provide? Have they been tailored to your company? The important things to review are: payment terms, delivery of service or product, warranties if applicable and, in technology, when the product is deemed to have been delivered and protection of your intellectual property.
  2. Contracts with suppliers – when was the last time this was reviewed? Check your credit limits and see if you can negotiate different terms.
  3. Personal guarantees – have you or any other directors provided these? If so, what is the exposure and liability?
  4. Shareholders agreements – do you have these in place? You may think you don’t need these but an issue may arise if there is a grievance from a shareholder or issues surrounding payment to shareholders.
  5. Partnership agreements – these should be reviewed.
  6. Memorandum and articles – check whether yours are standard ones or have been adapted. They may need to change.
  7. Employment contracts – are all your contracts, procedures and manuals up to date?
  8. Recovery of your monies – when was the last time you reviewed your book debts. Don’t allow late payments to become an issue.

If you need help getting your business in shape today so that it’s ready for whatever happens tomorrow, call Rashmi Dubé Legatus Law now on 0044 (0) 113 302 1330 or 0044 (0)207 8732279.

Congratulations on Forward Ladies Award!

Congratulations go to Rashmi Dube who was recently given a highly commended award on 14th October 2016 in the Yorkshire, North East and Scotland regional final held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle.

Increase to National Minimum Wage

Following the introduction of the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour in April 2016 for those aged 25 years and over, this month it is the turn of the young workers. From 1 October 2016:

  • the rate for 21 to 24 year olds will increase by 25p to £6.95 per hour
  • the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 25p to £5.55 per hour
  • the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 13p to £4 per hour
  • the apprentice rate will increase by 10p to £3.40 per hour

For more information, please email or call 0113 302 1330 or 0207 873 2279

Making A Splash, Networking & Book Signing with Rashmi Dubé

Waterstones, Covent Garden, 9-13 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9AU
Thursday 15th September 18:00
Book by emailing

Read the report on Yorkshire Legal News.

Join award-winning entrepreneur Rashmi Dubé as she launches her debut book, designed to support individuals interested in creating valuable relationships, be it at work or as a business owner.

A truly engaging and dynamic speaker, join Rashmi as she brings her bubbly personality to the floor to:

  • Talk you through her top networking tips
  • Tell her story of a shy young girl turning into an award winning entrepreneur
  • Read excerpts from Making A Splash
  • Answer questions
  • Learn to Make a Splash

Waterstones Launch Networking Book Making a Splash

An exciting time; the official launch of the book in Leeds

So, as many of you will be aware, it has been many years in the planning and for the last two it has all but dominated my life, I am of course referring to my book. At last I am able to announce the official launch of Making a Splash (a Personal Guide to Networking).

It was a very hot and clammy day and despite the fact that we weren’t scheduled to start until 5.30pm people began to arrive from 5pm. We couldn’t serve the fizz, something to do with rules, and so everyone took a seat, started to chat and by chance to network.

I couldn’t really have planned it better, there was a wonderful atmosphere and it was clear that everyone in the room was eager to hear more about where my plans for the book came from and what experiences had led to me choosing to put pen to paper.

It’s no secret that I network and that I actually enjoy it, well, I do now that I have the skills in place to know what works and what doesn’t. It wasn’t an easy journey; I was actually a very shy child so looking back even I find it difficult to believe how far I’ve come.

Rather than live, learn and leave it at that, I decided that I would share my thoughts on the wonderful world of networking and all that it can bring to those who embrace it with open arms. It really isn’t a dark art but it does take more thought than to walk into a room and simply talk to people – or worse still sell.

And so, back to the launch, the room is full and people are looking at me expectantly. The Business Editor of the Yorkshire Post, Mark Casci, takes to the lectern to make the introductions.

“Coming here tonight has got me thinking and it is actually the third time that I’ve come to a book signing. Not new to being a journalist, I have been a news editor for the last three years working really hard and have now taken the position of Business Editor and as a result I am out and about a lot. Suddenly I’ve gone from sitting behind a desk every day to having to get out and meet with people – lots of people!”

“I wanted to read a section from the book that I found really interesting. The main point of this chapter was the importance of choosing events that you want to go to and instead not going to the ‘opening of the envelope’.”

Then, without further ado, it’s over to me. What to do? Well, take a selfie of course.

The floor goes quiet, 60 pairs of eyes stare at me, my palms go clammy, I have that feeling in the pit of my stomach – like butterflies or a washing machine – I take a breath, put my game face on and start to put my own good advice into practice.

And so, it’s now or never.

I deduced to explain why I chose the name of the book, Making a Splash. It’s because when you go into a room to network, you get the same feeling as you would when you dive into a swimming pool; a cold and harsh hit. It makes you catch your breath and wonder why you are there. You can either swim and warm up or you cling onto the side and get cold.

I then went on to describe the main points about networking, predominantly that it is about building relationships, not about selling. You need to think about your personal brand.

Two examples of networking that take away from today were that I had my nails done and as a result I got chatting with the beautician and exchanged business cards and now we are looking to do some work together. A further example was when I was with a taxi driver in London and the lady driving the cab took the time to network with me. Again, I took her business card and built my connections by association.

Providing an overview of the book, the chapters cover everything to do with networking and can be used by those that go out a lot and those that are doing so for the first time. It is a great guide and a book that can be dipped in and out of.

Sharing a few sections from the book, I could see that people were already taking the hints and tips that I was giving. What a great response. Before I knew it, I had launched the book to an audience of contacts and business people. I had done it! Two years down the line, from a conversation with a friend over a dining room table to a published author, what a journey.

Then it was on to questions and answers.

1. What was the easier and hardest part to write in the book?
Easiest part was knowing myself and my characters. So, what I say about characters is that because I’m introverted and shy I use a default position. I use my Mum as a person that I can cling on to and the Queen, after all she has to network and has no choice about the matter.

The hardest bit in contrast was talking about gender. It opened so much to talk about. As a result, it is likely to be my next book because there is so much to explore. The difficulty was what should I put in and what should I keep out? Watch this space!

2. How do you want someone to feel after they have finished the book?
I want people to feel however they want to feel. Some people who have read the book, have said that they realized they had inadvertently let things slip and that they had to put some simple tools into practice to improve their networking.

3. In the book where do you look at network maintenance?
The book is all about understanding yourself and why you network. Throughout the book I touch on this a lot. It is about relationships and being choosy.

4. What gave you the confidence to finally write it?
It wasn’t confidence, it was the fact that I had made a commitment to people inadvertently. I had mentioned to people that I had thought about writing a book, I didn’t realize that this to many people felt that this meant it was underway.

The thing that really shocked me was that people write for a living and that isn’t what I do so I was worried about being seen as a fraud. I was then told that no one was born a writer.

5. Would you like to be famous?
Am I not already famous? Laughs
I would like people to learn from the book and for it to be a useful resource for those in business.

6. Which part of the book did you finish when you were in Portugal?
Chapters 5 to 10. It was hard work and I realized that I had to shut myself away with no distractions and get on with it.

7. Would writing a second book be easier?
The formatting would be easier but the main concern is time. I need to commit some time to the firm, and then of course the film…it’s a running joke in the office but watch this space.

8. Do you find the more you network the more selective you become?
Yes, absolutely. You do start by opening every envelope and you feel like you need to know everyone and everything. You soon learn that your time is valuable and you need to work out who you want to spend your time with and for what reason.

9. When you wrote the book did you look at others that were out there?
No, absolutely not. I just went in by myself. I chose consciously not to do this as I didn’t want to look and had made a decision that no one is an expert because everyone does it individually. I know that everyone networks differently and so this was my guide, it was my hints and tips which I hope people will get value from.

It had to be my idea and be written in my way.

10. Do you find it useful to put notes on the back of business cards when you receive them?
Absolutely. I include notes about the event that I am at and also any comments that have been made. Not only does this act as a prompt but it allows me to be more organized. Business cards are your shop window, so I think it’s really important to appreciate the value of them.

Forward Ladies announces the Women in business awards 2016 shortlist

With a new female prime minister, eight women cabinet ministers, and a new female chair of the Institute of Directors, British politics and businesses are trailblazing for women in leadership.

And Forward Ladies has announced the shortlist for the 2016 National Women in Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC, which this year has attracted the highest number of entries ever received.

In announcing the results for Yorkshire & Humber, North East and Scotland, Griselda Togobo, MD of Forward Ladies said: “This has been a fantastic year for women; we continue to start, grow and run high profile successful companies. We have been surprised and delighted by the number and calibre and diversity of the applications we have received, and look forward to celebrating their success.

“The award categories are a reflection not only of the types of businesses with which women are involved but also industries which need to attract and encourage young women to join for future growth and prosperity.

Debra White Regional Director of Small Businesses for HSBC and Awards judge said: “There was an impressive number of high-calibre entries this year, highlighting the quality of talented businesswomen we have in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country, with the Forward Ladies event to showcase the best Britain has to offer. HSBC will be supporting them every step of the way to ensure their businesses prosper and thrive in the long term.”

Other judges included Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of Freeserve, Helen Samuels from United Utilities and Saha Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards have grown from being purely regional into one of the most prestigious events in the calendar for professional women. The organisation, founded in 1999, supports women in their professional lives and celebrates and champions the role of women in the workplace.

The shortlisted applicants (see below) in each of the categories will be invited to attend the regional final at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14October. The winners from this and the other regional finals, will then be invited to appear before a live judging interview panel in November, followed by the national final in Leeds on 1 December.

All shortlisted candidates will receive tailored business support from HSBC. Microsoft will also offer a full review of their ICT set up. The review will explore how their organisation can utilise technology across a range of business functions to drive business results.

Sharon Jandu, strategic partnerships, small and medium business at Microsoft said: “Our mission and values are all about helping businesses unlock their full potential and we are excited about the prospect of working with the UK’s leading women in business and their companies, to support them to achieve this aim.”

Working with The Institute of Directors to attract more women into the organisation, they will waive the £220 joining fee, leaving just the yearly membership fee to pay – all designed to support our finalists.

Lady Barbara Judge, chair of the IoD said: “It is my great pleasure to recognise the success of the women who have been shortlisted for The Forward Ladies’ Women in Business Awards. As recognition of their accomplishments I would like to waive the election fee for any shortlisted businesswoman who qualifies for membership of the IoD. These are all women who the IoD would be delighted to have as our members”.

Other national sponsors include Co-operative Insurance, with audio visual partner Saville’s and drinks partner Perfect Cellar. Local sponsors include Sky, the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Life, Carrwood Park, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Bradford Airport, WGN and LCF Law.

Shortlisted finalists are:

Digital Category:

Carolyn Pearson, CEO of, Leeds, Anne Taylor, director, See Green, York, and Katya Varbanova founder and CEO of Peri10k and Livestream Income, Leeds and London.

Inspiring Leader Category:

Vicki Davenport, sales and commercial director, The Pink Link, Huddersfield, Danielle Dixon, director, Kinder Haven, Leeds, Yvonne Hall, MD, Palm Cove Society Community Interest Company, Leeds, Debbie Heald, co-owner and MD, Heald, Hornsea, Ruth Newton, director, Young Discoverers, York, Louise O’Brien, MD, Greyhound Boxes, Justine Osmotherly, head of private clients and family law services, Clarion Solicitors, Leeds, and Karen Temple, MD, NPS Barnsley.

International Category:

Vicki Davenport, sales and commercial director, The Pink Link, Huddersfield and Debbie Heald, co-owner and MD, Heald, Hornsea.

Not for Profit Category:

Tracy Basu, chief executive, Bramley Baths and Community Limited, Leeds, Claire Bennett, national operations director, Common Purpose, based in Bradford, Hayley Gillard, MD, Wild Goose Wellbeing C.I.C., Otley, Yvonne Hall, MD, Palm Cove Society Community Interest Company, Leeds, Genya Johnson, director, Get Sorted Academy of Music, Rotherham, Linda Kirk, founder, Just for Women Centre, County Durham, Jodie Marshall, MD, A Mind Apart Theatre Company, Sheffield, Sophie Patton, operations director, Connect Yorkshire, Leeds, Kathleen Redpath, operations manager, Anxious Minds, Newcastle, Katie Rigarlsford, enterprise and innovations manager, Enterprise and Innovation Hubs, Leeds Beckett University, Julie Tweedale, director, Freedom Personal Safety, Huddersfield, Sharon Watson, artistic director, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds and Liz Weatherill, MD, Enable2 CIC, Bradford.

Retail Category:

Clare Brophy, MD, Companion Stairlifts, Guiseley, Leeds, Sandra Corcoran, director, Pennine Cycles, Bradford, Christina Gabbitas, director, Poems and Pictures, Selby, Claire Giffen, director, Gents Quarter, Bradford, Rachel Salway, founder, Roseannah, Sheffield, and Toni Anne Sanderson, marketing & operations director,, Sheffield.

Rising Star Category:

Sally Bogg, head of end user services, Leeds Beckett University, Lisa Grant, business development and centre manager, St Catherine’s Church, Wakefield, Alison Hobson, MD, Just Peel, Snaith, Poonam Kaur, MD, fds Director Services, Wakefield, Zandra Moore, sales and marketing director, Panintelligence, Yeadon, Leeds, Sunny Pahal, head of soft crafts, Crafters Companion, Newton Aycliffe, and Joanne Wilkinson, financial director, Northbar, Leeds.

SME Emerging Category:

Charlotte Armitage, MD, Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting, Harrogate, Rashmi Dube, director, Legatus Law, Leeds, Faye Formisano, financial advisor, Pennine Wealth Management, Huddersfield, Claire Giffen, director, Gents Quarter, Bradford, Stefanie Hopkins, director, Faith PR, Brighouse, Sophie Milliken, operations director, Smart Resourcing Solutions, Newcastle, Liz Preston, MD, Craven Safety Services, Gargrave, Lucy Tootell, MD at Temporis Legal Recruitment, Huddersfield and Amy Wray, MD Applegate Properties, Holmfirth.

SME Growth Category:

Clare Brophy, MD, Companion Stairlifts, Guiseley, Leeds, Emma Chidlaw, director, Unita Maintain, Sheffield, Kate Krachai, director, Quality Context, Sheffield, Claire Morley-Jones, MD, HR180, Garforth, Leeds, Vicky Newham, MD, Solutions Accountancy and Bookkeeping, Huddersfield, Ruth Newton, director, Young Discoverers, York, Vicky Nolan, business development director, Circuit Electrical Testing, Halifax, Louise O’Brien, MD, Greyhound Boxes, Leeds, Janet Smith, MD, Twenty Four Seven Nursing, Ilkley, and Karen Temple, MD, NPS Barnsley.

Start up Category:

Janine Burley, director, My Baby Can Dance, Hull, Jane Capstick, director, Aspire Magazine, Skipton, Andrea Chatten, director and lead emotional & behavioural psychologist, Unravel CEBPC, Sheffield, Katrina Cliffe, MD at KC Communications, Huddersfield, Jackie Cook, MD, CQ Strategic Marketing, Sheffield, Hannah Duraid, CEO, The Great Escape Game Sheffield, Amy Jackson, co-founder and director, Unwritten, Newcastle, Ellie MacDonald, MD, MacComms, Huddersfield, Joanna Stephenson, MD, PHD Marketing & Strategy, Pontefract, and Amy Stephenson founder of Human, Rotherham.

STEM Category:

Julie Bickerdyke, MD, Austin Hayes, Yeadon, Leeds, Tamma Grummit-Carel, director, Imvelo, Newcastle, Debbie Heald, co-owner and MD, Heald, Hornsea, Kate Krachai, director, Quality Context, Sheffield, Vicky Nolan, business development director, Circuit Electrical Testing, Halifax, Louise O’Brien, MD, Greyhound Boxes, Leeds, and Liz Towns-Andrews, chief executive, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Huddersfield.

Young Category:

Hannah Duraid, CEO, The Great Escape Game Sheffield, Nicola Mellor, MD, Hellomint, Huddersfield, Jade Rose Topper, founder and designer, Lady Evelyn, Leeds, Katya Varbanova founder and CEO of Peri10k and Livestream Income, Leeds and London, and Rachel Wood, MD, Rachel Elizabeth Wood, Wakefield.


Lawyer explains how to ‘network’

Leading entrepreneurs are gathering at an event for start-up companies at Whitechapel’s Central Working Centre today (thurs) to hear lawyer Rashmi Dubé explain the benefits of building a network of contacts.

Her book, Making a Splash, is a guide to networking showing how to build up meaningful business relationships.

We are pleased to announce a new appointment

Sarah Turner

Legatus Law, the legal practice with offices in Leeds and London, has appointed Sarah Turner to the position of Head of Employment.


With more than 20 years’ experience in the legal sector and having worked in London, Manchester and Leeds, Sarah will be responsible for advising businesses and private individuals on all aspects of employment law from drafting contracts of employment and service agreements to work based disputes and employment tribunals.

Rashmi Dubé, managing director of Legatus Law, commented: “Sarah joins the firm at a really exciting time. We have moved offices this year, extended our team and secured a number of new clients.

“We welcome Sarah to the practice and look forward to her being a part of our ongoing journey.”

Sarah qualified in 1990 after training in London. She relocated to the North in 1997 and started to practice in leading firms in Manchester and Leeds, the most recent being at Weightmans, Leeds.

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