David Gordon | Mayo Wynne Baxter

Ban on Travel Traders Profiting from Card Payments

Many in the travel sector will be aware that the Office of Fair Trading has spent the last year or so investigating the use of disproportionally high credit and debit card charges by certain elements in the travel industry and particularly those charges historically imposed by some budget airlines at the end of the booking… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

ATOL certificates flying in to place in October

ATOL CERTIFICATE – GUIDANCE ISSUED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY With the concept of Flight-Plus and Written Agency Agreements now having been in place for a few months, focus in the industry now needs to turn to preparing for the next stage. With effect from 1 October 2012, all “consumers” who book an ATOL licensable… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Ask our Experts

Q.  I have agreed to take a 5 year lease on some retail premises and the Landlord has indicated that the lease “will exclude the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954”.  What does this mean? Under the 1954 Act, subject to a few exceptions, if you are a business tenant then, at the end of the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Benefits of becoming a “Limited Liability Partnership”

I am often asked by clients what the advantages are to becoming a “Limited Liability Partnership” rather than remaining in a normal partnership. As a straightforward partnership, of say two partners, each partner is liable in full for all the debts and liabilities of the partnership.  If things go badly wrong and one partner just… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

I’m a Hotelier, Get me out of here !!

For most hoteliers the last couple of years have been more than a struggle.  Indeed for some, including a number of high profile operators and suppliers, the pressures on the sector have proved too much and they have gone to the wall. For those that have survived, particularly in the “independent” sector, the combined effects… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

OFT gets tough on debit and credit card charges

Many in the travel industry will have seen the announcement last week that the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) have come out in favour of a complaint that hidden or excessive credit and debit card fees were unfair.  Whilst this is likely to be of immediate interest to those in the travel sector, I suspect… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

HOTELIERS – be careful what you are signing

As a Director of a Hotel Company, I am often asked to put on my solicitor’s hat and advise on various contracts that the general managers want to sign or, worse, signed some years ago and which they now want to get out of. In the dim distant past, hotels operated with a leather-bound reservations… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Ask our experts

I am in a business partnership with 3 others partners and one has mentioned that we might like to consider becoming a “Limited Liability Partnership”.  What are the advantages? As a straightforward partnership, each of you are liable in full for all the debts and liabilities of the partnership.  If things go badly wrong and,… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How secure are your travel systems?

There was a time when stories about computer hacking were limited to Hollywood tales of young teenagers, sitting in their bedrooms late at night, quietly hacking into the Pentagon’s computer systems whilst the parents sat downstairs watching TV.  However computer hacking is a now world-wide billion dollar business and all businesses face the ever-present threat… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is the Bribery Act 2010 in force yet?

The short answer is “no” but it’s coming.  The existing law on bribery is based on statutes dating back to the 19th Century and, having waited over 100 years for reform, it appears that we are going to have to wait a little longer. Although the Bribery Act 2010 was passed in the last few… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)