About Natalie Drought

Natalie is a Director in the Corporate team at Freeths. She has extensive experience within the DHL sector, advising on corporate acquisitions and disposals of private companies, business and asset acquisitions and disposals and commercial contracts.

Re-opening – directors must beware of wrongful trading

By |2021-02-03T16:55:43+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

The hospitality sector has been one of the sectors worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of the New Year the country entered into a third national lockdown and as yet, it is unclear when restrictions will be lifted. All eyes will be on the now all too familiar daily statistics and the [...]

Coronavirus – Government-backed business support

By |2020-07-21T11:04:26+01:00May 12th, 2020|

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors are universally concerned about how they can keep afloat during the current Covid-19 pandemic.  The Government announced a raft of business support measures to help businesses survive an environment where trading has been curtailed and cost of operations may outstrip income. These include Business Interruption Loans, a Coronavirus [...]

Covid-19 – How and when to use E-Signatures

By |2020-03-23T16:10:44+01:00March 23rd, 2020|

Covid-19 has caused many people to move to home working.  Clients are concerned about getting legal deeds and documents signed so that business can carry on. Here we look at how electronic signatures and virtual signing can help you. Electronic signatures (also known as "e-signatures”) can be used to sign certain legal deeds and documents. [...]

Trading through Covid-19: key issues for directors

By |2020-03-17T12:19:59+01:00March 17th, 2020|

Directors should be alert to the effect that short to medium-term cash-flow issues circumstances may have on their statutory duties during the current pandemic. We consider the commercial impact, considerations for directors in terms of trading, and steps that businesses can take to prepare.

Be clear about company ownership

By |2017-10-18T13:33:42+01:00March 15th, 2016|

As part of the Government's commitment to increase transparency in company ownership, from 6 April all UK companies will be required to identify and record the people who own or control their company.