About Richard Mullett

Director and Lawyer
Richard.Mullett@TheLegalPartners.com
+44 (0) 7802 66 63 78
City Law Firm : Slaughter and May
In-house Experience : Telecoms: O2, SSE plc (Neos Networks)
                                                             Media & Film: Sohonet

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About Richard Mullett

Director and Lawyer

Richard.Mullett@TheLegalPartners.com
+44 (0) 7802 66 63 78
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City law firm background: Slaughter and May
In house Experience:
Telecoms: O2, SSE plc (Neos Networks)
                                                             Media & Film: Sohonet

Introduction

A lawyer and entrepreneur, Richard is passionate about facilitating growth for UK companies, creating value through exports and working with companies and partners in the UK and ASEAN markets to achieve this.

Richard qualified with Slaughter and May in 1994 and spent 6 years advising blue chip clients, working on joint ventures and the IPOs of Orange, Energis and Colt. He was the lead lawyer on the largest global dual listing ever at the time, of RioTinto Zinc (RTZ) and CRA Mining (in Australia).

In business, Richard’s experience as an in house lawyer extends across directorships in telecommunications, IT, mobile, media and film production networks both in the UK and the Far East. From Slaughter and May, Richard moved in house to O2 where he lead the £160m take over of Martin Dawes in which Vodafone owned a 20% stake. He also lead the team advising on all sports sponsorship and entertainment issues including O2’s sponsorship of England’s rugby team.

Richard was headhunted to the position of Legal Director at Neos Networks, which ranked as one of the fastest growing technology companies in The Times Tech Track 100 in 2002.
He raised over £50m of debt and VC equity finance for the company. He was part of the management team who sold the company to FTSE 100 utility group Scottish and Southern plc in 2003.
After selling Neos Networks Richard founded The Legal Partners in 2003.

Recent Articles by Richard Mullett

New Employment Laws 2017 explained

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Employment law for HR Directors

New Employment Laws 2017 explained

There has been an enormous amount going on in terms of employment law and HR in the first half of 2017.  From a momentous decision in July from the Supreme Court, ruling that tribunal fees were unlawful, to much media commentary and chatter on Brexit, Immigration, the Taylor report, the BBC’s Gender Pay Gap story, the “Gig” economy cases; it all makes for an emotive mix of topics which will be discussed in UK offices up and down the country as staff and colleagues return to work from their summer break. Cutting through the confusion, below is an update of what’s important in terms of Employment law: the Employment laws to...

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Happy Christmas wishes and a prosperous 2017

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in General

Take a look at our Christmas greetings wishing you a prosperous and successful 2017. Click on the play arrow, move your mouse to the side of the window and enjoy. Looking ahead to the new year, remember to bookmark our summary of the New Employment Laws coming in 2017 to help with your planning.  

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Article 50: leaving the EU, what could happen next?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Corporate and Business law for CEOs & CFOs

Article 50: leaving the EU, what could happen next?

    The vote to leave the EU has naturally sparked a good deal of uncertainty. Here we summarise, in short, what could happen next if the UK government triggers the withdrawal procedure. This article from the European Parliament explains the process of withdrawal in detail.           In summary: The UK government will decide when to notify the EU that it intends to leave the EU. Once the UK government has notified the EU there is then a 2 year period to negotiate a Withdrawal Agreement from the EU. This 2 year period can be extended by agreement between the UK and EU. When the Withdrawal Agreement comes into force: – All UK...

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Directors’ guide to the new Register for Persons with Significant Control (PSCs)

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Corporate and Business law for CEOs & CFOs

Directors’ guide to the new Register for Persons with Significant Control (PSCs)

From the 6th April 2016, all UK non-listed companies and LLPs will be required to identify and register all persons with Significant Control over the company. These are also called registers of Beneficial Ownership. This register will need to be included in all UK Company Annual returns from April 2016 onwards. The government has published guidance for companies and LLPs on the register of people with significant control requirements. It is a criminal offence for Directors to fail to comply with the new disclosure laws or to register Persons with Significant Control (PSCs) in the annual return. The new requirement is set out in the Small Business, Enterprise and...

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Consumer Rights Act Toolkit for Business

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Corporate and Business law for CEOs & CFOs, General

Consumer Rights Act Toolkit for Business

The Consumer Rights Act (CRA) 2015 fundamentally increased all obligations and liabilities a business has towards its consumer customers. Most notably the CRA 2015 gave consumers the right to a 30 day refund on purchases.  The new laws came into force on 1 October 2015. If your business deals with consumers or sells goods, services or digital content online, and if you haven’t already done so, its absolutely time to review and update your customer contracts, Terms and Conditions etc,  to comply with these new laws. This article explains what every business needs to know about the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and how to comply.  To shortcut the whole...

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Budget 2015, main issues affecting employment law

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

Budget 2015, main issues affecting employment law

Apart from the two biggest stories of the 2015 budget, Corporation Tax falling to 18% by 2020, and the introduction of a new minimum wage of £7.20 next year,  rising to £9 by 2020, there were other changes around employment law about which employers and HR Directors need to be aware. Here is  an employers’ guide to the main issues around employment law arising from the 2015 Budget:   National Living Wage The government wishes to see a higher wage for more experienced workers and so is introducing a premium for workers aged 25yrs and over, known as the National Living Wage (LNW). This will be over and above the National Minimum Wage which remains in...

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Consumer Rights Act, do your Ts & Cs comply?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Corporate and Business law for CEOs & CFOs, General

Consumer Rights Act, do your Ts & Cs comply?

If your business deals with consumers or sells over the internet, you need to know about the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and make sure your business Terms and Conditions (Ts and Cs) comply with the latest consumer rights laws. These laws came into force on 1 October 2015.  If you haven’t reviewed your Ts and Cs in recent years, or were unaware of the changes in consumer rights laws, this Q & A will bring you up to date and explain what changes you must make to ensure your Business Terms and Conditions comply. These new laws increase consumers’ rights, most notably giving consumers the right to a 30-day refund”. From 1st October 2015, everyone...

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Avoid Social Media liability-Social Media Toolkit

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

Avoid Social Media liability-Social Media Toolkit

Our Social Media Legal Toolkit is a simple way to ensure you avoid social media liability and keep your business  out of trouble,to preventing any litigation from social media misuse by employees. It  includes: Social Media Policy + IT & Systems usage Policy  + 1 hour of our advice or training with your staff to clearly spell out what they must, must not do, something Apple Retail UK and Wetherspoons undertook wisely to their huge advantage when it came to the crunch.  For what happened and to find out practical steps you can take to avoid Social  Media liability, read our article: For a fixed price of £950 + plus VAT you are ready to protect your business...

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How to avoid Social Media misuse and protect from liability

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

How to avoid Social Media misuse and protect from liability

Exposure through Social Media is rapidly becoming part and parcel of an organisation’s day to day operation. Even if your business isn’t actively on Social Media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook or messaging Apps such as WeChat or WhatsApp, your employees most likely will be. Most employers get into trouble over, or on social media because they haven’t put policies in place and they haven’t set expectations with staff of what is good and bad behavior online. Below we’ve put together a 5 point summary of the risks involved and the steps you need to take to avoid Social Media misuse and protect your business from liability. It provides an...

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Avoid workplace claims with these golden rules

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

Avoid workplace claims with these golden rules

From years of experience working alongside HR Directors and solving thousands of HR problems, we have compiled some golden rules to help business and managers avoid costly and time-consuming workplace and Employment Tribunal claims. Avoid workplace claims by having good employment contracts and keep them up to date This is a legal requirement. The penalty is up to 4 weeks pay awarded by an Employment Tribunal. Tailor the employment contracts for different staff, for example CEOs and Senior Sales Directors need Restrictive Covenants so they do not poach customers once they leave.  Tailor your staff handbook to your business Include all the policies you need to...

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Zero-hours contracts, get help for your business with a fixed price review

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors

Zero-hours contracts, get help for your business with a fixed price review

Zero-hours contracts, get a fixed price review from The Legal Partners We have created a Fixed Price Review of your zero-hours contracts to help businesses be prepared for these changes, minimise the administrative workload that comes with them and avoid the PR, discrimination and legal risks that threaten to arise. Our £950+vat fixed price review will assess the current zero-hours contracts your business uses and ensure you and your teams are prepared and covered for the news laws, in whatever form they take, when they arrive . What are zero-hours contracts? A zero-hours contract is one used for casual working. The employer does not guarantee to provide the casual...

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Avoid Bribery charges & fines with our Anti-Bribery and Corruption Toolkit.

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Corporate and Business law for CEOs & CFOs

Avoid Bribery charges & fines with our Anti-Bribery and Corruption Toolkit.

The UK Bribery Act 2010 made Company Directors legally responsible for bribery in their organisations, and personally liable for not preventing it. In recent years global organisations such as Avon, Glaxo China, BAE Systems and more recently Rolls Royce have fallen foul of the Serious Fraud Office investigations and paid millions in fines on Bribery and Corruption charges.  In 2016, for the first time a UK company Smith and Ouzman and it’s Directors were handed a £2.2m fine and 4 1/2 yrs (suspended) after being found guilty of bribing foreign agents, following a 4-year investigation by the SFO. The length of this investigation and the sentencing of a...

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New Flexible Working Toolkit for Employers and HR Directors

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

New Flexible Working Toolkit for Employers and HR Directors

Be ready for the new Flexible Working laws with our Flexible Working Toolkit for £299+VAT. Before reading on, you may like to review our previous articles on Flexible Working:  Overview & Flowchart on Flexible Working Requests, and What to do when faced with a Flexible Working request.   With the new laws in place,  it’s a good time to think about how to handle multiple requests for flexible working, and to create a flexible working policy to include in your employee staff handbook. If you already have a policy, you will need to update it after 30th June 2014 to reflect the new laws.     With The Flexible Working Toolkit  you can be...

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Flexible Working requests, at-a-glance flow chart of the new procedures

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

Flexible Working requests, at-a-glance flow chart of the new procedures

From 30th June 2014, the right to request flexible working is extended to all employees who have worked for 6 months for their employer. Under the new laws, Employers are legally bound to consider requests  and have a decision period of 3 months to respond. Read more on the new Flexible Working Laws  & what to do when faced with a Flexible Working Request . Many employers will be familiar with these requests from employees relating to childcare and caring responsibilities and with the procedures for handling them. The new laws effectively widen the pool of people who can request a change to their working patterns, and they put a duty on the employer to consider...

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Export Contracts, top 10 legal terms to include

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Import Export Law for UK & Asia business

Here are the most common legal terms we include in export contracts to protect UK exporters and questions The Legal Partners team are asked. 1 Find out who is the customer in the export contract? It may seem obvious but from the outset of negotiations it is important to know whether the UK exporter is dealing with the direct end customer or via an agent or distributor in the country where the goods are to be sold. 2 Is the UK exporter or the Asian importer insuring the goods?  The export contract will need to state clearly who is insuring the goods and from what point in the export process. Any specified Incoterm incorporated into the export contract may need to be...

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